Sunday, July 6, 2014

Good News! Show at Push / Pull Gallery

I will be the featured artist at Push / Pull Gallery in Greenwood ( Seattle) this Friday! Push / Pull Gallery 8537 Greenwood Ave N Seattle WA 98103 6pm to 10pm https://www.facebook.com/events/669317149819915/ I hope to see you there!

Monday, May 26, 2014

i have not felt like i had much to say lately - or if i have something to say i am not saying it. i should probably make some art about it. but i have been making art. and those are some of my best moments, getting lost and found inside of it. so these are some of the things i have been working on lately. i will try to let it say something for me...

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Frida in the Forest

I have always been fascinated by Frida Kahlo. I think part of it is because she was a woman creating in a man's world, and because her work has such an intimate feeling that you feel as if you are having a conversation with her. And of course I admire her need to create art no matter what else was going on with her life. And as a way to deal with and transcend pain. In fact my friend Janusz and I made a trip to San Francisco a few years ago for the express purpose of going to 2 museums shows - the Chihuly show at the De Young and Frida Kahlo show at SF MOMA. And it was worth the trip! I will never forget seeing so many of her works in person. I have done several paintings of Frida and still do not feel like I have captured her but I think I am getting closer.

Frida in the Forest
8 x 8"
watercolor, ink, and pencil.
Available in my Etsy Shop.

"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.” ― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Dyad in Winter / Trees have always been the most penetrating preachers...

I am a day late for Arbor day, but here is one of my most recent paintings: Dryad in Winter 8x8" watercolor, ink, colored pencil, and pencil. Available in my Etsy Store.

And some words from Herman Hesse:

"For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow." — Hermann Hesse (Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Amethyst and Titania

I've moved on from green to purple. I have some really wonderful purples in my palette, my favorites being Daniel Smith's Finest Watercolors in Quinacridone Violet, Perylene Violet, Shadow Violet, and Quinacridone Magenta. I've also added some Phthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Blue, and bits of this and that here. I've been having a good time with these new pieces, which are part of a new series, though I don't actually have a name for the series. So far it exists as 3 paintings and a bunch of scribbles on two post-its, but I hope to be able to work on more this weekend… These two are available in my Etsy Shop.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

It's Not Easy Being Green

I have been thinking about green. Seattle, in general, is pretty green. Evergreens, the first national curbside recycling program, etc. But downtown seattle is less green. Particularly the part where I work, the edge of the International District and the Industrial District and the Stadium District. It's very interesting, there are always things going on. But it can be sorta grey. Grey sky, grey cement, a lot of grey or at least neutral colored buildings, grey water. I was thinking that it was a lot easier to deal with the frequent grey days when I lived on Vashon Island, where things were a lot more green. The water and sky were still often grey, but the roads and houses and tiny townlets were all surrounded by towering trees, many of them evergreens so they were green all year 'round. So on a rainy day, the overall feeling was one of verdant life. And in the woods you don't get as wet because there are all these trees between you and the sky. Today was a grey day, after a little run of sunny days, and I could feel the difference in my mood … and my bones. So I was thinking I might need to do some very-green paintings. Here's one from a few years ago:

Sherwood 8 x 10" watercolor

Sunday, April 13, 2014

More Little Paintings

I seem to be painting big paintings and little paintings recently - not much in between. The big paintings take so long that I guess it's a relief to work on the little ones. To finish something. And the subject matters are similar too. So I can experiment a bit with colors and things. So here are some little critters I have worked on fairly recently, and just listed on Etsy.

The little frames inspire me - they seem to call out for some elaborate little thing. I've been doing mostly monsters or creatures recently - but I think I may need to do some sea creatures soon. Perhaps still someone imaginary. I've recently gotten this book from the library: Sketching from the Imagination. And it's really good enough that i've added it to my wish list. If you like to draw things you half invented, I recommend it for inspiration.