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As a young child I had a 70s style Technicolor patchwork quilt. This was my “nap” quilt in preschool but unfortunately its vibrant colors and wild patterns were so distracting I would spend the whole of naptime looking at all the shapes and colors and trying to make some sort of sense of it all. By the time naptime was over each day, I was always good and tired and ready for rest. Fast forward many years and though I no longer have a crazy quilt keeping me awake, my mind still plays this Tetris sort of game mixing and matching colors and shapes before I fall asleep each night. I imagine it is my mind’s way of clearing itself for a good night’s rest. However, the play of colors and composition are so fascinating and beautiful that I’m drawn to recreate the fluidity and feeling of these images in my waking life. My paintings in oil use abstracted organic imagery and a dynamic palette of earthy color to capture this moment between waking life and sleep.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday night ramblings.

The daylight hours are getting shorter and the autumnal equinox is days away. I LOVE this time of year when the air gets crisp, visits to apple orchards and pumpkin patches are obligatory, and the leaves of trees in these parts magically change from green to red, gold, and orange before falling from their branches.

Out in the garden, butternut squash and pumpkins are curing on slowly shriveling vines and the tomatoes are coming in at a much more manageable pace than a few weeks ago. Mother nature is winding down making way for a long rest before the world reawakens next spring.

My nature series continues at the studio and the changing of seasons is once again influencing my work. This week I finished a new 18x18" oil on panel titled "September Morning". There's nothing like the sunrises this time of year! With school back in session, and early morning starts, I am getting plenty of opportunities to witness them! I love the contrast of oranges and blues and am really enjoying being able to explore these combinations in nature settings.

"September Sunrise" | 18x18" | oil on panel | 2015 | $500
Today I also framed a couple new little paintings on reclaimed wood in preparation for tomorrow's open studio hours (Saturday 9/19 from 11-2 pm).

"Under the Surface" | 6.5x9" | oil on reclaimed wood | $175

"View From the Bridge" | 6.5x8.5" | oil on reclaimed wood | $175
Coming up... First Thursdays in the Arts District (October 1st | 5-9 pm). I will also have open studio hours for a couple of Saturdays next month (10/10 and 10/24 | 12-4 pm) and Art Attack! November 6th - 8th! In the meantime, I've got a few new panels primed and ready for paint. New work coming soon!


Monday, August 10, 2015

Northrup King Nights - Saturday, August 15th | 5-10 pm

This FREE summer celebration gives art lovers the chance to attend a rare Saturday night open studio tour at the Northrup King Building. It's a perfect date night or family night outing with lots of special events to entertain the kiddos too!

Join the Soupie family and the family of artists at the Northrup King Building for eye-popping art and art activities for people of all ages including:
Drive-In Movies- make your own art car, grab some fresh popped popcorn and enjoy one or more short videos at our “Drive-In Movie Theater”.
Play Bags – an artistic version of this fun yard game.
Kids ages 6-12 can take a painting class with Michael Bellotti. The cost is $10 and the class is restricted to 20 or fewer students. This is a one hour class and one adult must be present with the children they bring to the class.
Make your own s’mores in one of sculptor, Jeff Lohaus’, hand-built fire pits.
Build your own ice cream sundae at the Kolman & Pryor gallery.
Take a “Soupie Selfie” with one or more members of the Soupie Family.
Book making with artist Laurie Salmela in studio 425 from 5:00 – 8:30.
Live portrait paintings by Sarah Riley in Tres Leches Gallery (#173)
Gather up your family and friends and join our family of artists and Soupies for The Ultimate Family Reunion!

I will have new work on display including this newly finished  30x30"panel, "Lakeshore".

"Lakeshore" | 30x30" | oil on panel | $1400
 We hope to see you there!

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