Here is a sweet little botanical diptych. I have painted several of these, a new size for me. They are about 12 x 25 inches (or 2 12x12 canvases). At the moment they are 2 separate images. I should unite them as one image, but I have a severe case of mush brain today. Lazy girl.
This is the way it looked this morning. Not much different than the view you got back in February. I am through painting now. I should be bustling about restoring order to chaos. But, since I am me, I will do it later...
I am not slacking off, I still have to name these paintings and email the label info to the gallery. I am struggling with titles. Maybe I should just name them all Dave!
Spring has arrived. There are cherry trees in bloom, the early bulbs are up, the trilliums are blooming up in Forest Park. There is no green like the greens of new growth in Spring. The thing that strikes me about these doodles is that they are all in rows and are mostly about the same size. They are so orderly and well behaved, I can hardly believe they are mine. I did these Wednesday evening while watching Survivor. For reasons I can barely fathom, I love this show no matter how deluded the contestants are, stupid the challenges get, or how goofy the tribal counsel set looks. Oh, wait. I guess those are the reasons I like it.
Here is the front (aka the important side because there are pictures) of the Talisman show postcard. It hangs this Sunday and opens on the 29th. If you scroll down a bit you can find my preview images. I will be uploading more previews, so keep an eye on the blog. This also gives a glimpse at Gail's work. What you see is only 1/3rd of a tryptich, she is sneaky that way.
My Talisman show is going to be my first not-primarily-abstract show. It is not particularly representational either. There is recognizable imagery, but they are all stylized or quasi abstracted images. I called them Fever Dream Florals in the press release, but botanical is a better description than floral. (Too bad I hadn't thought of it a few days sooner.) My goal for this series of paintings was to work more directly from my doodles, which are full of foliage, flowers and seeds. What hasn't changed is the bright colors and the grid layout, the elements which have always characterized my paintings. Movement is important in my work as well, whether it is drawing you into the center or bouncing your eyes around. These paintings should give 'em a workout!
And, because it can't be said enough:
The show runs March 29th through April 22 . The show opens with a reception on Last Thursday, March 29th at Talisman Gallery (1476 NE Alberta St, Portland OR) from 5:30 - 9:00pm. Please come, eat some food, and chat a bit. Then buy your favorite painting. The more, the merrier!
Oh yey! Back to the market. And when I get home and everything is all unpacked, there is always something I have forgotten or left off the list in the first place. This week's winner appears to be cat litter. But look at those doodles, will ya? There is some yummy good doodling going on.
Even with the digital camera revolution, artists still need good slides. Maybe one day all jurying will be done from digital images, but there is a significant percentage who haven't gotten there yet. My friend Patrick does great work, is a heckuva nice guy, and is fast. Wait! There is more: His site also has a gallery of works he has shot for us 35mm challenged folks. It is fun to look at the sheer variety of artwork which has paraded through his studio.
Let's talk failure on this gloomy Monday morning. The goal for my current series of paintings was to work more directly from my doodles. I think that I have succeeded, but success comes with a price. I made, and then scrapped, 14 paintings. Here are a is one of them (click for a better look), and here is why I decided to scrap it and all it's friends. The composition is good, and I love the candy colors. I also like the idea of using more embroidery. But, they are dead. There is no life and no movement. The embroidered lines, which add so much movement and playfulness to my
purely abstract pieces, seems to freeze these right in their tracks. There is no movement, which makes it glaringly obvious how trite the subject matter is. Triteness is not necessarily something that bothers me a whole lot, it is just that I have added nothing of the 'me-ness' that would make these paintings a success. But, damn, wouldn't they make cute cards?
Jellyfish. Doodled in my calendar. About 5 summers ago, my friend Robin and I went to the Monterey Aquarium. We saw the most amazing jellyfish, right out of Ernst Haeckel's Victorian era book, Artforms in Nature.