My latest work in progress

“Welcoming Imagination”, 3’x4′, oil on bulletin board, 2012

My latest work in progress is a commercial piece, a welcome sign. It’s been a process to work on my art with so much teaching, but this is slowly coming together. I only have a few days to get it right. The deadline is fast approaching!

Latest work

“severe tranquility abstract”, diptych, mixed media, 2011-12

This poor painting just gets no love. Originally it was commissioned by a friend of a friend for her Cape house. She was determined to display something completely modern and I was eager to create something purely abstract. After several preliminary sketches, we seemed to find a happy medium. As with most clients I ask for half the fee up front, and the remaining upon delivery. The latter never happened and I’ve kept the painting in my possession for several months.

 Every once and awhile I would add or take away, slowly modifying it. Then, just recently, I was offered a part in special one night show. I dusted this off, tweaked it a little and was preparing to have this sent to the gallery. Then last minute, well almost last minute, I checked the fine print of the contract before signing and realized that the venue was not something that would benefit my career as an artist. It looks like this painting will have to go back in storage another few months until I find the right time to have it on display.

Work In Progress

Two months ago in my personal blog I blogged about a painting I had begun and since that time I’ve continued working on it on odds days off or when time allows. Hopefully the summer will afford me greater opportunities to work on my art. To date I have three paintings uncompleted. I would like to see at least two finished before the end of August.

“Buddha Glam” work in progress

Fall Semester 2011

I can’t believe coworkers and I wrapped up the Fall semester at the Worcester Art Museum last week. Time unbelievably flies when you’re having fun! I decided to post some images of in process work and completed pieces. The feedback from students and parents on my Drawing and Painting classes this term were terrific and I’m glad kids not only had fun, but learned a thing or two. Happy holidays, everyone!

Lifesize andriods designed to save planet Earth!

A paint bug: lesson with sponge painting and light, middle, & dark tones.

INFESTATION!

No, I’m not dressed as the pope. It’s the beginning of an alien disguise that will combine organic & geometric shapes.

A group of very serious artists with their final pieces that incorporated both drawing and painting.

New painting

In between wrapping up current Drawing and Painting classes I’ve been trying to get my own painting in. I’ve been semi-successful. Pictured here is a new piece ready to be painted. Working title, “Pure Joy”.

New classes!

I can’t believe it’s already October! I’ve been so busy with the beginning of new semester of public school (I’ll blog about that later), that I hadn’t realized my Saturday classes at the Worcester Art Museum begin next week! I still have openings in both, so please spread the word!

Beginning October 8th,

Drawing 8-10 years old – Really get an understanding of the basics of drawing and begin building on that for more indepth drawing techniques. A great way to start before taking a Painting class!

Drawing and Painting from Life 11-13 years old – Working from still lifes and models (some of whom willl be special guests) the corrolation of drawing and painting will be fully explored while students and I sketch, draw, and paint with a final piece to be presented at the end of the eight week term.

What inspires an eight year old?

Summer classes at the Worcester Art Museum fly by so fast I often don’t have time to study what students have produced for their final projects. That is, until I prepare for the museum’s special end of summer youth art show. We especially had fun during a five day, “Express Yourself” class. This was a project in which I conducted a formal art lesson for one hour and a second hour was given to students to develop their own art piece in whatever medium they chose. The theme of the piece had to be a reflection of what inspires them to do art. Everyone produced different answers, from nature, shapes, to fairy tales, and food. I am incredibly pleased with the paintings, sculptures, and poems that were created and presented last Friday. The student art show opens September 21st.


Upcoming classes

Here are two classes I’ll be teaching for the first half of Session 2 in August at the Worcester Art Museum!

August 8-12

Drawing Your World (8-10 years old)
Explore landscape, cityscape and dreamscape in the galleries. Then draw your own beautiful world using inks, watercolors, oil pastels and other drawing materials.

Express Yourself! (8-10 years old)
Get inspired in the Museum and let loose your creativity. Experiment in sculpture, printmaking, paint and other materials to develop fun, colorful and experimental projects.