Sunday, April 27, 2014

in the studio

Lots and lots of cleaning happened in the studio this week. I can see the floor and sit on any part of the couch. It's pretty amazing.

Also this week: delivered work for a show which opened Friday and half installed a group show for a charity event next Friday. And painted this, and did a bunch of small sketches.

and then in a dream, acrylic, 11" x 14"

This week: I have to finish installing the PINK! Show for Studio 659 and install some large work at Hammond Library. PINK! opens Friday - I have 2 drawings in this show - but I will miss the opening, because I also have work at Beverly Shores Depot Gallery, which opens the same night. Both will be great events! If you are local to NWI, please stop by one or the other!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

This week's Throwback Thursday is from this date last year. This was a view from one of my drives with my son. We were right at the point where farm fields are starting to be turned over, or not. I was thinking about this piece (unturned) and what I always felt was the companion piece, fallow, last week as I was driving through western New York. It is hilly there and you can see field after field after field. They are all different colors, depending if they've been plowed or planted. So you're getting a two-fer for this week. These were both based on  the same stretch of road, one field after the next.

unturned, acrylic, 5" x 7"

fallow, acrylic, 5" x 7"

These paintings are currently at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond, and are part of the 10% for autism challenge. 10% of all sales this month are being donated to the National Autism Association. We are in the last week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

in the studio

This was a pretty quiet week in the studio. I finished up, with minor changes, the two wips I had from last week. Stretched a new canvas, did some quick sketches, and wired a bunch of canvases - tomorrow is delivery day!

new growth has a new title: burgeoning. It feels much better. I need signed pics of these but we're out of daylight and my camera battery's dead. I have signed these on the back, but I have fingerprinted them on the lower right front. These shots are un-fingerprinted.

burgeoning, acrylic, 16" x 16"

a new start, acrylic, 16" x 16"
I had some questions about scale this week. So while I had a bunch of work in my living room, where there was more room for wiring, I took some pics of the work on my mantel. This was my favorite: waiting for a change and uncharted territory. There is a 18" ruler between them.

Next week's in the studio post will be delayed because of the holiday weekend. Enjoy if you are celebrating.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I didn't really have a plan for today's Throwback Thursday post, but then I saw my little chionodoxa coming up. This pic is almost one year to the date, although we are not nearly as far into spring this year as last.

chionodoxa, mossy fence, acrylic on paper, 6" x 4"
This #art365 piece always reminds me of the ocean. Even though I know it isn't.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

in the studio

This week I agonized over an artist statement. And a series title. This was the hardest one ever. But I think it's because I wasn't ready to write it all down yet. You know, the thing with painting is:

painting means you don't have to talk. 

You can just paint it. 

There's been  a shift in my work over the last month that needs to be recognized, and I'm just not quite ready to try to put that into words. But I was asked for an artist statement and so I had to. Thanks to Paul and Shad for reading and rereading and editing and writing and rewriting and rereading, and asking really important questions like: What does that mean? and Who does your hair? I won't bore you with the new artist statement, because I will likely rewrite it when I get a little farther into this new work. But the series in now #art365: heartland

And I painted. These two are finished.

uncharted territory, acrylic, 15" x 30" 

waterways and means to an end, acrylic, 16" x 16"

And these two are still works in progress.

a new start, wip, acrylic, 16" x 16"

as yet untitled wip, acrylic, 16" x 16"

Painting will continue this week and then some sorting at the end of the week. Delivery next week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Sometimes the wrong thing IS the right thing to be doing.

I picked out this piece for for today's throwback yesterday morning. A couple of hours later, my friend posted that today was going to be Throat Punch Thursday. It is entirely coincidental. And by no means is this post an endorsement of any alleged throat punching.

sometimes, 2011, walnut ink drawing, image size~11" x 11"

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

10% for autism

10% for autism is back! 

Today is World Autism Awareness Day, or at my house, we also it Wednesday. 

April is Autism Action month, and I will be donating 10% of all art sales to the Northwest Indiana chapter of the National Autism Association. They will use the money to offer support, information, and grants (yes, actual money!) to families who have a loved with with autism. It's a great organization and I supported them with last year's 10% for autism. The donation will happen on all sales, whether you buy artwork from me directly (please, help me get it out of my house!) or if you buy it from any of the galleries and spaces where it is out in public (support the businesses that are supporting me!) There are lots!

snow day, and two other little gouaches are at Sip in Crown Point. I know we're all sick of snow and winter and ready for spring, but the show is called DRIFT and it's appropriate for that.

snow day, gouache, 4" x 4"

haze, and eight other #art365 landscapes ( and 2 america series paintings) are at Paul Henry's Art Gallery in Hammond. 

haze, acrylic, 4" x 6"

CornerStone Gallery in Whiting has 3 gouaches on handmade paper, including creekside.

creekside, gouache on handmade paper, ~4" x 4"

what gets left behind is at the Beverly Shores Depot Gallery. They aren't officially open until next month, but this piece is already there. I think if you asked really nicely they would sell it to you before the show opened.

what gets left behind, acrylic, 30" x 40"

Back in Hammond, Merge has two large paintings: consideration and before.

before, acrylic and ink, 40" x 60"

And I'll leave you with one from my overflowing studio, which seems appropriate for Autism Action: okay.

okay, ink, 7" x 7"

I told you there was lots. You can check my website, but my studio assistant hasn't updated that in the last month, and a lot of #printoctober monotypes didn't get posted either. More can be found on google+. twitter, and facebook. Also check the Throwback Thursday posts.

So if you were ever thinking to yourself: hey, self? I would really like one of Dawn's drawings or paintings or prints or something, because, you know, she's pretty awesome, then this would be a good month to actually do that. You can get some great art and work up some good karma, too. And really, you can never have too much of either.