Sometimes an old painting comes back to you and you see it in a whole new light. As an artist I am trying to stop separating my paintings into "the old stuff" and "the new stuff." Here I have an "old" painting, "Venus Returns" that I finished in 2014. I started it years earlier and it evolved into this figure of light and beauty. She is adorned with imagery of the earth: landscape, earth textures, water, fruit and vegetables (yes, potatoes!). I just realized how connected she is to what I am doing presently. I have had my eyes up at the stars all summer long. I have been watching Venus in the mornings in all of her glory. When I named "Venus Returns" I thought I was randomly selecting a name for this figure that is synonymous with beauty and the feminine. I see now how this older painting was another stepping stone toward my current work and how interconnected she is to what I am painting in my studio today.
This morning I started thinking more about black holes and event horizons. I'm already thinking about edges, boundaries and thresholds and now here's a line in space, that when crossed, has enormous consequences. I was trying to figure out how to portray that feeling of gravity or pulling of an object getting sucked from light into darkness. This space object or star looks more like it's happy in orbit, maybe just before the beginning of its end.
I've been really curious lately about everything relating to space. I've spent numerous hours in the backyard making sense of the constellations; I've watched the ISS and more satellites than I ever knew existed fly overhead. I've learned there is quite a bunch of space junk up there. I'm starting to try to figure out what all of this means.
Hello! Please join me Saturday, August 8, noon-6pm for my Summer Open Studio. I will be showing new paintings and collages.
Location: 3334 N.E. 24th Avenue just south of Fremont. Look for the brown house directly across from the Madeleine field.
It will be good to see you! Drop by anytime between noon and six.
I worked on a series of drawings today renewing a bunch of shapes I have used in the past--this time to explore the idea of alchemy. I combined a dozen on my studio wall to contemplate their relationships. I also brought light to some studies from 10 years ago--black shapes connected at the hips--that are now really exciting to me. All of the above (see below) relate back to my dream balloon series (2009). Now these shapes are coming back...transformed!
Here is a recent shot of my gallery wall in our home. These pieces are all acrylic on wood and 12 x 12 x 2 inches. I am looking forward to my next open house/studio...and will keep you posted.
Works in progress, Spring 2015
Greetings friends! I have been busy painting during the last few weeks. Here are some snapshots of the shapes, colors and patterns occupying my mind. All of these works in progress are acrylic on wood panels. I have had the most fun mixing paint. I also have the pleasure of working side by side with another young painter from time to time (see photo above). I (we) will be having an open studio to share new works and promise to keep you posted...
Hi friends. My paintings are now up at Coffeehouse Northwest on Burnside! I have the pleasure of showing my work alongside wonderful mixed media pieces by Dvora Robinson. The show will be up until March 29 and we will be celebrating with a reception on Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. Let's meet up for coffee (1951 W. Burnside) or maybe I'll see you on the 5th for a glass of vino! Hope to see you soon.