Phoenix – Work in Progress (WIP)

Phoenix – Work in Progress (WIP)

I love the minimal abstract lines and shapes with limited color palette on gessoed canvas. Still looking at it though, trying to decide if i need to add another element… maybe some metallic silver… maybe a shape or two going off the canvas edge… hmm…   Here’s the final painting. As you can see, it didn’t take much to resolve …

Portraying an Essence

Portraying an Essence

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”  Edgar Degas I daydream about painting huge abstract florals from real bouquets. All sorts of luscious flowers take their turn in a vintage pitcher set atop a tall antique table near my canvas and paints. Bathed in morning sunlight traveling through my studio window panes, their long shadows …

A Series of Small Things…

A Series of Small Things…

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh This work in progress is a great example of that quote by Vincent Van Gogh. Sometimes it’s really hard to understand or ‘know’ why a piece is working or not working. It comes down to listening to your intuition. In this particular abstract, there are …

The Appeal Of Abstract Painting

The Appeal Of Abstract Painting

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”  Thomas Merton Painting abstracts satisfies a personal need for play, exploration, and physical expression. It’s the perfect format for me to get my head out of thinking and planning, just focusing on the process, letting the painting speak for itself. No rules, no preconceptions, just possibilities. I …

Creativity Is a Habit

Creativity Is a Habit

“Creativity is a habit and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.”  Twyla Tharp I’m getting in the studio more often these days and it feels quite wonderful. I’ve been working on getting in there first thing every morning. It’s not usually my thing, I also like to get my coursework reading and writing done while I’m …