Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Eighth Year!

Eight years ago I became a blogger. For months I’d heard the word bandied about in various media. My curiosity got the best of me when I noticed a top-ten-blog-list on AOL. Before I knew it, I was clicking a button to create a blog.

My excitement led me to create more blogs. I had blogs for my old art and blogs for my new art. The blogs were prompted by the destruction of my art in a flood following Hurricane Katrina. The art wasn’t high enough off the floor in the house where I was storing it. Only some of my work was destroyed.

Then I bought my own digital camera. Up until then I borrowed my sister’s camera. Now armed with my own camera, I had more ideas for blogs. I busily documented local happenings as the New Orleans area recovered.

Little did I realize my camera was capable of shooting video. After some experimentation, I began making videos and posting them on blogs, too. My preference was to stay behind the camera instead of in front of it. Vlogging never appealed to me. A few years later I experimented with dot imagery.

During the last eight years my interest in blogging has waned a bit. Other life events have gotten in the way. My creative momentum has slowed which has made blogging a more cumbersome experience. Thinking up new material is hard enough, but I’ve had to find innovative ways to continue this effort.

Don’t worry. I have more dot artwork in progress. For whatever reason, I find myself stuck in the year 2007 with themes. It was an important creative year for me apparently. In the meantime I keep regular notes, which hopefully will inspire new imagery. Periodically I whittle down the list. Yes, I do have plans to cover other years too.

Monday, October 28, 2013


When I added the dots to my next three paintings, I simplified the concentric circle pattern. With the deadline falling on this Wednesday, I had to speed up production. For a week I limited my activities beyond just painting. My laptop was nearby allowing me to listen to playlists of vlogs. I needed to occupy my mind while I worked.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Phase II #3

The green colors proved to be the most difficult ones in this painting. But after a lot of mixing and remixing, I finally completed Phase II. OK, now, back to painting I go. I only have a week before all three paintings are due for submission. The show opens November 1st.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Phase II #2

Yes, there's a lot of red in this painting. Again, I was trying out some new colors. As usual I was working on my color mixing memory. Painting #2 took just as long as #1.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Phase II #1

The second phase always takes a little longer. Usually I try to make colors as opaque as possible. Invariably I have to remember which color are best for mixing. Recently I bought some colors I haven't used before. Well anyway, phase II is complete for this canvas.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

NOLA Potter, First Friday, October

On the first Friday of the month, NOLA Potter has a reception open to public. For the October reception several, among the 50 artists represented, had new works hanging.
I too brought new works. Below are some photos from that night.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Phase I #3

For my third painting, of this grouping, I chose to transition yellow to teal. Color mixing was difficult. I may have to pay the art supply store a visit to see what colors I do not have. Next I will add a second acrylic layer to these before adding dots.

acrylic on canvas, 20" x 20"