Thursday, October 29, 2009

dot art Turns Four!

It’s now been four years since I created this blog about
my dot artwork. My journey began in AOL’s blogging area.
I was exploring a top ten list when I was suddenly confronted by Blogger’s friendly question asking me if I wanted to create
a blog. I was startled at first and clicked away from that page.
A little while later I went back to the page, and set up
several blogs.

Having returned from my Katrina evacuation to Memphis, I was relieved that my adult art had survived the post Katrina flood. Unfortunately I had stored my kid art on the first floor of an aunt’s home – that flooded after the storm. Some of the art, placed high enough off the floor, survived. The rest of my art, which sat in water, had to be pitched.

Over the last four years I’ve posted images of dot artwork as I created new ones. I’ve explained their inspiration and talked about my process. Many of you have given me your interpretations of what you see. Thank you to my readers who continue to visit this blog. Thank you to those readers who comment regularly. I really appreciate your feedback.

Today I am working on some 20” x 20” ‘s for a show that will be hung next week. Don’t worry. There’s plenty more to come. Some of my “e” series paintings are in the dot stage now. I’ll be posting them very soon.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


In the spring of 2007, Le Petit Art Guild held a luncheon at Don’s Seafood on Veterans Boulevard. After the meal, artist Myrle Van created a happy accident watercolor painting. Her wet ‘n’ wet colors inspired my palette for this dot painting.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Beginning with background colors yellow, blue and magenta, I added dots of green and darker dots of my background colors. I varied the green in some areas of the piece. The combination of colors adds a vibration to my image.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


On Easter Sunday of 2007 I saw a display of Easter eggs and stuffed rabbits. Inside one large egg was a waterfall scene with little houses, pine trees and flowers. The display is where this idea began.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

After creating a background from the palette of colors used in the display, I made an egg shape out of dots. I kept the egg shape light and the background dark.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Continuing on my reaction tangent, I was again moved to make a painting that was provoked by the work of another artist, Yvette Creel. She showed us how she paints her watercolor paintings during a presentation. SO, then the question became what image I doand how to turn it into dots?

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

One image I settled on was a severe cropping of a spiral shell design. I took the lines and colors and made a simplified dot pattern. Also, I kept the design off center.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


A few springs ago, I attended a collage presentation by artist Emmy Murawski at a meeting of Le Petit Art Guild. Her daughter’s interest in scrapping encouraged Emmy to experiment with collage. Her collage work involved the mixing of objects with collage and painting media. It was her presentation that was the inspiration for this painting.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

To begin my painting, I chose colors from her palette. I then used dots to imply torn pieces of paper arranged like a frame. When I finished I felt that I had taken a step away from a mandala pattern. This series is a reaction to the Alpha Series.

Friday, October 09, 2009


Since I was young I’ve always enjoyed puzzles. One day at Barnes and Noble I found some puzzle books that intrigued me. That’s where this painting began. One book I purchased had pages filled with pastel colored puzzles. The colors used were my inspiration for this dot painting.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

But then I needed design logic for my dots. Thus, I took colors I used on background triangles and repeated them in the form of dots on the opposite side of the painting. There’s an energy about this one.

Monday, October 05, 2009


Two years ago I attended a Luau Party hosted by ARTinA (Art in Algiers). Attendees arrived in floral print shirts. After the party I decided I wanted to remember this event. Tropical themed napkins were used. The colors used on the napkin inspired me to make this painting

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Purple and pink were the main background colors. Next, I painted dots over the background. Like the last dot painting, I was trying to get away from the a mandala design. Unfortunately, I haven’t sucedeed - at least not yet

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Going back to mid 2007, I ran into a color combination of blue, green and white. In two instances the colors were used on web pages: one on a blog and another on a social profile page. When I received an issue of House & Garden (no longer in print), there were pages filled with furniture covered in fabrics also using those colors. Thus the color combination became an item on
my list.

acrylic on canvas, 5" x 5"

Having just finished the Alpha Series, I figured this was a good place to begin with a limited palette. The next question was how to arrange the dots. I already had a blue background with a green diamond shape. So, I went back to the fabric designs I mentioned. Then it hit me that I should try something floral.

That was my intention, but the painting came out more like a wheel. Well, anyway, I used the colors. Above is the result.

"e" Series: Reaction

In preparing my 5” x 5” canvases for this group of dot paintings, I decided to change my background design.
In the past, many of my pieces, that size, had a spoked wheel or pinwheel look to them. I still wanted to use triangles in the background. Thus, I arranged the triangles into a diamond shape.

In addition to the diamond, I also altered my application of dots. The last series of 6” x 6” paintings I just completed, provoked a strong reaction. I had enough of making mandalas - not that I will never work that way again. Boxing myself in like that, for a whole series, just agitated me more than usual. Therefore this group is going to be very experimental and eclectic.

The 6” x 6” ‘s, themselves, were also a diversion from what I had been doing. So when I went back to my 5” x 5” idea list, I started editing the items down based on what I thought I could do visually. If I didn’t have a sketch in my head by now, the idea wasn’t worth pursuing. Basically, I modified my
game plan.