Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
After giving this a lot of thought, I've decided to go with the Elements as we encounter them in our lives now. Our modern society leaves small opportunity for direct interaction with our elements. Here is my take on Earth - the only time we get near it is in the potted plants in our homes.
This is a lino-cut, four plates- the black line (key block), the flesh of the hands, the green plants and the terracotta pots. I used the pin registration I learned from Andrew on Wetcanvas.com. It worked great!
Here is a picture of my wonderful press, an Ettan 24" and the stand my husband, Darrell built for it.
Friday, September 19, 2008
This one is from a contour sketch I did in my sketchbook. I took a photocopy, blew it up and used the acrylic gel medium transfer method to get the sketch onto a panel.
This goofy painting captures more of the personality of Moe.
I guess I should explain the bottle cap. Moe loved chewing on metal objects (?!!). It started when she was just a pup. I think it eventually morfed into an obsession with Snapple bottle caps. She was perfectly content to hold a bottle cap in her mouth for hours. Every once in a while she'dcome over and say, "Go ahead, try to take it away from me....go ahead, try. Try. TRY."
If I ever had a need to get whatever it was out of her mouth, the only way was to turn her upside down over the sink. Ptooey, out it would pop.
Love you, Moe!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Oh, this is my poor suffering husband, Darrell.
Here's another one on panel:
I love this and had great fun doing it.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
This was after a hike up Mount Si (2000), while Darrell and I were changing out of our boots, Moe wandered into nearby bushes, only to come out so pleased with herself because she had found some sh*t to roll in...
This was taken last week, on our last dog-biking outing. We made a big loop around West Seattle, stopping to find geo-caches along the way. It was a gorgeous day.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
I entered three paintings into Renton River Days Fine Arts Contest. I said to my husband, if I win a prize I want to put that money toward finishing the plumbing in my studio.
While at the reception, I was told my other Testament painting, #3 sold to a man that owns a school bus company. Now, I definitely have enough money to get the plumbing finished.
Water in the studio, what a luxury!
Here's one of my favorites. I put it in the show, but nobody paid any attention to it.
I titled it, Egress:
Saturday, June 07, 2008
TESTAMENT #5 - S-Curve
I really like the way this one turned out. The format would be quite challenging. Inspired by a freeway camera image, I needed a canvas that was three times as long as it was wide. I couldn't find what I wanted premade at Daniel Smith (just down the hill from where I live) so I made my own. I got some advice from one of the great clerks at Daniel Smith's and headed home with supplies, stretchers and canvas. I got my woodworking husband, Darrell to put a reinforcement stretcher cross-wise, since it is so long, 12" by 36".
I was worried about not getting the canvas tight, but, lo and behold, when I put the wet gesso on it tightened right up.
I'm going to have to try making more of my own canvases.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Here is the second in the series.
I like this one better than the first. I'm improving! I struggled with getting the shapes right. I paint from photos that I have taken. I edited this one very little. I moved the bike rider out of the shadows and removed a few distracting details.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
For the last twenty-five years I've been a full time truck driver. The view from the cab of a Kenworth truck has provided plenty of inspiration. I enjoy the play of light and shadow on the ever-present cement structures found in urban settings.
I've been working on a series of paintings about that - freeways, overpasses, bridges, pillars and buildings. The challenge is to show the beauty in what is generally thought of as just ugly cement. I like the way the light plays on them, the way it highlights their shapes and creates new shapes in the shadow, light interplay.
I've set myself a challenge of at least eight such paintings for this series.
I've entitled the series Testament. I'm not sure if I can explain how I arrived at that title, or if I even should! In my mind, it has to do with what the future archeologists will think about what they find from our culture. Because they are so huge and everywhere, I imagine they will survive us. They will be the testament to our way of life.
This is the first, I've entitled TESTAMENT #1: Columbia