Portraits of Imaginary Friends and Other Impulses

Archive for August, 2016

A certain softness of lips


I was so happy to be able to spend hours and days in my studio last week and this person evolved into my canvas with a certain androgyny and also a softness to their lips that is rare for one of my paintings that tend to have mouths even more often distinctive as their sometimes large ears or noses.  Inspired by my friend Parrick of Patrick Dennis Gallery of Cambria I first did an under drawing in oil pastels which usually is a material I reserved for the children in the classroom but they do add a bit of playfulness that I find remains even though the pastels are barely visible when the work is finished.  This painting is rather large and I expect will hang at my first Cambria show at Patrick’s Gallery in a few months. 

Some New Web Page Features

This morning I have spent several hours working on my webpage. I added place guests can sign up for an email list and added  a gallery of sold artwork to my webpage, you can find the link Here.  If you are a collector and have some of my work, if you could help me out and see if I have your work on this page.  If don’t see it and you would like to, please send me a photo of it, along with where you live and I will add it.  If you do see it, if you can please double check and make sure I have where the art is located I would be very grateful, I am going off of my memory with is not the greatest .I want to thank my friend Patrick Dennis, for giving me the idea of including sold art on my website, he showed me his website that I will include a link to later this week, when I add a page for favorite galleries.

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Evolution of a Portrait of a Girl

I was thinking about the changes in my art specially the portraits in the last few years. There was a drastic change when my gallery closed where I moved away from the portraits for a while, focusing on my dreamy figurative paintings coming out of washes of colors. The gallery closing was traumatic for me, but wound up being the best thing for myself and my art. When I started back to painting portraits again, they had lost a simple wide eye innocence. They are uglier now; more interesting; a nose that demands respect or a mouth that will not be disregarded, eyes that are meant for more than twinkling. My faces before were fun and playful and some still are but I think they are more demanding now. I am consider perhaps how each one may have represented in some way the trope of the manic pixie dream girl that I too have too often been considered the quintessential example of by those who know me well.  This no longer feels like who I am or what my art should be.  As art mirrors life, so life mirrors art, and I find myself turning  uglier and more interesting to myself in the most beautiful ways.

Little faces 

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