Friday, January 29, 2010


I got word that an ink drawing submitted to the Eccles Center in Ogden, Utah was accepted for the Black and White Show starting Feb. 5,2010.I took it off my sons' bedroom wall of his apt. and rematted it and it got juried in!  So thanks Shane for letting me borrow it back.  I am attempting to find a venue for an art show of invited friends.  If anyone has a suggestion it would be appreciated.  

Funny how painting the large unfinished painting in yesterdays' blog has started ideas for another painting, smaller!!! That seems to be the way it works for me. As long as I work on a painting..I will get ideas for another painting.  If I quit painting for a while it is like I have to restart the engines again and it is the answer would be to continue painting all the time..not a bad endeavor.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This is the large painting I have been working on.  It isn't finished but I like alot of it

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I grew up with the Wyeth family art. N.C. in my books, Andrew's dreamlike moody paintings and portraits by Jamie. Tonight I felt privileged to actually meet Jamie at his opening in Salt Lake Art Center of his paintings of the Seven Deadly Sins.  He was charming and eloquent and very funny. I was able to buy the catalog and an 8 minute short movie of him painting Inferno. He willingly personally autographed my catalog.  It was a well spent evening and one I won't forget. 

The informal discussion was puntuated by interesting questions from the standing room only audience.  I was impressed with the thoughtful content of his artwork and the comments of his and the audience.  Of course there is always one...while waiting for an autograph a man came up to Jamie and asked him to autograph his catalog to Lesly his wife and then proceeded to expect Wyeth to write a quote this man was reciting!  Wyeth politely refused and wrote no sentiment. He then  turned his attention to a polite young man and then me the last.  He remembered that I had asked a question about his materials and wrote that in his sentiment.  The weird man left and didn't pursue his weird request.  

The show was based on the seven deadly sins that were written about in Dantes' Inferno and other writers and he was influenced by paintings and prints by Bosch, Breugal and others.  He used seagulls to illustrate the sins and the line quality and expressive paint handling really gave it emotion.  He painted with a special watercolor with a honey base and it looks like oil.  He also used enamel paint for flames, guoache and charcoal. All on handmade paper and the large Inferno on corrugated cardboard! He then placed the finished paintings on parts of a painting he had done of flames as a border. Then the frames were black and the titles were on the frames. The paper was made by Twin Rocker.  Amazing, moving and not cliche at all.  A must see show.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


no studio time today but lots yesterday.  I made up piles of paint and just got into the zone.  hoping to finish this one in 2 more sessions. Then I need to paint on all of my available smaller canvas and board.  Sam Wilson said. how to do art supplies, use them up, buy more art supplies.....

hoping to organize a show for my work and my friends. worse part might be to find a venue.  

Friday, January 22, 2010


2 days in the studio this week does not get the big painting done!

Monday, January 18, 2010

jan. 18,2010

I have no followers....and I follow no one...hmmm 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Where is everyone?

Somedays I feel like I am totally alone in doing artwork.  It isn't easy. But that is where good friends in art come in!  Going to gallery strolls with other artist friends and visiting each other. So I need to do more of that. 

I am still coming up with ideas for the large painting and hopefully smaller studies too.

so I seem to work in obscurity and blog in obscurity

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jan. 12, 2010

I am composing a large painting,(64"x40"). Thought I wouldn't do another large one for a long time but my idea just needs space! Been reading a book about the San Francisco Bay artist..Joan Brown who was doing the kind of artwork I love. So I am being inspired by her and Gaylon Hansen out of Washington State.  He is in his 80's and still painting. I saw his work a few years ago at the Salt Lake Art Center and I had an extremely emotional response to it.  Thanks to Sam Wilson for telling me to see that show.  Gaylon then had a talk and a slide show of at least 80 more pieces and it was amazing. He taught the likes of Gary Larson of cartoon fame in his years of teaching college level art.  So looking for artists to inspire me is ongoing.  I feel the need to not oversaturate myself with too many artists at a time.  

Starting to teach drawing classes at Roberts  Craft store in American Fork Utah on Saturday.  I was not trained to teach but I find it stimulating and daunting at the same time.  I want o inspire others to find their inner artist..but I have limited time to get them engaged and doing something they will like.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

guoache paintings on paper

January, 2010

I moved into a studio at Poor Yoricks' in South Salt Lake, Utah.  I am getting lots of work done and am trying to post some new and old work here.