Go Small or Go Home

What to do when you get stuck? Find something concrete to work toward. A couple weeks ago I hit a wall. I'd finished working a small flurry of etching plates. I then finished the line etch on a new plate, but had no idea (still have no idea!) what else it wants or needs. It doesn't… Continue reading Go Small or Go Home

Embracing Limitations

Last weekend I was listening to the latest episode of the Art Juice podcast. Alice and Louise discussed limitations in the art-making process. Over the past year I’ve been working under a self-imposed limitation of black and white only. Much of my artwork has leaned toward the monochromatic for years, but this time it was more deliberate. In action,… Continue reading Embracing Limitations

Working in a Series

(left) Close up of the rosin coating for aquatint on a 3"x3" copper plate (right) Print of the same plate after applying the spit-bite etching technique These days I’ve been working multiple plates at a time in my etching practice. I’ve never worked this way before; at most I may have had two plates on… Continue reading Working in a Series

Acrylic and ink painting of a secret garden

I've been filming myself painting and drawing a lot lately. It's fun! This one turned out surprisingly well, considering I was working with no sketch, just eyeballing it as I checked my photo reference. As it happens, I did manage to get the proportions of the pond wrong, but I think you'd never know if… Continue reading Acrylic and ink painting of a secret garden

A repetition of red figures having a nautical bent

The Ohms survive in harsh environments; in the darkness of storms out to sea and the blinding light after a great whomp of snow has covered the terrain in wild mounds of cold down. Rarely alone, the ohms are nevertheless on a lonely and perpetual search. They never rest. They appeared out of nowhere. A… Continue reading A repetition of red figures having a nautical bent

Ink painting in a concertina sketchbook

I'm in a couple of artist communities online. It began with the free course I took part in over the summer by Louise Fletcher, which in turn convinced me to take the full paid course. Lots of un-learning and breaking down barriers, some of which I wrote about a couple of posts (and a number of months) ago. Since then I've been painting a lot, and this weekend I did some ink painting in a concertina sketchbook. Tap the image to read more.

I’ve been making a lot of acrylic paintings on paper the past six months

March of the Ohms (2020) Acrylic and mixed media on 9" x 12" paper I took a painting class in the summer. Online, natch, being the first summer of Covid. I wrote about it in my last post— getting unblocked; unlearning so much that had weighed don my art practice. And since that class I've… Continue reading I’ve been making a lot of acrylic paintings on paper the past six months

A new type of imagery emerging

I've been taking a class that's all about getting unstuck or kickstart a revolution in one's art. It's led by artist Louise Fletcher, who is co-host of a podcast I've been listening to for awhile now. I took her free one week taster course, and decided to jump in and do the full ten-week program… Continue reading A new type of imagery emerging

Moonwater and Other Rituals of Navigation

Every weekend I open a "new post" window, and there it sits, staring at me with its blank, accusatory stare. No, the accusation comes from within. The pressure I put upon myself, the spreading myself too thin, unwittingly, every time a create a 'weekend' list— I hobble myself with overwhelm! I did cross lots off… Continue reading Moonwater and Other Rituals of Navigation

Quarantine project: before and after

Over the weekend I undertook a project that I'd originally intended to do when I moved into my apartment, but I was on a deadline with a big project for a museum, and there was no time. Since then, well, I just haven't thought about it except once in awhile. Then last weekend I got… Continue reading Quarantine project: before and after