. . . exploration, experimentation and creating art daily. Whatever. Danny Gregory’s book Everyday Matters crossed the desk and I started keeping a sketchbook and then got back to painting. This blog serves as a record for me of my progress.
My passion is painting from direct observation in both oil and gouache, indoors and out, sometimes in the rain, never in the ice. (Note: I’ve now painted in ice and snow, but I’m not making a habit out of it!) I like the vitality and physicality of plein air painting. It hints of extreme sport with police encounters, slippery slopes and lightning storms.
Summer of 2007, after time in the similar but oh so different world of illustration followed by a detour in the world of child rearing, I returned to oil painting. The abstract expressionism of my education seemed so last century. I leapt even further back with a wooden French easel and headed out into the fresh air. I’m intrigued by contradictions, carrying a 19th century art kit into the 21st century wondering what makes a piece of the moment.
I squeeze these activities into a life already full as Keeper of Hearth and Home, and full time employee (the day job) in addition to my role as Mistress of the Latin Flash Cards (now retired) and Bedtime Enforcer. My past jobs have included site planner on an archaeological dig in Norwich England, a gopher for a modern dance company, graphic designer and illustrator.
This blog’s header art is a segment of an acrylic painting (48X30), one of a series of three. I created these in November 2006 for Dewey Library, MIT. The self-portrait was created in Adobe Illustrator.