Jul 31, 2011

complimentary colors broken down a bit 

and a little painting on paper with bright bright colors 


Jul 29, 2011

The two things I appreciate most about my studio are the bookshelves and the mascot.

Here's a new drawing.

Jul 27, 2011

a new space to think about new things


Before I hung this new push pin friendly area in my studio, all the random imagery I regularly look at was either on crammed here and there or in a stack. Now that there is space to spread it all out, I can see more clearly what's actually on my mind.

Thinking about:

storage containers 
Joyce Carol Oates (her face, her bookshelf, her husband)
thin vertical lines
neutrals with intense color (ongoing fascination)
a big hunk of black with bright colors below it
day glo
thin horizontal lines
perspective (in conjunction with the storage containers)
red and off-white tightly woven together


Jul 25, 2011

adventures in magnitude

My little pea brain appreciates the simplicity of this Powers of Ten video. When it's time to peel my face off the glass and gain a little perspective I watch it.  

The narration and music are very 20th century, back when Pluto was still a planet. 


Jul 24, 2011

The Round 
by Stanley Kunitz

Light splashed this morning
on the shell-pink anemones
swaying on their tall stems;
down blue-spiked veronica
light flowed in rivulets
over the humps of the honeybees;
this morning I saw light kiss
the silk of the roses
in their second flowering,
my late bloomers
flushed with their brandy.
A curious gladness shook me.
So I have shut the doors of my house,
so I have trudged downstairs to my cell,
so I am sitting in semi-dark
hunched over my desk
with nothing for a view
to tempt me
but a bloated compost heap,
steamy old stinkpile,
under my window;
and I pick my notebook up
and I start to read aloud
the still-wet words I scribbled
on the blotted page:
"Light splashed . . ."

I can scarcely wait till tomorrow
when a new life begins for me,
as it does each day,
as it does each day.

I was recently reminded how much I need poetry in my life.  I return to this one over and over again.  Both the picture and the poem are from "The Wild Braid - A Poet Reflects on a Century in the Garden."


Jul 15, 2011

first stages....with shadows

I wonder when people in Memphis, my neighborhood specifically, started putting iron on every window and door?  If I had to guess I'd say the 70s.  Luckily for me the people that lived in my home for fifty years had good taste.  They picked a beautifully ornate pattern that  cast elegant shadows throughout the day. 

These three paintings are in the armature building phase.  I have in mind where I want each one to go, but seeing them grouped together with these patterns suggest whole new possibilities. 

Jul 12, 2011

orange, yellow, pink

If I approach a painting without a plan but want to get rid of that intimidating white surface, sometimes I'll just paint it pink.  It lightens things up a bit.  

The melons and tomatoes from the farmer's market may need to cross-pollinate with this canvas. 


Jul 9, 2011

Song for Harper Lee #88

This painting is by Alabama artist Brian Edmonds.  Go here
to read an interview he did with me for his blog.  He asked good questions.