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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


When Goals Are On Hold

OOPS....   The completion of the Triptych was interrupted. But it's all good, meaning it was a fun and worthwhile interruption.  

Back Side

Just after my last blog post showing the progress on the triptych, I was asked to paint jeans for two women to wear to a Woodstock themed party.  Fun project.

Front Side

Yes, fun  project so I accepted.  After a little refresher about the music and art festival that took place in 1969 (no, I wasn't there, but yes I knew all about it), I designed and began the painting process.  

Back Side

I spent many hours, with '60s and '70's music blasting in the studio ( Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan) remembering what I was doing during this time period...  mostly creating with fibers, weaving and embroidering. This took me back. 

Front Side

A nice diversion in the studio, a slide back in time enjoying fond memories of another time and place.  Now it's back to the triptych.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Triptych II

So Interesting To Go Back.

48 x 60
Acrylic on Canvas

Did I mention it might be quite a challenge to turn this large painting, Split,  into a triptych by adding two new canvases? Just returning to a long ago palette, one I did not record, has created a little bit of difficulty.  This has taught me to always record the pigments used each painting.

Some of the under painting is complete. Laying on the pigment in the rock cairn.

I find myself moving back and forth between the new canvas and the old, comparing brush work and color.

The cairn begins to build.

Most of the work on the cairn is complete.

The veins of the leaves are added.

This past week has been a challenge, at times a bit intimidating, to attempt to go back in time. Now the leaves will come to life with more back and forth comparison. Check back to see the progress.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Adding to an Older Painting.

The Newest Canvas on the Easel.

A very blank canvas.

I am working on two new canvases that will turn this painting, Split, into a triptych.  

48 x 60

I will post the progression on my Artist's Facebook Page as well as here on the blog.  I am thinking it will be more of a challenge that it seems for several reasons.  This was painted a few years ago, before I kept details regarding the pigments used so there is a bit of guess work going on.  I am not even sure I still have some of them.  My brush work style has changed a little bit, but I will attempt to emulate what is going on in Split.

Beginning the under painting.

I invite you to follow along.

Under painting progresses.

This should be interesting.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas VII

When A Painting Nears Completion

Guadalupe Arenas portrait, near completion

Filled with time consuming detail, this canvas has been on the easel for over two months.  Finally it nears completion, and for me that requires a little bit of distance and a lot of critical observation to decide what small corrections and tweaks are needed.  For distance, I am leaving the studio today to make visits to art museums, planning to stop first at The Galen which its the Palm Desert location of the Palm Springs Art Museum.  Next stop the Palm Springs Art Museum where I will take time to look at a few of the baskets created by Guadalupe Arenas that are in the museum's collection.

Final stop will be at University of California Riverside Palm Desert Campus to visit the exhibition 'Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley'.  

This exhibition contains approximately 200 works by artists living and working in the Coachella Valley.  This will be my second visit to see the art.  I encourage you to make a trip to see this exhibit if you are in the area, and while there you can see my painting, Madame Butterfly, in person.  The exhibition remains through April 22.

Madame Butterfly
Acrylic on Canvas
40 x 40

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas VI

Studio Work Continues.

While in my studio, whether or not it is painting or some other task, I frequently have time to let my mind wander.This happens especially when my work is something like painting on the lizards and eagles being added to this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas.

lizard shapes added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

As I was painting these creatures my mind wandered to a recent studio visit and the conversation which took place. The visitor asked great questions about the canvas on the easel and a few other paintings in the studio.  Clearly she was interested and appreciative.

eagles added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

My thoughts moved on to a recent article I had read about talking to an artist at a festival or in their studio.  We are moving into the Art Festival time of year, so this article in a fellow bloggers post may be of interest.  Artists love to talk about their work.  As you carry on a dialogue with an artist you will learn things about their work you may not see at first.  I encourage you to take a look at this:  How to talk to an artist

basket shape added to the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas

The details of lizards, eagles and a basket shape were added to the painting this past week.  Work continues.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas V

More Work In The Studio

When I approached the easel this morning this was the painting.

While standing in front of the easel, working on this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas I continue to think about the other studio work.  This morning I was adding images to my web site. Yep, that's work.  Have you taken a look at my site lately? 

Completed the diamond pattern on the snakes.

I use an artist specific web hosting service called Faso which makes it easy for me to run the web site.  The Web Master, that's me.  Just another cog in the wheel of studio work outside the design table and easel.  If you are a creator, looking for an easy, attractive way to handle your web site I suggest you give Faso a look.  It is a web site with a connected newsletter & blog, link to Facebook.  It is filled with options and easy to use.  Faso also offers helpful support  and makes it easy for me to spend more time painting rather than working at the computer.

Back to the easel....  

Currently working on the lizard shapes that found themselves woven into some of Guadalupe Arenas' basket designs.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Guadalupe Arenas IV

When Art Becomes Work

My work continues on the portrait of Guadalupe Arenas which is the truly wonderful part of being an artist.  It's the work in front of the easel, the drawing in the sketchbook that we artists are driven to do, that we love to do, that captivates us, entertains us, frustrates us and brings us satisfaction.   I don't think one of us considers this WORK.  However if you are a serious artist there are other tasks to accomplish and some of those are considered WORK.  

Currently painting the diamond pattern on the snakes in this portrait of Guadalupe Arenas.

One of those tasks is the submission of our creative efforts to juried exhibitions.  A Call and Prospectus is received, read, reviewed, work chosen to submit.  Typically time is spent in front of the computer working with photos of the submitted work.   After all is done, sent off, it's time to sit back and wait for notification.  

Last month, because I am a member of the Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum I was invited to submit to a juried exhibition titled:  Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley. Yesterday I was notified my work was accepted.  A collaboration between the University of California, Riverside-Palm Desert and the Palm Springs Art Museum Artists Council the exhibit will run from March 3 through April 22, 2016.  Additional time will be spent delivering the work, attending the opening (March 3, 5-7PM, UCR Palm Desert Center), retrieving the work at end of the exhibition.  But for now, it's time to submit to another exhibition and then spend time in front of the easel doing what I love to do.

Madame Butterfly
40 x 40
Accepted into 'Artistic Expressions of the Coachella Valley', an exhibition at UCR Palm Desert which runs from March 3 - April 22

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