Hello friends and Happy Spring!
With the temperatures warm enough to feel the grass between my toes and the pleasure of two recent hikes in Forest Park with my family I am definitely feeling the energy of Spring in the studio. I am painting with acrylic on birch panels and feeling the moss muse inspiring me. Here are some pics of works in progress...click below...
I love seeing the familiar shapes of constellations show up in lichen on the path.
It was fun catching up with you. If you'd like to receive my seasonal newsletters please let me know. You can find me on FB, Instagram or send me a message at email@example.com. Happy Spring!
February 4-28, 2016
First Friday Reception: February 5, 6-9pm
Artists' Reception: Sunday, February 7, 2-4pm
The momentary shock of witnessing a shooting star is preceded by a period of quiet anticipation, when we survey the night sky. Alternately, the time afterwards can be a time of meaning-making, when the event, now etched in our minds, replays. I imagine this streaking of light to be like the striking of a match that ignites our desire to know more.
My art practice is driven by this curiosity and inspired by nature. Painting is my process for revealing the invisible, transforming energy and exploring undiscovered territories.
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!