Simply Simplify

January is almost gone and as usual I am behind! But what's the hurry, right?
Starting the new year, I like to look back at the previous year and then look ahead and plan somewhat for the new year. I tend to over estimate what I can get done reasonably in any given amount of time! Thus it goes. For the upcoming year, I continue to take classes, drawing and panting, as well as a mentorship. Hopefully, I can make some decisions on what to keep and what to leave behind. I have decided my word for the year is "SIMPLIFY!"

The painting below, Closely Woven, was accepted to the Visual Art Society of Texas, 125-Mile juried show. It received a merchandise award from Richeson Art Supply so I am salivating on what colors I want to order!
Closely Woven
20" x 20"

I taught my first class in Oil and Cold Wax in September at Artist's Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas and had the best experience. I will teach again in October. This class is "Finding your Voice using Oils and Cold Wax". I am not sure if we continue to search for our voice in art, but there are many ways to explore what we want to paint. Oil mixed with cold wax as a medium allows us to play and explore, then cover and obliterate, all the while creating scrumptious texture to go back into. It is slightly addictive.

Artist's Showplace invited me to exhibit in the New Beginnings show with two other lovely artists, Jo Moncrief, and Sarah Joseph. the show is up until February 2, 2018. I have 15 paintings in the show, mostly oil with the cold wax and a few with acrylic finished with cold wax. 

I am lucky to have so many opportunities to study with amazing teachers, both locally and away. Michael O'Keefe and Ellen Soderquist offer life drawing classes,  both amazing teachers. Jay Bailey offers sessions as well and I try to go when I can, he is awesome. For my painting classes, I am studying design with Jane Jones through March. Jerry McLaughlin, Oil and Cold Wax book co-author will be here in May, and I look forward to that also. Lisa Pressman is also on my list! (Teacher extraordinaire!) And this past year, I have found an artist I can't wait to study with, Dawn Emerson. Check out her book and videos! 

I also turned my garage into my studio this past year and it has been so great to be outside of the house, both for the mess and for the lack of distraction of working at home. Even if it is just across the driveway! Pictures at another time!

So, back to SIMLIFY. I hope to simplify my work, simplify my processes, clean out unused art supplies and slow down and enjoy each new piece I work on. I need to focus on what I know and not feel like I need to continue to know everything that is new and exciting out there! That is a tough one, there is so much to learn! My list of what to simplify, needs to be simplified! 

Thank you for taking the time to check in with me! Hope you are having a great new year!




Challenge 30 in 30 days - #2

Beyond the Damage
12" x 12"
Oil and Cold Wax on Panel

Day 2 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. 
This panel was damaged while traveling to a workshop. Packed in my suitcase, it had several places as if a knife had pictured it. SO I decided to paint on it anyway. And I pictured it a bit more, I don't know if you can see where it is broken, because the damage has been camouflaged with the wonderful cold wax medium. I love painting with this, it is like frosting, and who doesn't like frosting!

Encaustic Monotype and Carbon Workshop - Paula Roland

Last week I was fortunate to study encaustic monotypes and carbon mark making with Paula Roland.
It was a challenging and mind boggling week of many new ideas and moving with the flow of your intuition. We used mops and large brushes on many types or paper of black and white marks. Each day was filled with many new to me techniques and ideas. I am recharged and ready to create!
Mark Making with graphite pigmented waxing he hotbox.
The one on the lower left also had some colored pigments added.

Walking With Friends

Walking with Friends won one of four Jurors Awards in the Society of Watercolor Artist's 2016 International Exhibition. The juror was Frank Eber, well know watercolor artist and teacher. The show includes work by artists I admire and have followed for a long time. Of course I am humbled and excited just to be included in the show. The exhibition will run until through May 28. 

The painting is watercolor and acrylic on paper. I enjoy painting layers of color, texture and line and then trying to make something come out of the shadows. 
Exhibit Location: Atrium Gallery, Central Library of Fort Worth, 500 W. Third Street, Fort Worth TX 76102 (corner of Lamar & West Third)
The on-line catalog is available here: SWA 2016 International Exhibition


Walking with Friends
22" x 15"
Acrylic on Paper



MB's Circus

MB's Circus
60" x 20"
Mixed Media on Canvas
This painting was for my sister, MB. The layers are many and it is one of a kind. I had members of the family write, draw, scribble, fingerprint and add something to the canvas, at various stages at of the work. Many of the marks are partially buried or reoccurring. Some of the family members wouldn't even let me know where they marked and it is truly hidden. Some were far away and I took something they did and did a rubbing or collaged it in here. This was truly a fun project of love and has taken much longer than it should have, but now I share it with you as it is being shipped to her! The title comes from one of my favorite phrases, "Not my circus, not my monkeys"! But hey, these are her monkeys and thus MB's Circus!

These three photos below are closeups of some of the texture and marks. It was hard to photograph and post as it it so tall and narrow.