Thursday, April 28, 2011

Nun too bright!

This started as a surface techniques demo for my students. We had covered stamping and Crazy Easy Transfer Painting when I decided to do Elmer's glue and black paint. When it had finished crackling, I saw the shape as the skirt of a nun's habit. That lead me to doing a water slide transfer of a nun that faded out on the bottom when a story came to me that Rome had sent her to a tropical muslim country to convert the pagan babies (that's what they told us in grammar school, believe it or not). Nun's habits does look like a burkas to me.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Glory of the First Cup of the Morning

I love the smell of coffee brewing. The aroma gives me the good feeling that all well be well and the day will be great. What a great experience to paint. Hence, Glory of the First Cup, a 24" x 24" piece with gold leaf, paint skins, collage, stencils and gel transfers.

Sorry, this was shot with my iphone as my wonderful photographer (Clare Lighton) is in Berlin for a couple weeks.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Book is Shipping!!!

Surface Treatment Workshop is no longer a pre-order item on Amazon but actually in people's hands and we are getting emails about it already. Sandra and I are both thrilled about the finished product. It is really is a great for your art arsenal.

It was such a pleasure to do all those projects and really push ourselves when we did the variations.

You probably noticed that are web site is new and combines both books. We were going to do two different web sites but decided it would drive us nuts. There will be updates in the gallery sections in the next several months.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Artist & Muse Dinner

My dear friend and fabulous artist, Pat Chapman, was suppose to come to town and I was going to throw her a party. She had a change of plans but the party must go on. And where else to throw an artist & muse dinner but in the studio. I am making coucous, greek salad and ???? plus lots of red wine.

Hey, Pat, look what you are missing. We all wish you were here.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thumps on the Head

Found out while at a friend's house that I made one of the "35 Locals We Love" in the current issue of the Santa Fean magazine. Nice article, a great group of people to be with, and, YAHOO, I am loved!

While flying high from that, I was brought back to earth by having to clean up a massive accident by my beloved almost 16 year old dog. I guess those are the highs and lows of life.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fragments of Stuff

My master, Glue, was calling on me to find old and interesting things to glue and bolt onto a panel.

When I was cleaning up my flat files, I discovered some old book covers and wood trim that I had. This got me started on this 24" x 24" piece, Apothecary, one of those magic pieces that just comes together. All it required was a trip for ephemera at Laura Stanziolas.

I love painting but I really love gluing!