Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Join me on PATREON

It's an early spring here in Texas (the warmest February on record) and its time for new beginnings, growth, and faith in the season ahead. That is why I'm excited to announce the official launch of my Patreon page!

If you're not familiar with Patreon.com, its a platform for independent artists to better connect with their audience. On Patreon, patrons support the artists they love with a monthly pledge - it could be $2 or $10 or any amount they choose. Then on the first of the month, Patron processes the pledge. In turn, the artist offers perks or rewards to their patrons as a thank you.

 For the past few years I've been looking for a way to share my work in a more immediate and intimate way with my friends, clients, and supporters. After much thought and a beta test period, I'm confident that PATREON is an elegant solution! Please take a look at my introductory video on Patreon and let me know if you have any feedback! I'm excited about this new chapter, but I'm even more excited to work with YOU!






Here are the PERKS for PATRONS:



FRIENDS $2 = Access to Patron-only posts
I'll be sharing deep-dive, process-oriented posts 
about making art in the studio JUST FOR YOU. 





LOVERS $5  = Access to Patron-only posts +
A set of 5 art postcards mailed to your door!





MENTORS $10  =  All of the above +
Original art in your mailbox. 
And not just once, but multiple times throughout the year. 
It could be a watercolor, or note cards, or a mini canvas, bookmarks, 
or other artsy ephemera I create for you! 
Think of it as an art care-package.





FAMILY $25  =  All of the above +
After three months of patronage, 
you are going to get your own 
commissioned artwork (12x12 inch acrylic on canvas)
I'm going to make you a piece of art and we're 
going to work together on it. Okay? I'll be in touch! 





BENEFACTOR $50  =  All of the above +
An open invitation to attend any and all of my 
workshops, classes, exhibits, events, and open houses as my guest
Thats right - you come to classes whenever you like! 
And this includes my parent / child classes.
Any and all classes.



So what do you think?
Wanna make some art together?

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

When Artists Buy Art

I am an artist. But I'm also a collector of art. I have a very small collection, but that is mostly due in part to my budget. A few months ago, my studio mate created a piece that made my heart stop. Truly, the second I saw her I wanted her - like that sappy love story where your grandfather saw your grandmother at a Sunday luncheon and said to himself, "That is the girl I'm going to marry".

Well today, after many weeks of saving my pennies, I married my sweetheart. She is now mine and hanging in my bedroom. Now, I realize that this is an unorthodox way to hang a piece of original art - over top of an Indian embroidered textile. She is so minimal and the textile so detailed. But it feels right.

The piece is entitled Admiral by Jay Bailey





Monday, February 27, 2017

New Work & Art Influences

My work often looks like other people's work. And I'm okay with that.

I am influenced by everything I read, see, hear and experience. But I'm also heavily influenced by other artists. This is not a bad thing. In fact, I think its the nature of the process. Nothing ever happens in a vacuum. Everyone has influences.

Some of my influences include Expressionists from the beginning of the last century: Pablo Picasso, Franz Marc, and Paul Gauguin to name just three. My influences also include modern abstract expressinists from the midcentury period: Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, collage genius Conrad Marca-Relli, and in her own category, portraitist Alice Neel. I also love the work of my contemporaries like Michelle Armas, Cecily Brown, Jenny Andrews AndersonMarta WhistlerGwenn SeemelFlora Bowley, Jackie Leishman, and most recently my studio mate Jay Bailey. The artworks created by these lovely people are always a part of my inner landscape.

These artists are all very different from each other. But they all end up in my own work in one way or another. Every time I step to the canvas, I feel them with me in some small way. This gives me courage. Am I borrowing from them? Absolutely. Am I copying their work? Absolutely not. I understand it as a time-space-warp-dialog. They are my helpmates.

Here is my latest piece from the studio. The image is from a live model I sketched two weeks ago during Jay's bi-monthly Drawing Club. Its entitled "Liminal" - 36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas.





With this post, I simply wanted to acknowledge that I come from a 
lineage of art makers who keep me engaged and seeking as I make my own work. 
I am always filled with gratitude that I live in a world filled tip-top with art.

Who are your influences?
Who keeps you hungry and engaged?




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Houzz Tour | Forest & Ruai Gregory

My latest offering on Houzz.com is about a couple living off the land in Eastern Oregon. Here's the opening paragraph from the article:

Whether you consider the tiny-house movement, the work of The Minimalists, Shannon Hayes’ Radical Homemaker website or Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it’s clear that we are experiencing a cultural shift that prizes sustainability and simplicity. But the idea of getting back to basics is nothing new. In the late 1970s, Forest Gregory left his home in downtown Denver in search of a simpler life and some acreage. He landed in the wilds of eastern Oregon in 1977 and set about building his own home from the ground up. “I have always felt the call of the natural world, and feel most alive in nature,” Gregory says. “I felt caged and out of place in the city, so it was an easy choice to make.”

Please find the whole article and all of the photos HERE on Houzz.com.








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fresh Spring Bed

I'm day dreaming today about a fresh new bed for spring.
Wouldn't the bed and linens below be a beautiful combination? 

Available HERE

And I might cover it with this bedding...

Available HERE



Monday, February 20, 2017

Storyteller Series | Warsan Shire



You may know Warsan Shire as the woman who gave poetry to Beyonce's "Lemonade".  Or maybe you know her poem, "Home". It went viral during Trump's Muslim Ban roll out. She is an incredible storyteller - a force of nature, really. And everyone should read and know her work.




And here is Warsan reading "Home":



A little more about Warsan Shire in:



Friday, February 17, 2017

Sketchbook

Last night I attended another live drawing session with my studio mate, Jay Bailey. I cannot express how much I love drawing from a live model. It's really a beautiful and rare experience. When I started, a few months back, I had absolutely no training with the human form. But I'm starting to get a handle on it - mostly by watching the other artists in the room render the same model in such different and effective ways. Here are my best three from last night's gathering:




You can see the progression of my work HERE.