Category Archives: In the studio

Expressive Arts: Nourishing The Soul

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At the end of August I spent a week in Sonoma, California at a week long intensive designed for participants to move into a multi-modal expressive space in order to access a deeper level of innate creativity.  The artwork this week was not about a finished artifact of fine art, but about the process itself.  The artifacts are merely participants in the journey and provide a place of dialogue and inquiry.  There are six pieces here, from that week.  One of the sculptural pieces broke on the journey home and is on the left on the small bench.  The four paintings are hanging on the wire in my studio (all are on paper), and reveal a process of discovery throughout the week. that encompasses my process.  Much was learned and opened as the week unfolded.

I am enjoying this type of connection to creativity. It was such a sweet thing to have a whole week to journey into it.

 

Snippets of a work in process

IMG_6683 IMG_6685 IMG_6684 IMG_6679I’ve been working on a series of paintings and not posting much at all, but today I thought I’d post a few pics from one of the paintings.  Yes, I am still fascinated by this statue that sits atop my piano.  It is a recurrent subject of my work.  See the series of drawings on the theme.

 

Today in the Studio

Today I painted upon three monoprints I made over the Christmas holiday using photos I had taken to bring in the New Year as inspiration.  These painting were completed in two phases.  For the colored background I applied paint using a roller onto a glass surface and then made a print with the paper.  After this dried, I used black india ink to draw and paint directly on the surface of the prints, washing away portions and then letting them dry before layering more ink on the surface.