Friday, December 1 (tomorrow) is the opening for the Advent Show at the Eyekons Gallery from 5-10.
Here's a page with four of my images from their site:
I'm delighted- the titles aren't correct, but they're pretty busy making gallery magic right now, we can correct that later!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Another 6"x6" painted box, the beginning of a series of BURNING BUSH paintings. The red trees have gotten such a good response and they are such fun to paint that I'm doing more. Perhaps they are the 'Tickle Me Elmo' of the art world this Christmas! Variations are available at Eyekons in Grand Rapids and Fire and Water Art in Lowell.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
This is a documentation of the process we went through in Lowell last week on th contemplative journey of 'writing' an icon of the Virgin of the Sign. It was a wonderful week of contemplation, learning, fun, and prayer. Not a creative process but a contemplative one.
You can scroll through this like a flip book and watch it develop! It took us five days and layers and layers of paint. We began the process with prayer and meditation. The teacher had line drawings of the image. We traced these onto tracing paper and then centered that on top of a graphite sheet on the board and traced it again. We painted the lines with a dark color. Then we put layers of yellow paint over it and proceeded through the process over five days with the teacher demonstrating each step and telling us what color to use and returning to our seats and following the direction. We listened to chant and sacred music as we worked and prayed into our brushstrokes. The paint was thinnned to the consistency of hal and half creamer and the layers built up.
Last week I painted an icon of the Virgin of the Sign at the Franciscan Process Life Center in Lowell. What a process! It's a contemplative journey, not a creative one. It was wonderful. Diane Hamel was the teacher and she is so knowledgable and reverent and funny. It was a blessed week.
Here's the result. I'll post them in reverse order so you can see the steps we took.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
It's been so fun this fall to go deep into the colors of the season. We're down to mostly neutral colors around here. but I can still remeber the glory of autumn! There's beauty in the neutrals too, but I've got MONTHS to work on enjoying them!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
These are views of the approach to the Franciscan Center. These are small (6"x6") acrylic paintings. I like the immediacy of acrylics and the quick drying. After years of doing demonstration paintings for classes, I'm a pretty fast painter. I try not to get too bogged down with detail. Sometimes it works! What you can't see is that the image wraps around the side of a canvas box. I keep meaning to photograph some with the sides visible, but there's too much going on right now!!
If you're keeping score you'll notice there's no Fall #9. I don't know why that is!! I'll have to look over the inventory!
Saturday, November 11, 2006
This is the new gallery in Lowell, MI. Well, my friend Patti Sevensma did some photographic magic this afternoon and took some pictures of me painting at the work tables in the new space. So I'm replacing my terrible photos with hers! She's a gifted artist/photographer who is also a gallery participant. What a wonderful group of talented people! I'm working on one of the 6"x6" boxes and you can see my display on the wall in the bottom photo on the left side. Thanks, Patti!