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Monday, November 28, 2011

New @ Laura Rathe Fine Art. H-town!

Arriving soon (in a rather large Budget truck) @ Laura Rathe....




Ornaments of Grace:  72" x 96" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




Orchida in Shadow I:  72" x 36" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal, 2011




Orchida in Shadow II:  72" x 36" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal, 2011




Orchida in Shadow III:  72" x 36" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal, 2011


P.S.  I am ALL up in the Christmas spirit this year.  Not sure why, but I am.  So, Happy Holidays, Y'all!!



Thursday, November 3, 2011

New Paintings @ Ann Connelly Fine Art


Coming Soon to Ann Connelly Fine Art ! !




Bloom LI:  30" x22", mixed media on paper, 2011







Bloom L:  30" x22", mixed media on paper, 2011




Bloom LI:  30" x22", mixed media on paper, 2011






Ornaments of Grace IV: 48" x 72" ink, oil, & oil crayon on canvas, 2011



Ornaments of Grace V: 48" x 48" ink, oil, & oil crayon on canvas, 2011



Marina: 72" x 96" ink, oil, & oil crayon on canvas 2011








Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New @ Laura Rathe Fine Art ! ! !




Ornaments of Grace:  48" x 48" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




The Ripening I:  30" x 22" mixed media on paper, 2011





The Ripening II:  30" x 22" mixed media on paper, 2011





The Ripening III:  30" x 22" mixed media on paper, 2011







Thursday, October 13, 2011

California, CaliFORnia...(that was Joni singing)

Helloooo.  I am still smiling, rested, and refreshed after an amazing week in beautiful California.  The opening reception @ K. Imperial Fine Art was a such a nice evening.  I always enjoy meeting and talking with people at these events because the conversation is always stimulating and thought provoking.  I was thrilled to finally meet fellow artist Elise Morris there, whose work I have admired for many years.  Aside from being a very talented artist and stellar painter, she is a truly a lovely person.

Here are some pics from the opening...

















As much as I love San Francisco, most of our time was spent in the wine country, which felt like heaven!  At one point while driving on some high, winding back roads, approaching the top of the most luscious green mountain I have seen since the Portland days, I really considered not coming home.  And if I didn't have a 1st grader, a mortgage, and a cocker spaniel then I would probably still be there.  I love that part of the country and could not help but daydream of a quiet, secluded studio behind a charming cottage in the mountains of the wine country with a few cute little long-haired goats roaming around.  (These goats would not eat the large eggplants from the thriving vegetable garden, which is the envy of the entire mountain village.)  Nor would they eat the outdoor furniture, which is where friends and neighbors would relax while we drink cabernet from the vineyards below...

Anyway.  I am glad to come home to my two sweet boys, to our overfed dog Priscilla, and to our happy casa here in Austin.  It's not Sonoma Valley, but it is the beautiful Texas hill country.  And that is more than good enough for now, y'all.




These images below are very large, so please click on the photos below to view the full size images.  You will not get the enchanted forest feeling if you don't enlarge them, and everyone needs to feel the enchanted forest feeling from time to time, right?)












Thursday, September 29, 2011

Isis

I am pleased to present this new collection of paintings which explores the symbols and mythology of the Egyptian goddess, Isis.  The exhibition opens October 6 @ K. Imperial Fine Art.

Opening reception Thursday, October 6, 5-7 p.m.  Please join us!


The Feast She Gave Them:  60" x 36", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




Her Fields Grew Wheat and Flax:  40" x 40", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




Her Hands Held Lapis Lazuli:  40" x 40", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




Lotus (Nelumbo Nucifera): 48" x 48", ink, oil, oil crayon, and charcoal on canvas, 2011




Nymphea [In Light]: 36" x 36", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




Nymphea [In Shadow]: 36" x 36", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




The Fruit from Her Trees I: 30" x 30", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




The Fruit from Her Trees II: 30" x 30", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on canvas, 2011




The Grapes of Isis: 96" x 72", ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on Belgian linen, 2011




The Ripening I:  30" x 22" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on paper, 2011




The Ripening II:  30" x 22" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on paper, 2011




The Ripening III:  30" x 22" ink, oil, oil crayon, & charcoal on paper, 2011





Thursday, September 15, 2011

Process & Documentation: Part I

Ok.  Let's talk about process.  Where does it even begin?  One of the questions artists get asked most frequently is, "How long does it take for you to make a painting?"  I usually respond from the practical end, which is, "I usually work on multiple pieces at a time because who wants to sit around waiting on paint to dry?"  But the more important thing is that it keeps the energy fresh and is more efficient and comprehensive.  Of course it produces more paintings to work in series, but it also allows for a more thorough examination/exploration of a single idea.  For example, if I work on a painting, then move on to another, and then come back to it in an hour or so, chances are I have a fresh perspective.  At least this is how my mind operates.  This manner of working on multiple pieces simultaneously also creates an opportunity to explore more of the infinite possibilities.  Like the choose your own adventure books.  Well, not really.


But enough about that. The true answer to the question is that it took thirty-five years to make that painting.  I am not being facetious or philosophical. However, I still do not think this is really what people want or expect to hear.  And I get that, I do.  But it doesn't change the fact that this is the truth. 


As I was creating the pieces for an upcoming show, I found myself wanting to document the process.  Actually, I am finding myself wanting to document things in general right now.  Maybe because for the past ten years or so, I have not been a diligent documenter--at least not in the traditional sense.  I used to be.  I used to document a lot--in the form of writing, sketching, clipping, photographing, and so on.  Mostly "insignificant" moments, which have the capacity to convey more truth than any "occasion."  And I love going through my old sketchbooks that are bulging at the seams.  Why don't I keep a sketchbook any more? At first I thought that there is simply less time to do so, I am in a different place in my life, more going on, blah, blah.  But that is not true.  Really, my whole life is documented, not only in the paintings that I create, but in other, less literal (and possibly more informative and meaningful) ways.  This blog is my new sketchbook.  My dishwasher is, too (you'll see, keep reading...).  And my iPod. Especially the iPod. For me there is a strong connection between music and memory.  You know how an album or a song can take you straight back to a certain place and time in your life?  This is big for me personally because I listen to a lot of music every day in the studio, and therefore music is another means of documentation (unconsciously, but still). I make a lot more actual paintings now, too, so seeing a body of work, or sometimes a specific painting I made in the past can have a similar effect.


Moving on.  I got one of those little white Fuji cameras that shoots out the little credit card sized photos (a la the Polaroid days).  I love it.  I rarely take the time to print out any of my thousands of digital pics, but this camera I leave on the kitchen counter, and when something worth $1.50 happens....bang!  Instant forever.  Plus we love writing little notes on the tab in an Ultra Fine Point Sharpie. (We super love Sharpies.)

This is my happy dishwasher.  Stupid refrigerator.



So, here are some in situ shots of the initial process of creating the body of work for an upcoming exhibition in San Francisco.  I am excited about the show and even more excited about the process because it is a departure from my norm.  I needed that.  But the work still draws from that same nest in my head of organic forms and composition and response to things tactile. I am not entirely comfortable posting these images on a blog for all the world to see.  Not sure if this is a good idea, and it feels...a little exposing. Or something.  But who cares.



* The Lucky Bucket [Circa 1998]


Ok. I can't write anymore.  I am not done on the subject, but I will complete this thought later.  I don't mean to be rude, y'all, but my head hurts.  I think I need new glasses.  You've had enough for one day, too?  Ok, great :) 

MaƱana!