Tuesday, November 29, 2011

See the new paintings in person...

Join us for stories, paintings and paintings about stories. Brendan O'Connor, Maisy May Marrs and I will have work at the Dandelion Communitea Cafe next Wednesday, December 7th from 7-10pm. It's going to be fun, great food, live music by Matthew Mendel and lots of art.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

First pages of my Art House Co-op sketchbook

I have begun my Art House Co-op sketchbook. It has turned into a sort of sketchbook/journal. So far it's a lot of fun. I will have messages to some of my friends on different pages. Since the sketchbooks will be travelling around to different cities, I am hoping they will get to read the messages first hand. I don't want to ruin the surprise though, so I am not going to post the messages here. I will say, however that the last image is of the moon rising over the Indian Ocean.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I just started my arthouse co-op 2012 sketchbook. I will be updating images from the sketchbook as I go along, but I am excited about the beginning cover.  Painted gesso on the cover, then used India ink for the writing and finally created an ink transfer using gloss gel medium varnish (one of my favorite mediums). It's difficult to see in the photo, but I love the contrast of the matte rough cover, and the shiny slick ink transfer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The story man is finished. What would be interesting is for people to write down what story they heard him tell, and then send it to me. I know he tells a different story to each person he encounters.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Suddenly he appeared, and very loudly said, "Let me tell you a story."

I found another painting to paint over. I painted for a long time until a sort of a man showed up on the canvas. I could almost hear him talking. This is layer one, with two detail pics. The canvas is 30"x40" and it is painted with water soluble oils.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Finished India Ink Paintings

I finally finished this batch of paintings. They are all India ink on gessoed wood panels 5"x7". The top one is called "If I Could Give You the Sky", followed by "Weightless and Grounded", then "Let's Live in Tree Houses". The last painting is called "The Moment Just Before" and I included a few images of it's layered progression. Enjoy! They will be available for adoption soon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Destination Journal again...

I have missed a lot of Destination Journal sessions, which are a wonderful few hours where I purposefully work in my art journal. I have been going to Destination Journal sessions off and on for about four years now. Dina Mack, a wonderful mixed media artist, leads a group of us with inspiration and journaling techniques. She is the person who gave me my journal book, which is an atlas book of maps. I love maps for all sorts of reasons, and they are the backdrop for my journal entries. Each time we meet for DJ it's at a different place. This time we were planning to go to Leu Gardens, but because of the rain we relocated to Stardust. Sometimes I bring bits of things from my life...papers or tickets or napkins...to create a journal page with, but this time I used a bit of Dina's shimmery ink and some of Summer's gold tape to create a view of the environment, with the colored lanterns strung across the ceiling, along with some scribbled thoughts.
The image of the airplane is from a few years ago...just another example of how I like to experiment in my journal. Every year my journal gets bigger as I add things to it...it has several pockets in it as well, and I ripped out the spine a while ago to accommodate everything I want to put in it. I think I will start documenting how thick it is every year...looks to be about four inches this year.
I highly recommend Dina's Destination Journal sessions, they are always a lot of fun and we all share materials and techniques.

p.s. more India ink painting photos soon :)