Saturday, April 27, 2013

"The Sentinels" and Judy Hokanson's Mural

 "The Sentinels"
30" x 30"
Acrylic on canvas

Outdoor Mural by Judy Hokanson
(with motorcycle parked in front)

My most recent painting, "The Sentinels", is resting while I continue to contemplate the addition of pencil linear detail.  I like the simplicity and serenity of it the way it is and might decide that it is finished.

Imagine looking for a parking space and coming upon this huge, mural-size painting on canvas.  So amazing!  Although it was not signed, I did a little research and found it had been painted by Portland artist, Judy Hokanson, who sadly, is no longer living.  Such a gift she left for us to behold.  And therein lies the beauty and awesomeness of art:

Art moves spirit through space and time.

So keep making art and beautiful things!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oh, That Golden Hour of Light!


Not much happening around here in the way of art this week. 
But spring cleaning is underway and order is being restored in my home and studio.

And these were the views from my house one evening; with trees silhouetted out front
and trees and sky all aglow out back.
Amazing beauty.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sentinels, Remnants and Roots

"Three Sentinels" (Detail)
30" x 30"


It's been a little quiet in this virtual space.  But I've been keeping up with what's been going on in others' studios by making my rounds of the blogosphere.   And I haven't been totally idle in my own studio.  The detail, above, is of the painting that's currently demanding my focus.  It's a spare, rather minimalist painting at this point; 30" x 30" on wrapped canvas.  I like it spare. It's front and center in my field of vision as I move through our house; with each passing, trying to decide whether to add some graphite line details or leave well enough alone.

My husband's family has deep roots on this Washington peninsula; akin to these old (but shallow) sprawling roots of the spruce tree that might have stood there more than a hundred years ago, before the bay claimed the land. 

Monoprint with vintage stamp
4" x 6" 

I did this monoprint over a year ago, long before I came upon the spruce roots.  Each time I have viewed the print since then, I have rotated it back and forth, vertically, to determine if I liked the image best when it evoked downward or upward growth.  I finally committed to the roots orientation a few weeks ago and added the collage elements.  And then I discovered the gorgeous remnants of the spruce.

Happy Weekend!