2011 #16

December 7, 2011

Grace...30x40 acrylic on paper and canvas...23 Nov 2011

I finished this one right before Thanksgiving and finally got around to taking a picture of it.  I am never happy when I have to photograph my work.  There are lighting and glare issues, color issues, and I feel like it looses a lot of close up details.  I only use a Canon point and shoot camera, so I am not really working with the gear for pro-shooting.  You got to see this one in person.  Believe me, so much better.  With my smaller paintings I usually scan and get good quality images.

This is the first painting where I followed through on the idea of using the leftover cut paper to make smaller paintings…which I call “singles” (like one song off an album.)  I would take breaks from working on the “big” painting to finish some smaller paintings (see my previous posts.)  I like where this is going.  I need to get through Christmas as I dream-up the next project.


2011 #14

November 21, 2011

Grace (swan dance edit)...8x10 acrylic on paper and panel...11 Nov 2011

This is the lead single off my new upcoming album.

My  latest painting is almost complete.  As I have been working on it, I have seen the potential to do a few singles, b-sides, and remixes at the same time.  This edit has been made by using leftover material samples from the original painting to create a smaller piece.  I thought I would take a break from the main painting to complete this smaller piece as an introduction to the themes of the larger painting.

I have had this idea floating around in my  head for a while, so here is my first shot at it.  We’ll see how it goes.

2010 #2

February 8, 2010

Secret 1...12x12 acrylic on paper and panel...07 Feb 2010

Conceptually, I am pretty excited about this new series that I just started.  For now,  I think I will name the series “Secret.”  As I do a few of these, I will re-evaluate to see if  that is the right title.  I have a few concepts that I have dreamed up in my head and I will see if I translate them on to panel.

I am also excited about an upcoming project that I will be facilitating with my son’s first grade class.  Twenty-two kids will be collaborating on a single canvas to create a painting that will be auctioned off as a PTA fundraiser.  Thematically, the painting will be similar in concept to my “winter trees” series, but on a larger scale.

Week 51

December 22, 2009

red bird on snowy tree...8x8 panel board...21 Dec 2009

Ahh…One more week and then I need to take a much needed break.  I have really enjoyed doing these trees, because they are most in line with the goals I set out at the beginning of the year.  Simple and minimal.  I really need simple and minimal now.  This month of December has been crazy busy – in a good way with all the fun Christmas activities and family traditions, but also busy with many different art projects.  Besides my weekly paintings, I have done two white elephant paintings, helped coach my first grader  complete two paintings for fine arts program at school, and I am working with all 3 of my kids on a painting project for Christmas presents.  Oh, there is another project I am working on, too.  Busy, busy, busy.   So that is why (right now) I really enjoy these simple and minimal paintings.

Week 13

March 29, 2009


Birds & Wires (wk 13)...8x10 panel board...28 March 2009

Birds & Wires (wk 13)...8x10 panel board...28 March 2009

Okay…I decided to do one more week of “birds.”  Four is a well rounded number anyway.  I had this concept already worked out and the truth is that I had a busy week and did not have time to develop any new ideas.  I promise that next week will be a different theme.  I have an idea of what I want to do, but I don’t know what it will look like yet.  Hopefully, I’ll have it figured out before the weekend.

Week 12

March 22, 2009


birds & wires (wk12)...8x10 panel board...21 March 2009

birds & wires (wk12)...8x10 panel board...21 March 2009

I am having fun with this “birds & wires” series.  I have a few other ideas, but I think I might try something different next week.  We’ll see…I’m in the mood for a change.

Week 11

March 15, 2009

Birds & Wires (wk11)...8x10 Panel Board...14 March 2009

Birds & Wires (wk11)...8x10 Panel Board...14 March 2009

Here is another variation of birds and wires.  I really like this subject-the simplicity of wires and the random patterns of birds.  Last weeks painting had many colors, so my goal this week was to create a depth of texture with minimal color.  After finishing this weeks painting, I have some new birds & wires ideas I would like to explore for next week.

week 10

March 8, 2009

Birds on Wires...8x10 panel board...07 March 2009


Birds & Wires...8x10 panel board...07 March 2009



I am starting to take an interest in birds or maybe it is not just birds, but forms that create space in the sky.  I think this is a theme I will continue to explore.  Maybe, it is the sky I am interested in.  I will find out.

Back to birds…It is interesting how other peoples interests can interest you.  I once worked with a guy who was an honest-to-goodness bird watcher.  Every weekend there would be day trips to find a specific species and at least once a year there was the exotic big trip with the local bird watching club.  I was always fascinated to see his pictures and hear  his stories.  There were always a few pictures that were just stunning.  Anyway, I think I am somewhat interested in birds in terms of form and composition.