Mineral Roses/for Lena, 41 x 44″

It’s time for another beautiful group show at Gebert Contemporary in Santa Fe. I’ll have a few new paintings up, including this one, Mineral Roses/for Lena. Lena was my paternal grandmother, who was ill and dying by the time I was old enough to remember her. She had immigrated from Sweden and married a cousin, Marcus Sorgman, my grandfather. From what I know of her life, it was marked with illness and poverty, although she did have three children and many cousins living nearby. I painted some (abstract) gardens to honor her memory and retroactively gift her with roses.

The reception for the Gebert show will be on Friday evening, July 5, from 5 to 7:00. I’ll be there, and if you are in Santa Fe, please come by!

Gebert Contemporary – 558 Canyon Road

SMINK Art + Design in Dallas is exhibiting this painting from a few years ago in their spring show. It’s still one of my favorites. I wish it would go home with someone special soon!

Two of my paintings hang in this interior designed by SMINK Art and Design in Dallas. What a well-crafted ensemble this is! Facing the camera is “Orange/Roses/Breathing” while somewhat visible on the far wall you can see “CrossCurrents/Mineral.” Both paintings are in my signature watercolor and thread on layered translucent Yupo paper.

Thank-you SMINKettes!


Aquarius #6, watercolor and thread on layered Yupo paper, 41 x 40″



For this painting I have gone back to a format of alternating painted strips and empty space (unpainted paper). I wanted to allow for both maximum chaotic movement and, simultaneously, the restraint of geometric order. The painting is one of four that were created for a commission from SMINK Art and Design in Dallas.

I was out running errands and listening to the radio the morning that Dr. Ford gave her testimony in Washington.  Without going into the politics here, I can say that her story, told with great sincerity, brought to mind the times I myself was disrespected, overpowered and frightened as a young woman.  Those events, of course, had to be silently endured at the time – they were to be expected, just because of my sex.  But the fear and outrage never went away.

Heart racing, I drove home, got in the studio and channeled my emotions into this composition.   When I look at this painting I feel a confused and sad blue area on the left giving way to a tremendous surge of bold movement on the right.   Dr. Ford’s testimony has validated my own experience and somehow released long-buried feelings, transforming them into this image of power.  I remain hopeful that as more women speak up, the attacks on us, always simply endured as “the way it is,” will cease.  We will bring the hidden shame into the light.  

This painting is watercolor on layers of translucent synthetic paper sewn onto mat board.   Dimensions when framed are 41 x 40.” 

Some images of the exhibit at Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road in Santa Fe.  Besides my paintings the show features work by Munson Hunt, Cov Jordan and Patrick Mehaffy.  The show will be up through August 4, so please stop by to see it.

 

CrossCurrents:Mineral - 300dpi

Gebert Contemporary is showing five of my latest paintings in a four-person show entitled Regarding Nature.   Covington Jordan, Munson Hunt and Patrick Mahaffy are the other featured artists.   I just stopped by the gallery to see the show and it’s gorgeous! with many resonances between the works.  If you are a Santa Fe peep, please do come by for a look.

The opening reception will be on Friday evening, July 6th from 5: to 7:00, and the address for Gebert Contemporary is 558 Canyon Road.  gebertcontemporary.com  I hope to see you there!

 

 

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Winter Garden, watercolor on layered synthetic paper (Yupo), 41 x 55″

I have no end product in mind when I begin a painting.  First I pin up one or two painted sheets of transparent color and notice how they look together.  Then I continue to add or subtract sheets, shift placements, notice rhythms, and search for a certain feeling of flow and harmony across the composition.  I’m exploring the pictorial space, rather than aiming at a pre-determined or pre-visulaized outcome.  This process allows spontaneity and accident to occur at any and all stages of art-making.

People have asked if I listen to music while I’m working.  No, I don’t, because in a sense I’m listening to the painting and it sort of talks to me; “I’m too heavy on the right,” “Try some yellow,” or “Make me wider.”  Listening to music is reserved for when the composition is set and I’m sewing the Yupo sheets onto a mat board, a rather brainless activity.

A consistent series of paintings results from methods and principles that remain the same; it’s a pathway.  Sometimes it is a one-color path.  Attention to intuition and impulse guides me.  Right now I’m on a slow journey through a rosy-colored garden.  This garden opened its gate to me when I began to consciously heal some physical health issues in 2017.  Within it, joy, warmth, growth and change are nurtured and supported.  It’s a refuge from the chaos of politics, toxic relationships and any kind of worry – a place to just quietly be.  My hope is that you, the viewer, will also find solace and renewal in these spaces.

 

Aunt Bessie's Garden #2_41 x 51

EnterAunt Bessie’s Garden #2  41 x 51″  watercolor on Yupo

As you can see, I’m continuing to work with the warm end of the color spectrum.  What a joyful experience!  While playing with this particular color combination, magenta haloed by yellow, old memories of my great-aunt Bessie keep coming to mind.  Bessie and her sister Clara lived in a third floor tenement apartment.   Perhaps these colors reminded  me of wallpaper there, or perhaps something else that time has erased from my conscious mind.  Certainly, these old aunts had no garden, so I have painted one for them.

Looking at my own work, I see gentleness, modesty, serenity and balance, my values made into paintings.   Sometimes I think of myself as a reincarnated Chinese gentleman-scholar, brush-painting landscapes.  Imagine an old Chinese painter who has seen the work of Morris Louis, Agnes Martin and Pat Steir, and this scholar in her flowing robes is a woman.

 

 

Rose:Heart:Flame #3 - 300dpi

Rose/Heart/Flame, from a series of small paintings completed last spring, is now on view at Gebert Contemporary, 558 Canyon Road.  The more I think about this work, the less I want to define it for you, the viewer.  Let the shapes be anything, from fire to rose petals, and let them speak directly to your heart.

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