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May 06, 2014


The Ultimate


I've been tongue tied as of late in terms of writing here on my blog about my art. I'm trying to get back into it. Because it's all part of it, right? Making the art, writing about it, taking photos of it, uploading it to sell, shipping it, showing it, trying to expose it to a wider audience, getting more supplies, and on and on and on it goes.

Sometimes it feels like I'm spinning my wheels.

Other times, it feels like I'm on target. Like when convos like these happen. And similar ones from people I hardly know who come up to me to say they feel deep emotion and honesty when they see my art. That's the ultimate.

PhotoBut even so, even with convos that make me feel like flying, it can be exhausting, and the nature of the process sometimes endangers what I want most, which is to make deeply honest and uninhibited art.

Every day I wake up reminding myself that I have one day less than I had the day before, to make my art, to make my mark. And so I'd better get going and avoid wasting time making bullshit, saying bullshit, or doing bullshit.

Sometimes the non-art-making part of art-making feels like the ultimate bullshit but actually, it's more like necessary bullshit. I don't know of any artist who can just paint 24 hours a day without having to do some bullshitty markety things.

I guess what I consider the ultimate bullshit is making art that is phony balogne. Art that is full of commands and preaches authenticity but is actually inauthentic. That's the hole I don't want to go down.

April 05, 2014


Painting by Heart :: Coming April 26th and 28th *EDIT! 27th & 28th*


I'm happy to announce that I will be offering my Painting by Heart class once again in Studio CRESCENDOh this April! This is a one-day class offered on April 26th and 28th (EDIT! The classes will be April 27th and 28th) ... once on a weekend and once on a weekday. Enrollment is NOW open here.

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Some answers to questions that I've been getting about this class:

Q: I've taken Painting by Heart before. Can I take it again?
A: Yes. There are several people who have taken it again and been able to digest and relearn important lessons.

Q: Can I sign up for both days?
A: For sure. It will be the same material but again, you are welcome to take it both days to better digest all of the information and just get quicker into your groove and to do more back-and-forth feedback with me as you desire.

Q: Seems like every time, the content slightly changes. Is that correct?
A: Inevitably so. I try to keep the same skeletal structure but as I continue to grow and evolve and discover, I do bring in new knowledge into class. :)

Q: Will you offer it again this year?
A: I plan on offering this class in Studio CRESCENDOh no less than 4 times a year.

Q: Will you ever offer this as a 2-day class and cover more info?
A: Maybe.

Q: Will you ever offer this as an online class?
A: Probably. But it won't be for a long while.

ALSO ...

There are a few opportunities that are now open for those who would like to paint in the company of other painters in The Painting Studio ... a great way to learn and share with like-minded painters. :) Enrollment for The Painting Studio is NOW open here.

March 23, 2014


The Painting Studio is Back for April May and June!


I am happy to announce that The Painting Studio is back in Studio CRESCENDOh, a program that offers pariticipants the opportunity to paint for a full day in the studio, in the company of other painters.

This is not a workshop where methods are taught ... simply an opportunity to paint, watch others paint, and allow a natural dialogue to happen amongst those who paint together. To observe and be observed, to inquire, to share, and to inspire.

Enrollement is open here for April, May, and June sessions. See you in The Painting Studio. :)

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March 21, 2014


Painting :: Trinity


Acrylic on stretched 3/4-inch thick canvas.
18 x 24 inches
Title: Trinity

Two full shots and 4 detail shots.
Listed here.

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March 19, 2014


Painting :: Fox and Friends


Acrylic on stretched canvas.
30 x 30 inches
Title: Fox and Friends

Two full shots and two detail shots.

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March 18, 2014


Painting :: Baby Bubbles


Full shot and some detail shots of one new abstract. I wonder if I should try and title these. Coming up with titles is really hard for me. I don't want a title to influence someone's interpretation of what they see, but for reference's sake maybe I should. Let's see ...

Baby Bubbles. Listed here.

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March 17, 2014


Two New Abstracts on Wood


Two new abstract paintings. Full and detail shots shown here. Listed here.

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8 x 10 detail 2

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11 x 18 detail

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March 14, 2014


New Abstract Paintings on Paper


I've been having fun making abstract paintings with acrylic paints and inks on paper. I'm happy to share full and detail shots here and humbly offer them here.

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March 03, 2014


Abstractions


 I frequently think about the story that my life will tell. The story of a daughter, sister, wife, mother, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. The story of a woman who was born a baby and who thought she'd be a little girl forever.

I think about the various people I intersect with as I'm playing out different parts of my story. What do those people who get to see part of me think my story is? Like the bank teller who always talks to me about fitness when she sees me in my workout gear. What does she think my story is? Or the server at my favorite deli who knows my order by heart. What's my story in her eyes? And why the heck am I at that deli so often ordering that same broccoli salad and coffee every time I'm there? "What is it exactly that that Asian woman with paint stains on her shirt doing anyway?" she must be thinking.

"And there she is again, next to that pianist, listening sincerely and daydreaming intently. What is her story?"

But what about the pianist? What's his story? Does he play the piano all the time? Or just at night? Does he have children? Does he like broccoli salad and coffee? And who's that guy standing behind him with the envelope? What's his story? How did we all get here?

Photo 1I wake up most mornings wondering what new thing about the universe I'll get to see through art. Sometimes, I want to be regimented and explore things on a list ... like let's explore nature, and then let's explore childhood, and then let's explore motherhood. Or something like that. Because I think to myself that my story should go around those loops ... in an orderly sort of way.

But more times than not, I find myself meandering off of my lists ... as I step into abstractions where I find the most amazingly fantastical things that are beyond the confines of what I think my story is or how I think the rest of it should be steered.

It's within those abstractions where new stories get birthed ... and where I can see the tiniest kernels that all relate.

I like that. Meandering off, that is. I like letting myself be less chronological, less literal, less orderly, less obvious, and less list-oriented ... and allow myself to step into the portals of abstractions to discover new and different, where reality and imagination dance together to help me express my story. A story that continues to become. Photo 2


Free Motion Stitched Log Cabin Square


Here's a little free motion sttiched work I did on a vintage log cabin quilt square. As much as I like the way it looks on the right side ...

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I also love the way it looks on the back side. So cool.

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