Happy New Year

Krasner “Bird Talk” 1955 Happy New Year!  Looking forward to teaching Manipulated Papers this weekend.  It is a great way to start the Winter Quarter; it is always exciting.  There are so many variations resulting in many unique papers.  It is always wonderful to have...

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Thoughts On Color

Color is probably the most complicated element in art. We all have our preferences in color but that doesn’t always make for a good painting, collage or drawing. I tell my students I want them to be full spectrum painters. That means using the whole color wheel rather...

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The Abraded Series

The Abraded series started with pictures that the Met had put in the form of stamps. The stamps were to be placed in books matching the text with the stamp pictures. I was given some pretty dilapidated copies of these books about 15 years ago. I decided to use the...

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The Cirque Series

The Cirque Series developed out the Fan Series.  The many negative spaces, from the Silhouette Cameo cutter were a surprise, but of course I collected them all (now I have baggies full).  The swirls and dumbbell shapes started reminding me of the circus. I also had...

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The Fan Series

I have been drawn to the fan shape for many years. The Degas and Cassett fan paintings at the National Gallery two years ago, finally inspired me to begin. Collaging the fans gave me the opportunity for many variations. After deciding the size of the paper (18x24”...

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Color Theory class coming up!

Wow, what a weekend in the mountains; beautiful weather, family, friends, great puzzles and a little painting. Looking forward to Color Theory this week thinking about how I use color in paintings. There are so many different elements that make up the use of color,...

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Reading this morning

1984 Art in America/Summer the article on de Kooning’s Retrospective at the Whitney. These are the thoughts expressed in the article that make me want to start painting: “…the economy which permits line to count in so many ways at once - as external edge, internal...

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