Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 July 2018


For personal reasons, I needed to get my 12 x 12 x 12 July 2018 painting done by the middle of this upcoming week, and here it is. Once again I had no idea what to do, but on my work table there are pieces of leftover fabric pieces from my Dates in a Life Project 2018, and I decided to use some of the smaller ones.

I mounted a number of them on board, trying to match the the stitching up as best as possible. Then I stamped the rectangle and square shaped rubber eraser stamps using fabric paint in the open spaces between the stitched lines. When they were dry, I painted acrylic pants inside the lines of the stamped images.

I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. I'm now past the middle of my 12th year. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

New Work: Dates in a Life Project 2018


I’ve hit the halfway point in my Dates in a Life Project 2018. This image shows what it looks like through June 30, 2018. The Dates in a Life Project is a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day.

I have a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps. Instead if showing exactly how many I walk each day, I’m rounding up or down. As an example, 2000-2499 steps equals 2000, and 2500-3000 equals 3000 steps.

Over the summer I’m going to try to walk 10,000 or more steps as many days as possible, but in this heat, I’ll be lucky if I hit 2000 steps a day this week.

Dates in a Life Project 2018 measures 33" x 39" and is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged fabric, on stiffened fabric.

To keep track of steps, I'm using the Health app in my iPhone. I've come to realize is unfortunately not always accurate, but continue to use it anyway.

Stay tuned for updates during the year.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 June 2018


June has been very busy for numerous reasons, but I still managed to create my monthly painting. When I went to begin working on 12 x 12 x 12 June 2018 I had no idea what to do, so I looked in my collection of fabrics and chose two pieces that had similar shaped pattern, and then it sorta just happened. 

I mounted the two monoprinted pieces of construction fence fabrics on board, and collaged some black and white, or multicolored, “holes” from other fence fabrics, and then I added lines of silver acrylic paint to highlight the "hole" shapes.

I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. I'm now in my 12th year. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not.

Friday, June 1, 2018

New Work: Dates in a Life Project 2018


Each month I share an update about my Dates in a Life Project 2018. This image shows what it looks like through May 31, 2018. The Dates in a Life Project is a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day.

I have a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps. Instead if showing exactly how many I walk each day, I’m rounding up or down. As an example, 2000-2499 steps equals 2000, and 2500-3000 equals 3000 steps.


My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day.

In May I was hoping I would have been able to walk more than the 10,000 or more steps each day than I did in April, but time did not permit it. I hope to try to do better in June.

Dates in a Life Project 2018 measures 33" x 39" and is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged fabric, on stiffened fabric.

To keep track of steps, I'm using the Health app in my iPhone. I've come to realize is unfortunately not always accurate, but continue to use it anyway.

The solid white squares are in the Saturday and Sunday columns for design reasons. I usually have more time to walk on the weekend, and I've caught up on sleep and therefore more energy to exercise.

Stay tuned for updates during the year.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

New Work: 12 x 12 x 12 May 2018


My 12 x 12 x 12 May 2018 painting was inspired once again by my husband who has been taking a photo that incorporates the sock he is wearing that day that he then posts on his instagram account. 

The photo below is from sometime in April. I liked it because it’s of some pillows on the bed in our guest room and I not only like the color, but I also like the texture of the quilted fabric. His black and white striped sock is mostly hidden between two pillows.

I printed four laser prints of it on paper and then mounted and rotated them on board, with a layer of pieces of a stitched monoprinted construction fence collaged on top. I also added lines of paint around the “holes” in the fence.

I don’t love this painting, but it’s done. Hopefully I'll have more time to focus and work on June's painting and I'll feel better about it.

I've been working on my 
12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. I'm now in my 12th year. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Update: Dates in a Life Project 2018


Each month I share an update about my Dates in a Life Project 2018. This image shows what it looks like through April 30, 2018. The Dates in a Life Project is a year-long painting documenting the number of steps I walk each day.

I have a system of symbols to represent each thousand steps. Instead if showing exactly how many I walk each day, I’m rounding up or down. As an example, 2000-2499 steps equals 2000, and 2500-3000 equals 3000 steps.


My goal is to walk as much as I can every day. I prefer to walk for exercise, as time permits, outside in addition to whatever other walking I do as I go about my day.

Because there is more light now that we're well past winter, I have more of an opportunity to walk outside, and not having to navigate ice and snow, has meant I was able to walk 10,000 or more steps quite a few days in April. I hope to continue, or increase, this trend in May.

Dates in a Life Project 2018 measures 33" x 39" and is created with monoprinted textures of a construction fence, combined with handpainting, stitching, and collaged fabric, on stiffened fabric.

To keep track of steps, I'm using the Health app in my iPhone. I've come to realize is unfortunately not always accurate, but continue to use it anyway.

The solid white squares are in the Saturday and Sunday columns for design reasons. I usually have more time to walk on the weekend, and I've caught up on sleep and therefore more energy to exercise.

Stay tuned for updates during the year.

Friday, April 20, 2018

New Work: 12 x 12 x12 April 2018


When I start working on my 12 x 12 painting each month, the inspiration is usually from something happening in my life, in nature or the world. 

12 x 12 x 12 April 2018 is a collage that incorporates a photo by Danielle Dimston in the background, with monoprints I made of a construction fence layered on top. When I first saw it, her photo (below) was of great interest because it's of a construction fence and a wonderful shadow. Danielle is a dear friend and an artist who I very much admire, and I am very thankful that she agreed to share it with me. 


All four pieces I've created in this series so far this year have incorporated either a photo I took, or a friend or family member took, as the inspiration, and I am thankful for them sharing them with me.

I've been working on my 12 x 12 x 12 series since January 2007. I'm now in my 12th year. It has given me time to create one 12" x 12" x 1" piece on board each month, no matter how many other things are going on that month. It's a wonderful opportunity for me to experiment with an idea or technique or a combination of both. This series is really about experimentation and creating something on a regular basis, no matter what else is going on in my life. Sometimes I like a piece, and sometimes not.