Thursday, June 25, 2015

journal pages and a quote

I save quotes and phrases. I came across this quote I had tucked away a while back. It seemed to reappear at just the right time.  Attributed to the artist Kiki Smith, this I believe.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

shipwrecks and doubt

I've been working towards a body of work for an upcoming show late this summer in Blue Hill at the Cynthia Winings Gallery. Its a 'be careful what you wish for' moment, because after I had a lovely visit with Cynthia in my studio earlier this spring, I then had to get down to the business of making some paintings.  Back in April I had just started working on this new series of paintings.  They are taken from phrases and imagery in novels I have read all pertaining to the sea, floating, casting nets, night skies, becoming unmoored and drowning (metaphorically of course). 

I like the way this one is coming along, it could be done? 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

another day in June

a wet day in June
stranded in the studio
chasing an idea that has been percolating for months
beginning with one novel: We the Drowned
and ending with another: Moby Dick
in between there were a lot of experiments
false starts and drawings
of waves and nets and shipwrecks
of night skies and cast lines
of floating and being swept to shore
works in progress
its all paint and pencil
brush and line and color

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

fairy dust and hibernation

It is March.  It is still winter.  The icicles hanging from the eaves of our home are beginning to look like they could impale the mailman.  I worry about him stepping on our icy steps, so I leave an old bean bag on a shovel in the walkway for him to deposit the mail.  More snow arrived last night.  It is heavier-more spring like in its weight- harder to lift the shovels over the banks. But is covers up yesterdays grit and the day gleams in the bright sun.  The days are getting longer and we can begin to think about ending this long hibernation.

hibernation 38x38"
mostly oil with some gold, glitter and drawing
this was a painting I thought I had finished with a few months back, but dragged it out for an overhaul earlier this week.

Monday, February 9, 2015

yesterday, at last

My otherwise perfect studio has had its fair share of hiccups this winter in the heat department. I had my trusty friend George, thank-you!! come by and jigger the Rinnai this week so that yesterday, Sunday, I got to spend the entire afternoon finishing up a painting that I had set aside in the deep freeze.  It feels a little winter in palette and summer in content.  Wishful thinking to warmer climes?

24x24" oil, mixed media on panel

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

heart of winter

We're in it.  Actually buried by it.  There is simply no where to put any more snow. Yesterday was a spectacularly beautiful day after the latest storm, much of the day spent shoveling paths here and there and digging out our cars.

 its a long way to go for fresh eggs!

After all that physical labor I took on a bigger challenge and sat down at the computer.  We are not the best of friends, and often don't seem to speak the same language. But I am happy to announce that after much of the afternoon, I managed to open my first on line shop.  I intend to sell my smaller work through this venue- things that are easy to ship and more importantly affordable to a larger audience.  Let's see if it works!  I had an auspicious start of three sales by nightfall of the full moon- so I am taking that as a good sign from the universe!  Thank you all who follow me here, and please take a look over here.  Let me know what you think- I'd love to hear from you.

these seven 4x4's are from the heart of winter series

Thursday, January 29, 2015

a thought and sparkles

I just finished that three works for five days art challenge on Facebook.  I rarely post my art to Facebook. I have thought about setting up an "art" page, but I just haven't yet...  There are so many media venues to consider.  I actually really like the blog format the best, I think in part because if you have found yourself here reading and looking at this page, you might have been looking for me or my work, or at least browsing arts related sites.  I am not scrambled among posts about cat videos or the latest political crisis.  Its just my art, a quiet place, no ads, no tags, no likes.  Thank you for visiting!!

Below are three small works on paper 6x6" mixed media

Saturday, January 24, 2015

winter whites in progress

Snow is falling.  House is quiet. Outdoors it is silent.  I have been in the studio this week using lots of white (house paint, spray paint, oil) covering up older paintings, trying to uncover something new.

 wip / 24x24"

wip / about 48x48"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

fond farewell

Last week marked the closing of Åarhus Gallery.

Åarhus was the gallery in Belfast, Maine where I was a partner for some time a few years back.  It gave me the opportunity to exhibit in over a dozen beautifully curated exhibits, meet a community of  talented like-minded artists, and be a part of something unique in the gallery scene of Mid-coast Maine.  Åarhus had its own voice, its own point of view.  I am glad to have played a tiny part in the life of this unique gallery.

Here's a letter from the final four.  Wishing everyone the best!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

what's going on around here: try everything

The New Year

Going for the new in the studio- trying whatever comes to mind- collage, pastel, oil, gold and yes even glitter; incorporating everything.  Later I will sit back and reflect, but for now it feels like time is running out so I am putting it all down while I can.




detail of 24x24"