Completion of another Annotation series work… Veil

For two weeks, I have worked on this painting. It is oil so I have to wait (sometimes I am glad to wait, other times not), between the layers. It seems I am working with a lot of neutral colors lately. This kind of thing comes and goes in my work. It seems I have to make marks with any kind of color or implement, then cover them up. Then do this over and over until I embed the marks and colors into the surface. “It”.. the mark or color,  needs to become a part of the surface. Not on top as an after thought but a part of the whole.

Like most artists, then I doubt myself and think..what was I thinking?    And the next day I think I really do know what I am doing….HA, as if I will ever know what I am doing every step of the way. Whatever happens, I hope when the time comes, I will know when to stop.

In this painting, I can only hope that I have not veiled it so much that it becomes homogenized into a work that has no real impact.

I consider it a part of the Annotations Series I started last year.. with the sub-title of Veil.

Annotation, Veil

Annotation, Veil  40 x 40 inches, oil on canvas


Out with the Old…In with the New, or something like that!

After being missing in action in the studio through the holidays, I got myself back in the studio the past few days. Ahhh, it is a wonderful feeling to be there. I have been starting a couple of new oil paintings that will finish up in the new year 2014. OMG, 2014. I just know a lot of good things will come with this new year.

I know you get tired of hearing about all the layering, editing, mark-making, and then covering up and scraping back. But what can I say… that is what I do as I try to find my bliss. I didn’t say it was easy but it is such an unexplainable feeling when something finally comes together and you know this is what it is all about.

HOWEVER, I am not there yet with these two 30 x 30 oil paintings. Oil is a lot slower process for me……harder to get the paint down, messier, longer drying between all the layers….but such a wonderful, velvety richness when you do get through it all.

Here is what I have after a couple of days of layering, editing ,etc…. I will pick back up on these in the New Year. Thank you for tuning in while I talk to myself about my work and what is going on in my life that affects my work.

Happy New Year…..2014 is going to be wonderful.

two oils in progress


detail 2

detail 2


detail 1

detail 1