Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Moving to Wordpress

I'm moving my blog and website to one convenient location:  for now it's
and soon will point there as well.  I hope you come and join me there!  It was a tough decision - I've built up a lot of history with this blog - but it's going to be smarter to have both in one location - and it will likely mean I will actually update my website occasionally - which is what one is supposed to do.  So fare well Blogspot - I'll keep this up to have the archives....

Friday, December 31, 2010

Success in Art

Just watched two films on the uneasy connection between art and money: Art of the Steal, about Barnes Foundation move and Exit Through the Gift Shop, about the rise and exploitation(?) of Street Art.
I should say these movies are about greed and art, so as to avoid the error of demonizing money, because of course it's greed that causes problems. 

That lure of a large audience is pretty powerful and since I've never had the opportunity to make millions - let alone billions at the expense of my integrity, I can't say for sure that I'd have made better choices.  (I'd like to think so, of course.)   I think most artists really crave attention badly.  The sobering message to me from these movies though is this:  better a smaller audience who respects you than a huge audience who turns you into what they want you to be.  We all know this, right, but it's like wearing your seatbelt - you do it, you know it's the right thing to do, but if you come across a car crash where someone wasn't wearing one, you have even deeper reasons to remember to buckle up.  So let's buckle up and not sell out. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Stanley Lewis and Lennart Anderson

I was reading the latest issue of Art in America magazine, when an ad for paintings by Stanley Lewis caught my eye.  His landscapes kind of feel similar to what I'm going for these days, and they remind me a smidge of Fairfield Porter, and even a wee bit Isaac Levitan - both artists I love love love.

In the process of googling him, I ran into a new artist to admire:  Lennart Anderson.

I've been enjoying Edwin Dickinson's work lately, and his work reminded me of his, and it should because they were both Art Student's League folks, Anderson took classes from Dickinson - and got to know him a bit, as this piece shows.
The next video is an interesting piece discussing what to go for when painting a person. 

  More of Lennart's work can be found here.  (Hopefully the videos posted okay - I seldom post videos, and get easily confused.)

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Coast Paintings

Whales Head Beach, Brookings, Oregon

     In August my sisters, my mom, husband, daughter, brother in law and nephew spent a weekend on the Beach.  Great time.  I still have sand in my easel. My sister's and I are pictured. 

 Rocks at Whales Head Beach

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


     Zinnia's are bright, candy shop, wonderland flowers. I kept very busy during the first 2 - 3 weeks in August working on this commission.  It was a total pleasure, despite the intense summer heat and the chalky sunscreen I wore to keep from burning.  The family who commissioned it is happy, which makes me happy.  And it looks really great in their space, I love seeing my artwork in the context of someone else's life. 

    Flowers just don't hold still and stop growing for you.  The light changes too, so this painting doesn't represent one split second, but kind of a rainbow of time within a short range.  To meet the challenge I started in the center and worked out to the sides so all the flowers and leaves connected realistically.  Even thought the flowers are the reason for making the painting, my favorite parts are the leaves, they kind of rustle if you stare at them for a while.  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Phoenix and Medford too

Kim's Restaurant was in business when I was a kid.  I remember going there only once when I was young, and being amazed by it's Disneyland quality.  As an adult, it's kind of funny because most of the building is made of cinder blocks, so the fun decorative part just looks silly.  It's for sale now, and the restaurant has been closed for several years.

Barkley's Tavern and Broasted Chicken is located in my town of Phoenix, Oregon.  Many of the patron's came out to see what I was up to while I was painting this.  I get the impression they don't actually sell a lot of chicken there.