April 21, 2013 I want to thank Will Rauschenberger of Paintscape Designs for his wonderful re-design of my website. I have asked him to design sites for me several times, and each time, with little initial input from me, he comes up with a design that works. With some additional input about what I was hoping for, and a few tweaks, it is exactly what I had in mind: a clean and beautiful design that is easy on the eyes, uncomplicated, easy to navigate and leads people where I hope they will want to go. Talk to him at 941.312.1034, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.paintscape.net. Thanks Will!
April 8, 2013, new post: I am happy to announce that I am now also being represented by the Wilcock Gallery in Excelsior, Minnesota. I am thrilled to be “back in my hometown”. (Excelsior Commons was the sight of many a shenanigan in those ‘olden days’.) I moved from Minneapolis 18 years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long) and for that time my friends, family and fans have really only been to see my work via website and email. Now you all will have a chance to see the paintings up close and personal. Please visit Keith Wilcock at his fine gallery at 218 Water Street, Excelsior, MN, 55331, 952-470-8118, www.wilcockgallery.com. Here are the paintings you will find there this spring:
The Eternal Optimist (11″ x 10″)
Sky Light (16″ x 12″)
Gilded Grove (11″ x 10″)
January 23, 2013 new post: Check out the Exhibitions and Classes section. I am beginning a 4 week session of Intro to Sumi-e Painting next week (Jan 28 – Feb 18), and a one day Gyotaku workshop in March too.
Earlier I shared with you some of my new explorations in Encaustic painting. I have entered a piece in the Art Associations members show called “Salon”. It is the first public exposure for one of my encaustics. I love the piece but we will see what others think. The entry is called “Akaka Falls”, from a photo I took when Paul and I visited Hawaii last year. Here is a front view and from the side so you can see the dimensional quality a little. It has layers of clear and tinted translucent wax on top of a p’o mo watercolor painting on a gold shikishi board.
“Wondrous Watercolor” Article by Brielle Schaeffer in Images West Magazine, Summer 2012
October 28, 2012, new post: I was honored to have SPRING PLUM accepted into the national juried exhibit sponsored by the Sumi-e Society of America this year, held in Minneapolis area this past month. The painting was a gift to my niece and her new husband, Brianna and Alejandro Montes, as a wedding present and Bri and Alex were present at the opening reception. I hope it brings them many years of enjoyment, especially during the long cold winters of Minnesota. Congratulations, Brianna and Alejandro.
May 2012 Early summer (okay, end of May is not yet summer here in Jackson) I co-taught a class called Watercolor+Wax with renowned encaustic artist Daniella Woolf. I taught my splash and pour watercolor technique as a basis for the students to build encaustic paintings on top of, using the multitude of techniques that Daniella shared. The venue was the Art Association studios at the Center for the Arts in Jackson. Results were colorful and creative, and no two similar. It is my intention to pursue this in my own work, not “reinventing the wheel”, but using it in addition and on top of the watercolor style I have worked years to develop. This is a piece I created called Boundary Waters Memory. It is on a wood panel with watercolor poured on the background, a silk print of my sumi-e painting of the Boundary Waters, and an aspen leaf embedded in the wax and textures added:
JUNE 19, 2012: In May I taught an all day workshop for the Art Association here in Jackson Hole called “Splash and Pour – Watercolor without the Fear”. And I mean it! It is a non-threatening day to play with watercolor in a way you have never tried before (or to continue developing skills from previous experiences.) People always exclaim that watercolor is so difficult. Well, in a playful atmosphere it may still be difficult, but it is lots of fun. Be prepared to come home with blue fingers, it can be messy. Recently I had a client, who was watching me paint in Horizon Gallery, ask me how I knew what was going to happen. And I replied “Experience”. (Though in reality many times I turn an unexpected “splotch” into a happy accident. Experience helps in that instance too.
More on the Watercolor+Wax week-long workshop that followed Splash and Pour in my next Musing.
March 3, 2012 Here are some photos of Monday Morning Breakfast Group being created:
Sketchbook and drawing: First comes the idea in the sketchbook and then an enlarged drawing to be transferred to the shikishi board later.
Background: The background is painted first and is the most difficult part of the painting. Colors are manipulated to flow and blend together, all at the same time.
Color is removed behind where I will paint the birds and cattails.
Black watercolor flows into the space left for a red-winged blackbird.