Monday, March 30, 2020

Dreaming of Auvers sur Oise

Each image, layer, color, mark represents a memory from our visit to Auvers sur Oise last year. From the farmer's market to the poppies and beyond. My memories, my experience translated to a journal page. 

Here are the work in progress photos I took of the journey:
Never thought I'd admit to be very excited about painting an onion, but I am!
Deciding on my palette.
Forgot to take the photo of just the collage. Prepping the page with a base coat of acrylic.

I decided to start from scratch. There was a different focal image and several layers of paint on it before I did the above. I scrapped it completely and started as if it were a blank page.

I scrapped it because the image that was on the page didn't work for what's in my heart and head right now. I work chronologically and I was okay with letting it go.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Stay at Home and Learn Art History: Reading Edward Hopper


I'm almost finished with my Matisse book. I am thinking about reading this thick book Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biograph by Gail Levin next. 

I picked it up after watching season three of Twin Peaks in 2017. I read several interviews where David Lynch mentioned using both Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper's paintings as inspiration for the series. I didn't know anything about Hopper but I loved and appreciated David Lynch. So, on this recommendation, I picked up the book. 

So, as I stay home for myself and others, I'm trying to keep my brain active in learning new things. It's been difficult to tear myself away from the news but at night, I cuddle up with a book and dive in. Have you read, watched, baked, tried or listened to anything new?

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Solidarity in Four Acts

The bottom is where I started and the evolution progresses up from there. 

I always start with different color base coats (bottom layers.) As I build new layers on top, new textures, colors and shape start to emerge because of these built up early layers. The story emerges and sometimes it changes. That's part of the process, learning how to embrace change and evolution. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Layers


"Every line is the actual experience with its own unique story."-Cy Twombly 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Matisse in Words and Self Portraits Part Two

"I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer."
"In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking on a tightrope."
"Don’t wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working."

Monday, March 23, 2020

For All of Us

Originally this page was about my day with David in Amsterdam last June. I wish I had remembered to take earlier photos. As soon as I painted the wave, it became something else...

Here's to staying home, flattening the curve and staying safe.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Matisse in Words and Self Portraits Part One

"I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me."
"The essential thing is to spring forth, to express the bolt of lightning one senses upon contact with a thing. The function of the artist is not to translate an observation but to express the shock of the object on his nature; the shock, with the original reaction."
"It has bothered me all my life that I do not paint like everybody else."
"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."

Art and words by Henri Matisse 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cy Twombly Inspiration

Ah, Cy Twombly. I've stood in rooms where the painting fills the room. I've watched folks walk in, turn around and walk right out. I always want to throw my arms around a Twombly piece. They sing to me.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Georgia O'Keeffe: Inspiration

Ah, Georgia. Dreaming of New Mexico, the landscape, and the swirl of a paintbrush right now.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Thoughts...


The world is falling apart how are you still painting?

The world first fell apart for me June 9, 2012 when I lost my Dad.

February 6, 2016 when David started bleeding in the middle of the night and was diagnosed with cancer on his kidney.

May 2018 when my only son packed up and moved to Canada for a year (to work to save money so he could finish his senior year at CalArts, this year.)

The world is always falling apart, somewhere, somehow, in some way for someone. 

What do we do? We reach for things that bring us stability. For some that may be exercise, cooking, cleaning, dancing, etc... For me, it's a paint brush, a marker and a glue stick. It's what keeps us focused. It keeps us breathing as the world goes on around us. It helps us to figure things out and to forge ahead. It helps and sometimes that's all we need.

In this unprecedented time, I hope you find what you need and continue to reach out to each other. If I can do any small act of kindness as an artist and art instructor at this time, I will.

Please stay home. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

Free Art Journaling/Mixed Media/Creativity Workshops


2020 Workshop Listings 
Hi Fellow Creatives!
In an effort to encourage, inspire and try to put a smile on your face, I thought I'd share five of my in person workshops with you. I've linked to my Google Drive with the class handouts. They're my gift to you during this strange time that we are all living in. May they offer you a bit of hope, creative nurturing and encouragement. Please feel free to share. (Please do not reteach for profit but feel free to share with friends, family, kids and anyone who needs art inspiration.)

Keep in mind, these were IN PERSON workshops. I'm sharing the handouts with you. They are not fully formed ONLINE workshops but you can glean ideas and get a general sense for what the workshop is based on the handout and photos below. Plus, free.

What am I asking in return? Do something nice for someone. Send a text, make a phone call or email checking in on friends and neighbors. Be good humans. We can get through this together.

The links are embedded in each workshop title. 

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Corita Kent once said “Consider everything an experiment.” I've taken her words to heart and translated them into an idea generating exploration in creative play!

I've been eager to teach a process based workshop that explores the idea of creative play. This workshop will keep your hands moving, ideas generating and paint flowing.

Begin by making a series of different books (little pieces) constructed of the odds and ends of my favorite kinds of papers. We will then spend the workshop working back and forth between the different books, filling the pages with fresh ideas. Your hands won't stop moving as you explore new ideas in collage, painting, mark making and more. Our goal isn't to finish anything but to gather, generate and experiment.

These little pieces serve as larger inspiration for our journals, paintings and more. They are little treasures that help ignite, spark and feed our creativity.

This is unlike any workshop you've ever taken with me. Prepare to be nourished, inspired and eager to continue the process of making. You'll want your apron. We're gonna get messy.
Supply list: paper, an apron, baby wipes, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), metal ruler, bone folder, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes,  a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)



Palette Pages: Exercises in Creative Play

For the past year, I’ve been handing out a piece of scrap paper in my workshops encouraging folks to use it as a palette. A lot of the time, I’ll see folks throw it away after the workshop ends. No more!


Bring your journal to class and we’ll be working back and forth between our palette pages and our journals. Create rich, luscious, expressive layers of color and texture. Discover how to be playful with mark making and layering. Build upon what you know as you create pages and pages of one of a kind expressive journal pages.


(Yes! There are collage exercises though the samples shown don’t have collage on them.)
 
Supply list: Your Journal, paper, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), baby wipes, cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, a container for your paint water, your favorite paint brushes, a water brush pen (OR an extra fine, detail paint brush *ONLY* IF you have one),  a few of your favorite LARGE glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)






Every journal that I make, I try to make in a way that is different than the ones I've made before. I love altering books and transforming them into something new. In this unique and personal art journal workshop, we'll take one of my favorite structures to create a unique journal made from found books. Learn color, composition, layering and more as you create truly original pages unlike any other. 


Supply list: If you have journal pages that you haven't finished, ephemera you've been hanging onto or favorite hardcover books that you want to use as "pages", please bring them. I will have hardcover books for you to use but some folks like to have some of their own to work with. You will not need more than four to five hardcover books (again, I will have books for you to choose from.) You will also need: an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, permanent black ink pad (only if you have one), a container for your paint water,  1 to 2" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes,  a few of your favorite glue sticks (please trust me when I say that large glue sticks will last you longer. I always have two or three 40 gram glue sticks in my journal bag and that's more than enough for a long weekend. You WILL go through the smaller glue sticks in MINUTES), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

 




Many of you know that limiting your color palette is one of my favorite ways to explore ideas in my journal. I've found over the last year that by limiting not only my choices in color but how and where I apply it, I can push my pages (and my work) in a new direction.
In this new workshop, we'll explore a variety of different (and new to us) color palettes. Learn how artists make the choices that they do and how one tweak of a color combined with a second color can make your work vibrate and feel alive.

Bring your journal (or favorite paper) to class and be prepared to get messy and play with color!
Please note that the ideas we are exploring also translate to other art mediums and fields.
Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)

Bring your journal to class and be prepared to get messy and walk out inspired! 
In this workshop, you will learn how to brainstorm ideas for creating pattern, texture, line and shape on our pages. Learn how to take stencils, stamps and designs by others and combine them with your own unique marks (made by your own design and with brushes, pens, markers and a variety of different tools and toys.) We will also explore pushing these pre-made tools to the side and making our own one of a kind marks on our pages. 

Begin the class by making playful journal pages layered with paper, paint and more. Learn how to free up anything that may be blocking your creativity by making your own marks on your pages. Create pages that are truly your own.
Supply List: your journal, an apron, scissors, a small selection of favorite collage ephemera (think about reading this when choosing your images and papers), cork back metal ruler, a full roll of paper towels OR old rags, any favorite mark making tools (I will have some to share) a container for your paint water,  1" brush to glue and paint (I like chip or bristle brushes) as well as a few, smaller, detailed brushes, a small container to clean your brushes (an old jar, etc...), a few of your favorite glue sticks (large glue sticks will last you longer), roll of waxed paper OR an old catalog or magazine to glue on (if you don't want to use all of your waxed paper for this.)