Monday, February 27, 2017

New Work & Art Influences

My work often looks like other people's work. And I'm okay with that.

I am influenced by everything I read, see, hear and experience. But I'm also heavily influenced by other artists. This is not a bad thing. In fact, I think its the nature of the process. Nothing ever happens in a vacuum. Everyone has influences.

Some of my influences include Expressionists from the beginning of the last century: Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, and Paul Gauguin to name just three. My influences also include modern abstract expressinists from the midcentury period: Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, collage genius Conrad Marca-Relli, and in her own category, portraitist Alice Neel. I also love the work of my contemporaries like Michelle Armas, Cecily Brown, Jenny Andrews AndersonMarta WhistlerGwenn SeemelFlora Bowley, Jackie Leishman, and most recently my studio mate Jay Bailey. The artwork created by these lovely people are always a part of my inner landscape.

These artists are all very different from each other. But they all end up in my own work in one way or another. Every time I step to the canvas, I feel them with me in some small way. This gives me courage. Am I borrowing from them? Absolutely. Am I copying their work? Absolutely not. I understand it as a time-space-warp-dialog. They are my helpmates.

Here is my latest piece from the studio. The image is from a live model I sketched two weeks ago during Jay's bi-monthly Drawing Club. Its entitled "Liminal" - 36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas.





With this post, I simply wanted to acknowledge that I come from a 
lineage of art makers who keep me engaged and seeking as I make my own work. 
I am always filled with gratitude that I live in a world filled tip-top with art.

Who are your influences?
Who keeps you hungry and engaged?




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Houzz Tour | Forest & Ruai Gregory

My latest offering on Houzz.com is about a couple living off the land in Eastern Oregon. Here's the opening paragraph from the article:

Whether you consider the tiny-house movement, the work of The Minimalists, Shannon Hayes’ Radical Homemaker website or Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s clear that we are experiencing a cultural shift that prizes sustainability and simplicity. But the idea of getting back to basics is nothing new. In the late 1970s, Forest Gregory left his home in downtown Denver in search of a simpler life and some acreage. He landed in the wilds of eastern Oregon in 1977 and set about building his own home from the ground up. “I have always felt the call of the natural world, and feel most alive in nature,” Gregory says. “I felt caged and out of place in the city, so it was an easy choice to make.”

Please find the whole article and all of the photos HERE on Houzz.com.








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fresh Spring Bed

I'm day dreaming today about a fresh new bed for spring.
Wouldn't the bed and linens below be a beautiful combination? 

Available HERE

And I might cover it with this bedding...

Available HERE



Monday, February 20, 2017

Storyteller Series | Warsan Shire



You may know Warsan Shire as the woman who gave poetry to Beyonce's "Lemonade".  Or maybe you know her poem, "Home". It went viral during Trump's Muslim Ban roll out. She is an incredible storyteller - a force of nature, really. And everyone should read and know her work.




And here is Warsan reading "Home":



A little more about Warsan Shire in:



Friday, February 17, 2017

Sketchbook

Last night I attended another live drawing session with my studio mate, Jay Bailey. I cannot express how much I love drawing from a live model. It's really a beautiful and rare experience. When I started, a few months back, I had absolutely no training with the human form. But I'm starting to get a handle on it - mostly by watching the other artists in the room render the same model in such different and effective ways. Here are my best three from last night's gathering:




You can see the progression of my work HERE.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Guard Your Perceptions

"Keep constant guard over your perceptions, for it is no small thing you are protecting, but your respect, trustworthiness and steadiness, peace of mind, freedom from pain and fear, in a word your freedom. For what would you sell these things?"   ~ Epictetus, Discourses 

This quote from Epictetus, one of the great stoic philosophers, has been on my mind lately. He seems to be pointing at more than the old adage "Think before your speak". How you see the world informs every ounce of your being. If you allow your perceptions to be co-opted, infiltrated, or swayed by an external force, then you are releasing your ability to be authentically YOU.

In a time when lies are gushing out of the white house and the country seems ever more divided, I am taking special care to guard my perceptions. We are all in this together and I need to remember that none of us lives in a vacuum. This week, I'm focusing on recognizing divinity in others. I am raising up the good and clear and true in my own community. And I'm also focusing on protecting my peace of mind.








Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Work | In the Studio



Hello dear readers. I've been busy painting and have three new completed pieces to share with you today. These past few weeks have been a strange and dark time for the United States. My response to the chaos and uncertainty coming from the white house has been to make art. The pieces below are all a kind of protest, I suppose. But the core theme is, as always, human interconnectedness.

I hope you all have a beautiful Valentine's Day. 


Las Hermanas   |   36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas

Joan  |  24 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas

Seraphim   |   30 x 30 inch acrylic on canvas