Kristin’s Valentine

acrylic painting
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Kristin’s Valentine to Life

 

I painted this portrait of my friend Kristin.  I am constantly inspired by her and feel so fortunate to be her friend.  Below is her description of her struggles but also, I hope, a testament to what she has overcome.

Was very ill and had several unsuccessful surgeries. Gradually lost ability to walk, developed cerebellum damage, and went into organ failure. After a final life-saving surgery in 2014, have been in recovery, relearning how to walk and function. Because was so ill, recovery included developing epilepsy. Very frequent seizures caused further damage in left temporal lobe, making it impossible to continue 12-year career in international development and so changed careers. Currently an LMT in WV.

Fillmore Art Show

art show, Uncategorized

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Recently I was contacted to participate in a group show at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring by RAW Natural Born Artists.  The show is on October 24th from 7 to 11pm.  I’m super excited to be in the show with 59 other artists.  There will be a lot to look at.  If you are interested in supporting me in the endeavor buy a ticket on my profile page.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Fillmore, it’s a music venue.  It’s very easily accessible by metro.  There are also many parking garages around it.

Well, I’m hoping to talk to some new people and old friends.  I hope to see you there!

Potential

acrylic painting

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For me, sometimes things are more beautiful in process than they are finished.  It’s about their potential.  When I’m working on something I don’t know how it is going to turn out in the end.  Sure, I have an idea and I might even be trying to emulate something I see.  But there are endless decisions in the process of making art, and painting and drawing allow a lot of spontaneity.

Snakes

acrylic painting

I recently was inspired by my continuing education in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) to paint snakes.  I know that probably sounds like a big jump in topics.  However, some of my classmates said that’s what they were seeing when they were receiving or giving BCST sessions.

The snakes below are Brazilian rainbow boas.

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30×40 inches.  Acrylic on canvas.

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16×20 inches.  Acrylic on canvas.

 

My Elephant

acrylic painting

IMG_0353Recently, when I got back from Santa Fe I felt the urge to get back into painting.  So I did about 7 fast paintings.  Most of them were not great but I was excited that the trip got me going again because I mostly work in my sketch books.  The first three paintings were still lives, then I did a couple portraits for my cousin’s engagement/wedding and I also did this depiction of a stuffed animal that I have.  I think out of everything this was the most fun to paint because it was the simplest.  I actually have repeatedly drawn or painted this elephant since college.

My painting spurt is over now, but I’m hoping that I will do more since I have some free time coming up.  Maybe I’ll do something else with my elephant or portraiture.

Color Studies

acrylic painting

I started working with watercolor studies about a month ago.  It’s a pretty simple concept of letting watercolors mix and using washes as well as concentrated blobs of color.  The challenge has been to take these studies and blow them up into acrylic paintings.  In some cases I got the flow of imagery and in others I didn’t.  Part of the fun is the transformation that switching mediums has on a concept though.  In any case, I hope to find a place to display the work and in the meantime am happy to share the work here online.

 

Same scenes, Different settings

acrylic painting, collage, screen printing

So as I said I’ve been working with some screen printing.  The top image is the same that I worked with for a series on paper.  The image is of connecticut in Dupont.  The other is of people I took a photo of in the metro.  It may or may not be done.  I’m hoping to have a show with these works at some point in the future.  I just need to find a venue…maybe in DC.

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