Category Archives: mixed media

March and a bit

Moving along in my art journey, I challenged myself to create a series using a very limited palette until I ran out of 10 inch squares. I finished the fifth one today – a bit into April, but I’m please with what I did and how I felt as I was doing them. I settled on earthy tones, ochre with some red plus black and white. The fun was not knowing where I was going with each one of them until well towards the end. The problem solving of balancing color, shape light and dark and many other opposites was very pleasurable. These four I think make a nice set.

They are shown here in the order I completed them. By the last one, I noticed I did very little collaging and much more painting.

I did one more (Titled after yet another song from the past, ‘In the Still of the Night’). I think it stands better alone:

Next project – still unknown, but I bought some 12″ squares this time.

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February Clearup

I’ve had an assortment of 5 burlap covereed boards and stretched canvases for several years, stacked in a closet and totally verginal. I decided the time had come to make them into something. It seemed to me the 3 burlap boards wanted to be landscapes, something you won’t have seen since I started doing mixed media, and rarely in my photo art decade. But I jumped in. I actually quite like the results, but landscapes are just not my thing, so I think you’ve seen all there will be.

Then with the stretched canvases, I went back to the joyous practice of being messy with paint and glue. Here’s the result. Now it’s back to 10″ square wood panels – at least until I use all those and figure out how to store larger ones…

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Abstract and Whimsical heading to North Beach

I’ve fallen in love with squares – These little 10×10″ babies are easy to work on, easy to transport, require no frames and cost less than their larger relatives. So far this month, I’ve made 7, sold one immediately, and just brought 5 (plus one from December) to the Live Worms Gallery for their February Show. The show opens Friday January 1/29 and continues until 2/21. All pandemic protocols in place and adhered to. Here they are:

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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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So, I’ve Gone Square-Happy

I’ve now completed 12 10″ squares and 3 11×14″ panels in my Intersections series and started on a new series called Orbitals. It’s just so much fun! Here’s an image of all the ‘Intersections’ (even though some look like mothers & babies; some like flowers or a dancer and some just what they all are – doodles!
Click on this image to download and print the pdf file if you think you might be interested in any of them. They are quite giftable and I’m offering free shipping within the continental US!

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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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