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Jan 07 2017

animating my painting process

Well, I’ve sort of fallen down on my posting habit for quite a while.  So to catch things up a bit, I’m posting a couple of animated gifs of paintings I’ve done.  It’s not quite the same as having a time-lapse video of me painting (I plan to start doing that soon), but it at […]

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Dec 23 2014

Process of a Painting: “From Parched Earth”

Here’s a visual documentation of the process of my latest painting of a cactus flower (click to expand images): I began by pouring liquid acrylic paint onto a stretched canvas, then roughly outlined the shape of the cactus and flower with successive layers of paint.  It was important for me to keep as much of […]

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Dec 12 2014

Acrylic Pouring Medium Process: Evolving Tree Paintings

In my painting process, I like to start things off by pouring acrylic paint on the panel or canvas. It gives me something to work with, instead of the blank white staring back at me.  I’m in an experimental mode with how I create these acrylic pours.  Here I am holding the camera in one […]

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Sep 09 2014

Breaking Through a Creative Funk

I’ve been having a little bit of a struggle getting back into my painting as of late, and this has been going on for quite a while now. This happens to me whenever I am encountering a lot of transitions in my life, and for the past few years, I’ve been in constant transition. Part […]

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May 19 2014

Back to the Drawing Board…

I regret that I haven’t had much time to create art lately, but I am finally starting to get back into it. Drawing seems to be the best way to get going, so I decided to create some drawings that were inspired by my recent collages. This first one is a study from my collage […]

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Apr 25 2014

Image Quest Through Soul Collage

I felt I was onto something with my last collages… and I was excited to begin some drawings based on them, to create more personal interpretations before digging out my paints. But my drawing table was full of hundreds of collage images so I had to clean off the table before I could make room […]

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Apr 09 2014

a few new collages

. I’ve been busier than expected with keeping up with my jewelry business after my move to Ukiah. I guess I half expected that once I stopped advertising or contacting stores, orders would stop coming in and I could have a little artist retreat. Actually relieved that business hasn’t slowed too very much, as I […]

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Jul 19 2011

Mixed Media Class Progress

My mixed media painting class ended it’s 8 week reign just last Tuesday, and I’m finally getting around to posting some photos of the students’ progress. These first photos are of Linda Nagy, who really impressed me with her ability to integrate her poured and splattered acrylic paint backgrounds with her chosen photo transfer images. […]

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Apr 21 2011

Process of a Painting: “April’s Crown”

Just started this painting a couple nights ago, and it’s progressing quickly, but not quite finished. The color scheme wasn’t entirely deliberate, as it was determined primarily by the fact that I had a panel in my studio that was pre-primed in yellow ochre. As it developed, I decided to elaborate on the yellows, contrasting […]

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Mar 24 2011

Spring: Looking Up and Moving Forward!

Winter is always a difficult time for me, as I generally have less energy while Portland moves through its long season of darkness, cold and rain.   This winter in particular has been a time of many transitions which have taken much of my time to get move through.  I’ve moved my residence and art […]

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Oct 05 2010

So Many Things….

Alas, I have been neglecting my blog for far too long, and a good number of things have come to pass or are currently emerging… to the extent that I’ve been more than a little overwhelmed and have little time to write about it. To prevent myself from further procrastination, I’ll start with an outline […]

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Mar 12 2010

New Studio, New Home, New Work

It’s been a while since I’ve created any updates… not because I don’t have anything going on, mind you. More likely, I have TOO much going on, and not enough time to write about it. First of all, I finally decided I’d had enough of trying to get anything done in my dreary basement studio, […]

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Aug 28 2009

Primordial Slumber

Months have led up to a recent “breakthrough painting” that I feel really proud of sharing with everyone. I feel like a lot of synchronistic events led up to the birthing of this one. A recent impulse led to taking a solo trip to the Oregon coast. As soon as I began walking the path […]

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Aug 16 2009

Five Days of Focus

(my discoveries at art camp) For the past month, my energy has been consumed by creating websites, teaching classes, and cranking out jewelry and reproductions for art fairs. In the first week of August alone, I did 3 fairs (in Portland, Sellwood, and on the Oregon coast, in Yachats). Summer is the time for this and […]

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Jan 17 2009

Acrylic Image Transfers

Transferring images can be done with photocopies, some magazine images, inkjet or laser prints.  I suggest using a high contrast laser image for your first efforts because I think the results are more reliable, but the options are open for trying practically anything.  In regards to imagery, try whatever you have a strong connection to.  […]

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