Archive for September, 2011

A painting in progress

Small portion of new painting

So here I go off in another direction for a short while.  I can’t seem to get away from my love of geometric shapes and bright, bold colors.  I’m not loving this piece yet, but that’s part of the process.  Like I learned in watercolors, the painting doesn’t come alive until the final touches are added.  However, working on it at this point is…frustrating at best, annoying at worst.  The only thing to do is to keep on keeping on and as the dedicated professional I strive to be, that is exactly what I’m doing today.  Hopefully my limited progress will have the painting starting to turn the corner to becoming a work of art instead of just the art of work.  And remember, this is just a part of the painting.
Watercolor students
My watercolor class shows their work

This is such a busy time of year for artists in Florida after the summer doldrums.  For me, Central Brevard Art Association’s annual Heritage Isle show is coming up on November 12th & 13th.  I have nothing new available for that yet.  My watercolor classes at the Cocoa Beach Library start October 13th.  I have nothing prepared for that yet.  I’ll be in a show at Art Gallery of Viera in November.  I’m actually working on a few pieces for that one!  And that just starts the show season for me.  I’ve spent a lot of time in the studio lately, but I don’t seem to be making any headway.  I know I’ve said I work well under pressure, but good grief, if I don’t show some progress soon, well… that’s just not an option.  I could probably benefit from some time management training.  But who has time for that!?!  Any artists with any secrets to success out there?  I sure could use a few pointers.

Japanese Flower Arrangement

Ikebana adds elegance

Wanting to do something special for Chris Maslow’s solo exhibit “Still Motion” at Art Gallery of Viera, I wandered through my garden looking for inspiration.  What I found was a loropetalum in need of some pruning.  I cut quite a few  long branches and took them inside to soak (condition) in water.  I knew I had a container that was the perfect color match, so all I needed now was some flowers.  A quick trip to Publix and I had these lovely, large mums and a stunning color combination.
Japanese flower arranging is based on line and the key is simplicity.  Some thoughtful clipping resulted in this artful design that allows the water to show and leaves room “for the birds to fly through”.  Both of these aspects are highly desirable in the Sogetsu school.
Painted paper collage on board

Paper apple

I spent this past weekend in a wonderful workshop taught by Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson at Art Gallery of Viera.  By the end of the weekend, the classroom looked like there had been an explosion in a paper factory!  Elizabeth uses a vast array of papers that she has colored, stamped, spattered, etc. to create her breathtakingly beautiful artwork.
As you can see, I made the rookie mistake of not using source material for my drawing, and because of that, the perspective on my apple is off.  When will I learn that the practice pieces can  turn out very nice and are worth the effort to at least draw them right?  Anyway, I still like my little apple and learned so much from Elizabeth about how she makes her paper paintings so impressive.
If you notice the “grain” in the “wooden table”, that is from pieces of pattern paper.  The little diamond to the left of the apple is the obvious clue.  I think I’ll work on it some more and see if I can fix it up, but even if I don’t, I got so much out of the workshop, (and met some terrific new people) that I consider it a weekend well spent.
Abstract acrylic painting


I’m so excited!  I have applied and been accepted to the Abstract Artist Gallery.
This gallery features the finest abstract artists’ work from all over the world.
Check out the website at    You’ll find a broad selection of abstract works that are exciting and unique.  I am so honored to be included among them.  When they sent my acceptance, they said my work is expressive, spontaneous, and executed with passion.  I agree!  What do you think?