Thursday, November 30, 2006

Eyekons Gallery

Friday, December 1 (tomorrow) is the opening for the Advent Show at the Eyekons Gallery from 5-10.
http://www.eyekons.com/default.aspx?page=82

Here's a page with four of my images from their site:
http://www.eyekons.com/gallery.aspx?id=14
I'm delighted- the titles aren't correct, but they're pretty busy making gallery magic right now, we can correct that later!

BURNING BUSH #5

Is all the red getting redundant? I see it as an antidote for the winter weather heading our way!

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

BURNING BUSH #3

This is a personal favorite. This piece is at the Eyekons Gallery in Grand Rapids. 6"x6"- $95

BURNING BUSH #2

Monday, November 27, 2006

BURNING BUSH 1

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

icon- The Virgin of the Sign


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.

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The Virgin of the Sign


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.

a new baby- Matthew

This is my new grand baby Matthew. Five pounds, 14 ounces and already loved by the rest of his family. What a cute kid! We are blessed to have this safe delivery. Peace, Matthew!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

12"x12" RED TREES 1


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

12"x12" LANDSCAPE 1


Just a little larger format on this one. I find the square is a delightful shape to paint on. I'm not sure why that is. The name is a little nondescript.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

FALL 10 and WINTER 2


















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

FALL 7


This one is at Eyekons and looking for a home.

fire and water



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!

new gallery- actually, a showroom


This 'art showroom' opened yesterday. I'm very excited to be included. I've got work here and at the Eyekons Gallery at 210 East Fulton downtown!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

FALL 6

This is how FALL 6 started out. It just didn't seem to have the glow I was looking for and so I went back into the studio and punched up the color a bit.

This is more what I was looking for.




FALL 5