Saturday, August 23, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
my first emailed pieces. as you read i am trying to locate work that i have sold in the past. this was a piece that i sold about 3 years ago. it was my first piece with the dressform. it is much larger than the other....oh about 4 feet on masonite. it hung in a show at trahc and the osbourne development. collection of cynthia goerske
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
ok....i said i was not going to start posting sketchbooks....as many of you know i am a devote sketchbooker.....anyway as i was looking through pictures, i found my venice sketchbook....so i will post a few and then take pictures of my new ones and post later.....i will see what the comments tell me to do.
notice these works are going backward....oldest works....i started with my newest pieces but it has been fun to archive my work. so here was my first piece...it won best of show...i do still like it, but don't like to look at it....it is funny how so many people say they love making art....i am actually the opposite....making art is a burden...a necessary burden for me....like air, just a part of life...
this is large....it was a commission. i usually don't care for commissions, it is hard to please someone without them seeing it first. it was done on poplar, mixed media. It is a part of the bridge series i started with the heartball signature series. collections of russell and kathi sapaugh.
i usually don't have attachment to pieces....but this paperdoll piece that i created several years ago i have not been able to sell....don't want to. it has an innocence and brings back memories...it also addresses the issues that women deal with....it almost has a subversive quality. it is on a masonite cradle....i like to collage on this.
sometimes it is nice to just go for it.....i usually don't paint with oils on paper but i thought why not.....this inspired me to do a plein aire painting....they say when you paint others their characteristics take on yours....i think i a way she looks like me. this painting has no meaning....it was just because.
this was a very large painting of a former student of mine, alla. this is one of those paintings that i will post but not look at....it is the smallest things in a painting that will keep its creator from wanting to revisit it. it is suspended in a frame that i think makes the piece but i could not crop it with the frame in it. this work was exhibited and won an award....can't quite remember what it was.
at saic i completed something like 30 paintings in 2 weeks.....it was insane. during my lunches i would also paint. that day i brought my dress and hung it up and decided to paint it in oil life size....ok maybe a little larger. i loved the feeling it gave, it took on its own personality. as i was painting i got very frustrated and the professor came around and asked me if i was trying to paint a photograph....i said "no but the pattern is overwhelming", he told me to put the dress away and paint how i felt about the dress.....i did and it changed my life. it is one of the best art lessons i have ever learned. collection of rachel freeman
this was a series done at the art institute of chicago in the summer of 2006. it changed the direction of my work. the frame became a part of the art work. my work is no longer so literal but i can begin to see the transition. collection of robert and cindy holmes
Monday, August 11, 2008
my mom's critiques are based on if she thinks the piece is pretty or not. obviously this one did not fall into that category. it is called "fly away home". it is smaller than i normally work, very intimate. it is based on the children poem ladybug ladybug, note the phrase at the bottom (your house is on fire and your children will burn)....that was the point where my mom said ohhhhh, i don't like that one. i love the political statement that is made, there is something so innocent about a child. it is tough to see in the image but there is a photo of a child in the keyhole....I began painting the houses on stilts and they took on a bomb like quality.....i will let you interpret it from there.