Packing for Art

We leave this morning on a great adventure! This coming school year we are moving into a beautiful new Middle School where I will have a kiln for the first time. Thanks to Fund for Teachers I will be learning about ceramics history and about how to start kids off to a good start in clay,…

How to meet an art goal in five steps

About this time last year, a couple of my students brought me a good-sized chunk of mistletoe. They had climbed up a tree to gather it for me, and tied it up in a red plastic ribbon from a trash bag. They knew I wanted to paint some. I did, it was fun, and I…

Making the cut

It may seem like a small thing to the outside observer, the final sorting of art, arranged and rearranged, stacked and unstacked. Counted. Counted over and over. Occasionally one painting will be laid aside. Occasionally it will be put back in. For me this can go on in fits and spurts for days. Then the…

People

I love portraits, looking at portraits, reading about portrait painters. However, if you take a look at this blog, my available paintings or Pinterest page, you won’t see many paintings including people, faces, or figures. That is about to change. No, I’m not suddenly changing direction, I’m just giving myself permission to swim where I…

Do you know there’s an onion in your studio?

A friendly reminder I heard one evening…I’ve been using ACEO size panels to keep myself painting now that school has started. Sometimes all I can get done is to gesso panels, or clean and condition brushes, or set something up to paint. Or nothing. That poor onion, though, sat on a silk scarf -one of…

Signing your art.

How do you sign your art? Twice in the past few weeks I have had conversations with friends about a work of art they own or saw elsewhere. In both instances they were interested in seeing more of the artist’s work with an eye to a possible purchase. There was only one problem- the artiss’…

Going Small

School is about to start. My supplies have arrived and I have been in my classroom unpacking, wondering why I got four bottles of spray canvas tightener- or rather-what very important thing did I think I was ordering instead! Oh no! I can hear the squealing tires of my creativity and energy being suddenly re-directed….

The Monothon

I generally make art three ways: 1. On my own, either out in the field or alone in my studio. I mostly paint in gouache or oil, work on my large ongoing mosaic project, or perhaps carve a woodblock for printing. 2. As a teaching artist. Over the course of a year my students range…

Visiting Taos

So far this summer I have visited and sketched or painted in some very distinctive places. The first was Taos New Mexico. Taos has long been a destination for artists and all lovers of beauty. I was happy to find that popularity hadn’t turned it into a theme-park version of itself. It seems like a…

My show

Friday night I opened the first show of oil paintings since, maybe ever. I have had solo shows of acrylics, mixed media, and woodcut prints. I’ve been included in shows of fine art books and even fiber. But somehow I have never had a gallery show of oil paintings. Last fall I decided to just…

Starting can be ugly

One of the most important qualities, or habits of mind, an artist develops is perseverance. If I didn’t understand what is on my easel right now, I’d quit, wipe it off, turn it to the wall, paint over it later. Earlier this week I quit a painting but I knew why, it was a drawing…

Snow in shade

I love how intense and varied the blues are on snow in shade. They range from intense ultramarine to almost purple, to almost green. And they change quickly in the very early morning or late evening. For this picture I did the ground, snow, trees first. It was a rather typical dawn that day, so…