Activities & Events, Art & Creativity, Uncategorized

Large Abstract – Into a Land Flowing With Milk and Honey

Recently, I enjoyed working on one of the largest paintings I’ve ever attempted, and it’s an abstract, nonetheless. As much as I like working more abstractly, it exercises a different set of muscles that I have yet to really develop. The process still feels a little foreign and uncertain to me, but maybe that’s what also makes it exciting.

When I started work on this piece, I had a very vague idea of what direction this would take. It began one way, then took various twists and turns along the journey of process. Here’s what things looked like towards the beginning (my little helper, as pictured, is fascinated by brushes!):


My son, Asa, was having some fun in the studio.


Whipped yogurt is one of my favorite snacks. Don’t forget the baby monitor.

There were several features I began with that ultimately were edited out, including the long stream of dark paint drips on the right (see first post image). I just kept building upon the texture and continued to add subtle color variations into the background. Metal stencils, honeycomb pattern, gold leafing…it all kind of converged for the final effects:


Applying gold leafing to a few honeycombs.




I couldn’t really capture a good photo of the whole painting that did it justice. But if you’re local to San Luis Obispo, you should come see it on display for Open Studios Art Tour, 2016. The tour is two weekends in October, 8-9 and 15-16 from 10am to 5pm. Come by studios #73 and #85. Joining me at my home studio will be the incredibly talented encaustic artist, Maura Fox. We hope to see you there!


Uncategorized, Works in Progress

Sewing Machine – Start to Finish

Yesterday I had a wonderfully focused day of painting. It was such a joy! I had been wanting to do a painting centered around a beautiful sewing machine I had taken a photo of in an alleyway of Lhasa (capitol of Tibet). The sewing machine was undoubtably someone’s livelihood, allowing them to sew garments for an income.  But the owner of it wasn’t around when I snapped the photo:


Sewing machine in an alleyway of Lhasa.

I also know that I wanted to place the sewing machine in a living room sort of setting with a ceiling lantern, so I did a Pinterest search of twinkle lights and lanterns:

Once I was feeling thoroughly inspired and ready to begin, I came up with this sketch and thought about color scheme:


Rough sketch and colors

I then primed the surface of my board, cut out the sewing machine photograph, painted in the background, and filled in the areas that I wanted to have texture (table & floor) with torn paper:


Beginning stages

Eventually (as seen at the beginning of this post) I arrived at the final product. This was a FUN one 🙂