Thursday, May 31, 2007

nimrod woman

to commemorate the loss of life, dignity, beauty, history, culture, civilization, and people of ancient mesopotamia/current day iraq, i dedicate today's painting.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

dog man

a slightly looser painting style and a silly starting point (the dog!) led me to breaking out a bit from the usual today.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

spectral man

he is spiraling! i struggled with this painting today to finally bring it around to the point where i liked it. and now he seems a good companion to spectral woman. let me know what you think. did i make the mark? as spectral woman is a hard act to follow!

Thursday, May 24, 2007

buddha lotus

today's painting is a completion of a piece begun as a demo in a workshop last year.
what a joy to have finished it—another in this series which is growing into a body of work!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

lotus woman 3

i found another lotus woman that needed completion! she's got some lotus "jewelry" which gives her a little zip!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

lotus woman 2

today's painting is a completion of one of a series of lotus flower women that i started awhile back. it feels good that she's now done! thanks to friend/writer/artist jill kelly for the idea of finishing some of my unfinished pieces for my daily art project!

Monday, May 21, 2007


this icon was NOT done in a day. it was a long process, just completed (except for the final stage of olipha, or oiling the icon to preserve it), on friday. the medium is egg tempera on gessoed wood panel with 23k gold leaf and shell gold. it measures approximately 8 inches by 10 3/4 inches.

the original Kykkotissa Mother of God icon which was the prototype for this one comes from St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai. in December i viewed an exhibition of icons (not including this one) from St. Catherine's at the Getty Museum in LA—wow!

this weekend i was away at the oregon coast visiting dear friends from RAIN magazine days, and so i did not paint, but will use some of the beauty and inspiration in my daily paintings this week.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


spiderman reflects the mood of the day...duality and tension. this painting was done over a child's painting of a little dancer. some of the pink background is from the child's painting, and other "pentimento" are revealed throughout especially as texture.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

mindful bliss

today's painting is the latest in this series which measure 7 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. it came from the meditative state that arises while painting.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

spectral woman

this is the one i painted on saturday in the workshop that i taught. she now has a title "spectral woman"
and is the newest in my series of people with things at the top of their head! enjoy!

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Monday, May 14, 2007

fireworks woman

daily art blog

for years i have been thinking of doing a painting a day, inspired by a woman named lorraine, who did a beautiful painting and shared with me her idea of doing a painting a day. she used a prompt list—one word for each day of the month's painting—as writers sometimes use to generate a written story.

so here i go, with or without a prompt list.

since high school i loved drawing faces—doodles really—and now as a painter many years later, i love creating faces. a number of years ago i began a series beginning with a visual prompt—a magazine cutout that i collaged onto my painting paper. i place these organic simple starting points at the top of the head and create a face from there, incorporating the element into the hair or head of the person i've created. it is fun and fast.

first i'm posting one of the original series that i love called fireworks woman. tomorrow i'll post a new one i which i just painted on saturday as a demonstration piece in a collage and acrylic painting workshop i taught in my studio. i love the colors and the feeling she has. so far, she isn't titled.