So many changes at the Andersonville Galleria, if you haven't been in a while, you have to check them out! They are converting the top floor into an expansive artist venue for classes and shows, so I've been moved to the second floor to a 4'x4'x4'... and an 8ft WALL! Very excited to be showing my large canvases starting next week! JUNE will showcase Herrlein's Eve; super thrilled that JULY will bring the first public showing of Swamp Monster; and I hope to finish Ghosts for an AUGUST reveal!
In the meantime, here's a peek at my new space at the Andersonville Galleria and I look forward to sharing photos of the wall next week!
After an intense couple months of acrylic and resin, I decided to play again with oils because I love the viscosity and texture of the medium. Normally I paint with a brush, but I was compelled to practice with a palette knife. The initial experiment resulted in waves (see below), but I had a round canvas that has been pulling me to create a yin yang piece for a couple years now. I didn't want a traditional yin yang so I sketched out a spring motif that made me chuckle. I used a pretty heavy hand for texturing, this piece will probably take several weeks to cure to dryness. But I love the thickness of the paint and the birds make me smile every time it catches my eye!
Yin Yang, 20in diameter, oil on canvas
The streetlight outside my bedroom window strikes a koi pond that I painted last year and the shadows always remind me of kabuki masks. Perhaps that is why I wanted to start adding a little dimension to what my paintings share in the dark. With that in mind, I've been having some fun with glow-in-the-dark paint. In fact, most of my paintings from the last six months have a touch of the glow on them somewhere. Maybe it's in the stars, or the shape of water, or perhaps in the trees that seem to have a bit of moonlight ghosting them.
But this... this little guy has captured my heart. The painting was almost accidental. He certainly was. I found a tiny paint splash on my table that looked sort of fishy... I realized it was glow-in-the-dark paint - I added a bit of dimension, and this beautiful blue canvas became all about him. And after reading about Sudan, the world's last white northern rhino who died, (and being extremely concerned about the glaciers disappearing in my home state Alaska), the painting suddenly clicked.
Poor little guy...
Extinction, 8x8, acrylic/resin/mirror on canvas
"Salt" 36x60, oil, mirror, acrylic, and resin on canvas
A bit of a departure from my usual, but such a long history with this one. The textures of 'Lot's Wife,' the inspiration of Malta's salt pans, the gorgeous ever-changing blues of the sea... and my continuing exploration in the world of resin art. A friend stopped by while I was working on it and inspired the splash finish (which can really only be seen in person, unfortunately the camera doesn't capture it). But she is finally finished and every time I walk by this piece, my breath catches.
Thank you for visiting my visual blog of my work and muses!
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7227 N Philadelphia Ave
Portland, OR 97203
"…Every day I discover even more beautiful things. It is intoxicating me, and I want to paint it all…
my head is bursting."
-- Claude Monet