"Moss," 60"x48"x1-1/2", acrylic mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, not currently for sale. Because (insert sassy voice) I deserve to enjoy her company for a bit longer.
At the year's end I stretched 2 enormous canvases. And then I waited for inspiration to hit.
It didn't take long for this first one to show up when I was walking the dogs and became overwhelmed with the beauty of the bare trees against a moonlit sky. Initially I thought the painting would be all about the Mother Tree (have you readthat book? I highly recommend it!), but as often happens with my work, she had other plans (which means I will have another try at the Mother Tree concept down the road!).
I work intuitively, which means that there is no plan other than to stand at the easel and move paint. I begin my animal (who comes from dreams and other life experiences), start to add the organic/nature elements (in this case a gnarled tree), and see what happens. Sometimes the animal morphs into another spirit guide, sometimes the intended nature scene changes entirely (in this one the horizon line dropped, the sunrise showed up, and then the line of trees, then the blanket of moss).
I try to stay out of her way as she evolves, listening and communing via her gaze, and pulling my senses into action - what does the earth around her smell like? how warm (or cold) is the air? what can I smell? is there bird song, leaves whispering, creatures scurrying through the groundcover?
If this process intrigues you, you are invited to learn more viamy online classroom. When I started this painting, I broadcast live for 2 hours to my (Real Time) students, and they had the opportunity to ask questions and see the bear begin to emerge. We talked about some of my concerns, I showed them how I tweaked a couple of reference photos into a resource, and laid the groundwork. That video is now streaming via the classroom space. And earlier today I uploaded a video short (to both the Studio Visit and Real Time students) summarizing the painting's progression and letting them in on what's next. Visitmy virtual classroomand see what it's all about! For less than a weekly cup of coffee, you can join me in the studio and get exclusive behind the scenes content about my process and priorities.
Also, don't forget about the studio sale happening on Monday (scroll below for jpgs of the paintings available - you can click on the image to get event details).
Thanks, as always, for following along with me and my artwork.
"Tabby Kit," 5" x 7", acrylics on a museum quality panel, depicting a tiny little orange striped guy from Morgue File . This painting can be yours for $289, which includes s&h inside the US. And in case you didn't see it, a little doodle of him is also available for sale here . Inquires may come directly to me . Although it certainly doesn't FEEL like spring here (snow and ice and wind chills, brr!), I can tell that spring is coming. The mercury is rising a wee bit each day and the days are getting longer and brighter. Over the weekend we drove with the moonroof open just to feel the sun's meager and oh-so-very-welcome warmth (although the heat in the car was cranked, too, in the interest of full disclosure!). I wanted to work with spring-like colors today, and this little guy was still on my mind , so I grabbed a small panel and got to work. Of course, I also have Poppy to finish and some changes to make to another po
Clockwise from top left, "Spruce," 24"x30", acrylic on panel, $1200 plus s&h; "Bare," 15"x30"x1-", acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas (with painted sides featuring a pink feather) $1500 plus s&h; "Northern Lights," 24"x30", acrylic on panel, $1200 plus s&h; "Winterberry," 24"x30", acrylic on flat panel, $1200. And on top, "Snowglobe," 18"x24", acrylic on panel, $1000 plus s&h. These pieces will be available for purchase at 3pm eastern March 5th, 2022, via the Available Paintings page on my website . Please read further for details. I have decided to let Snow Globe go. I love her to pieces, but have no place to hang her and she deserves eyeballs. So my loss is your gain! Please also note that I mis identified the substrates in three of the paintings from the original announcement - with the exception of Bare, the taller piece on gallery wrapped canvas, the others a
Clockwise from top left, "Sky," 24"x36"x2", acrylic mixed media on cradled wood panel, $2000 plus s&h; "Rabbit, Rabbit," 36"x36"x2", acrylic mixed media on gallery wrapped canvas, $2400 plus s&h; "Surrender," 24"x24"x2", acrylic mixed media on cradled wood panel, $1600 plus s&h; "Oscillate," 24"x18", acrylic mixed media on flat panel, $1000. These pieces will be available for purchase at noon eastern January 31, 2022, via the Available Paintings page on my website . Please read further for details. It's been wonderfully crazy the last 10 months or so, as eager collectors have been buying my work, often while it remained unfinished. While I do truly love that the paintings were/are resonating so deeply, I also realized that I needed to institute some changes in how I offered them for sale. Selling immediately wasn't serving my newly discovered desire to savor what the p