Monday, June 29, 2009


(unfinished) 48 x 48 mixed media on wood box, acrylic, blueprints, pencil, and metal


The drive down Rt 66 east-bound in Arcadia is one of the most charming and peaceful drives ever. It's beautiful any time of year, and it's exceptionally conducive to creative thinking. My husband and I love to take this drive on Sundays in fact, we wed at a vineyard just off of Rt. 66. There's also a tiny "abandoned" building that sits on the north side. All that's really left of this tiny structure, is it's mortar and stone, and the moss that grows along the sides of it. I'm intrigued by the colors and lines in the stone.
Here are some of the images that inspired this piece:

Friday, June 26, 2009

love for the line

I've Been Trying To Reach You: diptych, mixed media on 48 x 48 wood boxes
[photo, blueprints, acrylic wash, pencil, balsa wood]

I'm fascinated by lines. I use linework in most every piece. Lines have unlimited uses, they can be instructional, directional, they can have an endpoint, they can be eternal, they are either real, or representational. Lines have the instant ability to guide the eye, and for an artist, it's a handy tool I often use to guide the viewer. In contrast, lines don't have to lead to anything- sometimes in my work, they are everywhere, like my busy little head.
I love the line.

the roof interior of the red round barn in Arcadia, Ok. on Rt.66:

I think my interest in the line goes back to childhood. I grew up around blueprints and construction. The men in my life, had trades that involved architecture and blueprints, drafting and mathematics. I didn't discover this fascination until my early 20's. But now I'm obsessed with it.

Sol LeWitt was a little "intense" with his relationship with lines. These are some inspiring wall drawings. LeWitt would actually write instructions for his massive drawings, so that any draftsman could reproduce them. It's incredibly mathematical, and architectural, some pieces are for individual spaces, linking points and lines to architectural detail and elements within a room, or wall, or specific space. very cool:

Thursday, June 25, 2009

considering conceptual art

I often describe my monotypes as "conceptual". People ask me all the time, what does that mean... it always kind of surprises me. But I realize that conceptual is a vague term, fitting for it's definition. states these synonyms for the term "conceptual": imaginary, notional, theoretic,theoretical, visionary

Here's my take, I'll start with the process: I write all the time in my sketchbook/journal, thoughts, nonsense, word excersises, my sketchbook is like a log book of things in my head. And from there I find the place my mind is drifting, the images and colors, phrases, and textures that take me to a place I've once been in the back of my mind: could be a feeling, a memory or a dream. How does one portray these feelings, things intangible, and tangled up thoughts... in this process they begin to take a form. That's it, that's my inspiration. I play with textures and layers in the prints, love mixed media. I like to attach personal photographs, torn sketches from my sketchbook, stuff like that. Things that invite the viewer to that place also. Ultimately, the idea and meaning of the piece is then more important than the actual image with-in the piece. Here are some of my monotype prints.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

G E S T U R E: studio & gallery

I'm super stoked to announce the opening of G E S T U R E S T U D I O !!! July 11th 9pm-12 we'll have our Grand Opening celebration and Open House for our working studio and gallery! My friend and peer, Jessica Craddock invited me to participate in this venture with her, and we're excited little artists, getting the space ready and designing all the time. I'm totally happy to be in this with Jess, and stoked about our new-found friendship and partnership! It's going to be killer times and we invite all to join us!

19 E California in Brick Town, Oklahoma City: