Sunday afternoon I was really fighting a nap, feeling a bit of the time change lag. Yet my brain was whirling with ideas and thoughts preventing me from sleeping so I decided on an alley walk with my little camera. You know I like my alley walks. Spring is showing early around here, daffodils, forsythia, fruit trees are in bloom, and from our garden we will be eating asparagus in a matter of days! It's crazy. But rather than taking pictures of all that beauty, I found myself taking pictures of interesting textures, weathered surfaces, peeling paint, and the ways residents decorate their lawns and out buildings. I sure do like this quirky town.
In 2016 I have been painting quite a bit in preparation for an exhibition at Strecker-Nelson Gallery opening March 4. I will have twenty-three works on view, many of which are brand new and being shown for the first time. I finished The day you weren't here oil painting just days before we delivered it to the gallery, and I kind of miss it since I didn't have time to live with it after finishing it. But I am also happy that it will have some other eyes to see it. Many of the paper works are small, almost jewel-like in their frames. (Strecker-Nelson framed all the paper works and I am really pleased.) Though I also enjoyed making some larger paper pieces with the largest at 32 inches square. I tend to work in a series, painting in pairs or groupings. One of the titles is strange mechanics and eternal mysteries, an idea to me that summarizes much of the work, even the ones that are titled by the date.
My two newest oil paintings:
A slideshow of the works on paper:
If you would like to visit the gallery's website you can see additional pieces on my artist page. The exhibit runs through April 23.
I'm pleased to share that my work is part of issue 120 West edition of New American Paintings. This issue was curated by Evan Garza, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art at UT Austin. This is one of two spreads of my work in the catalog.
I worked on a few new paper pieces, two with somewhat of a limited palette. The third piece was all about play, mark integrity, and connecting shapes. I used watercolor with colored pencil and a few flecks of iridescent watercolor. Recently I took a week and completely reorganized my studio and sorted all my supplies. Seeing the colored pencils together in this container makes me happy.