One More Study – Apples

???????????????????????????????Three apples headed for Biarritz!  There used to be a vendor at the Redmond Farmer’s Market that made these fabulous apple pies.  The apples were crisp and the filling was super light so that you tasted more of the apples and the crust.  She’s no longer there, I’ve searched and searched.  We’re sad that she’s no longer bringing pies to our Farmer’s Market.  

It’s my turn to learn how to make apple pies.  Maybe in September, it’s too hot these days to turn on the oven!  

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Study – Three Onions Still Life

Study - Three Onions Still Life    8"x8"  Acrylic on PanelStudy – Three Onions Still Life
8″ x 8″  Acrylic on Panel

My grandfather hated onions.  When I was much younger, I remember being scolded for putting onions in the refrigerator, as he feared they would contaminate the other food.  This was news to me, and I remembered the lesson well.

I, on the other hand, love onions and keep several on hand in case of an onion emergency.  Especially red ones.  

I spend lots of time in the kitchen preparing meals for me and my family.  Why not honor the foods that are so basic to our meals? While it wasn’t  my grandfather’s favorite, it is in my household!

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New Beginnings – Lucky me

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

I’ve been away for a while, but I’m here now and looking forward to posting new work.  I’m thrilled to be back in the studio and painting away.

This piece is titled:  Be Here Now.  It’s a reminder to myself to stay present.  When I’m not in the studio, I wonder when I can squeeze in time for painting.  When I’m in the studio, I wonder when I’ll get to those bills and the laundry.  

I want to be here now, to experience whatever it is that is happening in that moment.  Right now, I’m updating my website.  How lucky I am that there exists such an easy medium to share my work with the world.  Lucky me. 

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When Gillian and Benjamin were much younger, I was trying to get a photograph for our family holiday picture. Trying to get a five year old and a three year old to sit still for a few minutes was quite a challenge.  In addition, our ever-friendly lab kept wanting to get in the middle of the picture!

This painting is based on a photograph from that day.  Gillian was very proud of her ponytail and wanted everyone to see it.  Benjamin was unhappy with the choice of his blue shirt and had attempted to pull it off starting from the neckline.


I call this ‘Look at my Ponytail’.

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Nude Descending a Staircase

While the Seattle area has been experiencing cold, snow and ice, I’ve been taking advantage of the time indoors to work in the studio, developing my next body of work.

With the Marc Bradford and Picasso exhibits still on my mind, I’m finding myself intrigued by repetition, abstractions and cubism.

Here’s Nude Descending a Staircase.  Happy New Year 2011!

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I was recently in the Boston area, where a friend of mine recommended I go to the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art).  While the venue is stunning, what really caught my eye was the Mark Bradford exhibition. Bradford has found a way to incorporate so many elements of my past work (collage, texture, repetition, iconography,  partials and personal history) into work that is visually compelling and thought-provoking.

“Disappear Like a Dope Fiend” Mark Bradford, 2006

Bradford uses found materials (permanent end papers, wrapping paper and street posters) to develop these extraordinary abstracts.  Rich with subtle imagery, his work compels you to step forward, then back away, then step forward again for another look, than back away once more, until you’re dizzy and you must sit down to take it all in.  I can’t recall seeing the work.  It’s like of falling head over heels in love, where you’re so overwhelmed, you know who he is, but can’t remember what he looks like.

Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhardt Richter, Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollock are all alive and well in Bradford’s intricate and spirited work.  Mark, to put it mildly, you’ve inspired me to spend my every waking moment in the studio making more work, taking it way beyond what I’ve done in the past.  I didn’t think it could be done, but Mark, you showed me how!  Thank you.  (and thanks to Brenda for recommending ICA).

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Hello Pacific Northwest!

If you’ve noticed that my blog is out of date, you’re correct.  We’ve been busy relocating to the Seattle area, and the studio’s been packed up for a while.  The good news is we’ve arrived safely and have landed in Redmond, WA.  We moved in to our new home in August and are slowly unpacking boxes. 

In the process of relocating, we made some time to do a little sight-seeing in this incredible area.  Of course, what trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to the Space Needle?  It’s touristy, but so much fun!  The entire area is themed in 1960’s era decor, which makes it so reminiscent of the Jetsons.   We’ve been twice and will definitely go again.

With the studio packed up, there’s not much art happening, outside of my photographs.  But there are many projects percolating while I unpack, so stay tuned!

Space Needle

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