Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Plein Air Painting on Galveston Island

 10 x 8 Acrylic on canvas

8 x 10 Acrylic on canvas

Studies of the beach and variable weather conditions.  Hurray for long weekends at the beach.  One of the great joys in life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fun with Dick and Jane and Livestock

"Fun with Dick and Jane and Livestock"
triptych 8" x 24"
Acrylic and Collage on Boxed Panels

Just a little collage triptych for an upcoming juried exhibit in Taylor.  The theme for the exhibit is "Fun with Livestock"????  Grade school imagery seemed the best way to keep it clean. :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Illustration Friday - Golden

20 x 20
Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

It just worked out that a painting I was finishing up this week also happened to work moderately well for this weeks Illustration Friday prompt "Golden".  This painting started out as an assignment for my painting students.  The object of the assignment was to create a collage out of found images and then to use that collage as the starting reference for a painting.  The result is that the final image has the feel of a collage but has no mixed media in the final work.   We spent a lot of time talking about how images that seem to have no relationship to each other can be combined to create new meaning.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Acrylic on Canvas
18 x 24 inches

A lot of starting fresh in my household.  This insect symbolizes a lot of things that I am not even able to talk about yet on my blog but he will be a good reminder to me of all the new possibilities that arise from things NOT working out the way you had hoped.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Illustration Friday - Retro

Boxed Collage
Part of a larger assemblage.
full image of completed work to come

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Illustration Friday - Voyage

Stories I Tell Myself About Reality
8 x 8
Acrylic and collage on box panel

After a long absence, I am returning to my blog and weekly Illustration Friday submissions.  The last year and a half has been (and continues to be) a long and arduous voyage, full of loss, fear, disappointment, guilt, and unexpected moments of hope and courage.  We experience life as an ongoing narrative that we tell ourselves to explain how events fit into our personal story.  I like the metaphorical strength of collage as a narrative device and hope to produce an ongoing series of collage works based on the theme "Stories I Tell Myself."  

I feel like Odysseus..... 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Pastel painting with my nieces

Pastel on Board
5 x 7 inches

Just a quick little pastel sketch completed while hanging out with my nieces this weekend.  We pulled out the art supplies and PLAYED!