Saturday, January 11, 2020

ACCEPTANCE



PERCEPTION
mixed media/paper
2018

January starts with a sweet invitation!  My painting above has been invited to the MJI (Members Juried I) exhibit at Concord Center for the Visual Arts (also know as Concord Art).  The show opens Thursday, January 16th, with a reception happening that evening from 6-8 PM.  This exhibit will run until February 9th.  This show was juried by Penn Young and Emily Eveleth.  (I have been a fan of her donut paintings for many years.)  There is about 80 works chosen for the show and it is a honor to be among such a talented group of artists.

This painting, mixed media on 300 lb cold press paper, has India ink, crayon, graphite, mono print and acrylic.  It is an abstraction that continues to evolve in my exploration of memory.  Here one can see multiple layers emerging and/or obscured yet seeming in flux as memory continues to be.

I ended December with an rejection on 12/30 for a show in NYC so starting out the year with an acceptance is a small kindness in a new year.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

TIS 2020




Happy New Year!  Being January 1st, 2020 it is now the start of a new decade.  Is it the roaring 20s or a year of hindsight?  I like that the new year starts with a zero.  And this is just another year of days so I wish all a lovely year with each day flowing with grace and serenity.


The Edge of Possibilities
mixed media/panel 36 x 36
sold

2019 was a productive and busy year.  Powers Gallery placed many of my paintings in new homes.  I am grateful for their support.  I had a painting accepted into the 10th Annual New England Collective, juried by Katherine French, Gallery Director of Catamount Arts, VT.  And I was invited to show at Melanie Carr Gallery in Essex, CT, with artist friends: Nancy Gruskin, Kathleen Jacobs, and Stuart Shils.  However I did received several rejections from shows and residencies.  After each rejection the sting does lessen and the studio calls.  

This year I introduced three new workshops while continuing to teach the popular Alchemy of Color I and II classes.  The new workshops are Embrace the Sketchbook, FEED Your Creative Soul, and Cold Wax Medium with Oils.  Due to the positive response I will be teaching these classes again this year.  My upcoming classes are listed on a sidebar to the right and on the home page of my website.  Further information on classes is listed here on my website. 


Artist's work in FEED Your Creative Soul workshop

Speaking of my website, this was the year I launched a new one as my web designer was retiring from design and hosting.  It was a "project"  and still needs some tweaking but I am excited to accomplished this.  A little deadline helped make it possible.

Another project just completed is a new video about the color wheel.  This video runs 5 minutes and 30 seconds starring the 12 colors of the color wheel in a mad cap caper with voice over, music and special effects.  Soon to be on my website.  


studio floor - new series in work


January starts with a new project - a commission.  I will be working large 42 x 42 inches on an abstracted landscape. The panels were specially built in Maine and are a work of beauty.  Too nice to paint on.  Rough sketches are done and next will be some color studies.  I cleared the January calendar to focus on this fun project. 

I wish you a fabulous year of interesting projects, inspiration, and fun adventures on your creative journey!


Wall of Sketches 

Monday, August 26, 2019

AUGUST DAYS


Memory Bowl #2
cold wax/oil on paper


As August drifts toward September one would assume these are the lazy days of summer.  Especially since I have not posted since July.  But happy to say I can end this month with some news.

The above painting was juried into The New England Collective X by Katherine French.  The show at Galatea Fine Arts, ends on September 1st.  I am excited to be part of this show with many other fine artists of New England. 


RAIN
mixed media/paper

This small painting Rain recently sold at Powers Gallery.  They currently have two more companion pieces on exhibit there: Salt and Sun.  All three are mixed media on paper, 6x6 inches, with 6 ply archival mats in a 10x0 inch graphite frame.


SALT


SUN
       
And these two paintings below from my Memory Vessel series also sold at Powers Gallery.  Both are 10x10 inches cold wax medium and oil on panel mounted in a black floater frame.  I was happy both paintings were bought by the same person.

  

The Weight of Memory I



The Weight of Memory II



I have been working away in the studio with many projects which I hope to reveal soon.  In the meantime I have been captivated by my Hibiscus plant and capturing it daily with the camera.  (Unfortunately the Japanese Beetle has also been enthralled with this plant.)  In spite of this pest each flower offers endless inspiration and beauty.














Saturday, July 20, 2019

NEW HOME



Luminescence
mixed media on canvas
18" x 18" 


As we sweat during this weekend of sky rocketing temperatures art is still being considered.  My painting, Luminescence, mixed media on canvas, 18"x18", recently sold at Powers Gallery.  

I was actually at the gallery when the collector called to purchase this painting based on an image on the gallery's website.  This was a first occasion for me to witness and it was quite lovely to experience.  

The gallery recently received another painting to add to this series of hot colors.  This one is called Flare, and is also mixed media on canvas, 18"x18".  The painting was inspired by the fact we we had some old flares we had planned to shoot off on July 4th but in Massachusetts it is illegal to have any fireworks.    




Flare
mixed media on canvas
18" x 18" 


And I am grateful to have my work invited into a new home and to Powers Gallery for making it possible.  Thank you!




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

NEW WORK FOR SUMMER



Dreaming
mixed media on panel
6" x 6"
©2019

Along with dropping off some new abstracts recently at Powers Gallery (see post Summertime 2019),  I also brought this just finished small painting that is part of my Memory Vessels* series.  This is mixed media consisting of cold wax medium, oil paint, India ink, graphite and crayon.  It is 6" x 6" on birch panel.  Powers Gallery has a selection of small paintings from this series. Whether working large scale or small, I find either size takes the same amount of time to create and the journey of each painting's development is always a winding road.

Please join me Saturday,  June 22nd at the opening reception of Summertime 2019.  Celebrate summer and art from 4-7 PM.  This is big show featuring many of the gallery's artists' work.  Powers Gallery is located at 144 Great Road, Route 2A, in Acton, MA, (across from Trader Joe's).



* I am currently redesigning my website and will have all my new paintings from the last year featured including my series on Memory Vessels. Fingers are crossed for a launch date in July.


Friday, June 14, 2019

SUMMER

Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

Here are three more paintings in that summertime vibe.  Living through the four seasons of New England I like to keep that summer feeling with me all year.


Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

These are mixed media on canvas consisting of acrylic, India ink, crayons and graphite.  It has been awhile since I worked on canvas so it was fun to change the surface.  



Untitled
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
©2019

These have yet to be titled.  My plan now is to go to the cool side as these summer days heat up (though its not officially summer until June 21st) and work on more paintings with a predominance of blues.  Blue reminds me of the water: New England's quiet ponds, cool lakes and the moody seas.





Wednesday, June 12, 2019

SUMMERTIME 2019



Incandescence
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
2019

These two paintings will be part of Powers Gallery new exhibit Summertime 2019.  The opening reception is next Saturday, June 22nd from 4-7 PM, a day after the summer solstice.  I have three more paintings in this series ready to go and will post tomorrow.  There is something about these cadmium colors of yellow, orange and red that imply sizzle, energy and summertime.  And I just love working with such luscious colors.  What color speaks to you of summertime? 



Luminescence
18" x 18" mixed media on canvas
2019