Stencils!!

Happy Friday my people!  I do hope you are all well and happy and warm (it’s ‘fuck off’ cold here AGAIN … I’m just about done with this whole winter thing).   A few weeks ago the concept of stencils popped into my head.  These things, I just forget that they exist and I’ve never…

Removing Varnish – An Experiment

Oh I’ve been remiss in updating y’all on some of my more recent endeavors.  I’m on vacation for a couple more days and have done SO MUCH and have posted mostly none of it.  Time away from a computer is so valuable.   But I really wanted to share this because it’s something I’ve been…

2021 – What I Learned

I started doing these annual blog posts in 2017, as a way to encourage myself to look back and see how much I experienced in the previous year. A way to revel in the adventures and the lessons that a life presents to me, however ‘small’. This year I’ve been procrastinating this process. Somehow sitting…

Bamboo Ice – A Journey

As a whole it needs help but that bottom right corner! Then I was wondering about hot wax and oil paint … because, well it’s oil and susceptible to heat. So I lit a candle! And I plopped some blobs. And after a few days I peeled them off. This is a subtle thing here…

Christmas Abstract – A Journey

Oh I do love a huge canvas and I do love a background AND I do love finding the images hidden in the swirls and texture that a background inherently contains. Here’s where I started … just a rough slapping in of paint. I’d done the dark background ages ago and don’t have a pic…

Desk Doodling

My eldest daughter needed a new desk and I found this for a steal. BUT, she doesn’t love the light wood – the contrast is too harsh for her. So I volunteered to doodle the legs with sharpie … it seemed a solid endeavor and man was I right! Sharpie doodling is, literally, where I…

Kraken – A Journey

Here I go again my people!  Another new piece, lots of exploration and new things and mistakes and magic. Back in early July the girls and I took a three day trip to one of the smaller state parks in Indiana.  It was lush and beautiful and we were almost completely alone there and ……

Emergence – A Journey

You guys know, I often sketch and plan a painting.  Projecting a drawn image onto a prepared canvas and working within the structure … and sometimes destroying the structure … but I often have a starting point. This one went differently.  I like to create organically.  When I sketch I almost never have a plan…

Rosa – A Journey

I’ve been playing with this pose and the large skirt off and on for a few years, it keep recurring and I FINALLY got it just right.  Initially, it was a woman’s face wearing a dapper bird hat … but I scrapped her.  Somehow human beings just aren’t as intriguing as birds. I sometimes fear…

“Ampersand”

This piece hangs in my sister’s home. She’s not my sister really. She’s my sister-in-law. She’s not my sister-in-law really, since the divorce. She’s something else. And I adore her. Tough and so clever. Resilient and powerful. Complicated and strong and determined in a way I admire. I’ve never had a sister really … not…