Friday, April 09, 2021

Inspiration at the Easel


With each new body of work, I start with new inspiration clipped or taped to my drawing board on my easel. From left to right:
-Postcards of paintings by Edvard Munch
-A photo from the Rodin Museum found in a favorite Matisse book
-A photo of Arshile Gorky drawing in Connecticut 
-Bonnard and Munch postcards
-Notes to Myself

What do you have nearby for inspiration and encouragement?

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Sunflowers XI

Work in process photos are fascinating. Seeing how each step, each mark creates an entirely different feeling as well as new work. Each brushstroke takes it on a different path.

Supplies used:

Journal I made from hardcover book and 100 lb Accent Opaque cardstock size 9 3/4 x 16" opened 

Working size (single page) 9 3/4 x 8"

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden (heavy body)

Painting knives


Princeton Catalyst Tools

Looked at: 

Joan Mitchell

Vincent Van Gogh


various Joan Mitchell catalogues 

Remberance of Things Past by Marcel Proust

Monday, April 05, 2021

What I'm Reading: Edouard Vuillard


“Who speaks of art speaks of poetry. There is not art without a poetic aim. There is a species of emotion particular to painting. There is an effect that results from a certain arrangement of colors, of lights, of shadows. It is this that one calls the music of painting.”-Edouard Vuillard 

I've been looking at my shelves trying to decide what to  read next. Searching for pictures of interior life, painted layers and textural backgrounds. I can't think of anyone better than Vuillard right now. 

Friday, April 02, 2021

Sunflowers for Your Weekend

My first flowers in over a year. They've brought inspiration at every stage. It was sad to let them go but they have planted seeds...