In keeping with the holidays, here's a painting I got as a bonus--one that painted itself. Don't you love it when that happens? I am increasingly using the process to guide me rather than having a photographic reference, using random marks to find the image which I coax out of what's there. In this case, I tried to paint a nonobjective abstract, but this young woman intervened. Thanks for looking and may you have a wonderful Christmas!
I recently submitted this painting to the online contest sponsored by University of Georgia. Their "Kress Project" (Google it for information) is a collection of Renaissance religious paintings and altar pieces which they asked artists to respond to in any medium. I was inspired by the three Madonna pieces and chose a revisionist view of wise women bearing gifts. I hope you like it!
I am offering custom playdates in my studio for groups of three or four in the Charlotte, Rock Hill, Fort Mill and Clover areas. A typical play date will involve learning mixed-media techniques such as: art stamping; journal making; collage techniques; shrine-making; heat gun techniques; paper decorating; paper making; using wooden blocks for substrates, and more. You will make several "takeaways," small projects that bring home the technique learned.
Your playdate will include all materials and a light lunch. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Thanks for the fantastic "playday" at your studio! My friend Erika and I looked forward to our "escape" all week and it was more than we could have ever wished for! I left all my stress and worry behind and just threw myself into the creative process. You made the workshop so easy and there was no pressure to make something perfect; it was just plain fun and magic! I felt like I had a vacation even though I just stepped out of Charlotte and into Clover. Being in your studio space inspired me to organize my work space at home, too. Being surrrounded by all your treasures and having such infinite possiblilities for creativity set something free in me. Thanks for the opportunity and for sharing all your smart and creative uses for everyday treasures. Who knew you could make such beautiful things from a National Geographic, crayons and a hot plate! Priceless!
Lell Trogdon PS: Lunch was also great...imagine... 5 star food and service in Clover:-)
Woman With Cat and Orange
Acrylic on canvas, 28" X 36" SOLD
Shelf Poppers Are Hopping
For a unique gift, consider a Shelf Popper.* Simply email pictures and I will design the Shelf Popper* around the pictures. My Shelf Poppers are made of hand-cut pine blocks; I also can add other ephemera to make this a one-of-a-kind present. The one shown here was a Christmas present to someone last year. Get your order in by emailing me. I can accept jpg, tiff, and PhotoShop files.
On August 21, The Art Council of York County presented the 19th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Dalton Art Center in Rock Hill, SC. Over 200 hundred people showed up to review the final 22 art exhibits.
T. S. Eliot
One of my favourite poets.
Jon's Hat 1.1
This is one of a series of original artworks called "Small Shoulders." These are available for framing or as custom-made greeting cards. If you would like to see some more or are interested in purchasing one or more, please give me a call or email me.
SOLD - 22" X 30" acrylic on canvas
SOLD - 22" X 30" acrylic on canvas
Like the name, these one-of-a-kind art pieces make any shelf or surface "pop." Each one is custom-made; send me via email a picture of a loved one, or something that catches your fancy, and I will incorporate the image into the Shelf Popper design. "Shelf Popper" is copyrighted. THIS ONE HAS SOLD.