Mixed Media Artist

Archive for June, 2012

One Circus Dog

This is a 4″x 9″ pen and ink drawing on stone paper. There is no border.

This drawing is available HERE


Little Bird

5″x7″ mixed media painting on rag paper. There is no border on this piece.

This painting is available HERE.


Simply Exposed

Ballerina Fixes Her Hair

This is a 8″x10″ pen and ink drawing on stone paper. There is no border on the piece.

This work is available HERE

Usually, my art is not about simplicity. It is about layers, textures. It is about building and changing the image as I go.  I never worry about my initial drawing because it can/will be changed.  I am not a minimalist.

This is also apparent when you come into my house.

I am starting to get worried that one day the door bell will ring and one of those  Hoarder TV show camera crews will be standing on my door step.

Once I heard one of those hoarder specialists say that if you even have one junk drawer then you are on your way to being a hoarder…uh, oh.

I think that it is time to purge.  We need to get rid of stuff and we need to stop bringing stuff into the house that we don’t need or is basically, um … junk.  I am tired of trying to find a place for everything (hence the junk drawers…at least I am not sweeping the stuff under the rug…well, not yet anyway). It is making me ill. This stuff is toxic (most likely in more ways than one!)

This made me think about my process and how it has changed over the years.  I have slowed down, my paintings are taking longer  to complete.  I have not considered this when I question why have not produced as much this year when I had more time with Scarlett in school all day. I think that knowing I have more time has made me take more time when I am creating.

So, I am going to start doing  small pen and ink drawings ….not every day… I don’t need more pressure or rules to put on myself.  Maybe I will do more than one a day!  Who can say.  I do know that theses drawings are very hard for me. I feel so vunerable….exposed… here I am with out any of my magic tricks, with out all my distractions (those being the use of collage and colour).

hopefully I still look good naked … yikes ….here is ‘the full monty’ … ‘the minimalist monty’?  You know what I mean.

Enjoy!


Shared Dreams

6″x8″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood strecher. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.


One Circus Bear And Four Circus Dogs

Please click on the image to make it fit on your screen.

3″x24″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 2.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available Here

Note below: cropping is a little off on this one because it is so tall and thin. This one looks better in real life.


Memories Of A Doll

6″x8″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood stretcher. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


She Went To The Opera But Dreamt Of The Circus

24″x24″ mixed media painting on canvas. The sides are a continuum of the painting and are 3″ deep.

This painting is available HERE

“Like stepping into a fairy tale under a curtain of stars.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus


The Procrastinator- Dream Stealer

This is a 12″ x  36″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

So this painting goes back to the beginning of the year.  I was at a James Murdoch concert and as the second set started I had this image come into my head.  There was nothing in particular that triggered that vision but there it was right in front of me.  A fully formed vision of a painting thrown in to my lap in a split second.

I had to paint it. I was consumed by it.

I went out and bought the right size stretcher.

I took a photo of Imogen.

I searched the internet for good reference photos of birds.

I drew it out.

And then, I left it.  It was a pretty technical and detailed painting.  Not as fun to paint as some. I’d get to it later.

“OK, divine giver of painting ideas, I am ready for another …inspire me again. Give another one of those light bulb type visions”.

Nothing came.

Hmmm.  Maybe that divine giver of painting ideas was a little annoyed at me. Maybe he felt  like he just gave me a pretty sweet idea and I had not even finished it before asking him for more. Maybe he didn’t like that.

So I have been working for the last 6 months but it has been  a struggle.  I have all sorts of ideas and have started paintings but I’ve been putting them off.  Casting them to the side.  Promising to come back and see them through at some stage.

Initially this painting was going to be called The Trap, which kind of made me uncomfortable because it was really sinister ,  but then that little bird on her hand had something to say.  I just could not shut him up or shut his mouth up and it totally changed the dynamics of the painting. It was like he was pleading his case for all of those trapped birds.

“You really can’t do this”, he was saying “this kind of behavior just really isn’t acceptable”.

But what did these tangled birds represent for me? Dreams of course.  Trapped dreams.  She was a dream catcher? A dream keeper? No, she was a dream stealer.  She was stealing dreams.

But whose dreams?

Then it all made sense to me. She was stealing her own dreams.

Just like me, by procrastinating, I was stalling my dreams. I was stealing them away and trying to keep them for later , hoping more dreams would come.

Am I ever glad that little bird gave me a talking to.

What floors me is that the divine  giver of inspiration knew what this painting was about before I even procrastinated about it.

So, I am cultivating all the dreams I have lying around my studio. “Circus Dogs” was one,   I  had that idea ages ago but never acted on it.


Poppies All Around #2

4″x8″ x3″ mixed media painting on canvas.(Brick painting)

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A Moment and June Give Away

6″x12″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

I am going to do a give away this month.  Ten postcards of my art.  You can frame them or mail them. They are good for both.

My question to you is”What reminds you to stay in the moment?”

Can’t wait to hear your answers. Just post them in the comment area of this  blog post.

I will pick one winner out of the hat at the beginning of next month.

To see my postcards, your possible prize, go HERE