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Online Study Through The Art Students League Part 1

Hi!  Off and on over the past two years I have been taking online classes through the Art Students League of New York.  And, it has been quite the learning experience. Before I go any further, though, I would like to share my personal recommendation for online studies through the Art Students League. Also, I …

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Painting “Cappuccino For Two” At Emerald Art Center (May)

Greetings!  I am happy to say that my painting “Cappuccino for Two” was accepted into the Emerald Art Center‘s 16th Annual Emerald Spring Exhibition.  To elaborate, this is a national juried painting exhibition held in Springfield, Oregon.  And, I would like to extend my thanks to Juror Mr. Jim Daly for selecting my painting. Exhibition …

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Inktober 2021

Hi! It’s Inktober!  That is to say, October starts the month of the Inktober challenge. You see, I have wanted to participate in Inktober over the past several years, but what would I draw?  And, could I keep up with the challenge for an entire 31 day month? Then, while doing something else, I happened …

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Festive Friday: TopsyTurveyTulipLand

Hi and Happy “Festive Friday!” I have been taking on-line classes through The Art Students League of New York lately.  And, though I’ve been working, I’m not ready to share the new stuff. For example, this month has been a watercolor figure class and the results are rough. So, what I decided that I would …

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Blue: Color Saturation & Temperature

Greetings!  When last I wrote, I was talking all about yellow.  But, a bit of time has past and my latest adventure has been with the color blue. Still Life Class. To explain, I recently took a still life painting class with Karen O’Neil through The Art Students League’s e-telier™.  Each month Ms. O’Neil picks …

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Truth Teller Tribe Returns

During my 40 some years of being an artist and teacher, Tribes of Truth Tellers have manifested themselves in many ways.

I taught Sculpture for many years in public schools and tall, cylindrical sculptural forms showed up in paper maché and clay forms. It was so fascinating to see the variety of expressions that resulted when a challenge was put forth to 30 students and they found 30 ways to express it. I worked along with them in order to teach technique. As always happens, we all inspired each other to make our sculptures unique.

The Tribe has also shown up in layered textural acrylic paintings and in collaged, cut, and layered painted paper forms. These two new ones are acrylics painted on paper with a forest in mind. However, the Tribe inserted itself into my consciousness, so I cut them free from each other and re-assembled them on painted wooden panels. I also cut a tree from another painting to add to the mystery.

There they were in all their glory, telling me Truths I hadn’t known before. As it turns out, the story they tell each viewer is specifically tailored to each individual.

Yellow: A Month of Focus On One Color

Yellow! To explain, this May I am taking a beginning still life class with artist Karen O’Neil instructing. It is an online class offered by The Art Student’s League of NYC. And, we are exploring the color yellow. Warm or Cool? You might think, or rather I might think, that yellow is yellow. What else …

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Oh, So Many Choices

Oh, So Many Choices

I have used collage as a technique in some of my paintings for many years. I also keep every scrap of paper left over in case I need it later on in another painting. Needless to say, I have hundreds, maybe thousands of colorful scraps in my flat files.

It struck me that I actually could never need to paint on another clean white sheet of paper again.  Of course, that is an impossible thought because I love those clean white sheets and watching the images appear in the layers of color and texture applied. But I did decide to dive into an exploration of only using already existing scraps to collage together new creations.

With three different sizes of cradle board surfaces to collage onto which gave me some structure as well as variety. I started by letting my intuition guide me to select scraps as anchors or focal points to build onto.

This is where the plot thickens. Every piece I added affected every other decision and the possibilities were so immense that my mind boggled. Since pieces were still loose, I took photos so when it was time to glue, I’d have a map. Well, there was still so much fluidity that the glued results were never exactly according to plan.  

The Home Planet

Being used to following circuitous threads, I am pleased with the results.

2021 And We Are Back In Oregon!

Hello!  Happy 2021! I had not realized that I have been gone so long!  So, I send you my deepest apologies! And, I am sitting here, having recently finished a cup of espresso, wondering where I have been.  That is, what has kept me away from this blog?   January: Class. You see, the year …

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