Art has its seasons, just one of the reasons why I love making 'stuff': paintings, hand-dyed fabrics, textile collages. Summer is a natural time to be creating fabrics and the garage dye studio has been made functional again. Dyeing is a messy business . . . it's best to create dyed fabrics in a workspace that's functional. My laundry sink is nearby, the backyard clothesline is part of the process. I love the whole cycle of this process because it's so experimental and spontaneous, and the results often surpass expectations. Nothing better, or more to say than this!
"City Looks Pretty To Me", acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20". This painting will be included in the upcoming hardcover book AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values.
I received another exciting message in my email this week! My news is that my painting "City Looks Pretty to Me", acrylic on canvas, is to be included in an upcoming hardcover book by North Lights Books. AcrylicWorks 5: Bold Values is the title of the book, a compilation of work from approximately 115 artists, including artwork that's based on the use of bold values. Value, in paintings, means the contrast of dark to light colors in a painting, and is the predominating feature for the design of a painting. I thrive on design and composition and it's a huge motivator for my painting process. I often ask mid-painting "is this working?" . In all the creative arts, this is the personal question designers and artists are constantly asking themselves. To be followed by Tim Gunn's comment, to "Make it work." A gorgeous color palette (as a sole design emphasis) on a painting does not make a painting work, it's the use of values in design that makes a painting hold together well.
The call for art from North Light Books stated this in the description: "One cannot overstate the importance of value in painting . . . we are looking for excellence in acrylic painting in a variety of styles and subjects. The dominant medium must be acrylic." So, understandably, I am thrilled to have this in my future. This 5th edition of AcrylicWorks will be published in 2018.
My next contribution for the book will be to write a short piece about my intention, my thought process and inspiration for creating this painting, and how these relate to the theme of bold values. Since I thrive on composition, design and the use of values (the supporting framework for design), the only difficulty will be remembering what my inspiration was! Again, this is a painting that came out of my painting process, not from a literal or tangible reference. The title came to me after I stood back and viewed the painting from a distance . . .I love the shapes, lighting, shadow effects and color palette found in the landscape and visual fabric of cities . . . these are such exciting sources for inspiration for my creativity.
Update 5-27-18 I've received my complimentary copy from North Light publishing! Looks fabulous. See this link to preview and purchase the book:
A peek at the 4th edition, published in April is here:
I love painting on paper, in acrylic with mixed media. I'll never stop producing these - I love to see the effects of paint on paper! I've shown in my shop page some beautiful presentations that are possible for framed artwork for your wall. I've shown visualizations for several of the works on paper listed on the shop page, to see framing suggestions. For my contemporary acrylics on paper I prefer light colored mats and frames, a minimal style in the frames. A float frame is a beautiful treatment for these as well, and I've done my own float framing.
See the Shop page for the available work on paper. The images which show framed artwork on paper are for a visualization only, a suggestion of how the work can look. One exception is where the painting is sold as shown, framed (price is $450. inclusive). I'd love to hear some thoughts on how the visualizations help (or not!). And keep in mind I'd love to create paintings on paper in your custom color palette, to accent your room. Custom sizes up to 30" x 22" are possible. Or, huge paintings from roll paper can be created; the smallest dimension is 55". So conceivably a painting 55" x 55", or one size 55" x 110" (or longer) can be created. For these huge paintings on paper I have framing suggestions which are not your typical mat and frame.
A fresh sheet of artist paper, gessoed and ready is always an inspiration in itself; I've never had the fear of starting on nice white expanse of paper!
There's a look in my finished work that's fresh and unrestrained. I think these look great in most rooms, as a grouping or as singles. A pop of color, a pleasing composition, something light and contemporary . . .like a great champagne or something effervescent. Kidding aside, the only room I wouldn't hang works on paper is a bathroom; there's too much steam and moisture in that environment that could affect the framing, the backing or the painting.
I've tried several brands and I really prefer an Italian product over any others: it's linen-textured, it stands up to the markmaking and distressing I sometimes put the painting through. This paper comes in large sheets, 30" x 22", which I usually cut or tear carefully in half, so the paper is an exact rectangle. When torn the edges are deckled or rough appearing, and are part of the beauty of paper . . . for myself, I think there's a lot of translucence, light and freshness in these works on paper.
Announcing a new venue for my work: the Chico Paper Co. The photo shows the display of my work at the Chico Paper Co., a new gallery for me, yet one long established in the Northern California artworld. It's a good fit for my abstractions from nature work with waterscapes and abstracted floral paintings as subjects, and abstracts. I'm really pleased to announce this news. The vignette of my work in the photo is located near the front (April, 2017) , near the entry on the gallery side. The Chico Paper Co. is half gallery / half professional framer, and that's a convenient arrangement! It's truly awesome, a joy to have my artwork in such capable hands.
Offered by the gallery is a range of artwork: paintings, prints, fine craft in jewelry, ceramics and furniture. . . all of which I'm crazy about. It'll be dangerous and difficult to resist my impulsive art buying when I'm visiting. The eclectic display is appealing to me; it's more salon style in how the work is displayed, an approachable way to show art. Kind of perfectly fits my tastes: eclectic.
The Chico Paper Co. is open 7 days a week, located in the downtown (across from the City Plaza, or across the street from the National Yo-Yo Museum.) The gallery is long established and was begun by a collector of maps and prints, then evolved to a gallery / frame shop. I've kept my eye on the gallery since I began showing my art and was so pleased to receive the news when I was invited to bring in my paintings. If you visit Chico now in springtime in the flush of spring blooms and waterfalls, I hope you'll stop in, visit and say hello to the friendly staff.