Spectrum Portraits of Imaginary Friends and Storyteller Abstracts

Archive for January, 2014

Palm Springs Desert Arts Festival

I will be showing my dolls at the Palm Spring Desert Arts Festival on March 1 and 2. I just got notice today. I visited this show last time it was held and it looks great, professional with lots of wonderful artwork. I am happy to be included.

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Whoops…

I casually started referring my abstract figurative paintings as story people because it just seemed appropriate.  Luckily a friend pointed out that Story People is already a trademarked term.  I guess I don’t really need to call them anything specific.  I just was trying to differentiate them from my dolls and landscapes.  So erase erase the idea that my figures are called story people from your mind.  I will think of something else to call them but for now they are just stick figures that imply a story that I paint in layers and washes. 

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8×10 figurative matted and framed $100 each

8x10 Story people matted and framed $100 each

I am loving how great these story people look with the black frame and contrasting white mats. The moonlight in them just glows. Above is Midnight Swim and below is Tin man, both are acrylic 8x10s on paper with a 11×14 frame.

Midnight swim

This is a painting of lovers taking a midnight swim. It’s layers of acrylic on handmade paper made from newspapers. I got it framed and matted and I just love it! Painting is 8×10 in a 11×14 frame. Wired and ready to hang. $100.

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Finished paintings from the Jasper workshop week

Once a year or so I like to continue my own education with an indepth workshop with someone I consider a modern master. When choosing the workshop, of course the mentor must also suite my own work. That doesn’t mean that have to paint in the same style as me but they must have knowledge I can absorb and that will help me in my own art journey. When searching for a workshop mentor I look for someone contemporary and colorful and most importantly, who’s work grasps my attention, freezes me in my tracks and inspires me. My three favorite workshop teachers are Caroline Jasper, Linda Kemp and Robert Burridge, each who challenge me and inspire me, and I feel not just inspiration but a jump in my work immediately following the classes.Image

Jasper Workshop

What a great week with Caroline Jasper at Venus Art Studios in Palm Desert.  Caroline is a color expert and this is the second time I have taken her workshop and it won’t be the last.  I have a good grasp on color so this week for me was all about exploring ways to create the illusion of depth in my work.  I completed 5 works this week, spending half of the last day making slight changes to the first four.  I feel I have a much better grasp on creating perspective in my work.  What I learned and wasn’t expecting to is how to be more critical of my own artwork.  And I don’t mean a general “I don’t like this” or “I fail”, but a gentler “this isn’t working yet” and a more specific critic of why.  By the end of the second day some things were not working, and Jasper was excellent at suggestions that worked.  By the end of the 5th day, I was finding the things that could be improved myself, and figuring out how to improve them.  I am excited to spend some long hours in the studio next week.

Jasper workshop day 3

Loving this workshop. Today was more emphasis on creating the illusion of Depth.

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