Friday, December 28, 2012

Lemonade for a New Year

So Life deals you lemons, so you make lemonade. That's what I'm doing now. There's alot of lonely broken people who are struggling through this holiday. We all have our situations and ways of coping to get through them, some work better than others and some years are better than others.
Dark clouds race across the full moon
The air so brittle and cold
It feels like you could break if  you stayed out too long
And tears freeze like burning scars on your face

Inside and warm again, let's make lemonade - lots of art - and then this too shall pass and the new year will arrive with its yearly promise of things being better. Here's my words for the new year:
All Love No Fear

and so it goes . . .

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Merry Holidays 2012

Merry Holidays to All. I've been absent for awhile due to holiday events and a few health issues I seem finally to have wrestled to the ground. My heart goes out to all the recent victims of hurricanes and shootings. As a nation I think our collective hearts are all broken and there's a certain numbness to the holiday. My prayer is for healing and restoration.

Here's a few holiday pics from Seattle, taken on one of those nights when the sky is a perfect black crystal at sundown and the air so clear and cold and brittle that your hands freeze on the camera button. May you all have the best holiday you can. And eat yummy food and exchange at least one significant gift . . .

Friday, December 7, 2012

Dream of Trees

"There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, 

...With only streams and birds for company, 
To build out of my life a few wild stanzas. "
--Mary Oliver

It's all about trees for me right now. This is the theme I've chosen for my 2012 Sketchbook Project and here's a peek at one corner of one of the pages. 

Basically you transform a small journal with your art and it travels around the US and internationally on exhibit. Anyone, anywhere can check out your journal to look at, like a library. To see the other books I've done for this check out the sidebar. 

And just wanted to let you know I'll be out for awhile to celebrate an early  holiday this weekend with some family. But I'll be back next week so I'll talk to you then!! Happy Holidays to All .  . .

Monday, December 3, 2012

Details Pending

Outlines of a life still being filled in - details pending. That's what I was thinking about when working on this painting, how details of the work at hand were not yet completed. I thought it was all about the painting, but then sitting back and looking at it from some distance I realized it really applied to my life as well, because I'm still reinventing myself and there's details I can't even see yet, have not even thought of yet and isn't that what a Good Life is all about? So that's how not being done is an ongoing thing, with any luck it will never be done and you'll always be thinking of something else to add, just a few more touches here and there. So how do you know when a piece of artwork is done? I say . . . when you get interested in something else

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

5x5 Project

Wow! My artwork was featured on Seth Apter's blog The Altered Page as part of The Pulse Chapter 4 on Sunday, November 25. Seth has kindly been showcasing all the 5x5 artists every Sunday. It's an honor to be part of his blog.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Color Mixing and Shapes

Color mixing and shapes made with 3 basic colors in the primaries (red, yellow, blue) - in this case I used Nickel Azo Yellow, Transparent Red Iron Oxide (or Quinacridone Burnt Orange) and Paynes Gray - painting those out in various squares and then added bits of black and white to each color, this was all mixed right on the page,  not on a palette, so amazing the variations in the color range that emerged. This is especially good to do on those rare occasions when you don't know what to do next. It's all about Playing and enjoying that to the fullest, right here right now, this moment, that brush and what it does with those colors. If you really just Play and sink into it, then you have this Experience and that's always the best, you can't buy that Experience, it belongs to you  . . .

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ReInventing CutUps

CutUps of Old Paintings ReInvented with a bit of weaving some of them together while working on backgrounds for the next great Sketchbook Project 2012. This will be my third year of doing the sketchbooks - previous years are on the sidebar - here are closeups of a couple backgrounds, they're really much bigger, but zooming in on them is kindof interesting and changes perspective and thoughts, always a good thing . . .

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Series of Chairs - 1

Chairs - first in series I've been wanting to do for a long time, just fascinated by all the shapes and possibilities, how far you can push it before it's no longer recognizable for its original purpose and how sometimes we spend way too much time sitting in chairs when we should be moving instead but sometimes at the end of the day it's the best thing ever just to sink into your chair, your chair and what makes it yours and not someone else's chair and that's the kind of thoughts going into this series. Meanwhile sitting in My Chair tonight, contemplating some changes to the appearance of this blog so that's coming along and things will look a bit different soon . . .

Monday, November 12, 2012

Change of Habit

Change is Good Change is Your Friend - that was my slogan for years and years when I was a computer trainer and I had it posted in my training room to help students through software upgrades that threatened to change the way they did everything essential to their jobs. It was meant to be a kindof subliminal message as they zoned out occasionally while listening to my oh-so-calm voice talking them through the new procedures. Well many's the time I tell you truly when I've had those words thrust right back at me, challenging me to accept changes in my own life. Yeah it doesn't just apply to software. So after doing the 30 days of art I find now that a day just doesn't feel right if I'm not doing some kindof painting, so a new habit has been forged. I stop and look at my worktable and dab on a bit of color here and there and the next thing you know I'm well into it and where did the time go? So this all ties into my belief that if you commit to doing something, anything, it Will Change You. The hard part is the Commitment, the hard part is Starting and how many times have you heard that before? like a million times probably but then one day you just Start and that makes all the difference . . .

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Synchronicity Parallel Universitality sometimes you go through this portal to somewhere else and didn't notice when it happened - alot of good artwork gets done there, would like to live there all the time, a few thoughts about that . . .

Between two worlds life hovers like a star,
twixt night and morn, upon the horizon's verge
How little do we know that which we are!
How less what we may be!
--Lord Byron

Monday, November 5, 2012

Autumn Fall Back

Today we Fell Back to sunshine and dreams of the perfect autumn day with endless blue skies and dappled shadows, back when the piles of pumpkins and gourds were brand new first of the season and not staying on bedraggled and rainsoaked towards November and holidays, back when every day was a promise of things to come and not the reality that finally settled in of gray monochromed Seattle, yes I know I've lived here not quite forever and know very well about the weather here and even in that Seattle Way, welcome the rain - we miss it when it's gone too long without, but still even now it takes an adjustment to get used to November, an attitude adjustment and I can't quite let go yet, of that perfect autumn - memories lingering and painting this takes me right back to it . . .

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 31

30 Days of Art - Day 31 Bonus just to finish the month properly, one more painting in this series

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 30

30 Days of Art - Day 30 The Grand Arrival and can't believe I've really done 30 days. The whole project was based on the idea that every day you would do some artwork, work on something anything just make some art for at least an hour, but that quickly expanded into much longer because once you start then you get engrossed in something meaningful. This feels like real growth and I've learned so much, so very much about myself and what I want to do with this interesting medium - Paint - so I can't stop now and will continue with Jann's Great Painting Adventure . . .

BTW the art for today includes another altered photo - what do you think? about this piece or the whole 30 day thing?

Monday, October 29, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 29

30 Days of Art - Day 29 listening to news about the Storm of the Century on the east coast - hard to concentrate, feeling much humility about the power of nature, sending strength and courage to all those iinvolved . . .

Sunday, October 28, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 28

30 Days of Art - Day 28 one corner of a larger piece, how much time can disappear into something like  this? hours days lots and lots of days but who's counting maybe those people who always ask how long did it take you to do that, my standard answer now is 3 months or sometimes 6, depending on size, which is probably not accurate but then again it could be. When you're making art do you set a timer before you begin?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 27

30 Days of Art - Day 27 printmaking with acrylics actually more intense color than this scan shows, getting lost in details, a good lost . . .

Friday, October 26, 2012

39 Days of Art - Day 26

39 Days of Art - Day 26 altered photo is central image posting this really late, too exhausted for more words tonight, this feels like the best one so far in drilling down to what I really want to express . . .

Thursday, October 25, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 25

30 Days of Art - Day 25 substrate of maps with cobalt teal, quinacridone gold, paynes gray and some journaling about momentum - 

inertia is a force that works against you when you're doing Nothing
inertia is a force that keeps you going
when you start doing Something
(especially if it's scary and you're not sure you can do it)
inertia is a force

I've known this forever but only just begun to do it, but wait it's just a bunch of words isn't it?
another tiresome quote?
not really  . . .

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 24

30 Days of Art - Day 24

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 23

30 Days of Art - Day 23 substrate was an old board book and painted over with some yellow ochre, quinacridone magenta and various kinds of tape, even some bandage gauzey texture. Have I mentioned how much fun I'm having with this whole 30 days thing? Journey of exploration leading me places never imagined, follow the brush, let the Flow continue . . .

Monday, October 22, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 22

30 Days of Art - Day 22 hand carved stamp luxurious reds and contrasting colors, a little spray paint and a stencil, meanwhile we had the Seattle run through of rain, hail, heavy winds, lightning, a little snow and inexplicably a funnel cloud that touched down twice, temperatures have dropped into the 40s and feels even colder yes, that was all in one day - is that why I chose that spring green color? artists can control their own environments even if we're painting while wearing fingerless gloves . . .

Sunday, October 21, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 21

30 Days of Art - Day 21 all out of words right now, worked on this most of the day, everything I had to say got mixed into the paint and the world disappeared, much introspection reflection . . .

Saturday, October 20, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 20

30 Days of Art - Day 20 Life happens and some days just showing up and touching a brush to paint to paper is enough and is everything at the same time

Friday, October 19, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 19

30 Days of Art - Day 19 brushstrokes some spray and spatter with a bit of red stitching as an accent

Thursday, October 18, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 18

30 Days of Art - Day 18

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 17

30 Days of Art - Day 17 - acrylics on canvas collaged base composition. When you're doing 30 pieces of art this quickly sometimes this is as far as you get, but I'm tired of saying it's a work in progress so I'm not going to mention that, so here it is (for now)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 16

30 Days of Art - Day 16 ongoing process flip side, will have to drag me away from this one I could work on it forever, it's very "what if I do this?" so okay I'll start something new (soon)!

Monday, October 15, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 15

30 Days of Art - Day 15 done for the sheer joy of painting and colors used are Golden fluid acrylics - Nickle Azo Yellow, Quinacrodone Burnt Orange and Green Gold, all luscious to use. This is only the first pass, a work in progress, more to come...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 14

30 Days of Art - Day 14 there was a background that was too light so I drew some shapes over it and painted them in with a dark blue which looks much darker here - experimenting, keep going

Saturday, October 13, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 13

30 Days of Art - Day 13 sometimes spirals are under control other times not and they can unravel quietly in a corner when no one is watching, ready or not here they come

Friday, October 12, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 12

30 Days of Art - Day 12 first gray day of Seattle change of season which will probably last until the end of March with varying monochrome shades of charcoal, dark blues and foggy whites. To mark the occasion, it was necessary to do some sunshiney art to keep around and use as needed

Thursday, October 11, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 11

30 Days of Art - Day 11 painting backgrounds this is a base layer, you need lots of base layers, like a whole pile of them, then you go back later and add details to your foundation

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 10

30 Days of Art - Day 10 this one got pretty wild with tape and collage and painting, lots of painting and even some fabric with ribbon fragments and some old wallpaper. There's so many kinds of tape today just lay some down over your collage and then they turn fabulous showing their textures when you paint over them, try one try a dozen, just fragments just layered over other collage, love this one, time disappeared while I was working on it, that was the best part, love the Flow when it comes to visit

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 9

30 Days of Art - Day 9 monoprints from the ongoing visual journal

Monday, October 8, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 8

30 Days of Art - Day 8 graffiti layers the weathered wall you pass on your way to work everyday except it only exists on paper love the influence must do more

Sunday, October 7, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 7

30 Days of Art - Day 7 reworking the pic from Day 6, turnaround redesign different paths, how do you ever know when to stop? for me it's when something else calls - siren calls. What calls You?

Saturday, October 6, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 6

30 Days of Art - Day 6 back to acrylics, some collage and journalling into paint

Friday, October 5, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 5

30 Days of Art - Day 5 fulltime view of painting. Do you see lots of images in these shapes? like watching clouds and finding faces, that's why I stopped here I got lost in the view . . .

Thursday, October 4, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 4

30 Days of Art - Day 4 here's a peek at one corner of today's painting, will show you
the whole pic tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 3

30 Days of Art - Day 3 in progress more to work on here but feeling good about the drawing parts

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 2

30 Days of Art - Day 2

Monday, October 1, 2012

30 Days of Art - Day 1

30 Days of Art - Day 1 watercolor translucent effects over stamping and drawing on layer over layer and lots of layers I lost count of how many. That's the thing about sitting down at your worktable, you never know where it will lead you.

Here's my list for making art:

Go to your workspace and Start, that's the hardest part but is Step 1
Then make a few marks on any surface, it could be plain scary white or on top of a background you've already painted.
Pick up any of your favorite tools and let it wander over the surface
You can even close your eyes for this part
Then add some watercolor here and there, still being random
Add some stamping
Draw around some of the shapes you made

For me it all starts to work then and I'm mesmerized and exploring what it wants to be - the Adventure, the Flow

Thanks to Traci Bunkers 30 Days of Art for getting me started. Stay tuned for 29 more days...

Monday, September 24, 2012

Focus on Painting

Revelation Epiphany Insight Light Bulb - so a very wise person asked me what kind of artwork I liked doing the most and I immediately answered "Painting" then the wise person said so where are your paintings? It slowly dawned on me that's what I love the most but it's what I spend the least amount of time doing. So I opted out of the Holiday Crafts Fair and the chotchky craftsy but still artsy things I was making for it and have decided to change my focus to primarily Painting. Back to where I should be. In art school I was a painter and my first real job was at Hallmark Cards. My portfolio was reviewed and I was accepted to be a Designer. Then just before my start date they realized I only had a 2 year degree instead of the full 4 years so I went to work in a different department. I've been doubting myself ever since then and didn't truly realize it until now. So you will start seeing alot of painting and no more jewelry, bookmaking, assemblage, beadwork, or any other of the countless crafts I've been hiding behind all these years. This is very scary exciting but feels right. The Great Painting Adventure begins now, second star to the right and straight on till morning

Monday, September 10, 2012

Glory Days

Choices always choices with 3 Doors facing you which do you choose? it will make all the difference in your life, one leads to a path not taken, one leads to a path of near destruction and one leads to an Unknown Adventure, always choices and there's no turning back to that crossroad and choosing again, no, oh no, you think you'll just go down this one path for awhile, turn aside from where you are for awhile and then 10 years has got behind you and you missed - who knows what? or sometimes you do know what you missed and much sorrow to it, well one thing is most certain there are No Regrets, no, oh no No Regrets are allowed, look at the choices made, face them clearly and then let them go and walk on down the hall, there's No Regrets allowed. Meanwhile, this is a photo of a piece I did called Three Doors, published in Wire By Design by Barbara McGuire and yes it's really in there, on the next to last page. Check it out sometime, the book is still in print - glory days, glory days and No Regrets, full speed ahead!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Antique Button Book

Antique Buttons, so I found these buttons at a garage sale - Score! - they were all loosely sewn to a piece of cardboard and I wanted to keep them all together so made them into this book, with the front and back covers made from color copies of my own artwork, some fabric and ALL the buttons sewn to the spine and binding the signatures, will have a few more details of the inside covers and signatures next post. Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ice Cream Dreams

Ice Cream Dreams in Seattle heat drifting through the days dazed and immobilized and late night 3am journalling moving in slow motion through air thick as jello and we all reach for the sky breathing heavy hot air for as long as we can so long as it lasts you'll find me collapsed over my art table in front of the fan wake up with paint on my face and bright light in my eyes - fun!