Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Day After....

It feels good to be connecting with my blog again. The last 3 weeks have been filled with framing, promoting et al for the exhibition and my spring classes. All that build up for an exhibition... Yesterday, when I mentioned that it cost at least $ 1000 to get ready for this exhibit ( at Diablo Valley College), someone registered complete surprise! Some folks just aren't aware of what goes into a presentation. . The reception, however, was great! Quite a good turnout and several artist friends whom I haven't seen in some time came to see my recent work. Exhibitions are important for lots of reasons; and for those who think it is all about sales- well, it isn't. It is about validation; it is about bearing witness to internal growth. And for viewers, it gives an opportunity to see evolution and sequence in addition to all the other individual responses one has to artwork.
I am grateful for this opportunity to exhibit in such a wonderful space. I think the art department at DVC might benefit ( their gallery is tiny) from some collaboration with the library.
I am about to jump into my studio, so I will continue this later

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Image from Boosting Your Creative Edge Workshop

I do a lot of energetic pouring and manipulating when I first begin my painting process. Here are a couple of images from my recent watermedia workshop.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Imperfect Symmetry

I finished this painting last week and have been having a terribly difficult time photographing it.( Quinacridone pigments tend to dominate) It is an oil on canvas, 18"x24" and is another piece on the theme of "House". I think of our world as One House and the imagery revolves around this theme. Global consciousness one way or the other. I hope you like it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

On My Mind

You have to wonder how art figures into all this global chaos... It's like we are the central pole around which a kind of economic madness swirls. Why do we do this stuff anyway? I would love to hear some feelings on this issue. Creative work seems to me to be a combination of a kind of cancerous obsession and orgasmic joy. What do you think?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Bearing Witness: The Turning of An Age

Mixed Media painting 24"x36" : oil media with collage.