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This is a selection from the past two years of work. All the paintings are watercolor and thread on layered translucent Yupo paper (a synthetic paper) on white mat board and framed in white painted wood frames. The sizes range from 41 x 34″ to 41 x 61″ framed, and prices range from $5,500 to $10,600.

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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.

 

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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!

 

 

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.

 

 

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Here’s some good news from the studio; Neiman Marcus has bought two of my large paintings for their new Fort Worth store.  I’m honored and thrilled.  This image is  of Thanis #16, 41 x 55.”  As with all my work, Thanis is a watercolor painting on synthetic translucent paper (Yupo).  You can see the areas where sheets of Yupo that I have painted with circles are layered over or under sheets painted with vertical stripes.

The new Ft. Worth store is scheduled to open in February  of 2017.  I can’t wait to see my work hanging there!  And I’m curious, because I know that Neiman’s will have other wonderful artworks from their collection on display.

Some more news; I now have a beautiful web site designed by braveARTconsulting.  The site has taken over my daramark.com address, while this blog can be accessed now at daramark.wordpress.com, or you can simply google “dara mark blog.”

 

River:Flow:Chart #7

River/Flow/Chart #7

I’m pleased to announce that Gebert Contemporary will be exhibiting three of my River/Flow/Charts in a group show that opens Friday, July 15.  The other featured artists are Udo Noger, John Nelson and Keiko Sadakane.  Please join me at the opening reception from 5 to 7:00 or come by the gallery this summer.  Gebert is on Canyon Road (behind Chiarosuro) and there is parking – though don’t count on it for the reception.

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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

 

 

 

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River/Flow Chart #1

Turquoise, teal, aqua, robin’s egg, cyan, spruce – this range of cool blue-greens has been obsessing me for the last few months.  Perhaps it’s a reaction to the chaos on the front page news, and certainly reflects my inner need for balance and harmony.  If color alone can heal, these hues are healing me.

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Untitled 2015/23

Untitled 2015/23 measures 40 x 41.”  At the the abstract level, it juxtaposes and combines two disparate presentations of the same flow pattern, circles (bubbles) and “puddles.”  It’s intriguing to me that the similarities in the twin flow patterns – larger underlying shapes – is not immediately apparent, but the harmony between them is sensed.

Here are some associations from Wikipedia for blue-greens:

refreshing, feminine, calming, wholeness, creativity, emotional balance, spiritual grounding, love, patience, intuition.

Release #2

Release #2/Wayne

I have been thinking of the pleasures of tradition as I’ve been listening to new music at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this summer.  Yesterday, in particular, during a concert of works by young composers-in-residence, the new sounds elicited from classically trained musicians on their conventional instruments had my ears perking up.  The music sounded both old and fresh, familiar and newly introduced.  This dichotomy engages one’s deep memories while surprising us into paying complete attention.   Nothing, not rhythm, tonality, harmony or melody can be taken for granted, and yet the format (in this case) was the string quartet, as well-established as can be.

Something similar operates in my paintings, with their traditional framed formats.   The watercolor medium still employs gum arabic from acacia trees and many of the pigments have been used for centuries, altho some are now synthetic.  On the other hand, the translucent synthetic paper I use (Yupo) has only been available since the end of the last century, so the ability to layer transparencies is new, and Yupo’s non-absorbent surface causes the paint to behave in unprecedented ways.   Abstraction itself now has a grand tradition of over a hundred years but offers plenty of unexplored territory.

Release #2/Wayne is another in the series of elegies for my husband.  There’s something about the color and softness, the upright format and upward-rising visual flow that feels to me like an abstract portrait of him.

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