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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.



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.

People often ask me  about the translucent “paper” I use.  It’s called Yupo and unlike Mylar, has the ability to hold water-based media on its surface.  Lucky for me, Yupo became available in this country in 1996, so when I was looking for a transparent surface for watercolor, a friend was able to recommend it.  Interesting that I had to find  a new “space-age” product to use with the age-old medium of watercolor.  Yupo has a shimmery, silky quality that doesn’t come across in reproduction.   In the above painting, Psekas, I have overlaid four sheets of Yupo, each painted with a slightly different hue of gold circles.  If you look closely, you can see where the sheets overlap, or don’t.

Yupo is archival, which means it is not supposed to change over time, it doesn’t out-gas any toxic fumes, and according to the manufacturer, it is “tree-free” and 100% recyclable.  Not that I want anyone to recycle my paintings!

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