Sunday, March 17, 2019

New Work in a Progress: Resilient Fences 2


I was able to do some more work on the second painting in my "Resilient Fences” series. All of the colored, and black, stamped shapes are now collaged on the base fabric that’s painted, stitched and stiffened. I’m hoping that over the weekend I can start painting the sections of fabric that have the stamps in them. More photos soon.




Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Work in a Progress: Resilient Fences 2


I’m working on the next painting in my "Resilient Fences” series, Resilient Fences 2. It’s going to be similar to Resilient Fences 1  but with colored stamped shapes too, not just black. The base fabric is painted, stitched and stiffened. Over the weekend I handstamped the rubber eraser shapes. Next steps are cut the individual shapes out, place them on the base fabric, and then collage them to the fabric. More photos soon.

Below is Resilient Fences 1. Read about it here.


Sunday, March 3, 2019

New Work in a New Series: Resilient Fences


Here is a new painting in a series I’m working on for a solo show this fall. The series is entitled "Resilient Fences”. 

Resilient Fences 1 measures 24” high x 56” wide and is mixed media on stiffened fabric. Or, it can be rotated and shown vertically as per below.

The title is a play on how resilient fences are as they hold up over time in various weather conditions, and how resilient I’ve been getting through some recent life situations. I don’t intentionally bring my personal life into my artwork but I feel that at least in the title I want to.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Update: Dates in a Life Project 2019


I'm two months in working on my 2019 The Dates in a Life Project, a year-long painting project documenting the number of steps I walk each day. Above is a detail of February's steps.

I'm documenting my daily steps in fractions of 250 steps. As an example, after 2000 steps (which would be the icon with no paint), I'm painting colors to show as close as I can to 2250, 2500, 2750, and then up to 2999, instead of then rounding up to 3000 steps.

The painted colors will change each season. Winter is Teal Blue, Spring will be Green, Summer will be Yellow, and Autumn will be Indian Yellow Hue. 

The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow represents 20,000-29,899 steps.

To keep track of my steps, I use the Health app in my iPhone.

We didn't get much snow or have extremely cold weather in February until the last week, so I was able to walk 10,000 steps or more 8 times compared to 0 in 2018, when worked on the Dates in a Life Project 2018

The longterm forecast for March is much cooler than normal so we'll see how much outdoor walking I can do this month. One plus is daylight is much more than one and two months ago, so that is helpful. As much as I don't like summer, I admit I am looking forward to somewhat warmer temperatures.

The Dates in a Life Project 2019, which measures 37.5" x 33.5" unless I crop it somewhat before the end of the year, is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence as the background, handstamped rubber erasers on fabric which are collaged on the background grid, as well as handpainting and stitching on stiffened fabric.

Look for updates each month.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

New Work in Progress


I’m almost finished working on my first large painting in a number of years (not including my painting about the number of steps I walked in 2018, and a new one for 2019). I wanted to make new work for quite a while but didn’t have the time for a number of reasons, and I didn’t have the mental energy. I’ve cleared my plate enough to now have more time for making art, and I’ve got new ideas to explore. An extra push came from a gallery director who has offered me a solo show running from October through December. We have been talking about my having a show since 2016, and she’s been very patient and understanding rescheduling me due to circumstances beyond my control. Now we have a confirmed date, and I’m inspired and thankful. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Update: Dates in a Life Project 2019


I'm one month in working on 2019 The Dates in a Life Project, a year-long painting project documenting the number of steps I walk each day. Above is a detail of January's steps.

Last year I worked on the Dates in a Life Project 2018 with a different way of documenting each day. I rounded up 2500 steps to 3000 (as an example)

This year I'm documenting everything in fractions of 250 steps. As an example, after 2000 steps (which would be the icon with no paint), I'm painting colors to show as close as I can to 2250, 2500, 2750, and then up to 2999, instead of then rounding up to 3000 steps. 

The painted colors will change each season. Winter is Teal Blue, Spring will be Green, Summer will be Yellow, and Autumn will be Indian Yellow Hue. 

The black icons represent up to 9999 steps walked, red represents 10,000-19,999 steps and yellow represents 20,000-29,899 steps.

To keep track of my steps, I use the Health app in my iPhone.

I notice as I write this that I made a mistake on January 31st. The solid black square is for walking less than 1000 steps, which I did do when I was sick on January 17 (722 to be exact!), so I am collaging the 1000-1999 icon on the 31st so it'll be correct. On the 31st the temperature never got above 9 degrees and it was unsafe to walk outside. I'm looking forward to warmer winter temps this weekend so I can walk outside again.

The Dates in a Life Project 2019, which measures 37.5" x 33.5" unless I crop it somewhat before the end of the year, is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence as the background, handstamped rubber erasers on fabric which are collaged on the background grid, as well as handpainting and stitching on stiffened fabric.

Look for updates each month.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

On Exhibit: Playing with a Full Deck


Over 25 years ago, I was invited to be in an exhibit that included a book entitled Art Quilts: Playing with a Deck of Cards. I quickly said yes, and was one of the 56 artists involved in this project. There are 52 playing cards and 2 Jokers, all made as art quilts.

I created the Two of Clubs in 1994. This piece was created by hand stamping hand cut 1" rubber erasers with fabric paint on one piece of fabric. Because there was no piecing or applique, making it required full concentration, and it took a few tries before I made a perfectly stamped piece of fabric. While I'm still working with grids, my work has totally changed in the past 10-15 years. 

The show was organized by Sue Pierce, and was first exhibited in 1995 by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES).

I have very fond memories of attending the Opening Reception at the Renwick Gallery.

An exhibit of Playing with a Deck is at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA from today through Sunday, April 7, 2019.