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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Floating leaves

That's not the title of these two images - I can't think of anything that really fits. So for now...floating leaves. Acrylic on wood panel. 8x10 & 8x8. This is one of the images that the negative space defines the subject. I painted the watery blue background first then painted the background on top of the foreground. Weird sequence but it works. 

I will be uploading these shortly as fine art giclees when I get my new retail site working - should be very soon! Watch this space. 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

from neolithic to modern

I submitted a piece to a juried show. This is a first for me - an application...an application fee (bummer)...photos...artists statement. Seriously-this is the real thing!

The event is the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley - where all things art just happen. The name of the show is: The Making is a Remaking. What are Worlds made of?
"Not from nothing… Worldmaking starts from worlds already on hand: the making is a remaking."
Nelson Goodman (Ways of Worldmaking, 1978)

And here is what I submitted: Waiting for Solstice.

and my artists statement here that describes this piece.
When I was a little girl I often imagined that I lived in a small world in a contained space
and I was part of a bigger world and was being observed by this bigger alternate
universe. I took this fascination in later years to assembling miniature worlds and
creating works of art that were always smaller than everyone else's. In college while my
classmates worked on large canvases I drew in spaces of about 6x6 inches. For this
project I used my love of miniature worlds and assembled my version of a neolithic rock
formation. Having recently traveled to Ireland I saw many of these and loved and learned
from each one. In 2000 I traveled to the Surrey Plain in England and walked around
Stonehenge - fascinated by the precarious balance of the beautiful blue stones. While I
did not have access to stone-age rocks I did have a pile of beautiful driftwood I recently
purchased. These small pieces of wood...softened by the forces of nature were a perfect
replacement and so I assembled my own miniature neolithic world. The very small rusted
metal part I picked up on the side of a road is reminiscent of the Heel Stone - where the
midsummer sun rises when viewed from the center of Stonehenge. Painted stripes add
color and interest and bring the piece into the modern world and the riverbed reminds
the viewer that the driftwood once floated in water.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

a day at the park...

Hubby and I went to see the Diebenkorn exhibit at the De Young in Golden Gate Park and it was such a delicious soft and foggy day that it was just perfect for taking photos and then manipulating them, adding borders, adjusting light and then posting that I just had to share. a few were posted on Instagram - so take a look there and follow too!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Lyrical florals

I love the idea of painting a background first and then painting over the background leaving clear only the space that is to take shape. In these two pieces I started with an abstract background on wood panel. When dry I painted over the background leaving open the shape of a very loosely designed flower. Once that that was complete and I went over the who piece with conte crayon where I defined the shapes and added texture and definition.
8x10 and 8x8. Fine art prints here on Imagekind and Artist Rising.