Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Ectoplasm (New)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Still life with Ectoplasm

This start of a painting was inspired by a BBC documentary Don and I watched about Helen Duncan and whether and how she could produce the appearance of ectoplasm during a seance. The subject will generally be about how we determine what is real or not real and the fine line in between depending on where you are standing. The first image is useful to capture what the painting looks like now, the second I kept as a tongue-in-cheek because "orbs" appear in the photo :P

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mary of the Sea

Starting a Mary of the sea, woke up inspired, and decided to paint rather than make a collage of her because her collage turned out to look like a sea witch, below...

And, here is where Mary of the sea is now...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Collage as Meditation class

Liz of ECM Om Arts offers a great workshop called Collage as Meditation in Cambridge Ma. This was a wonderful experience, and if you are in the area I highly recommend it.

Liz has a great voice and technique for taking the class into a series of meditations and exercises. She challenges us to create with our authentic selves and to peel away the constant judgement that usually accompanies the artistic process.

See her Facebook page or the Art and Soul website to participate.

Thank you Liz, I gained some new tools for my own art practice.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New painting

I have no idea what this is or will be.

My partner and critic would like me to add the following mystery quote to the painting: "Where the rocks open widely, the sins of men may be pardoned" The Archangel Michael, 490 AD.

I decided to go with the flow and turn what was looking like a lamb-mountain into a lamb-mountain. 

It is interesting learning how to paint ocean water. On seeing that there is something not real enough about what I have painted I try to imagine what I have experienced something to look like. I have also learned that while the romantic idea of a single brush stroke lending realness to a subject is attractive, it is by no means an obtainable reality to the unlearn-ed (if even to the learn-ed, I have no idea). It only matters if I am heading in the right direction, and that I do not quit early out of fear.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Inspired by inspiration

Inspired to make image number two by the marks on my t-shirt where I wipe the paint off my brushes. Marks on my t-shirt were made from creating the background of painting number one, which is inspired by the shapes on my bathroom floor. Had fun painting in the bathroom, my studio is too hot to work in anyway.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Saint Who

Here is some progress on Sarah the Black, more commonly known as Saint Sarah the Egyptian. The first layer was a creepy image to wake up to unexpectedly, said my favorite critic.  I am glad the second layer looks less like Wilt Chamberlin, according to aforementioned critic, although I am convinced some Wanda Sikes has crept into the second layer. As for the third layer, the beloved critic invoked everything from the Bride of Dracula to Frida Kahlo (sans famous eyebrow). There is still a lot of work to do on this one.

Fourth layer: my greatest critic asked for more shadowing. I took some risks and I really like the affect. Now she does not resemble Wilt, Wanda, or Frida. Sunday was my first frenzied painting day in a long time.

My partner Don and I took turns gilding and it was difficult but rewarding.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Einstein quote

The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.
It’s the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.

Albert Einstein



I did a sketch of this image I woke up seeing, and it turned out well so here is the progress of the painting. My wonderful partner Donnie pointed out how many iterations of one work are created by serious painters and I concur. However I used to think that if I happened to create something good that it was a total accident and I would never be able to replicate it- hence starting a final painting as the first step. Moving in a good direction now- sketch then paint. Also, by version 3 I was using proper lighting to paint. I will get those and other basic facets of painting down pat someday ;)

New Hex Signs

Moving away from primary colors...