Saturday, October 19, 2013

Self Portrait

The Word is ART gallery is creating a new window with the member's self portraits. I don't think this really looks like me but I sort of like the painting.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Painting Progression

I continually struggle creating paintings. I tend to think in words, (no surprise being a calligrapher), rather than conveying my thoughts and feelings visually. The first go at the painting is below. I liked the colors and the words, but not the composition. I don't think this painting is finished yet, I'm just not sure. Stay tuned for the next incarnation! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Affirmation Painting

I'm not good at reminding myself about this so I did a quick little 4 x 4 acrylic painting on canvas. More playful and positive than my previous post, that's for sure!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Acrylic Painting

I did this painting last month while I was obviously in a dark place. I'm not sure I love it, but I'm pleased that I was able to express myself through art. The painting is an 8x8 on wood. In addition to the acrylic paint, I laid down some pieces of heavy hand made paper underneath the paint. It's currently on display at The Word is ART Gallery in Culver City.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

T-Shirt Lettering

K.C. from Beachdude,Inc. sent me this photo today of my lettering printed on the T-shirts he sells. It's always fun to see my lettering used in different ways.                                                                     

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Mixed Media Collage

Once a year Create in Irvine, gives a wide range of art classes days and evenings for 4 days. Last week I took a class with Chris Cozen on how to create a deeply layered collage.  Chris taught us to use a variety of mostly handmade papers and some fibers, that we tear and adhere to our canvas with matte medium to block out the colors and shapes for our piece. After that part is done, we then used acrylic paint, adding glaze to lengthen the time the paint remains wet and workable. Chris is a very knowledgeable and good teacher and I learned a lot from her. This collage is from a photograph I took while in Ketchikan, Alaska. It now resides (temporarily I hope!) in my space at The Word is ART Gallery.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Quotes about Art

My friend and artist Cody recently turned 17. Her mom and I have been friends for thirty some odd years! When asked what she wanted for her birthday, she requested I make her something. Last night I made this book for her. I started with a Tim Holtz book kit that had the cardboard front and back, the ruler decoration, nuts and bolts and 10 plain paper pages. The background lettered image is a torn out portion of a print of a painting I did on canvas. I then used an old washer, a piece of old denim jeans, a leftover escort card and used calligraphy nibs to embellish the cover. I used some earth tone rubber stamps to color the paper with the book title as well as the fabric ribbon.

I took the blank pages and used liquid acrylic paints to create a variety of abstract backgrounds. I used paper towels and sponges to manipulate the paint. This is one of my favorite quotes.

After painting all ten pages, I added the calligraphy. I totally winged it and didn't do a layout or use guidelines...(which shows, but I tell myself that's part of its charm : )

And finally a view from the top so you can see all of the colors of the pages together. I'm happy to say Cody loved the book and was familiar with most of the quotes!

Monday, February 11, 2013


I've been so busy, both with calligraphy work and doing art for the gallery, I haven't shown you my new paintings! My challenge has been to communicate emotion through my paintings. As a relatively new painter, maybe this is just part of the exploration. I was whining to a friend about how I was stuck...okay, I was crying in frustration. She told me to hang up and paint. Boy was that good advice. This is probably my most emotive painting yet. In fact it sold the night of my gallery event on February 2nd!

This one started out as a woman floating and reaching towards the stars. It was meant to be ethereal. Well after three hours of working on it, it didn't look at all as I had intended so I took a tube of blue acrylic paint and squeezed it over the canvas. I then took a paper towel and smeared it into the canvas. The effect was pretty textural and interesting. I proceeded to use various colors and paper towels and sponges to create this piece. No brush used at all. Not very environmentally sound, but I do like the final painting.

Since the theme in the window was loosely related to Valentine's Day, or more generally about love, all kinds of love, my idea here was to make it look a bit like an old Valentine's postcard.

For this mixed media piece, I used and 8 x 8 wood board. I applied a few colors of acrylic paint, used a few rubber stamps and the very top layer of a decorative napkin for texture. The verbiage was composed by my friend Bill since this is a gift he is giving his wife for Valentine's Day.

This is another 8x8 on wood with the same materials and techniques as the painting above.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Word is ART Event!

I'm excited to share this upcoming event. I'm going to be the featured artist at the gallery for 3 weeks. Which means my work is in the window and there's an evening event to come see art and have some fun. In addition, 20% of all sales of my art during the three weeks will go to support BunnyLuv Rabbit Resource Center. If you're in the area, I would love it if you came by.