Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Skunks in the City / New Scratchboard

"Burlington at Night (Elmwood Ave.)" 9x12, Oil Pastel and Tempera on Bristol

I really, really love this city and have a soft spot for all of the funky houses and funny little critters among us. I remember one night, years ago, when I came home late and saw skunks everywhere (everywhere!), walking down the street like they owned it. I imagine that while we sleep, the city is theirs. So this little piece is a sweet little celebration of our cohabitation!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Lots of fun things happening lately! Great opening, and some great press. Myra Flynn did a nice article in the Burlington Free Press about me and my art. And the Blick catalog came out, featuring one of my Cityscapes. There's one on their website too, under their listings for Golden Open Acrylics. You have to click on the little bitty photo of my painting to see it. Still, cool!

THE GIFT I GIVE, 12x12, Acrylic on Wood

I'm working on more little gentle introspective sweet paintings like this one. They're a bit of a challenge to make because I have to really get in touch with deep goodness and communicate it simply and beautifully. I think it's a great exercise for me, and it fits in well with the coming of spring, the gratitude for the new long days and the puffs of life we see everywhere around us!

I'll have some art up at the Starry Night Cafe' in Ferrisburg, VT, starting May 1st, hanging along side Gillian Klein.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Open Studio at 180

Our Open Studio on Friday night was a great success. A ton of people came out to check out all of our artwork, and Stephen's writing. Thanks to Shawna for taking pics!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Pics and maps and cool stuff....

Off to the studio again in a few minutes to work on a new piece. I found a cool old wall map at the UVM surplus barn last fall. I'm going to wax it up with clear wax, then paint over it in black, let it dry and then scratch away. I haven't used this technique on anything other than paper, so it will be cool to see if it actually works. If it does, it should turn out to be a great piece, because the original map will show through as the character of the artwork.

Phil stopped by to take pics some new pics of me. Here's a fun one of me and the great little Church Street scratch art piece I made that is actually going to travel over to its new owner in Dublin in a few months!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Really great open house last night at the studios at 180 Flynn. It was great to see so many old friends and to put faces to names of other people too. New homes were found for some of my pieces --- it's always so sweet to send them off... they're like little babies to me!

I had a ton of fun doing these new little pieces like the one above. They're small (5x7, 7x7, 8x10) scratchboard - type works. I lay down wax crayon on paper stock, then cover w/black paint, then scratch away with an Xacto knife. The work is tiny and close-up and very repetitive. Oh so rewarding! I love the little escape it provides, and because I don't plan ahead, it's like I'm in the little city that appears before me.