Saturday, February 6, 2010


I recently read a book about Melissa Zink and her artwork. I was really taken by some wall pieces of hers that were 3-D collages that came out/went back/came out/went back. I decided to do a canvas with the illusion of that out/back movement in space and to depict a rock formation we'd hiked along in Utah several years ago. (We'd climbed up a trail through rocks and scrub brush and were astonished to find a meadow growing on this high plateau with a high rock formation jutting up all along the far side.) I like how my rock formation has a feeling of depth and also the feeling of a building, giving it a bit of mystery. The meadow and the rocks almost look like a quilt, too (probably showing my love of Gee's Bend quilts and my friend Penny Gold's art quilts). I think I'd like to try some more of these abstracted landscapes, and I'd love to hear some feedback on them. If you have trouble signing in to post a comment, just choose "anonymous" and then type your name after your comment so I know who made the post. Thanks!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Assignment: Audubon

Since I love to watch birds and have done a number of bird-oriented collages, I decided to make some pieces to submit to an international juried art show in Chicago entitled "Beyond Audubon" which is seeking work that "applauds, challenges or transcends the bird illustrations of John James Audubon."

I'm submitting one piece from 2008 entitled "Super Bird Sees All" and two new pieces "Corvus Corax" and "Pine Warbler Notes." (The imagery wraps around the 12" x 12" x 1.5" canvases.) I'll find out in early March whether any of my submissions have been chosen by the juror....