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.
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!
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.
-that is what I am calling home today. The rain is persistent. Inside the dogs are on day two of harboring that damp doggy odor and are banned to the mud room. Outside the chickens are warily navigating their way around puddles lest they get their claws wet. I just fired up the heat in the studio, and in the mean time got out my winter newsletter this morning which you can take a look at here.
I am so pleased to announce that my illustrious son and personal graphics consultant has finished the layout for my 2015 Calendar! The images are bigger this year and they are all from my 50|fifty series that I had completed this summer. I chose 12 of my favorites! Here's a peak at March....off to the printers!
Every time I teach a class I bring a demo panel with me. On it I can demonstrate each of the materials and techniques that we talk about in the class. I never have a plan about what my subject matter is, I just start loading the panel with marks and colors. Here is one panel (16x16) in three stages from the beginning weeks of my mixed media workshop:
I'm leading a workshop in mixed media painting this fall. Here is a glimpse of a few of the participants works in progress. Each week I present the class with a different material or technique to try. So far in the first four weeks we have explored materials including inks, gouache, water soluble pencils and crayons, acrylic paints and various mediums. Collage materials have included photos, printed imagery and fabrics. The class is working both representationally and abstractly. Its a nice way to spend a Tuesday Morning!
stay tuned for gold leaf, gel transfers and working larger!
September: ( I still consider this summer ) The installation of five of my paintings at the Sussman House at PenBay Medical center in Maine. A trio hangs in the hallway and two individual pieces are in patient rooms. I am proud that my work was selected to be in our community's new hospice house.
Another 5 days in Truro at Castle Hill! This time the roads were empty for riding, the water warmer for dunking and the workshop more challenging! My brain hurts. But I was awed by the fact that I was able to work under the guidance of Joan Snyder, a painter I have admired since my 20's. It was tough. I felt intimidated by the strength and confidence of some of the painters around me and had trouble finding my (voice) mark. And time was running out after the first day! I worked in water based media and on paper- but soon realized that I wished I had had my oils with me too. I also wish I could go back in a week or two once I get my feet back under me. Overall, though, it was an important week in my life. The group and individual critiques provided me with enough insight into my practice and direction to last me a while back here at home. I am grateful to the other participants for being part of the experience.
some struggling images:
Thank goodness at the end of each day there was this.