Guido – The Pig!

“I learned never to empty the well, but always to stop when there was still something in the deep part of the well and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.” –Ernest Hemingway

Guido - The Pig acrylics and charcoal 14x14 birch panel

Guido – The Pig
acrylics and charcoal
14×14 birch panel

Rabbits always lead to pigs, right? I am working toward my show that opens March 6 at the DK Gallery in Marietta (GA) called Smile. After painting a big piece that requires lots of detail, it’s really fun for me to paint these animals. They come quick and I can usually finish them in a day.

Hope you aren’t getting tired of too many blog posts or too many paintings on Facebook. You are safe for a while, my next piece is big and will probably take me a week to finish. This weekend I’ll head to Macon to pick-up the pieces that didn’t sell at the Whimsy show. I am still amazed that I have sold 13 pieces. WOW. Thank you! I will leave a few for the Gallery. They have a great online store that makes it so easy to send someone who’s interested in purchasing my work. I only sell through my galleries. They take care of sales tax, shipping and all of those things that would take me out of my studio. That makes me happy.

“You don’t get into the mood to create – it’s discipline.” -Twyla Tharp

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Maynard

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” -Lewis Carroll

Maynard acrylics and charcoal 20x16 birch panel

Maynard
acrylics and charcoal
20×16 birch panel

Maybe I love drawing rabbits because Alice In Wonderland is one of my most favorite books. And to think it was written in 1865! It is pure literary nonsense and absolutely delightful – still.

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Lewis Carroll

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So How’s Your Commute?

“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper

So How's Your Commute? acrylics and charcoal 18x24 birch panel

So How’s Your Commute?
acrylics and charcoal
18×24 birch panel

We live in a small community north of Atlanta, so we go there for shopping and entertainment. After leaving our quiet little town, I’m always amazed at all of the cars and the gridlock that happens as we get closer to the BIG city. I find myself peeking into the other cars and wondering what their story is and where they are going. We all look so different on the outside, but in reality, we are all basically the same and we are all just stuck in traffic together.

“You’re an artist and that means you see the world in ways that other people don’t. It’s your gift to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.” -Cassandra Clare

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Sold!! – The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance

“What we see isn’t what we see — but what we are.” -Fernando Pessoa

My show, Whimsy at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance has been so rewarding. Heatherly Wakefield and Stephanie Fritz have been a joy to work with. Rachel Zaudke Wilkins‘ work is so full of life and fun and whimsy. It’s been great to be in a show with her and to get to know her as well.

The above pieces sold which brings a total of twelve pieces! WOW! I am amazed, thankful and so happy that people have parted with their hard earned dollars for one of my paintings. I love hearing the stories of why a painting was selected and where it will be hung. That way I can picture them in their new homes – sounds silly – but I am personally attached to each piece.

When I first started painting, I was so focussed on the ‘technical’ — Is it drawn correctly? But what I didn’t think about then was what I wanted to say. Now I ask myself throughout painting each piece – What is the story? What am I trying to say? What I’ve discovered is what really matters to me as an artist, isn’t that someone is amazed at my talent or drawing skills, but that they are touched by the story – or the piece makes them smile – or recall a fond memory. That’s why I paint.

I’ve been invited to do another show in March at the DK Gallery in Marietta (GA). The show will be called, Smile. It will be me and four other artists. I’m working on pieces now for the show and will post more details as they become available.

The Whimsy show in Macon runs through January 30th. A few pieces will remain in the gallery and in their online store. It’s great to be able to send someone who’s seen my work online and wants to purchase a piece to the Gallery At Macon Arts Alliance online store. I love technology.

“Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.” -Anselm Kiefer

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Work In Progress

“An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” -Bonnie Friedman

Work In Progress 18x24 birch panel

Work In Progress
18×24 birch panel

I am by nature and encouraged by the way I was raised, a goal oriented person. If I have a task, I don’t rest until it’s completed. Being a potter for twenty years reinforced my goal driven nature. I would go into my studio, weigh out 10 one pound balls of clay and throw 10 mugs or 3 pound balls and throw bowls. Painting requires such a different way of thinking. My paintings come from my own depth, so I have to allow for an idea to germinate, change, develop. When I begin a painting, after I’ve prepared my board with gesso and layers of paint for the background, I start to draw images with charcoal pencils. It usually takes a day or so for the story to begin to develop. I may rub out the initial drawings a couple of times. Add new images and rub out again until finally I begin to ‘hear’ the story. The story can even change once I begin painting. This way of working was so new to me. I usually move quickly in my world – speaking, acting, re-acting. Painting has become a way for me to meditate, to slow down. Painting has taught me an entirely new way of being in the world and for that – I am grateful.

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do and that sight becomes this art.” -Rumi

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Who’s Running This Town?

“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” -Jean-Luc Godard

Who's Running This Town? acrylics, charcoal, Derwent Pencils 30x36 cradled birch panel

Who’s Running This Town?
acrylics, charcoal, Derwent Pencils
30×36 cradled birch panel

This is the largest piece I’ve painted yet – 30×36. It barely fit on my painting table and took much longer than my usual paintings. 24×24 is the largest I worked before. My favorite size is 12×12 or 14×14 – but it’s hard to get a good story in that size framework.

This painting started with a little story I had going on in my head. As it started to take shape, the title became an important part of the process. This title came quickly and that helped me bring it all together. Sometimes the title takes a while to become clear, but I almost always have the title before I’ve finished the painting.

While at the Whimsy show in Macon, lots of people asked me what style does my work represent. It’s a hard question for me to answer. My work is often filled with nostalgia and suggests childhood memories. My childhood lacked lightness and simplicity, so I think I’m trying to capture it now. It’s not true outsider art or folk art, so for now I’m calling it ‘Contemporary Folk Art.’ That’s my story anyway.

I’ve been asked to do another show in March in Marietta GA. I was contacted by the gallery owner last week. It will be me and four other 2-D artists and the show is to be called, ‘Smile.’ I like that. I will post more info soon.

Another fun thing happened this past week. I was contacted by Kate Davey, an English woman who runs a blog featuring self-taught and outsider art. She features the work of artists along with a brief artist statement. She asked if she could do a post on me! Of course, I said yes — here’s the post.

I also created a little slideshow of my work I did this past year. I did it in iPhoto and then uploaded it to YouTube. If you would like to see it – the link is on the sidebar to the right.

“I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings.” -Tomas Gosta Transtromer

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Sold – The Gallery At Macon Arts Alliance!


“One of the most beautiful gifts in the world is the gift of encouragement. When someone encourages you, that person helps you over a threshold you might otherwise never have crossed on your own.” 
-John O’Donohue

There’s no better feeling as an artist than for someone to connect with your work – even in conversation. For someone to purchase a piece is not just wonderful, but it offers inspiration and encouragement to continue working. So thank you!

“Art begins when someone interprets, when someone sees the world through his own eyes. Art happens when what is seen becomes mixed with the inside of the person who is seeing it.” -Chaim Potok

So with that above quote in mind, it feels to me when someone purchases a piece of my art, they take the story I started and mix it with their own story. And that’s what completes the painting. Thanks for finishing the story – for finishing the painting with me.

Whimsy runs through January 30th. If you can’t get to see it in person (Macon, GA), then you can see the work by following this link. You can just view the work or if interested purchase through the Gallery’s online store.

Thank you!

“What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made and realize they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart with nothing in between.” -Robert Motherwell

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Music Connects Us All Cause They’re Jammin’

“We are mosaics. Pieces of light, love history, stars –  – glued together with magic and music and words.” -Anita Krizzan

Music Connects Us All Cause They're Jammin' acrylics and charcoal 24x24 birch panel

Music Connects Us All Cause They’re Jammin’
acrylics and charcoal
24×24 birch panel

Music has a way of transcending gender, race or age. It’s a universal language. I wish that before we picked up guns to resolve issues, we’d pick up a musical instrument or raise our voices in song. Maybe then we would discover we are all more alike than different. It’s not necessary to restrict our freedom of expression. Let’s learn the songs we can sing in unison then just maybe through music, we will learn to respect each other and find the ability to live with each others’ different opinions.

“The world doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” -Pablo Picasso

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Wake-Up Call

“Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it creative observation. Creative viewing.” -William Burroughs

Wake-up Call acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels 14x14 birch panel

Wake-up Call
acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels
14×14 birch panel

The opening for Whimsy at the Gallery at the Macon Arts Alliance last Friday night was so much fun. I was nervous, but found the folks there welcoming and interested in my work and I was able to talk with other artists about their work and techniques. It was a great way to start the year — I am so inspired! All of my rabbit paintings sold. If you would like to see the work in the show follow this link.

Every January I try to come up with a word to guide me through the year. This morning I read back over previous years and goals. Not one word comes to mind, so this year my goal is just to be present – observant. I paint to find out what I think about the world. I want to continue to discover what I don’t have words for. I am interested in the tension and difference (if any) between abstraction and realism. I want to explore that line between the seen and the unseen — and blur it or exaggerate it just a little more. I want to be awake in the quiet spaces as well as those eureka moments. I want to notice the details and process it all internally. And most of all, I want to learn to be observant so well, it will become routine for me. I want to stop dashing through my days.

“Routine is as much a part of the creative process as the lightning bolt of inspiration, maybe more.” -Twyla Tharp

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Whimsy!

“No one else but you can make your marks. Listen to your bones. Speak with your spirit. Edit with your head. Live with your heart.” S. Holland

I dropped off my work for my upcoming show today (25 pieces) and above is a sampling of some of the  work that will be available at Whimsy!, this show I am doing with sculptor Rachel Zaudke Wilkins. The opening reception is Friday, January 2, 5-8 pm at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance in Macon, GA. The show runs until January 30.

I read something the other day that really resonated and seems to be what this current work is about for me. Tony DiTerlizzi says, ‘Never abandon imagination and he also discussed in a keynote speech for SCBWI the importance of finding what used to make you excited as a child – the ‘why’ that motivated you to start creating. It’s that excitement that has nothing to do with the desire to generate income or be recognized. So even though I am thrilled to be invited to do this show, when I was actually creating this work, I had to focus on the work – that excitement and not get caught up in the excitement of the show.

Although, I am very excited about doing the show. I am going to the opening. I can’t wait to see this work hung – with enough room to see all the pieces hung together. I am looking forward to meeting folks and seeing Rachel’s whimsical sculptures. I sure wish all of you were close enough to come too. The show is available to see online and purchase pieces if you are interested. But most of all I hope you are all there with me in spirit. I will be a nervous wreck.

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.” -Lloyd Alexander

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