Monday, March 26, 2012

Painting in the Chiricahuas

Before I came down to the Southwest this year I told myself to nix the saboteur and give myself total freedom to play and explore any ideas that passed my way. I have been doing this and have been all over the place - I have accumulated a pile of charred driftwood for sculpture ideas; I have made a dozen found-wire "scribble" sculptures; I have painted a group of animal fur patterns; I have painted some animal studies; and as is my norm, I have painted a bunch of small on-site landscapes - my five-finger exercises.

The past couple of days I have been out doing bark studies. I have been thinking a lot about the new work I want to do for my PAN sites, and I keep coming back to trees. Above is a photo of today's painting site. I was painting a Sycamore tree and I had to put tape on the tree so I wouldn't lose my place. I also once again was putting small dabs of paint on the bark, trying to match the color... I know this is ridiculous, but when one is struggling one may resort to crazy things!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Roadrunner, Poppy fields

More Images from the southwest. This cute Roadrunner kept putting his crest up, then down. This shot is of it mostly up. The poppies are just exploding! One day soon I will be ready to post some of the new stuff I am working on..... Good news, I just found out I was awarded a Minnesota Arts Initiative Grant! Money to do a proper web-site, get work framed, research and work time .... Thank you Minnesotans.