October 24th, 2014
Hey; my studio has been displaced from the cozy garage to the busy dining room during basement renos. I haven't "bonded" with the temporary space yet, and having problems getting motivated and staying on track. I have lots to do before the upcoming Federation shows and the Garibaldi Fall Show in a few weeks. Wish me luck?
February 16th, 2014
Well, I just spent the last 2 days working on a painting for the next ACT gallery show in Maple Ridge, BC. Of all things, it is a watercolor! This is only the fourth one I have done in the last 15 years! I guess the drawing I did was begging for a bit of pen/ink watercolor treatment. I love the look, but remember the frustration of working with watercolors. I copied the sketch so that I could do the same painting in acrylic on velum to see which one I like better. We shall see....
July 22nd, 2013
I just entered a contest with cats as the subject. I learned some valuable things today:
1. There is a LOT of really terrible cat art out there
2. Relatively speaking, my cat paintings are pretty good.
3. There is a LOT of really terrible cat art out there!
4. I really love to paint and photograph cats.
5. Never give an opinion about someone's art unless you mean it and it's true
6. There is a lot of really good cat art out there.
7. If your friend is a really bad singer of opera, you MUST tell them so
8. There is a LOT of really terrible cat art out there!!!!!!!!
9, Keep painting cats if you love to, but think twice about sharing them.
10.I love cats.
These are just my thoughts for the day.
I enjoy entering contests because I get to focus on other artist's interpretation of the subject and MANY more people are likely to see your work!
July 2nd, 2013
Ok, I am moving my studio from the basement (where all the teenagers hang out) to the garage, where there is sunshine, fresh air, and NO company unless I want it! We just did all the insulation, drywall, and built in shelving, so now it is time to pack and move! I hope to get it done super fast, because I have 3 new crow paintings on my mind, dying to make their way onto fresh canvasses! Wish me luck, and I will be posting pics from my new digs. TTYL
October 26th, 2011
Forgive me Father, it has been 3 months since my last `confession`. Okay, I am certainly not Catholic, but you have to admit, it sounds catchy, right...
I have to get back in the swing of things. The show last month was great, sold a lot of small pieces and gained some awareness of public interests. Note to self...pay attention to that! My art studio is freshly cleaned and organized, and ready for creativity. I am looking again for inspiration...a color, or a word, or a feeling, or anything to come my way. It will come soon, I can feel it. Until then, Lilu snoozes behind me on her perch. I will soon have my latest 2 paintings of her posted.
June 26th, 2011
Hey, if you are actually reading this, I dare you to leave a comment.
Any comment will do.
Just to reassure me that someone besides Lilu and I are reading and writing these.
Again, I am searching for inspiration.
I have a full day of painting planned, but I am distracted by other things and can't focus.
My mind is blank.
I hope that somewhere in my twisted dreams, a great idea or series will come to me.
I can only hope...
June 20th, 2011
Well, how much fun was today?
More, collage, knife painting, and New York City skylines.
I think I am on a collage run, and can't get enough of it.
Had a very successful day, although the pieces look even better in reality than scanned.
Scanning sometimes enhances, but sometimes misses the life of a piece.
Oh well, I am still a happy painter today.
Lilu had fun chasing the paper out of the printer as I was printing research material for the New York series.
June 13th, 2011
Inspiration comes in the strangest ways sometimes.
My art reference binder was overstuffed, and while organizing it, I glanced through the collage papers I have been collecting and sorting according to color.
The beautiful sage green pages reminded me of how much I love collage.
So, I chose my favorite collage pages, and created three new images today!
Wow, I could do collage for days on end, I love it so much.
I hope everyone likes them. Two are posted, the third one needs finishing touches yet.
I had a good day, thankful to Lynn for her guidance and good advice.
Is it done do you think??? Well of course not. Ha ha ha.
One birch painting left to do in the series, and I will move on to a new series.
Must finish the 4 in the Paynes series...
So much to do, and so little time.
Time for rest, and dreaming of new creations to come.
Come on Lilu, bedtime!
June 9th, 2011
The biggest dilemma sometimes is looking for something to inspire a new creative spark.
I have been painting birches, and I have 3 left to finish, and one more canvas to complete.
But, what is next???
What have I done lately....cats...paynes grey abstracts...trees. something new now.
Not sure what it is.
Maybe a magic muse will respond to this blog and give me a direction?
That would be cool.
Lilu...come here and wait for inspiration with me!
June 7th, 2011
I love this photograph. I feel it deep in my soul. I wish I had taken it. That is my dilemma this week.
I LOVE to paint. I feel free and creative and more myself than at any other time.
I paint abstracts because they convey what is lurking inside and all around us.
If I wanted true realism, I would take photographs, so now I do.
Are they both equal arts? I think so.
Each is a composition and a "snapshot" of a message, or a mood that I want to express.
I had another FAA site with a pseudonym for photography only, but I want people to know the real me.
I love both, and I want to embrace both.
So, I have separated my galleries into paintings and photography although the subject matter is often shared.
Yes, this feels like me. Music and literature have always surrounded me, so they have always been part of my art.
I am happy now and feel more like a complete artist.
Lilu is crying somewhere down the hall. I don't think she cares about my artistic status.
She is lonely and wants her mom. Until tomorrow then...