Wednesday, March 31, 2010

new ink painting

this painting is titled "whiter shade of pale".
it is sumi ink on paper.
the left side is lightly stained with green tea.

i was not sure if it is finished for a few weeks, but i decided today that it is. i like the 'unfinished' quality, it leaves a little mystery.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

my painting professor passed away

Michael Brakke was my painting Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in the early 1990's. I took his Intro. to Painting class at a time in my life when I left my dysfunctional family to find a happier way to live. I left my family and their foolishness behind in Memphis, TN while I went on to become an artist, a woman and myself in Knoxville. I met people who transformed my future and made me the strong artist and leader I am today. Michael Brakke was one of the people who molded me, he was actually the first adult to guide me in an artistic and powerful way. Mr. Brakke and I had a lot in common, we both suffered immense family abuse and the pain that follows a dangerously dysfunctional family. We shared a kindred spirit through the power of our ability to express ourselves through our painting. I will miss him dearly and his mark on this earth will leave a bittersweet stain like a giant bruise on the brightest, biggest, juiciest, reddest apple. His knowledge and wit and sheer size (the man was vary, very tall) were impressive and his artwork followed suit. R.I.P., you will always be my art hero.

Michael Brakke received his M.F.A. from Yale University. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The High Museum, Atlanta; and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. His work has been the subject of reviews and articles by Jack Burnham, Judith Russi Kirshner, Peter Frank, and James H. Beck, in publications including Art Forum, The New Art Examiner, Arts Magazine, Art News, and Art in America. He has received several grants including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant. His current work uses materials ranging from cast polyester resin to computer modified or generated images output as Iris prints which have been included in group shows at the Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, and have been the subject of a solo exhibition at the Santa Fe College of Art.

(This image of his work is from the University of Tennessee Art Department faculty website)

"Intercessory. Law of the shadows."
Miscast polyester resin, Lego blocks and trees 15" x 15" x 20" -. 6" x 5" 1992-98

Thursday, March 18, 2010

follow my cake crumb trail

another "peek a boo" painting.
the legs and panties part is on 'see through' vellum paper which overlays the
text painting which is on heavy watercolor paper.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

fun with graphite

graphite drawing titled
"our reasons are the same"

adapted from the song "The Actor" by the Fantasy Moody Blues
(ok, I added Fantasy)

"Our reasons are the same
But there's no-one we can blame
For there's nowhere we need go
And the only truth we know
Comes so easily"

Sunday, March 7, 2010

little girl with duckling

for easter, a small painting in ink and gouache of a little girl holding a cute baby duckling

peek a boo

this painting has a "peek a boo" factor.
the little girl is painted with ink on vellum. underneath the vellum is a piece of watercolor paper that says "and now i know you don't care"
(you can actually see through the vellum piece to the text piece underneath)