August 21, 2016

"Caterpillar on Branch"

-"Caterpillar on Branch", acrylic paint on wooden panel, 6" x 6".

This painting started off as a creativity exercise that I sometimes do with my students. Slowly pour paint onto the surface until it forms an interesting, irregular puddle in the middle. Once it dries, the artist's job is to turn that puddle into something else. It's a nice exercise to do when you are feeling a little stuck or uninspired.

You can purchase this painting here at my shop.

August 20, 2016

"Pink Wasp"

I feel most like a wasp.


-"Pink Wasp", acrylic paint on paper, 5" x 7".


August 19, 2016

Road Trip to New England & Canada

A number of owls lived in the canopy above one of our campsites.

Painting by Andrew Wyeth.

Shelburne Museum circus display in Vermont.

Mt. Philo sunset.

The summit at Mt. Washington in New Hampshire.


A train leaves the summit creating a very Miyazaki-esque picture.

My favorite rock in Maine.

Acadia National Park glazes.



Another sunset picture for the internet.

Maine tidal pool, small crabs live here.


July 25, 2016

Reworking


I am going through piles of old and half-finished artwork that have been stacking up all around me for the past decade. I am both ambitious and unlikely to finish anything, so these two qualities together have been the foundation for this massive buildup.

The unfinished painting above is now sitting at my desk. Working over top of old art is a way of recycling old materials, paper, and styles to insert a little more magic into what I'm doing now.

--Look for the finished piece shortly!


July 23, 2016

July 17, 2016

"The Sugar Snail"

This one will forever be a special painting for me. It is a representation of that feeling that you get when you are awestruck by something that is way bigger than yourself.

-"The Sugar Snail", acrylic paint and mixed media on wooden panel, 16" x 16".












July 14, 2016

"Beetle Swarm" & SMALL STAR Art House

 -"Beetle Swarm", acrylic paint on wooden panel, 16" x 16".





This painting and a series of other new illustrated works are on display at SMALL STAR Art House this month. I am so grateful to the friends and family that came out to the opening this past First Friday to show their love at the "Meet the Featured Artist" event.  Thank you!


June 16, 2016

Moth Painting Sneak Peek & Keeping Secrets


Yet another work-in-progress. It's really hard for me to keep secrets of any kind (not my friends' secrets, don't worry). It's just hard not to post the finished painting here, even though I decided to wait for the opening of the show at Small Star Art House in July to publicly post this work. I really only have to wait a couple of weeks to share this series with you, but it's still difficult to keep it a secret. Instead I will just wait until Andrew gets home from work and dance around him like a child until he looks at what I accomplished during my studio time.

When I was about 5 or 6 years old I asked my parents for a surprise birthday party. Somehow, I remained unsuspecting when I went to my grandmother's house without my other 2 siblings on the weekend around my birthday. They really scared me when I returned home. When I opened the front door, a bunch of people I knew jumped up from behind the furniture and were shouting at me. What did I expect??
Today, if I ever get a sense that there is a secret surprise brewing around me, I will ruthlessly hound the informant until I get the information I need in order to avoid that sense of earth-shattering shock (sorry, Andrew).

With that said -- you my dear blog, will get to see these paintings in 2 weeks and 1 day.