cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

talisman three

Another Iceland drawing (see this post for the first two).  This one, though done with drawing materials, feels like a painting to me. As is usually the case, the scale of these drawings seems important to me, so here is the obligatory studio shot with my yellow...

talisman

I don’t normally engage in magical thinking, but I do believe in the power of art. I needed a talisman, for personal reasons, so I edited my two recent large landscape drawings to add doors to the buildings. I felt that I need an entrance to that stark world....

in the beginning

I get asked all the time how I go about starting a painting.  Do I work from a drawing that I then copy onto the canvas?  Directly from a model? Or from photos? Do I sketch first on the canvas?  With charcoal? Pencil? Paint? Truth be told, I don’t have a single...

at the barn

I’m still in Iceland, trying to dissect the landscape by considering just small portions of it at a time: the colors and shapes of the pebbles on which I’m walking, the yellow dandelions growing amidst the black volcanic rock. The landscape as a whole...

mother’s day

Because today is mother’s day, I’ll post photos of some of the pieces recently completed or in progress in my studio right now. I’m still working on images of babies and children, as I did last year with this encaustic series, In Memory of Childhood....

faces

In my last blog post, I hinted that I might paint some faces, and I have indeed done so.  I’m not so interested in painting faces on the large-scale figure paintings because a face grabs all the attention. But I am certainly interested in faces, so here’s...