Monday, May 20, 2013
There are days when I cannot seem to draw. No matter my effort, whatever comes out of my pencil is garbage. And there are days when I sit at my newest painting and I can't seem to jump in with my heart. There are blocks. There are hurdles. Distractions. Unwelcome circumstances that get in the way. There are hang ups and fears and sometimes over-zealosy (that's not a word) that can swing a painting moment this way or that and it's up to each artist to sort those things out, give em the proper attention and address them as they come up. And man, there are a few. That's what has been going on in my world as of late, I've begun two new paintings for my next solo show, and had come up with that feeling of non commitment. I couldn't understand what was happening - I had all the research, all the excitement, all kinda new stuff in mind, all the inspiration and still sat at each painting doing "work". Not allowing my heart to flutter all over the piece... I stopped painting for days (but that always has me feeling like a kid that has to pee really bad but can't get to the restroom), and alas ~ with the help and insight of my favorite dude that knows me so well and a few miles of driving alone with Pink Floyd in my ears (that know me so well), I realized I wasn't trusting my instincts. My instincts are all I have since I was never properly taught how to paint, and I had been watching a lot of painting demos on Youtube and then trying to apply a few tips and professional tricks to my own work. Which is helpful (sorta...I'm not sure yet) but I firstly need to listen to my guts ~ they lead the way best. And that was an invaluable lesson for this old girl. So painting days are back in full effect and I'm feeling extra extra super. I can't wait for the morning so I can paint more!!! eeeeeYAHHH!!!! PS, why this layout paragraph botching, Blogger? Am I at fault?? Is it me??
Thursday, April 11, 2013
It's that time again, time to get ta steppin on a new series of paintings. And this time (much like every time) I'm reaching beyond my reach, reaching for the stars. Behind the moon. Beyond the rain... And so I gather images that spark something in my head. I have folders full of images I've nabbed from the interweb and forgive me if I have no reference info, as I've collected and not sorted with any information what so ever. Right now I'm also sorting through my head to pull out the story for these new paintings. I've been studying my mind and putting together pieces of the puzzle of my time here and I'm certain that will be weaved into these pieces. I really want them to be alive. Alive with new breath I've never breathed before. They're going to be special - I'm driven. I'm not gonna rest until I've exhausted all my everything.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ok, now I can show you my painting for the Corey Helford Gallery's group show at Circa this Saturday (7pm-10)! This is "Forgive Me", acrylic on wood measuring 12"x12". I'm kinda getting obsessed with long stringy hair everywhere and I bet I'll be seeing a lot more of that obsession in the coming months as I prepare and begin my new series of paintings for my next solo show in Spring '14. I love the look of David Bowie...and normally I would have chickened out on incorporating that lightening bolt on her face - my thinking would have been that it distracts from the more serious tone I intended for this piece. But I want to be more courageous in my work - and by courageous I mean true to what/how I'm feeling at the moment. That's not too much to ask of myself, and this life isn't gonna go on forever. So. Lightening Bolt it up. Also, in keeping with lightening bolting it up, I had the pleasure of posing for one of my very favorite artists (and friends) Natalia Fabia for her 12"x12" painting (for the same show)! Here's her painting "Rainbow Brandi", oil on wood. I couldn't help but come away from seeing Natalia in action totally inspired. Her passion for life and painting and color and craziness is so contagious, i absolutely love her for it! Painting is such a solitary thing, it's easy to forget how much spending time with other artists can boost your own eagerness to work - even if it's just an afternoon taking pictures. So come get inspired - Saturday from 7pm-10pm at Circa in Culver City!!
Monday, March 18, 2013
I will be participating in Corey Helford Gallery's upcoming group show on Saturday, March 23rd. They've got a really solid line up of artists and all works will be measured 12"x12" which is great! If you are in the neighborhood, stop on in!! (I can't show you my full painting for the show yet ~ but here's a sneak of the process and a corner of it...hope to see you there!!)
Friday, March 1, 2013
I recently had the pleasure of working on a graphite and acrylic drawing that would be residing in a tiny little girl's room. When this little girl's mother contacted me about the drawing, she only had slight suggestions of what she'd like to be included in the final piece and gave me full artistic freedom on everything else. (perfect client!) This allowed me to delve into memories of growing up and being a little girl myself ~ thinking about what images I remember that struck me and inspired imaginative journeys that took me far away from my own safe orange and green room in Anaheim, CA. My mom made sure her children's shelves were filled with books, and that those books would tell great and odd stories to light our imaginations afire. The most important details of a book in my opinion (even as young as I can remember) were the illustrations. We had so many books (most of which came from the local thrift stores) from so many eras that enriched my hungry mind with illustrations that I would sit and study for hours. Those pictures would transport me. And so I wanted to be able to create something for this particular little girl that could possibly feed her head for years and years. Color is important in setting a mood for a piece - I didn't want to go with a pink because I think in a little girls world now days everything is your standard pink (which I love pink for little girls!!), but in this piece blueish~purpley~red gave it a little more of a serious feel, more adult than little kid. The hair is what I used to grab attention - something about long, long dark stringy hair - almost villainess, but not in a bad way! The branches in her hair, the castle coming out of her skirt and the circus in the background create the story (or mystery!) for this girl, and then the magic of making all of her favorite things dance around in the air was the final chapter in hopefully inspiring this little girl for a long time to come. I must remember to think like a little kid more often than I think I already do. There's magic in a young mind. I'm so happy to have had the opportunity to spend some time thinking that way. :) Happy Friday people!!
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Corey Helford Gallery's Winter Group Exhibition in which I had two paintings. Here I am in front of my painting "We Have Just This Moment" acrylic on wood. It was unseasonably warm and windy outside - almost the weather we'd experience for Halloween here in Southern California ~ which was a nice touch. Lola (with her daughter) and a sweet gentleman painter by the name of Luke Chueh. Matthew Bone. This group exhibition is a must-see, so get on down the road to Culver City and see for yourself!!! **for pricing and availability, visit the gallery website HERE! Corey Helford Gallery 8522 Washington Blvd. Culver City, CA 310-287-2340
Saturday, January 26, 2013
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Monday, December 3, 2012
Corey Helford Gallery at Scope. This is "We Have Just This Moment" acrylic on wood measures 24"x36". Both these pieces are inspired by music. After having finished a large body of work in August for my last solo exhibition, I wanted to spend the moments creating these surrounded by music. Namely Pink Floyd. And more than just surrounded, encased. Letting the music fill my head completely and allow my imagination to roam freely. I ended up with a strong Wizard Of Oz feeling with "We Have Just This Moment" which took me back to memories of when I was little. Warm and safe and happy, and how it's gone in a flash. I have memories of being tucked in my bed at night in the winter and hearing the heater rattle on through the house. Feeling the satin trim of my blanket against my face and scrunching up into a ball to get warm. The thought that that might have been 30 years ago is just frightening to me. Corey Helford Gallery for pricing and availability!
Divulge Magazine back in October (I know, we're in December now...). Victoria Lara of Divulge Magazine. She put me right at ease and I found myself having a good time. Like for real.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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