Wednesday, June 29, 2011


This painting began as part of the five-artist demo at the American Art Company Gallery. I have been looking at it on my studio easel for a week. There was a one square inch area that bothered me (unfortunately, I don't have a photo of how it looked) so last night I began to paint on it again. The longer I worked on it, the more I felt the life of it slip away. I don't know how else to describe the wasn't alive to me any longer - it was just a surface of unrelated marks and color so I washed it off and began again.

I wouldn't say I brought the original painting back to life, I would say a new painting, with a new message, was born.

This morning I ran across an explanation of painting on fb that rings true for me from artist Dan McCaw:

'I think about painting like sculpting, you add, you take away until you feel some connection, something that feels right, something that helps tie one thing to another and starts to hold your interest, something that surprises and makes you engage.'

Thursday, June 16, 2011

five-artist demo

Join us noon to 4 pm, Saturday, June 18th at American Art Company, 1126 Broadway, Tacoma, WA for a five-artist demo. Brenda Boylan, Reni Moriarity, Misty Martin, Neil Andersson and me. We're havin' a demo-party!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

two gallery reworks

I spent today sitting the Women Painters of Washington Gallery in downtown Seattle. I took with me two 8 x 10 panels that I washed off to paint again at the gallery to entertain myself when there weren't many visitors. Here are the finished paintings and below them is the way they looked before and after their bath (on left the original, on right the ghost). I guess I turned the lower one upside down from the way it was first painted.

I had a very limited number of pastel sticks with me + gloves + an apron. I worked flat on a card table with the little paintings spread on a towel to catch excess pastel.

thank you Ken!

A huge thank you to Ken at Comcast Security for fixing my seven week blog problem.

Emails from my blog couldn't get through the Comcast spam filter because one or more subscribers reported the posts as spam instead of UNsubscribing. I'll be posting more art soon.