Morning Glory

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"In the Morning, Glory" 24x48 on canvas $975

 

I have been working on a lot of abstract studies in preparation for my upcoming online "Expressions" class with Ardith Goodwin.

Back in 2016, I started a "100 abstract studies" project, most of those were small scale artworks. I have sketchbooks full of them, color studies, composition studies, mark making. Last fall I created a series of minis that I call "short stories". I have sold several of these small 5x7 "initial gesture" paintings. (You can see some of them on my gallery pages.)

Now I am teaching myself to scale up and paint them big. This painting is 24x48 on canvas. She's currently hanging in the foyer of the building where I work. It's funny, what used to seem SO BIG to me when I started painting, say 18x24, barely feels big enough to work with anymore! Saving up for some big 48x60 canvas this summer.

"In the Morning, Glory" a meditation on early morning visits to the Garden and the surprises and blessings that await us there. 

Portraits of the Feminine

For my local Portland people, my final solo event of 2016 "Portraits of the Feminine" is currently hanging at La Vida Veggie in Beaverton. 
 

 "Shelter" 24" x 24" on birch cradle panel $425

"Shelter" 24" x 24" on birch cradle panel $425

I have several new pieces as well as a few old favorites in a variety of price ranges and sizes.
 

 "After The Show" 12" x 24" on plywood cradle box $250

"After The Show" 12" x 24" on plywood cradle box $250

 
 "Blue Stone Sister" framed to 16" x 20" $195

"Blue Stone Sister" framed to 16" x 20" $195

Lots of beautiful art and some delicious vegan food! The show will be up until Sunday November 28th. I hope you will come by and bring your friends! 

100 Abstract Studies

Since taking a workshop this summer, I have playing around and experimenting with painting abstracts. One of the ways I practice is by creating small studies nearly everyday. My goal is to create 100 of these small works...I am currently up to 32! Here are a few examples from one of my sketchbooks:

Some turn out interesting and some become just a mess. It has been so freeing to not worry about making 'ugly' paintings and just practice new ideas, study color combinations and make expressive marks. I love what one of my teachers (Nancy Hillis) said about this, that what we call ugly might be something new trying to be born. And so funny too, some of what I didn't like at all, other people loved. Ah the beauty of art... 

Taking this attitude into the studio has helped me to relax, trust, and put a little fun back into going to work. As I have been transitioning from a purely intuitive/creative process painter into studying technique, color theory, composition etc I can find myself trying to make art in the 'right' way. Sometimes this causes a) me to get uptight and b) the work to suck. Learning to integrate what I am studying with my own intuition and creative spirit is an ongoing process.

I took some of this creative experimentation out for a spin on these two paintings. Both will be heading off to the Oregon Society of Artists November "200 for under $200" show. Every painting in the show is 12"x12" on a 2" wood cradle panel. All they need now are titles!

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