I just returned from my annual vacation in Denver, Colorado. The main reason I go is to visit both of my daughters. But there are plenty of great art museums to visit while I'm there, too. This time I toured the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, which has been closed on my two previous … Continue reading Colorado art redux, 2018 6.28.2018
My vow to paint more this year is holding true. Earlier this year, I wrote about wanting to paint more in this post. I seem to be able to sit down with my paints once a week, and I don't think that's quite enough. But once a week is a start! Here's where I'm at … Continue reading painting update 3.1.2018
Last year, I hardly picked up a paintbrush. I'm not sure why. Perhaps I had ceramics taking over my brain;) This year I vow to put the paintbrush into action again! Ceramics will have to make a little room for painting, because I want to practice both. It's often a bit daunting for me to … Continue reading painting again 1.18.2018
In my post from last week, I wrote that I'm attracted to off-kilter ceramics, and abstract or non-representational art in general. Some might call it wabi-sabi (imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete) or other descriptors might be unrefined, confusing or childlike. Maybe I'm using all these labels to better describe how some might view abstract art. Or … Continue reading abstraction 2.9.2017
This is a vase... or a wooden spoon holder... or a paintbrush keeper... that I made at the Adamah workshop a couple months ago.It measures, in inches, 6.5 high by 8 wide by 3 deep. It's hand built from a slab of clay, and I left the seam of clay, near the left side of … Continue reading painter of clay 7.21.2016
For the past several weeks, I've been working on a collaborative piece with my son, Peter Imsland Evans. Working with someone else on an artwork has been a long-held wish for me, so I was delighted that my son agreed to this project! It's drawn on medium-weight drawing paper, and media includes pencil, colored pencil, … Continue reading art collab 4.5.2016
Here's my latest painting. It's acrylic, with a bit of black marker, on canvas, and measures 10 x 10 inches. I like the grid pattern, and will use that again in future paintings.
Here's a picture of my current painting-in-progress. I often begin my paintings based on an image, and this is from a black and white photograph of rocks. Once I get into the zen of painting - the now - the flow - it usually becomes more abstracted from the original image. That's the fun part.
I started this painting years ago, and mentioned it on this blog about one year ago, and I think I've finally finished it. I find calling a painting "finished" a difficult thing. There's always something I could touch up. Or fix. Or adjust. But at some point, I need to stop fiddling with the piece, … Continue reading baked 1.18.2016
I stepped off the potter's wheel last week and tried the slab method of ceramics. I moved from a wheel thrown form to a hand built form. With a short, clear, thorough lesson from fellow potter Mary, I learned how to use the slab roller.Thanks Mary! After rolling a couple mid-sized slabs, I laid them … Continue reading hand built vase 11.11.2015