Monday, June 27, 2011


Try, try again: This is another reborn painting.  Again, my disappointment in the first attempt was gradually replaced by delight as I incorporated the under layer  into this composition!  I'm still focused on geometry.  I think  this woman has some history, like the piece itself.  Perhaps the destiny of some paintings is to be the fertile soil from which a new painting bursts to life!  I get to be the gardener.  What fun!
Interlude is 8x8" acrylic media and collage on panel.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Scotch on the Rocks

Lots of Starts II :  Further to this topic, I recently read an article about a man named Scott Kim who is a "puzzle master".  He actually makes a living by designing logical mazes and brain teasers.  The way he describes it, creating a puzzle is a lot like solving one.  His creative process is helped by taking walks and changing where he sits.  But in the end, he says, "I often find that the amount of progress I make is proportional to the number of times I start."  Timeless advice.  This painting is yet another rebirth.

Scotch on the Rocks is 8x8" acrylic media and collage on panel.   


 Lots of Starts:  I once heard an audio tape of Charles Hawthorne's advice to his painting students.  One thing he counseled  was "Make many starts."  I took that advice this week.  Days of painting were going by and nothing was really clicking.  So I made some new starts by  painting over a few old pieces.  This turned out to be great!  The previous paint and collage made very  intricate surfaces, and I adapted some of the old shapes into the new pictures.  It was great fun!
Sultry is 8x8" acrylic media and collage on panel.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


The pictures I found of Marie Antoinette have her in  magnificent millinery.  In one version, she wears a silk turban with feathers cascading down one side of her face.  So, this is my attempt to capture her, elaborately mid-flourish.
Enchantment is 6x6" acrylic on gessoboard.


Bewitched is 6x6" acrylic on gessoboard.


Another picture I found of Marie Antoinette shows her in a wide-brimmed hat, possibly setting out for  a garden party with all her courtiers.  Something new I tried on this series was painting on gessoboard.  It's very absorbent, and has a completely different feel from painting on canvas.  It takes some getting used to, but I like it.
Chapeau is 6x6" acrylic on gessoboard.   

A la Mode

A la Mode is 6x6" acrylic on gessoboard.

Monday, June 20, 2011


Bedazzled: For our show this Friday at Detour Salon, we are exploring the themes of Marie Antionette!, big hair, hats, and confection. Yum.

Bedazzled is 6x6" acrylic on panel.


Ringlets is 6x6" acrylic on panel.

Emerald Moonlight

Emerald Moonlight is 8x8" acrylic media and collage on panel.   

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Orchard Morning

 Geometry of Orchards:  Why is an orchard endlessly fascinating to look at?  Maybe it's the dynamic combination of organic and geometric elements.  As we know, contrast rocks.  I've been trying for that vibration as I put together orchard-y compositions.  I'm still focused on texture and warmth in high-horizon "hillside" composition. 
Orchard Morning is 8x8" acrylic media and collage on panel.