Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bag Exercise

I didn't have any watercolor paper, so I flattened out a grocery bag to paint on. This is acrylic paint, graphite, charcoal and oil pastel over gesso.
And here are a couple of close up details.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


A friend of mine said today that she hates abstract paintings. All I could do was chuckle. It's so easy to hate something we don't understand. For me, the whole world is abstract. I look around me and see pine branches against a blue sky. They are dark shapes against a light background. And the closer I look the more I just see shapes in relation to each other. I look at the undulating surface of water. If I photographed it, it would look like an abstract painting. This is what the world is made of. Have you ever laid on your back in the grass and looked at the clouds? The more you look, the more shapes you'll see that remind you of something else. An elephant, whose trunk grows longer and longer as that wisp of cloud is carried by the currents of air up there… That's how I look at my own abstract paintings. I can't really see them when I have a brush in my hand and am applying paint to them. Oh I see them, but I'm seeing what they might become, not what they are. So I hang them on my bedroom wall, and look at them as I'm falling asleep. I look at them in low light. I see them when I wake up, not with the thought of what I can do to change them, but just see them as they are. That's when I'm surprised by the creatures and objects hidden in the current of paint.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Coho Cafe. January 15 - February 28.

Swim. 24" x 36", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

(Detail) Chromatic Sea. 36" x 24", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

Forest. 36" x 24", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

Pines. 24" x 36", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

Flying Fish. 24" x 36", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

36" x 24", Acrylic on canvas, 2013

20" x 24", Acrylic on canvas, 2013