Going in Circles

For so long, I would start a painting with such enthusiasm, get off to a promising start. In my first energetic marks I could always see exciting potential! But doubt took a firmer and fiercer hold as I would move forward. Worry infested my strokes, sucking the life out of my brushwork. In this situation…

The Value of a Limited Palette

Deep into Week 5 of CVP I'm navigating discomfort, confusion and uncertainty in my exploratory painting exercises. Half the work has been letting go: of known outcomes, of previous assumptions, of a successful painting. Apparently to move forward I must let go of confidence and competence! I was clutching fiercely to this, so it’s been…

Back to School!

I began the Creative Visionary Program (CVP) first week of March and I've been immersed in art challenges every day since! I'm just finishing up Week 4 on the power of Value, but there is so much that has already happened!! Our first two weeks were dedicated to vision boards, intuitive collage /mixed media boards…

Space for Not Knowing

As I've been exploring new horizons of painting I feel so uncertain about my abstract painting. I'm pulled back to landscape again and again ... back into the comfort zone! I love abstract work where the paint is juicy, tactile, and energetic. I'm experimenting with layering, scraping, spreading, scratching and splashing to get new kinds…

The Power of Threes

I used to make a very promising start to a painting, but then I'd hesitate: What if I ruin it? What if I cant make anything good happen? This led to a pile of unfinished paintings, some of which I never returned to. Now, I start three of everything. There is always potential to go…

It’s Transparent

In my current study of painting in acrylics, I'm finding the many options possible with this paint to be daunting! I've been working for a year, and nearly every day since November, and have so much yet to explore! One thing I've been thinking about is the beautiful transparency of certain colors (thalo blue, yum!).…

Searching for Style

Exploring new frontiers of painting, experimenting with abstraction, I've had fun flinging color around, and finding some happy accidents. But a sense of style and direction that's my own is still elusive. What's great is I can always create stormy chaos of color and shape. The theme of Wildness is compelling, but maybe not enough…

Rust

empty steel mills in Johnstown PA

Back in April I I started this industrial landscape. I love the hulking steel monuments of Johnstown, how they loom over the river landscape, shadows of their former fiery presence. This is 20" x 16" acrylic on canvas. First draft: in some ways I still love this the way it is. But I have such…

Following the BreadCrumb Trail

In October I joined the free 'Breadcrumbs' class from Art2Life. For five days we had live Zoom calls with painter Nicholas Wilton and his team, an incredibly generous offering. Over five days Nick led us on a journey along our own trail of breadcrumbs. With a thematic question each day, I headed into the unknown:…

A New Art Year

This week I’m spending more time on wrangling equipment and processes, instead of getting paint on paper. But, I am scaling up! My latest 12 x 18" paintings feel too small. Assembling this new easel took a whole afternoon! But the result is satisfying. I debated build-your-own vs. purchase, and chose to buy this studio…