Friday, March 28, 2008

I dream my paintings, then I paint my dreams. Vincent van Gogh
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Wet Paint

I got back to work today after an extended weekend in Arizona. Toward the end of our visit, after talk'n art smack for hours and doing some drawing and thinking...I was dieing to get back to my studio and get working. Time is short, only three weeks of actual painting time left for this show. I wish time could be suspended in the studio. That would be so great. I could explore more of my ideas without feeling rushed, painting until I was actually tired of it.
I know, I know...I should be grateful that I get to paint at all. I am grateful, it's just that I don't feel like I get my fill. It's challenging to get so involved in art making and then try to jump into back into real matter how good real life is.

I awoke and yet continued to dream. Max Beckmann
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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Video from the Greenwich Workshop

This past all I worked was filmed talking about the four artworks I painted before they had actually become prints. That video is now available via youtube.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Cannon Beach

She Dreamed in Verse and Rhyme

this is an official invitation
to all
to come to Cannon Beach
May 2,3,4
and see these paintings
in real life

go looking for slugs after it rains
and pick them up with a stick
and put them in a big pile

and then maybe Don
who owns Ernst and Ernst Collectors Gallery
will take us to the arcade
where we can play wack-a-mole
and spent fifty dollars
to get enough tickets to buy a stuffed animal

and then maybe we can have a party on the beach
and roast hot dogs and stuff.
Fun! Seriously, Cannon Beach is a nice place
and everybody is invited.
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Poppy, a magical flower representing life over death, light and darkness. Camellia, delicate and elegant, it is a symbol of transience of life. Stock, everlasting beauty, it is a symbol of a happy life. Violets represent humility, modesty and innocence.
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Early Sketches for Apron Painting

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The ideas for the three paintings on the third episode all come from different places. The idea for the apron painting was conceived from an idea that I've been thinking about for a long time. I drew several drawings in my sketchbook, worked out the symbolism and had some lovely models pose for reference. The painting of the women in procession was started the morning after I'd dreamed about it. It's a nice idea, bringing all those gifts. The painting of the single figure came from another place.
I had intended that morning to work on something completely different. I started painting and it just sort of happened. I came from more of a feeling that I was having rather than something premeditated. I'm undecided as to if I should clothe the figure or not. I also am undecided on titles for any of these paintings as of yet.
As far as this third episode goes, I'm getting faster at making them but I still haven't figured out the sound. I know that the music is louder than the talking. I also can't figure out how to make myself look younger?!
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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Episode:2 Aprons

I'm exited about how this apron painting is progressing. I'm not sure what to title it yet.

It's interesting to watch painting in stop motion. I look like I'm getting a good workout, wiggling around like I've got ants in my pants. Actually, after working for several hours in a row like that, I stand up and feel like an old woman. That's why I have to hit the asphalt on my big wheel.

In working on a series of paintings, this part is my favorite and the most challenging. It's hard to decide which paintings to paint. I'd like to work through every idea in my sketchbook, but alas I do need to sleep and all of that business.

Thanks for watching. I can't help but use a few bonus special effects. In learning to make these videos I happen upon a lot of it by accident. It's a fun medium to play around with.


Sunday, March 2, 2008


This is very exciting. Last fall, my publisher Scott Usher of the Greenwich Workshop was talking to me in my studio and he said something like, "you really should do some video from your studio and share what you're working on." Those weren't his exact words but something like that. I like to learn and try new things so I've been playing around Movie Maker. It's obvious I'm a beginner because I like to use lots of special effects.

I'll talk more about the content of paintings as I go. These videos are also available on youtube.

I'm going to try to post weekly as I create this body of work for my show at Ernst Collectors Gallery in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I'll be there the first week in May.

Enjoy and feel free to comment.