Thursday, October 22, 2015


I am still working on this series. It is very satisfying and so far shows no signs of ending. I know it will but not today anyway. I have decided to stop naming my pieces. I hate thinking up names for them. So I have decided to just date them going forward. That way I will always know when I did them and will be able to compare them at some point by the date they were completed.

I have also set up a small Big Cartel shop here if you are interested in purchasing any from this series.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Aerial View?

 These are beginning to look like aerial views to me. Whenever I fly across the country I am mesmerized by the way things look from up high. I am especially enthralled by the views over New Mexico and Texas. The vast expanses of nothingness with circular green crops a midst squares and rectangles of brown dust. I am following this series along where it takes me but this is the closest I have come to painting what I see from a plane.

Monday, October 12, 2015

A New Series

I am enjoying this new series that seems to have come about as a result of an online class I took recently with Lisa Congdon. I love the way the white lines enhance the colors and the way a similar pattern can look so different depending on the color of the background and the direction of the lines.

There is a lot to be learned from this series and I intend to keep going as I usually do until the work says "enough"!  I will then move on to the next series of work.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Bad Week Results in a Satisfying Painting

After what turned out to be the most horrifying week of my life as a parent and grandparent I was finally able to paint yesterday. I painted this in gouache on 140 pound hot press watercolor paper. I loved mixing the grays. Here I used Aureolin Yellow, Cobalt Blue and Alizarin Crimson plus white. I admire artists who can use bright colors but I simply cannot. Sometimes you just need to paint gray.

I don't know how I would manage without my paints and my swimming right now. These two things together are keeping me from a total collapse.

Friday, October 2, 2015

More Sketchbook Explorations

More from my online class with Lisa Congdon, Sketchbook Explorations. This class is really exciting to me. This is done in watercolors and it was like old home week for me. Watercolor used to be my medium many years ago. Since then I have worked in oils and acrylics mostly. But the watercolors really feel like home to me. The colors all come easily to me since they were part of my DNA. Viridian, alizarin, aureolin. I don't even have to think about them. They just mix on my plate.

My darn left handed tilt is a little annoying though.