I would think it’s a co-op of about five different artists and I wouldn’t even know what to pay attention to. No wonder when I get there I’m not always sure what I’m going to work on—I want to do it all and sometimes, unfortunately, that’s immobilizing.
I think at this stage of my life I am seeking a more direction.
I don’t want to get static or rigid, but good grief, I think there’s a space in between.
I’ve decided to take a few minutes, get quiet and see what I want to work on BEFORE I take off for my studio. I’m hoping that simple act will get me more focused and deliberate. I’ll let you know if it works…but I might forget and you may need to e-mail and ask me about how it turned out. It seems like this just might be a natural state of our world…but I want to fight it. There are so many things to pay attention to that it’s overwhelming. OK, off to the studio, but first, I want to check out that song, book, technique, read my e-mail, the news, oh there’s a video I bookmarked…aaaarrgggghhhh.
I had two pedestal bases from a restaurant supply store that needed tops. I frequently use pine table tops from Lowes for paintings. They require minimum sanding and are glued together quite well and aren’t expensive. I didn’t want to just seal these bare pieces of wood so I painted these simple stripes, distressed and sealed them with Vermont Natural Coatings (one of my very favorite products). You use it like a urethane or a varnish. It has low VOCs, dries quickly and leaves a beautiful finish. I seal my paintings with this product and use different finish types (satin, semi-gloss, gloss) based on the type of piece.
So, in short order I have two new tables for my deck. I love Vermont Natural Coatings. I am not paid by them. However, Vermont Natural Coatings if you would like me to do some rep work for you contact me through this site.
From Website: “We use whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, to displace toxic ingredients found in traditional finishes.”
I am working on a new series and my muses are: flea market discoveries, mid-century palettes/patterns and old carnival signs. I am trying to keep my interpretation very loose and original. It’s so damn hard to be original. I plan to give it my best shot this week. I’ll post as I get pieces done and I promise to show my mistakes too. Wish me luck.
This is a painting I was commissioned to do for a new workout space in Burlington, Vermont. I wanted to illustrate my process especially how different the piece looks at each stage. I layer colors to get the desired effect and then sand and paint and sand again until I get the look I want. I wanted this piece to look like an old sign found under the stairs in a beach cottage—a relic from a hippie summer long ago.
My work has always been about removal and revealing what lies beneath. I am forced to think a few steps down the road with this process. I think it keeps me sharp (at least sharper than I would’ve been anyway). It’s a very time-consuming way to work, but utterly thrilling when my instinct about the layers turns out as I had hoped.
I will post a picture of it in the space when they get it installed.