For the past five years, I’ve made an annual pilgrimage to the Oregon College of Art and Craft to study and work with Patricia Wheeler. The class is called Painting From the Intuitive and it is five days of painting, plastering, sanding, painting, scratching, scritching, staining, and waxing on wood panels. Since first learning this process, I’ve gone on to add layers of oil and cold wax to the plastered and painted boards, but for the first week of June, it was all about the plaster and acrylic stains. Here’s my week in photos, ending with a stack of boards ready for me to begin the arduous task of adding layers and layers of oil and cold wax. Let the games begin.
PS An added bonus is getting to spend time with my friends Stephanie Brockway and Jason Berlin. I met Stephanie is Pat’s class five years ago and our friendship took root. I met Jason last year in Pat’s class and we’ve been friends ever since. Pat’s class seems to be a good place to make friends.
I’ve been working on a new series, Carnival of Landscapes. This new series of paintings have been done in oil and cold wax on wood panels (some have an underlayer of plaster) and reflect a vibrant, rich color palette. Seven have been finished and will be making their way to Lunaria Gallery in Silverton in time for First Friday, June 7th.
I recently finished up a batch of my Funky Junkyard Birds, birds made from recycled, upcycled, and found objects. I haven’t made these birds for over a year, maybe longer, so it felt good to get back in the groove. Once I made the new flock, it got me clamoring to make more, so I spent a couple of days cutting out bird body parts and I can’t wait to dig in because I’ve got some great ideas to embellish and make the next batch a bit more flamboyant.
I thought it might be fun to see some of the materials in my basement studio (where my metal, wood, and plaster work is done). From raw materials to finished art.
A sampling of my most recent Funky Junkyard Birds.
I’ve been blogging since October, 2007. Since that time I’ve written 905 posts and shared thousands of photographs. I plan to continue blogging, but I’ve migrated to a new platform and with that change, it means starting fresh with a new blog. My old site has been archived and is still available for reading. I’ve added a link on my sidebar to make it easy to hop over there. From now on, I’ll document my art adventures right here. I’ll continue to post about the classes I take and teach, the art I make, the shows I’m in, and the goodies I gather when I’m out junking.