Overcast reading

School is winding down. The grades recorded. My graduate evaluations complete. When the weather is rainy and overcast, there is little to do besides, eat, sleep, talk to the cat, care for my plants, or read. I’ve been doing some light, fun reading. I played the piano for an hour (sorry neighbors). I even wroteContinue reading “Overcast reading”

Busy reading and painting

I’ve been extremely productive since returning from the Vermont residency. I devoured texts regarding contemporary painting and visited galleries and museums around town. If you are interested in my bibliography I may get around to posting it but if you comment I will definitely post it. I’ve also been painting a lot and on aContinue reading “Busy reading and painting”

MFA adventures

I am still processing my residency. I have been home for a week and 3 days but my experience there is still swirling and spinning in my head. The critiques ( worried endlessly over) were constuctive. After landing in Nashville, I have been to one art crawl and the Frist. I have read 3 chaptersContinue reading “MFA adventures”

Lighting experiment

I set up a new composition with a new lighting scenario. Because I love the old masters and the contrasting lights and darks, I wanted to experiment with higher contrasts in my lighting situation. Also, this skull has been on my list of things to paint for months. The green participation ribbon has been inContinue reading “Lighting experiment”

MFA decisions

I was accepted into the MFA program of Visual Arts by Vermont College of Fine Art. I am humbled and honored to have been accepted. It is a low residency program which means I can work in the comfort of my own studio, continue working my fabulous day job, and spend time with my family.Continue reading “MFA decisions”

Sunflowers in oil

Generally, each floret is oriented toward the next approximating the golden angle, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive numbers. Think 1 +2 = 3. Then 3 +2 =5, and 5+3 = 8, 8+5= 13…These are called Fibonacci numbers.

Lesson learned in yellow

Mellow yellow. I learned some new things this weekend painting in yellow. I have always struggled with the ‘fat over lean’ thing. In foundation year painting classes I don’t remember ANYONE discussing it, but, I only really remember painting in foundation year painting. Painting a lot and all the time. Maybe I missed the discussion.Continue reading “Lesson learned in yellow”

Entry confirmation!

I finally had the time and confidence to enter the Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition. The process wasn’t difficult. The hard part will be waiting until July 31st for results. I contemplated which painting to submit for months. I decided to enter the Pincushion oil painting. Read more about it here. It is a favorite.Continue reading “Entry confirmation!”

Sketchbook Project

Last year I participated in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. It was an elevating experience. I stretched my creative muscles, met the deadline, and grew as an artist. The book is a narrative based on the women’s studies, the momentum of the the Me Too movement, my experience working with high school age students,Continue reading “Sketchbook Project”