Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hollyhock studies

Little 8"x10 studies of one of my favorite summer flowers. I can't grow them, but I love painting them.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


I took this 12"x24" canvas and primed over an old painting. These hollyhocks flowed onto it while I was at the gallery in Fennville- 89ARTscene- during my shift yesterday.

They didn't just show up unbidden! I've been looking at hollyhocks and sketching and brought along some photos. I've painted hollyhocks before. They are one of my favorite flowers. It was fun to complete a painting again in one sitting. I have too many incomplete projects going! This one is wired and ready to go.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Back in the game

It's been about 3 months since I worked on art in any meaningful way. After a cross country trip and encountering some lovely paintings at the Des Moines Art Center, the art wheels in my mind are turning. I had a dream about printmaking and spent the rest of the night contemplating new directions. Yesterday I spent time taking apart a painting and putting a new layer on top. It was an autobiographical piece. I have photos, I don't need the original. I have money in the frame and I'll reuse that!

Vee Gates