Thursday, March 31, 2016

40 West Arts District Article

"Cross Over"
4 x 4" oil painting on a 5 x 5" Gessobord panel

The fascination with abstract continues!

As some of you may know my studio is in a 16-artist studio complex within the 40 West Arts District.
Colorado has 12 state-certified arts district. An online magazine called Confluence-Denver is writing a series of articles highlighting each of the districts. 40 West Arts District is up first with a few paragraphs devoted to our 40 West Studios complex. The reporter came to our March First Friday open house and we struck up a nice conversation which appears near the end of the article.

I'm so thrilled, the reporter captured the spirit of our arts district and has some lovely things to say about my art.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Purples and Turquoise

5 x 5" oil over acrylic on Gessobord panel
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"330" on mini easel
suggested display
I've been having fun playing with texture and color.  On this experiment I used white acrylic paint to spread around on a Gessobord panel. Once the acrylic was dry I started applying oil paint sparingly with a brush and then used my fingers (with surgical gloves) to move the paint around and work it into the valleys caused by the acrylic texture.

Before I left the studio today I applied white acrylic to a cradle board panel with a wood surface. I can't wait to start applying oils and working it into the subtle color changes to see the acrylic texture pattern emerge.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Sea Greens

"Sea Greens"
5 x 5" oil on panel primed with acrylic ground for texture

It's been a long week of not being able to get to the studio..what with the snowstorm and some other annoying things.

So today was a lot of catch up conversations with my studio neighbors. One of my artist friends is working on a piece with lots of texture. I wanted to try to see what I could do with the materials I had on hand. 

This is a Gessobord panel that has pastel ground, an acrylic product, applied thickly. Then I oil painted over it. I was originally going to just let it be a textured painting with color, but it kepy edging toward an ocean/sea feel. And then again it could be clouds..or just an abstract.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

More Display Space

East wall of my studio with new hanging "system"

My studio neighbor Sean being a good guy

No painting today, but it was productive. A couple of weeks ago I was explaining to my studio neighbor, Sean Doherty, my idea for display/drying racks for my paintings (instead of lined up on the floor.)

He said he knew just what I was looking for. Yesterday he made a trip to the hardware store and returned with four 10' lengths of 5/8" J-trim, used for drywall.  A pocket full of screws, a level and an electric drill/screwdriver made this functional and beautiful "system" for me. About $16 worth of materials and a Chipotle gift card for payment of labor. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wild Things - A Rework of an Earlier Painting

"Wild Things"
6 x 6" oil on canvas panel
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As I wait for my energy and brain power return after being away from home last week, I decided to tackle an earlier painting that I decided wasn't quite where I wanted it to be. This is now the finish...a little brighter a little cleaner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A Little Strawberry

"Strawberry 315"
4 x 4" oil on panel primed with copper metallic acrylic
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A quick painting to get back on track after a trip to Houston last week. I spent three days with the 12 other awesome women on the national governing board of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Lots of creative ideas, laughter and food/wine.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Abstracted Landscape

12 x 12" oil on gallery wrap canvas
This was great fun to paint....a little each day. I am attracted to the bare tree figures against the abstracted landscape. There is no reference material, just my imagination, the paint and the brushes.

I specifically gave it a numerical title because so far everyone feels something different when viewing it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Mini Paintings

"Mini Lemon"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel
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"Mini Lime"
2.5 x 3.5" oil on canvas panel

This little paintings are so fun. For these two I painted the canvas with orange acrylic, let it dry and then painted the objects and background in oil. I like the little peeks of orange here and there.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Painted Red and Clowns

My two most recent paintings. I've been experimenting with taping around the edges of the image so when the painting is done, you remove the tape and you have a nice smooth edge which looks alot like a mat.

"Painted Red"
6 x 6" image on 8 x 8" canvas panel

The entire panel 

6 x 6" image on 8 x 8" canvas panel

Framed and hanging on my gallery wall at 40 West Studios

I think these little cherries look like they are at a circus and so I decided they were clowns at the circus.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rush and Rhythms

Mixed media 4 x 4" image on
5 x 5" panel
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Mixed media 4 x 4" image on
5 x 5" panel
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Very fun day..some music...other artists....beautiful weather.....and a bunch of paint.