The Need to Paint and be Patient – Carmen Herrera

3/3/19 When I come across stories about artists who bloom late in life I become curious about their journey. I learned about Carmen Herrera through such a story. Carmen had been actively painting for over 60 years before gaining any recognition. She was almost 90 before she sold a work.   Ms. Herrera’s exploration of […]

Perpendicular Lines

5/16/16 Notes to Myself: “I am determined to maintain the perpendicular position” Lucy Stone “Perpendicular lines make right angles; they make possible extensions of both height and breadth. Right angles are weight-bearing. We speak of asserting something “squarely”, making perpendiculars. People who speak their minds freely and assert their individuality feel perpendicular to the corners […]

Unfinished Work?

5/4/16 Notes to Myself: I think all art as a matter of “creation” is inherently “unfinished”. There’s an exhibit on view right now at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City which features a collection of “unfinished” works of art. When I noticed this I thought what a great topic to look at. The question […]

Painting with a Foundation

3/28/16 Notes to Myself: Building a foundation in painting is an important part of the process for me. I start with a value study in Ultramarine Blue. Navigating the canvas, I start to define the range of lights and darks. Simplifying the space to its most important elements as I experience it. Sometimes the wheels […]

Winter Light and Dark

2/13/16 Notes to Myself: As a painter I know the value of light and dark to a composition. I’m a composition, although, not always in balance. With winter being one of my favorite seasons I don’t think I really consider the value or gift of shorter days or being indoors more often because it’s cold. […]

Scraping Down

11/12/15 Notes to Myself: As I posted last week, I was experiencing a lot of frustration with this plein air painting. After bringing it home and walking away from it for awhile I decided to scrape it all down. What you see here now is the result of that experience. As I scraped off the […]