April 15, 2017 – Making great progress on my revision of my website

I have been working for weeks on getting my website in shape.  I am almost done so that I can start making art again.  Everything seems to be working.  All I see now to do is make sure my description on my images are up to date and correct.  Then I want to let people know about my revised website.  

Not sure this will mean any and more sales.  I want to next work on an email list blog. I got no replies or comments about my two pieces on the G25n online gallery competition.  I was hoping someone would make comments or say something.  Sometimes, especially since I am not the sale type at all, I am shy and fearful I guess, this seems so hard to me. But I should know this. If I were younger I might do the gallery route, since that take a long time to develop if you aren’t a star. I don’t know the answer.  It would be nice to hear comments, honest comments about the work I am doing.  I hear good things from friends, but what I want are comments outside the circle of people I know.

Anyway, Move On Forward!

March 29, 2017: My new gallery: Encaustic and Digital Media Art Works Gallery

I have started to work again with Encaustics, but differently than when I was younger.  I am incorporating into my work or using as my focus, digital art or digital photos that are personal, biographical references besides working with pure abstract images.  I have been working small on balsam wood plywood as my substrate.  These are original artworks that stand alone and are for sale individually.

March 29, 2017 – Online Virtual Gallery Competition

I have two artworks in an online gallery competition (Seeing Blue). The name of the gallery is Gallery25N.              

“Gallery25N has evolved to G25N a virtual online gallery exhibit space. The virtual version of Gallery 25N reaches a global audience and expands the original gallery’s mission of exhibiting emerging and established national and international artists.”  

This is my first competition since I changed directions in my 40’s.   The two works are actually works I had done in my 30’s.

 

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Update: May 4, 2016

I am still alive and kicking!!!   Thought I would update everyone on my artistic journey since I last wrote.

First of all,  I got my printer back into commission.  I bought it a few years ago, paid a  lot of money but it is fantastic when it works.  It is an Epson Stylus Pro R2400.  They no longer make them.  I hadn’t used it for a long time and that was the reason I had to pay $500 plus to get a new printhead, etc.  Found a fantastic repair person in Sacramento who was a licensed Epson printer repair person. He did a great job and I am printing again.  It prints 13″ x 19″ sheets or 13″ wide rolls.

I wasn’t happy with the paper I was printing on so I paid to get samples from both Moab and Red River Printing.  I am in the process of trying out different papers on various digital and giclee prints.  I am excited by all the new possibilities.

One of them is starting to print out small 8.5 x11 or 13 x 19 prints and selling them as limited editions for very inexpensive prices.  I am still dallying around with prices but will announce soon the deal.  So all my work won’t have to go through Fine Art America.  I will be printing using pigment inks and archival, acid free papers.

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This is a digital altered cell phone photo that I took in New Mexico on one of our trips. I love the southwest and I love old ruin type buildings. I like working with photographs as a base for my art, then letting my creative juices alter the photograph. I have struggled with this in the sense that is this true art, really creative, especially since my early work was much more abstract and expressionistic. And I am using digital tools rather than traditional media. I have to tell myself this is where I am at right now and I am having fun.

The other 2 things I am interested in is taking these digital images and either incorporating them into encaustic work or printing them on different types of substrates such as plexiglass, wood, metal, and clay. This really excites me and is a direction that I want to go in right now during my life.

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This piece was from one of my earlier works on paper, digitally altered and enhanced. I used Studio Artist and Painter on this one. I rather like it.

Entering first time in Chico

November 14, 2015

I entered two pieces of art into a local (Chico) “swap” exhibition.  First time since I moved to Chico that I have actually entered physical work.

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This one is called “Standing Tall”, Oil on Paper, 24″ x 30″
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This painting was painted outdoors while we were camping east of San Diego. Called “In the Forest”, Acrylic on Paper, 24″ x 30″

Playing With Studio Artist – I like it

This piece I entered into the Maine Biennial and was accepted. At that time I was really interested in the Neo-Expressionists and Bernard Langlais of Maine.

This piece I entered into the Maine Biennial and was accepted. At that time I was really interested in the Neo-Expressionists and Bernard Langlais of Maine.

Totally digital creation using Studio Artist. Playing with Line and Shape.

 

I have this software package Studio Artist.  I really like it.  Yesterday I thought I would create a new image using one of my old paintings.  This was purely experimental, trying new techniques, etc.  But what is going on in my mind right now is trying to feel legitimate as an artist using digital tools.  I would like to print out on good paper and mount on a board applying encaustic.  Somehow I feel that unless I use traditional materials it isn’t legitimate art.  Yet what I find is that I can work quicker, make more changes, experiment more, use different sources of imagery at the same time in a computer environment.  Anyway, below are the before and after using Studio Artist.

New Digital Image

This work is part of my digital works that I have recently created.  It is abstract, colorful but is about how I feel about my life at this time in my life.   Semi-retired, facing my own mortality, I feel I am swimming in and am in the midst of different paths, streams, directions in my life with only a limited amount of time left.

 

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Swirling in Muck, My life at 69

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