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This is a new small painting. It is a hope-filled expression which feels fitting for the spring season.
Another Day Opens, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel. It is also available to view and purchase at my website.
Anemone, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing.
Organelle, 2017, ink drawing.
Ribbon Running, 2017, ink and watercolor drawing
The above painting and drawings are available, so please feel free to inquire! You can do so here or my website contact form.
I had a wonderful time at the group exhibition Put the Art in pARTy at Icehouse Gallery, curated and hosted by Joe Holdren. The setting is always a spacious and intriguing place to explore, as is the art.
I’m looking forward to yet another upcoming group exhibition at Icehouse on May 5: Figure So Surreal, curated by Travis Fields. I’ll be one on 36 other artists showing contemporary surrealistic work. More on that in the next post.
Here is a detail pic of something that sprang onto paper yesterday afternoon. We’ll see where it takes me. Perhaps this is where it stops.
Every day, I try to either run or hike in the Sonoran landscape. I make a practice to stop and smell the roses… and orange blossoms and creosote. There is so much visible beauty to not only enjoy, but to remind my spirit of how importantly interconnected we all truly are wherever we go, be it a quiet forest in the mountains or a sprawling metropolis. Here is a small dried barrel cactus fruit which must have been a nice meal for a bird or a javelina. It caught my eye, I passed it, then turned around to pick it up.
I am quite fond of listening to ambient music while I paint, or any time really. My favorites are bands like Pausal and The Dead Texan, who allow for a lot of open spaces between the changing chords and patiently allow the narrative to grow. Like clouds slowly overlapping, merging and dissipating. This musical piece is by an incredible group called A Winged Victory For The Sullen. It was put out on the Erased Tapes Records label, album titled, Requiem For The Static King Part Two.
I’ve just finished another small painting. I will be photographing it in the next day or so, and blog it soon.
Happy Easter. Happy newness.
Upcoming events this week…
Joe Holdren, the talent behind the historic Icehouse art gallery in downtown phoenix, has invited several Arizona artists to participate in Put the Art in pARTy and I’m pleased to be included. This is a group exhibition happening during Art Detour 29 in Downtown Phoenix to meet and greet many artists that live and work around Phoenix area. This will be concurrent to the wonderful show, Songs Untitled, by artists, Dan Pederson, Joe Holdren, Carol O’Hara Sherwood and Onna Voellmer. Below are pictures of their work. The Art Party is Saturday 10am -2am through Sunday 10am – 5pm, March 18th – 19th, 429 W. Jackson St.! Come on by, enjoy the art, speak with the artists, hear live music and have some refreshments.
I took the following pictures (the first one below is by Joe) when I dropped off my artwork last week. You can see that the crew at Icehouse is busy putting up new lighting in preparation for a fantastic time!
With my two work, Awake and Diviners.
I also have these four artworks, two drawings and two paintings, at The Artery, during Art Detour 29. These will be included in the group show with Ladies Who Paint. Also be sure to walk upstairs and view the studios of artists such as Ann Morriss Osgood and Laura Cohen-Hogan.
Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm
It’s been full speed ahead the past couple of weeks! I have completed the painting, Calamus, and started several more. Below are detail pictures of one I’m working on.
This is my newest completed painting. In it, I responded to many ponderings on the way we recognize one another as human animals. How we coalesce because of another’s connection to our lives. I will leave it at that, as there are so many ways to travel from those conversational/meditative starting points. Our Faces Come Because You Look For Us, 2017, watercolor, ink and pastel, 27 1/8″ x 19″, archival paper, unframed. You can view more at my shop. Enjoy.
Tonight, The Women Who Paint will again be having a group show at the Artery/Studio 6 based around the Art Detour 29 theme The Selfie. The artists included are Charmagne Coe, Carla Keaton, Cindy Schnackel, Lucretia Torva, Marisa Hall Valdez and Randy Zucker. I had to contemplate this theme for a bit… as I am not wont to think of myself as a solo self, but rather, I am me because of all of us. Universality. When I chose the works for the show, I saw my image in the works as me as having been affected by others. And, they are of you too if you see yourself there.
The Selfie Show
The Artery/Studio 6, 623 Indian School Road
First Friday, March 3rd, 6 – 10 pm
Art Detour Hours:
Third Friday, March 17th, 6 – 10 pm
Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday, March 19th, 11 am – 5 pm
A little more about Art Detour 29:
“Art Detour is expanding from two to four days in 2017, and will feature a diverse slate of activities created by local artists and art venues to celebrate the growing, vibrant Phoenix arts scene. The event is produced by Artlink Inc., in partnership with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix, AZ and Artlink Articipants.”
This is the recent drawing, Write the Words’ on Chapters’ Mouths.
Last month’s Small Works Love Show at The Artery was an intimate exhibition of works by my artist group, Ladies Who Paint. This gallery is located in the heart of Phoenix. It is home to the art collective at Studio 6; there art studios are upstairs… and when you visit, do take the time to see them! This was the first of many shows to come at this location throughout 2017. Below’s picture is courtesy of MJ Deen.
Here is my most recent painting. I so enjoyed the creation of this biophilic and expressive work. I continue to explore the automatistic, spontaneous pulse of the narrative that unfolds when I paint or draw each element. And as well, I seek to combine the spontaneous gestures with my personal reflections on nature and life at large. You can also see this work at my website.
The Verse Of Flora’s Gate, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14 5/8″ x 11 1/4″.
I’ve joined a group of Arizona artists who meet monthly. We enjoy discussing technique and latest community arts news, planning painting/drawing meetups and collaborate on exhibits. 12 of us will now be presenting our work in The Artery, a gallery run by a local artist collective, through a variety of group and solo shows. For February, we’ve chosen a love-themed group exhibition. Join us this first Friday!
Small Works Love Show
Friday, February 3rd
6pm – 9pm
623 E. Indian School, Phoenix, AZ
I will be exhibiting Diviners, a watercolor, ink and pastel painting, Say That Again, an ink drawing and giclée limited edition prints.
I have received an invitation to a surrealism group show, Figure So Surreal, in May. This will be a large gathering of surrealists — some whose work I’ve followed for many years. “A journey into the minds of over 3 dozen talented artists as they dance with images of a surrealist world. From Arizona and beyond!”, writes Travis Fields, curator. I’m very excited to be a part. You can visit Facebook to RSVP or learn more. I’ll have more details as the date gets closer.
Here is my latest painting. The process of it almost haunted me as I swam from color to color, through tawny swirls of soil and rosy blossoms, then finally arrived at a greener palette. It seemed to me to be reflective of an innate tendency to draw toward nature, away from man made material, to be humbled and alive in a force that is greater than us, yet every bit a part of who we are. I feel we all need to go there, lost into nature places, to remember what we cannot say with words. I still feel a lot of mystery about this work. I wonder if some day I might meet someone who knows the rest of the story.
When He Himself Is Covered Green, 2016, watercolor, ink and pastel, 12 3/16″ x 15 15/16″.
In 2010 I painted The Gift. I am thrilled that this magical painting will be included and for sale in Herberger Theater Art Gallery’s upcoming group exhibition, Home for the Holidays. This show will be located at their Arizona Center gallery at 455 N. Third Street, Suite 1200 in Phoenix, AZ, opening reception November 18th, 6-8pm. The show runs from November 18th – January 16th.
Below is a work in progress.
I’ll leave you with a little drawing. Feel all there is with and within the one you love, while you have the time.
I’ll Stay Awake to See Your Colors
Diviners, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 8 15/16″ x 9″
It’s been an extremely first wet winter season in the PNW for me. Record-breaking, in fact. What an induction, let me tell you. There is always water clinging to ferns and filling the bird baths. The skies are blanketed in gray.
Though it’s enticing to only remain cozy inside by the wood stove or behind insulatory windows, it’s important to go adventuring outside into nature and let those subtle and powerful biophilic forces rejuvenate the spirit. There are many, many ecosystems I know very little about here, having recently moved in September. So I’m educating myself as I go. Hearty duck boots (circa 1991) and fingerless mittens help me go warmly sloshing around. Even on the wettest day, I find it newly feasible to zip up my raincoat and go down to the beach. The forest trails are dense and padded down in a mulch of wet leaves and slick soil. New environments and geography inform new adaptations, both aesthetic and in the mind. This is the middle of the dark Seattle area season, no doubt about it. I’m not acclimated to it yet, but I’m letting it in and feeling.
Lavished, ink drawing
Slip the Rocks and Water, ink drawing
Work in progress, watercolor, ink and pastel.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve worked on very small pieces. I like the refinement of brushstrokes and condensing thoughts into such a little space. I think of it like creating a mini pandora’s box…. Here are two I’ve just finished. Enjoy!
This first one is Jewels for My Baleen, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 5 1/2″x 4 1/8″ (framed 9 1/2″ x 8 1/8″).
And, Sweetness Then Go Outer Skins, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 4″ x 4 1/4″ (framed 9″ x 9 1/4″).
It’s been extremely rewarding to pursue some new palettes this month and attend to several projects. Below are two of four paintings in progress, and I’m beginning another one today… I woke up thinking of rich indigo and filigree-like white lace. I’ll see where the spark takes me.
Having several concurrent paintings in progress affords me the ability to step back from one when I need to but also keep working on others. It’s important for me, and many other visual artists/writers, I’ve heard, to avoid developing myopia. As well, a kind of block can develop when all one’s hopes are tied to a single project — particularly one that is large and inundating. That happened to me several years ago while doing a large commission. At points, I felt completely overwhelmed; when I got to a puzzling element I would fixate on it and become mired. Time ticked away. I’d paint something that didn’t work, paint it over, then over again. Trickles of self-doubt began to form. Hitting the wall, my efforts became forced, which is anathema to my automatistic, spontaneous flow of creativity I need to create work that is truly alive, surprising and authentic. In frustration I found myself breaking away and taking out a sketchbook. I began drawing unrelated projects and it extinguished my anxiety. What emerged were some of my best drawings AND I returned to the large commission feeling rejuvenated, fueled and having fresh eyes. Time-wise too, it was crucial that I met the deadline, and thankfully I did! It was a learning curve.
I’ve since utilized this healthy discovery in creative process and I make sure to explore art in several directions at once. Not to an overwhelming degree, but just enough so that the projects are mutually beneficial as a whole. Each venture is informing the other, whether on a conscious or subconscious level. When a piece falls flat, I don’t trouble over it as much as I used to. Instead, I usually set it aside (I will often resurrect it later) and get to painting or drawing or writing something else. One creation is happily percolating while another creation is reaching a satisfying completion. I read along the way that “art feeds art”. It’s true.
The above painting, Windows Watch Us In, is the focus of my April art column installment, Honey Wove the Marrow, at Arcadia Magazine’s Online Sundries. In it I discuss identity, relating and a bit about fishing with my dad.
This is my newest painting. Let Them Fall and Rise as Garnets, 2015, watercolor, ink and pastel, 14″ x 12″.
Two paintings, Beloved and The Gift, have been selected for exhibition at Arizona Opera located at 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. You will be able to view them in the lobby from March 16th – June 5th. This is a wonderful venue featuring some of Arizona’s greatest vocal talents. I’m thrilled!
This is my newest painting, Honey Wove the Marrow. It was created in several layers of watercolor, ink and pastel. This was a longer endeavor, lasting over five months. It was complex in theme and color work. I’m happy, yet a little melancholy, to see this work completed. So it goes. Enjoy.
I was asked once again to be a contributing writer of a six-month-long art column in Arcadia Magazine. It will feature six of my paintings and ponderings/poetry about life, art and mystery. This will begin in March. I’m honored to continue being a part of their team!