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And on to something new…

After 21 panels of ‘doodle designs’, I’ve moved on, for now at least, to more complex, layered and textured designs while still working on wooden squares. Here are two (left one already sold!).

The buyer was kind enough to send me a photo of this piece in situ. I love how the figures on the cabinet doors reflect the figures on the art.

Just got a new shipment of wooden squares so watch this space.

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Artful Gifting 2020

It’s that time of year – small, giftable, shippable, affordable art, even in a time of covid could be a nice thing. After figuring out I could offer free shipping on all my recent ‘squares’, I signed up for a virtual art market run by Artspan which allowed people to visit my ‘booth’ (live video chat with me and my art) but no one showed up!! The organizer did a lot of marketing, as did I, but I guess it didn’t ‘stick’.

So next, I coerced a friendly gallerist to let their walls be populated by a small group of artists for a ‘real’ Holiday Art Market – despite the rising pandemic numbers, San Francisco is still fairly safe, possibly because most of us really do observe Covid protocols. So, we can have 6 people there at a time, including staff. We’re halfway through now, one weeknight and one weekend gone and one of each to go. So far two of my boxed painted bird cards have found new homes and one amazing photograph of artist, Jeff Griffiths has also been sold. Also in the show are street photographer, JB Higgins and Collage artist, Linda Mcgilvray, in addition to Gallery owner Michael Endicott who kindly hung his amazing metal printed photo pieces in the back half of the gallery. Here are a few pictures.

If you read this before the show ends, and you’re in the area, do stop in! Five starving artists need you! Details below:

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Post Open Studio – Time to Catch my Breath

My last post was nearly a month ago. I certainly haven’t been sitting around wondering what to do with myself, but today I’m determined to bring my art recording a bit more up-to-date. The show at Live Worms ended; The Virtual Open Studios is over (though for some indeterminate time into the future, the virtual exhibit hall – and my ‘booth’ are still accessible, sans the live video chat. If you’re curious to see my video and slides from October 4th, go HERE.

Meanwhile, I seem to have made up for lost time creating new artworks. In the past two weeks, I finally got time to get my hands full of glue and paint again and created four new 18×12″ pieces.

Hope you like them!

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And then it was June

After the murder of George Floyd and the worldwide outbursts against the horrors that have been going on for decades, June didn’t start on an upbeat. Somehow in my funk over the state of life, and with Covid-19 still imprisoning those of us cautious enough to avoid the public, a piece of art emerged. It took a long time and a lot of correcting and tearing up and starting over. I called it ‘Even the Clowns are Crying‘, and to me it speaks of sadness – but others have said it looks happy. In any case it happened and it exhausted me.


So the next thing I did was intentionally ‘light’. Always a lover of Magritte, I played with two of is famous pieces, his self-portrait where he covers his face with an apple, and his ‘Ceci n’esst pas une pipe’. This one is called simply ‘Pas une Poire‘ and gives me joy.

 
 


My third piece happened suddenly after a multi-talented musician I know asked me and a friend to listen to some music she had written and performed to get some opinions on what might go on her next CD. I loved all the the six pieces, but the last which she called Fiesta Bistro, and featured her lively, exotic and masterful flute playing, mingled into my dreams. The next morning I began working on what I came to call ‘Blue Rondo’ . I had no idea the central piece of this image resembled a flute! So for this piece, I thank Gaea Schell for the unconscious inspiration.


And then I went wild. I had a photograph of a dragonfish from a magazine. The shape and colors fasciinated me. I started playing with it on paper expanding the color spectrum and repeating the shapes. I wasn’t sure where was going with it or even if I would keep it – but then it came together. When I look at it across the room ow, it makes me want to dance. Not surprisingly, I named it ‘Dance of the Dragonfish’.

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COVID Month 3

So, during the first full month of Covid lockdown I experimented with styles and then did several ‘abstracts with meaning’.  The experience of touching, tearing, arranging, layering, and with NO DELETE BUTTON was exciting!  The first four of these have a heavy dose of torn grocery bags as the base.

 

Then just about the same time April moved out and it was May – with sunshine, green things sprouting, birds on my balcony and such, I had the urge to venture into ‘pretty’. So there is now a series of 5 playful renditions of the natural world, each one based around one of my photographs.

 

All of the above are 19″ x 13″ attached to a 24″ x 18″ archival backboard.   And Now it’s June – which ended a week of national horror and I no longer was in the mood to make ‘pretty, but that will be in the next post.

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