Tuesday, August 22, 2006


This is a mysterious image that developed on an old painting. The buildings are what's left from that long ago painting. It's rather dream like. Good thing I don't have to totally explain my work! Sometimes the paint and the shapes have a mind of their own. Life and art are a puzzle.

Monday, August 21, 2006


The top image is the most recent. Is this the final composition?

This is the second composition.

This is the first composition playing with some new symbols.

Saturday, August 19, 2006




I found Brian Rutenberg's work in an Art in America magazine. At the Rivertown Artist Guild meeting- we were to choose one piece we liked, tear it out, and 'enter' it in a show on an open table- then we all became 'jurors' and wrote down our choices and then took turns talking about what we had chosen. Very enlightening. Anyway, I chose the Cherry Grove which is halfway down the second link. This guy's stuff rocks!!

Can't show you an image, you'll have to go surfing yourself!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Today this image has become WAITING one, after some thought and consultation with other artists on Wet Canvas. I've updated the image, but the photo's not so good. Someone referred to the Celtic knot's resemblance to a turtle! Well, that was correct and NOT what I was going for and so I painted a puzzle piece there which adds to the imagery.

Monday, August 14, 2006


As yet untitled, this is where the piece posted yesterday got to so today.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


This is the next layer, more textures, another color. Where will it go from here? Not sure. This is where intuition and oil pastels and more layers of colors come into play. It occurs to me that I should have done this backwards so it could be read in sequence, but now you can scroll down and start with the post titled PROCESS. Hope this is instructive for those who've asked.


The stencils are laid over the paper (the rocks are to hold down the paper stencil) and I use an atomizer to spray over them and then remove the stencils and textures to view the result.


Distribute the mixture with the side of an old credit card. You can draw calligraphic lines into the surface with a cork. The red watercolor from the last painting is bleeding through the surface and adding interest.


Using a mixture of gesso and water and matte medium, squeeze a ribbon onto the paper or canvas.


STEP ONE: find a piece of paper that needs help- or start with a new piece and skip the next few steps.

Thursday, August 10, 2006


Another blast from the past, this is a piece of handmade paper from that phase of my art experience in the late 80's and early 90's. Holographic paper was just coming in an was very amazing stuff, so I incorporated some of that trendy stuff into this collage. Of course, I also remember back when markers came in and were called MAGIC markers. Talk about the olden days!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


I think this is one of my favorite pieces of the recent mixed media work I've been doing. The colors and textures really speak to me. PEREK SHIRAH is a term I borrowed from Hebrew- it's a chapter of songs of the natural world testifying to the presence of God in creation.

We were at the GR Public Museum yesterday and I was really taken by the variety of birds displayed in the exhibits from back when museums collected and stuffed parts of the natural world for display!! There were birds I've never seen on the wing, so it was interesting to look closely at their miraculous plumage. Their songs are a mystery and an amazing part of creation too.

Monday, August 07, 2006


Another in the series. Darkness/light. Triumph/tragedy. Earth/heaven.

Sunday, August 06, 2006


My father, George Wieringa, was born 92 years ago today. He died three and a half years ago after years of living with Parkinson's. In his 50's he had a stroke which affected one side of his body. His struggle back from that was heroic. He was able to do things with his one good arm that lots of people can't do with two. Someone suggested he take up painting as part of his therapy. He did two paint by number pictures that didn't satisfy him. He then started messing around with the leftover paint on shoebox lids and taught himself what he needed to know to paint what he wanted to paint. I think he did some beautiful work and I enjoy the pieces that I have of his. He was a remarkable man who loved God and his family. He was funny and wise and generous. We were blessed to have him with us for 88 1/2 years.

Saturday, August 05, 2006


This is a favorite of mine. This belongs to my niece Sara and hangs in her hallway against a yellow wall. It look great there! The vase is one my dad gave my mom years and years ago. The mug is from a coffee shop Karl and Sara had. This hung over the condiment table for a while.

Friday, August 04, 2006


This is a blast from the past. This is a painting that my niece Laura owns and enjoys. She was visiting today and reminded me of this painting.

We had a wonderful visit and I enjoyed showing her some of my new things. She and my niece Sara are some of my favorites members of my art fan club. It's terrific to show and share things with such an enthusiastic audience.


This is a painting that evolved and before I knew it I was channeling my inner Chagall. Actually, it's going to be called GOING HOME and is probably the first in a series.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


There's a lot going on here, just like in any city. Some people are solemn, some rejoicing and some have their lives on fire. The sequences of shapes stand for the passage of time. The sky shapes symbolize the onmipresence of God in all the circumstances of life - both good and bad.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


These are a few more of the perfervid paintings! They are related to a piece called sanctuary that I posted Jun 28.