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In just a week I’ll be at the reception for my show at SMINK in Dallas.  Jennifer Smink asked me to make something really big for the exhibition, and here it is – Water Chart – about 53 x 64.”  It was a great challenge to work on this scale, especially because the supports (foam core and mat boards) had to be specially ordered and everything took longer than I expected.  Getting the whole composition to flow and connect and to balance depth with expanse presented new problem at this size.    There are multiple dimensions to perceive here, not just height and width but layered depth, as some squares are three layers deep – hard to convey, really, in a photograph.

The reception will be next Saturday evening at SMINK, 1019 Dragon Street, Dallas.  Please come by if you are in the area.  sminkinc.com

 

 

Elegy #2

SMINK in Dallas will be opening their Back + White show on Saturday evening, August 9th.  I sent  Elegy #2 to join work by Zachariah Rieke and other artists for what promises to be a stunning exhibit.  Elegy #2 is from an ongoing series of black, gray and white (or almost) paintings in memory of my late husband, Wayne.

Working with such a limited palette has forced me to focus even more on qualities of density and transparency, clarity and murkiness, dark and light. Metaphoric allusions can be read into the paintings, or not.  I confess that sometimes I do “read” them like poems, and sometimes as purely visual structures.

Once again, it feels appropriate to be using water to convey possible messages of grieving, loss and comfort.  Water is the element of the emotions –  the dreamy, stormy, moody or serene realm of Neptune – always changeable yet oceanic and deep.

LiquidStack #6

 

LiquidStack #6  –  36 x 35″ – watercolor on layered and sewn translucent Yupo paper

This coming Saturday, November 23, my 5th show with SMINK in Dallas will open  with an evening reception.   I won’t be there for this one, but if you are in Dallas, please come by to see the new work.   There will be more of what I think of as the “bars” paintings, like LiquidStack #6, above, as well as paintings with circle grids, the format I’ve been working with for several years.   As always, the paintings have a restful, flowing and expansive quality that I hope you will enjoy.

My thanks to the wonderful Smink sisters, Jennifer, Autumn and Dawn, for their constant support of my work!

 

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This room, designed by Tracy Hardenberg, was chosen by interior photographer Michael Hunter as his “Photograph of the Week.” Although it was not intended to showcase my painting, Lamy/Shadows, I wanted to publish this view of my work in a congenial setting.  The painting was recently sold by Smink in Dallas.  Autumn Smink was as pleasantly surprised as I was to see it appear in Hunter’s publicity shot.  

Chi Gong #8 – watercolor on synthetic paper

My fourth one-person show at SMINK in Dallas opens on Saturday, October 13th.  I’ll be exhibiting work from the Chi Gong series as well as other paintings with repeating horizontal bars of color.  If you are in Dallas, please come and see the show.

As explained in the post before this, I do chi gong, or energy practice, before beginning to paint in the studio.  Among the many forms of chi gong, I was lucky enough to learn a very yin, or allowing, form that addresses not only the physical but also the mental/spiritual self.  It’s the perfect preparation for the art I do, centering and opening me to the energies of the present moment.

The chi gong practice begins with specific postures and the mantras that accompany them, then the body is simply allowed to move of its own accord.  Lately I’ve been appreciating how much this form has influenced my art process, which is to set up specific rules of shape and size, etc., then let the paint move.  It requires a certain faith that the outcome will be appropriate, and it’s never the same twice.


I’m happy to report that this painting, Thanis #12, has been sold at Smink.  This painting went together so fortuitously, with such happy accidents, that it was a “gift from the Gods.”  Or should I say that Spirit had a hand in it?   At any rate, it’s been one of my favorites, and I hope the collectors enjoy it immensely.  Thanks to Jennifer and Autumn at Smink who have been supporting and promoting my work.

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