Sunday, May 3, 2015

Angel Paintings

In the past I've mentioned my angel series...the series crops up every once in a while. I know this will sound very new age? holistic? but the angels come, when they come. I usually work on traditional folk art paintings with an occasional plein air here and there. The angels come into my dreams. When they start coming in nightly, I get the essence on canvas, in my own style of course. They are kind of a visual metaphor for me.  I know they may disappear again or they may stay a while but until then, I keep painting them. This is the part that I don't really know how to are the messages determined? Every angel has a message and I don't know it until I come to just about the end, and sometimes even then they can sit in my studio for days as I wait for the message. When I'm done with these mixed media angles, they get at least five coats of sealant. When I am done listening to them and they need to go to another owner, they will show up on ETSY and my website.

Two finished and one in the planning stage.

Quote of the Day: "No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me". ~ Paul Coelho

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

California Cool

I walked into my studio at sunrise this morning.  It's California cool outside, the birds are chirping, it feels brisk and this is the time of day that I love. There are no demands on my time other than what I self impose.

I've been working steadily on a piece that is just about finished. She is a very special angel. I had posted an early photo on this blog and have added other "in progress" photos on Facebook:

 Song of the Day: "Imagine" ~ John Lennon

Quote of the Day: "We do not remember days, we remember moments." ~ Cesare Pavese

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Trial and Error

The last month or so has been a month of artful experimentation. I'm moving more and more towards mixed media paintings and my trash bin has sadly overflowed with mistakes lately. It's been a great opportunity for me to practice what I preach when I teach art classes. First, don't throw any art away when you are tired. Let it sit, come back to it the next day with fresh eyes. It might look completely different when you are are rested. Secondly, take chances, make mistakes. It's only art, not brain surgery. Fifteen mistakes will give you fifteen ways to not not make the same mistake. Third, a badly constructed painting does not make you a bad artist, it makes you a wonderfully creative soul who just needs to embrace their creative side, accept their mistake, learn from those who can teach you and move on. And fourth, when all else fails, pour some wine, turn up the music, and let it go for a day.

 When I last posted on my blog, I was in the middle of a couple of paintings. The angel was an epic particular reason other than she was not what was in my head. The second was my folk art landscape...I'm still going to see if I can save this one. I was testing a new crackling product, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint, and sadly it did not give me the desired results. I may still be able to save this painting as I really like it but I will need to work over the areas where I used the crackle medium.

Finally, here is the mixed media piece I have on my easel today. Her angel wings are there but invisible to the camera.  So far she is coming along just as she needs to, so we will see how it goes tomorrow.

Quote of the Day: "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." ~ Scott Adams

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Last Day of February 2015

    One of my goals for 2015 is to post works in progress. I have two paintings on my easel this week and they are both far from finished but here they are. This first one is an angel. A few years ago I spent a summer doing a series of angels. Every one of them has been sold except for the one nearest to my heart. Each one seemed to have a predestined owner, not intentional on my part, just kizmit I guess.   I am resurrecting the angels but I have to tell you that the angels are different than my other paintings in that to say this....they come to my canvas in a different way. Most of my paintings come from an explicit need to express a feeling or a passion for a scene. The angels show up on my canvas as some kind of extension of my subconscious. More on that later.

 The second painting is another of my Rufus Porter inspired pieces. Again it is very much in the beginning stages but hopefully with quiet rainfall on the roof of my studio tonight, I will make lots of progress.

Quote of the Day:  "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."  ~ Robert Frost

Song of the Day:  "Epiphany" ~ Staind

Monday, February 16, 2015


Moving day and wow, could not be happier with the new space! Everything is in the new studio now and I can finally set about painting again.  

Moving day meant taking stock of what I need to keep and what needs to go. Most artists will agree when I say we accumulate lots of tools of the trade. We also accumulate lots of, how shall I say this...? ugly, hideous,, unsuccessful paintings. Ultimately they are just practice pieces. They are signed, dated, the whole process but when finished....yikes, I missed the mark. My art, no matter how unsuccessful, becomes part me. I never throw them out. I just stack these canvases in the corner and keep moving forward. Yesterday was a lesson in "letting go".  With box cutters in hand, I purged my life of those highly unsuccessful paintings. The first cut through the first painting was hard. By the end of the day I realized how necessary it is to do that on occasion. Nothing is gained by looking at your fails. Learn and move on...

Quote of the Day:  "You build on failure.You use it as a stepping stone." ~ Johnny Cash