Friday, October 26, 2007

Inward - New Beginning

I started a new painting last night! This is a smallish one, 14" x 11". I seem to do really well with small paintings, so it may be a good idea for me to have a small one going at the same time I have large ones in progress.

Wednesday night I started work on reference for another painting, and Sunday a friend has agreed to come and model for me. Soaking up all this inspiration should help me renew my painting vigor! I plan to begin a new drawing and/or a new painting over the next couple days. Stay tuned.

In other less artsy news, running is going well. Last weekend I ran the KC Marathon 5K right through the Crossroads Arts District and set a new personal record for that distance. Next month I am running my first 10K, wish me luck.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I'm saying this is done, though I would not be surprised if I continue to tinker with it for a while. It seems to be that sort of painting.

Now it's time to look for new inspiration. I have a sketchbook with ideas that I have jotted down over the past couple of months; just have to find a way to make them happen.

Friday, October 19, 2007

A Couple More Days

Another couple days, and I should have this one finished. The lower half of the painting looks better in real life; I photographed it with a flash, and so there is a lot of glare towards the bottom especially.

So close!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Still Not Finished

But it's really close! Anyone have any really great ideas for a title? I have a couple in mind, but haven't settled yet.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Article About Danette Velez

Today an article that I authored was published in the Sun about Danette Velez. You can read it online here:

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Back to My Painting

Alright, let me get back to posting about art! Here's the current stage of this painting that I have been slowly chipping away at, like, forever. There's still so much of it that is nowhere near complete, and where the only layer of paint is the thin underpainting. It's coming along, though, and I feel it will be completed sooner than I think. I'm over a hurdle, both with this painting, and also hopefully with recent events. Will I now return to my usual workaholic self?

Also thought it would be interesting to post this; it's the painting, but completely desaturated. Looking at a painting in black and white can give you a lot of great information, and it's important that it all make sense visually when the color isn't there.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October 2nd - Where am I?

Yes, I am still here! I am still painting, slowly, in between all the other things I have been trying to juggle. I feel a little funny about posting news about Danette between all the nude images, so I am going to wait a while before I post more progress pictures.

Last month took a lot out of me emotionally, for sure. There are a couple projects going on for the Velez family, and I am writing a guest column for the Sun about Danette that will be published next week. I am also training for a 10K, so sleep has become slightly more important to me now, reducing the amount of time I get to spend doing other (more important!) things.

Please stay tuned. More paintings, drawings, and writings are to come, I anticipate at an increased pace!

I the meantime, here's a bit of randomness:

Take a look at that building... there's a house on top of it! I lived just a few blocks from here in Syracuse, NY (where the sky is always gray) as a young child, and there were stories about the mean old man who owned that house, so concerned with his profit that he lived right there on top of the building. I wonder what the real story was.

That brown building right next to the red one was a Key Bank when I was a little girl. I remember going there weekly with my mother, and thinking how magical it was, and how fortunate she was, to go somewhere that the people actually gave away money.