Last break from the painting

As the CHF article says I balance production verses promotion and this morning I am back in front of St Joan painting. I am finishing up with a quick blog post. Seth Godin is a respected marketing person that I have read a bit of and bought some books on tape for my vacation travel times. I just found out he went to the same high school as me in the class below me. I remembered I liked him so I tried to friend him in social media. What a dream that would be to have direction in this new world order of art business marketing to have a star like him on board.

Working on that “Artist statement” which seems to be always developing- ……I blend modernist and traditional art painting techniques into stories with animal and/or animals with people in a symbolic, imaginary world. The artworks subjects are drawn from current events of interest, science, math or the spiritual/symbolic happenings I in the world. Though a mediative process of particular people areas of iconography are also present.

I thought of an elevator speech this morning...

I blend modernist and traditional art techniques onto stories with animal and people subjects drawn from current events, science, math or the spiritual.

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I heard that OJ is vloging.

This is a painting done in 1991 during the OJ Simpson trial. I was his children Jason and Arnell’s babysitter in Buffalo. I was very impressed as any teenager would be at the celebrity surrounding him. I liked him and his family and friends very much. This was done in an “Icon” way with hope that the butterflies could find their way out the narrow window.

I can't believe this next painting is taking so long!

It has been over a month that I have been painting Nortra Dame and all the while I have been taking photos of it in progress. I am excited to then make another step by step video of it It is quite a complex composition with many parts. Here are a few of the detail snap shots I have been posting to social.

The Thing that Eats the Heart is Mostly Heart.... Hercules

In these times of conflicting ideas and Ideals we must remember consequences of entering into a fight. Isn’t it best to struggle and try to get along instead of entering into conflict? Conflict, as this image suggests, leads to someone being victorious and the other defeated. It is a shame that someone must be a winner and someone defeated. We look to art to speak and I hope this image can remind us to have more care with each other avoiding conflict.

I shelter myself from too strong a reality by using an irrational imagined blue color for the lion. This tone of blue usually softens , it makes me think of the clay figure in blue Hippo from Ancient Egypt, a Hippo is an unpredictable beast that does not like humans. This may be why the figure skin complexion is not European. Lion’s almost cartoon eyes pop out in yellow, a psychological color, in disbelief and regret.

“Hercules… The Thing that Eats the Heart is Mostly Heart” Oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24” x 24”.


Artsy Shark Showcase

Like most artists, I have to share my time between creating and promoting. I spent a good number of hours lately on the promotion and the 1st day of spring pulls me back into the studio of creation. To complete this last round of promotional activities I finished up three things. Actually put some art in a local restaurant, sent Artsy Shark Showcase materials for publication and photoed paintings in Situ (room with a view) for KYO gallery.

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Women's Caucus for Art

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about this yet ! I have been involved with this group for many good reasons. It is about time to join artists in voice and speak the words “we have not been included” ; and the time is right.

I went as the president of the WCA State of Florida, to NYC, to the National annual meeting where there were many interesting artists and art professionals in an atmosphere of great education and sharing. One interesting area I am volunteering for is helping the young women artists group (pic here). I see that communication is the seed for change and am doing things to grow virtual online meetings of artists. ( I have contacted them to get the names) but here is their fb page.


Clark Hulings Fund for Artists

I found this on the website of CHF, they gave a lot of great art business advice to this wonderful group of artists… for artists. I must do! Google about them. I highly recommend.

Yes ! a very inspiring weekend. There I am, not being afraid to put myself front and center again!!!

Yes ! a very inspiring weekend. There I am, not being afraid to put myself front and center again!!!

A Sign of Something Somewhere Else

A Sign of Something Somewhere Else- this title of my latest painting. The objects are Octopus, Dolphins and Orion’s Belt star cluster.

I was inspired by the winter night sky and how on one clear night I saw the largest object visible in the universe, besides a planet, called the Orion’s Belt. It got me to thinking about space travel.  Voyager I probe launched in 1977 is still carrying it’s gold plated disc recording with images, out to space forever. I wonder if this time capsule will ever come across intelligent life. I looked this up on Wikipedia and found the 1st version a plain plaque on Pioneer probe, it pretty fascinating.

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Art Basel Miami

I have seen this fun couple every year at the fair. Got my picture with them this time, as they spoke with a dealer. I have spoke to them. They are collectors, eccentric and actually very nice.


A Narrow Fellow in the Grass

We can finely get outside and enjoy a more reasonable temperature.

As I was cleaning up some bird netting, no longer needed for containing my older less active chickens, I saw a troubled snake caught in plastic netting. I recalled it was the type that is very beneficial; an Indigo and immediately went into action to save this special snake; a type of snake that kills Rattlers and other venomous snakes.

I freed in a bit of surgery -with an exacto and gloves to cut the the netting. Placed inside in the bathtub the last 3 plastic strands of webbing were tightly entangled. The snake was cooperative and seemed trusting.

Never trust a snake.

I believed the snake knew, as the pieces came off, that I was helping it. The gloves were not thick enough and the snake stuck it’s little fangs into me. It is back in the garden, but I was shocked and in wonder how I did not think to swat it or fight back and how it could bit me while I was saving it.

It was a snake.  

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As the Octopus of my Dream Floats Along the Ocean Current.

I came across an interesting program for artist business development called the Clark Hulings Fund that hopefully can teach me how better to get my artwork out to the world so that I can self sustain by doing what I love to do. I will be signing up for their seminar program. So if you are an artist that wants a good business boost, please check them out.


I have finished a series on Octopus.

The octopus is a magical creature.T

Tame and inquisitive when met at an aquarium.

Here I celebrate the freely floating fallinf in the currents of the seas. A oil painting (36 x 36 inches &(($3700)) and a series of colors in woodcut print edition 36 x 24 inches @ $250.

With the woodcut, I attempted a bit of how to video, as shown in my last posts. Printing in black did not do the octopus a good turn so I thought of it’s nature of camouflage, and did color; I have 4 sets with the purple not yet photographed. They are done on beautiful rice paper

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  I have fascination with Octopus. It’s ability to color change skin, in times of emotion, celebrates a sense of awe in the power of color. The body, supple and freely flowing, alludes to a summary of the gift that’s been my life’s journey.

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Octopus Woodblock

Editioning this is going to be a lot of muscle work today but I enjoy so much pulling off the block the newly created creature. I am waiting for some colored inks to arrive for a little experimentation and beautiful oriental papers, which I find work so well with woodblock printmaking. The toughness of the paper hold well against the baren when it reaches to hard edges of the woodcut shape. Blessings and with luck !

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