Monday, December 12, 2005

Art Show Update

I am pleased to announce that my drawing, “Nesters”, won third place in the AAC show.
I feel honored to have such a well respected judge and artist, Dale Rayburn , choose my work.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Positive chaos

I have been in the process of remodeling my kitchen. My house is trashed, but in the middle of all this chaos I am discovering new approaches to the project and some things I forgot I had!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Spring fever in December

Looking at all the brown I've displayed on this blog and the brown leaves outside my window makes me wish for spring again. I realize most people are looking forward to the Holidays, but it can become a very stressful for a lot of us. One of the ways I enjoy relieving stress is to play with an online painting program When I first discovered this program I decided to do at least one painting a day. Unfortunately I became so addicted to it I couldn’t stop at just one and the day would get away from me. I decided to put the fun aside for awhile, but saved most of the ones I created .

Today I wanted to play with the pixels again so I opened up my files of online paintings. I’m rarely satisfied with them as finished works but they make great starting points for more involved digital paintings which I create with Photoshop and Painter. Today’s image was created this way. Some time during the painting process it started to remind me of a stream or brook with tender wild flowers growing along side. I "pushed" the pixels and the result is the painting you see here, "Brookside". It was fun and the boring brown is gone.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Creative procrastination

It never fails as art show deadlines approach, I completely change directions. I call it creative procrastination. I’m guessing it has a lot to do with fear of failure. Whatever……this time when I was looking for a frame to salvage from my old stashed work, I came across a drawing I did in 1979. It had turn yellow with age and the patina totally intrigued me. The drawing was done over gesso and sand that was randomly brushed across the paper. I remember I spent hours drawing, picking and “noodling” with pencil in the negative spaces left by the brush marks. Seeing it again, the organic feel of the drawing reminded me of some sort of nest materials. Probably because I’ve had birds on my mind lately as subject matter. I photographed the drawing and uploaded it to Photoshop and began composing a new work of art on this background. I scanned in a picture of a crow, and pasted it three times across the image then added the graphics I created with Illustrator. When I was satisfied with the composition I duplicated the results on the actual drawing with pencil and collage. I titled the new image "Nesters", framed it and took it to the show for judging.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Blog-out days

Wednesday is the day that I devote to running errands and today I’ve been working in the studio. The Atlanta Artist’s Center’s monthly show entry is Saturday and I plan to submit something this time. One of the pieces will be a mix media graphics collage that will have some of my computer images in the mix. I also plan to enter one of my abstract paintings. They both need to be matted and framed. Busy, busy. Needless to say I won’t be posting to this blog for a few days.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Cheap shots

For years my camera of choice was a 35mm Canon EOS and then I bumped up to the EOS Elan.. Being a die-hard 35mm-er, I bought an inexpensive digital camera solely for my computer graphics/ internet needs. It’s only recently that I’ve been tempted by the high resolution and price of quality digital cameras. A Canon Rebel would be the logical choice to make use of my large assortment of lens, however, I’m still on the fence about investing in one. All my recent pictures have been taken with a 2 megapixal, 3x zoom HP. Since I’m having so much fun with my little “cheapo” and Photoshop CS, I’m not sure now if I’ll go for the “big shooter”. I have my eye on the Olympus SP-500 UZ. It has 6 megapixals with a 10x optical/50x total zoom at about 1/3 the cost of the Canon. Decisions, decisions..

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Mother Nature's abundance

Interrupted sleep is not the way to start the day. However it did inspire this collage. I was awakened several times by what I later discovered were large acorns falling on the roof! Every few years my oak trees yield an abundant supply and when they start to fall it is like a hail storm for a few weeks. I often wonder what damage they could do if they hit my car or my head ??

Mother nature loves running rampant around here twice a year. In the spring it is my bamboo sprouting everywhere and the fall it's acorns... What divine opportunities I have for creative ideas! Thank you!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Inch by Inch

I have decided to join the rest of the clever folks who use blogs to communicate and make their appearance in cyber world. Not being fond of writing and journaling may be my downfall here, but hopefully that will change.

I made my living for years marketing my work at art festivals and through agents and publishers. Now I am at the point in my life where the energy and drive is waning. I have entered a new passage , a shifting of gears. I want to create and market my talents in a new way that is joyful and beneficial to myself and others. Although I have a web site at , one of my goals is to create another web site ( to market my other art projects.
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