Art Framed for Exhibit

I just picked up some of the art for my upcoming exhibition in Ogden at the Gallery at the Station (in the historic Union Station). These are some of my gouache paintings. I still have paintings in process but it feels so good to have some finished and ready for the show! The exhibit opens on Friday, May 3rd with an Artist’s Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Music for the Soul

This coming Sunday afternoon my husband Mikel and I are going to the first NOVA Chamber Music concert of the season. I love going to these concerts because I am almost always introduced to something new. Often I find that while I might not enjoy listening to certain contemporary chamber music as a recording I thoroughly enjoy hearing it played in concert. All music is better heard live while watching the musicians play their instruments, don’t you think? Good music, like all good art feeds the soul. T. S. Eliot said, “You are the music while the music lasts.” I look forward to that this weekend.
Above is my painting, “Violinist”, acrylic on wood, 18 x 24 inches

Metamorposis 6

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) recently held it’s annual fundraiser which was an elegant and fantastically successful event. My acrylic painting above, from my new “Metamorphosis” series, was among the art sold in the art auction.

All of the invited artists created work that was 12 x 12 inches and signed their name on the back so that the patrons would purchase art without knowing who the artist was–meaning that they would be guided by their aesthetic reaction to the art rather than look for a famous name. Since this painting was from my new series that hasn’t had much public exposure it was exciting for me–and I was pleasantly surprised by who ultimately purchase it.
“Metamorphosis 6”, acrylic on board, 12 x 12 inches

The Creation of a New Series

Do you ever feel like doing something different? I have been doing some exploring with my painting lately. A new series called “Metamorphosis” where I allow myself to paint intuitively whatever comes up rather than pre-planning my composition. The work is currently evolving and I am really enjoying it. These paintings were in the annual fundraising show at Art Access (which ends on Saturday) called “300 Plates.” All the artists are given the same size metal plates (with two holes in the top) on which to paint or create.

“Metamorphosis 4” gouache
“Metamorphosis 5” acrylic

These two were my paintings and both sold at the opening night event. I am excited to see where this series leads and will keep you posted.

Tuesday Tea Time

I guess I have been dreaming of warm weather lately. My recent paintings in acrylic have got me using a summery palette of colors. Today’s tea cup is my second small painting in acrylic on gessoed handmade paper…only a few more sheets left.
“Orange and Pink Cup”, acrylic on paper, 6 1/4 x 8 14/ inches

Breathing in Renewal

It has been a whirlwind of deadlines lately which is wonderful! I love having good work to do. Pushing creativity is interesting–I’m used to creating under the pressure of a deadline within reason–but sometimes you have to step back and refill “the well” of inspiration. Sometimes you need space for the mind to still, to relax and release. My painting above, which now hangs in a dear friend’s home, reflects what I need a little of at the moment. Just a few deep breaths and some peaceful silence to recharge my energy for the next round. Ahh…that was nice…now I’m ready to dive back in.
“Meditation”, gouache, 12 x 9 inches

A Birthday Toast

Today is my birthday and I wanted to post something summer-y and festive. Life is good, especially when it is filled with creative work, supportive clients, loving friends and family, delicious food and some nice wine! I feel very fortunate and look forward to what my new year will offer. I painted the above acrylic painting to promote “Great Grapes! Wine, Art and Food Festivals” of Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, who have enjoyed using it for several years. Another happy client makes me feel happy. Cheers to the good life!

Water & Air Feed the Soul

It’s summertime and what feeds my soul is a blue sky with billowy clouds, birds in flight, and listening to the sound of water in a cool canyon creek. These things usually find their way into my paintings in one form or another. My painting above is an allegorical representation of water and air in their intertwined relationship with one another. I love the dreamy quality, the fluidity of the shapes and the color combinations in this piece. Art is food for the soul at anytime – good for your spirit, inspiring and life enhancing. What things in life lift your spirit and feed your soul? Do you live with art that inspires and speaks to you?
“Water & Air”, gouache on paper, 12 x 16 inches, $700

Tuesday Tea Time

Going through some of my paintings from years past I saw this and thought it would be a perfect Tuesday Tea Time post. I painted “Two Tea Cups” in 2003 and it has a nice larger companion piece called “Jars and Vases” which was reproduced as a print. Both of these paintings are from a series of still lifes and have a nice combination of color and pattern. The tea cups are whimsical references to fine china patterns. Now I am thinking about how much I enjoy making a proper afternoon tea with assorted little sandwiches – two of my favorites are cucumber, and black olive with cream cheese – and other nibbles such as cookies, fruits and cheeses and drinking tea out of a china cup. But I’ll get back to my painting for now and save that treat for this coming weekend.
“Two Tea Cups”, acrylic on canvas, 26 x 32 inches, $1,500

Still Life with Energy

I usually create my paintings in the water-based paints — gouache, acrylic, or watercolor — but I do enjoy the buttery richness of oil paints too. This painting of vases and flowers is one in a series of lively still lifes I have painted in oils. My husband and I have a collection of pottery vases in shades of blue and green and while the pottery in the painting are my stylized interpretations, the actual vases that I love still provide me with the inspiration. The painting above is currently on display at Caffe Niche in Salt Lake City.
“A Green Vase and Two Blue”, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches, $1,200