Monday, January 21, 2008

Pic-A-Day: More Doodles

Suited, Swing Low, Posed, Grounded, Trying to Break Free






Treed, Staged, Caned, Scarfed




Sunday, January 20, 2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Rock

Pic-A-Day: Two Memories Done On Your Studio


Memory of my kitchen as a kid.



Memory of a path I walked along.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

W.I.P.: Pinwheel

Mark Making

I'm thinking a great deal about marks today.

I am back to working on canvas, including rediscovering a canvas I started -- and thought I had finished -- over a year ago. I appreciate a quote attributed to Cezanne, at least the paraphrased version -- every mark should finish the piece -- and I try to make each mark count that way; it didn't surprise me that I thought the painting was already complete a year ago. Looking at it today, I was unhappy with the way one closely knit collection of marks just sat on the canvas, like the clunk when a bad note is played on the piano. That loud and off. How did I miss that before? A couple new marks, with my new perspective, softened the harsh area, coaxing it into place. And a year from now?

I am working on a series of canvas pieces sitting a red area inside a larger earth-toned shape, seeing how the eye moves around the canvas and between canvases, what overall shapes move in and out of focus. Apart from a lovely error (clunk), which I'll have to address tomorrow, I feel that I was achieving seamlessness. Conceptually, red = Heart/turmoil; earth = body/grounding.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Untitled

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Bunny

Pic-A-Day: Figure

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Cloud

Monday, January 7, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Interrupted

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Forgive Me If I'm Tired

Pic-A-Day: Color In Grey

Remember summer, brighter.

Pic-A-Day: Grey


It's grey out -- ubiquitous, winter.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Pic-A-Day: Fun with Photoshop


Playing around with photoshop for a break. Red/Green/Purple. It's a bit of a mess, and the psd file quality is better than the jpeg, but I like it,

Thursday, January 3, 2008

MyArtSpace.com Featured Artist

I am honored to be selected as a Featured Artist this month on myartspace.com A nice, unexpected start to the new year.

The work I have on their site now includes images from the Open Studio residency, images from Unform, Inform, Deform, Reform (Chicago Artist Month -- Andersonville), Ponder and some of its derivative patterns, drawings on surfaces, and a transformation sequence shifting from physical to virtual. I hope to be posting from the Snuggles work a bit later in the month, if that work develops to finished artwork.

Pic-A-Day: Snuggle


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year

Another fresh year begins.

At the tail end of last year, The Drawing Center Viewing Program, which includes an online artist registry, selected me to participate. A high level of many variations on drawing can be viewed in their registry: perusal there is well rewarded. I am honored to be included.

I also finished my stint at the City of Chicago Open Studio, managing to videotape and photograph my installation. I think the experimentation with paper construction will prove significant as I move forward. It was very immediate, yet still meditative, as a process. It's a simple enough step to move to doing this experimentation with more archival papers and varied types of papers. Caution at the other end -- avoid redundancy. I am less certain about the integration of the graphite imagery on newspaper; I like the result, but the process lacked predictability in how the newspaper took the graphite. Ink may well be a better option there. I loaded images of the Open Studio project onto www.myartspace.com -- I'll post the link when I sign back into blogger in using Firefox -- their site has a quick flash program that shows the images in a moving slide show.

I am working on picking up knitting and crocheting. I see utility for expanding the weaving concept in my work, and I see room for using these techniques to expand my drawing. Plus, as an aside, I feel like making cute critters. I have my mother's knitting and crocheting needles, plus some of her patterns, and I found general instructions on the web. I am working more or less free form on my own version of what is beginning to resemble an elephant at the moment as I get the hang of the different crochet stitches.

Here's hoping for a great and productive year!