I have been busy in the studio but nothing is quite at the finished stage yet. There are times when I work on a single piece but more often than not I work on multiple pieces, moving from one to another between the different layers.
I am unable paint from a white background (it's like a mental block) so I give everything two layers of black paint before I can begin.
Below is a seascape I'm currently working on and some of the stages it has gone through already.
I'm also working on a couple of frames and journals. Hopefully I'll have some finished pieces to share with you soon.
Those of you who have been following my blog for a while will know of my love for chimpanzees and gorilla's.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I visited Cincinnati Zoo and got to see Gladys (the baby gorilla) with her surrogate mother M'Linzi for the first time.
Just look at that face, isn't it precious. Their eyes just kill me, always so soulful.
She was originally born in Texas but her birth mother showed no maternal instincts so she was relocated to Cincinnati. Staff at the zoo spent months working around the clock, teaching her some of the basics before introductions with the surrogate mother could take place.
It would seem that all that effort and hard work paid off because Gladys looks to be doing just fine.
I recently met Jennifer Sparks-Fry at Pique Galleria after another gallery owner recommended a visit to the area. Below you will find a description of the gallery space so much more eloquently put than "it had a great feel about it".
"Pique Galleria is a nexus between experimental space, art objects, purveyors and consumers.
The gallery space has been defined by archetypal patterns derived from pre-Christian symbologies. Through these archetypal patterns a framework was developed for accommodating a wide variety of mediums and stylistic typologies.
Pique Galleria is itself an installation through its display fixtures and branded elements, as well as the layout and provision of the interior space.
Most gallery spaces are positioned to exhibit and promote art objects..
Pique galleria sets itself apart as an experiential, branded space whose mission is to provide a platform for performative, static and installation of art objects and events - to be seen, felt, heard, witnessed and enjoyed."
I am happy to announce that I now have some of my artwork on display here and look forward to seeing where this new relationship heads. If you're in the Cincinnati, OH area be sure to stop by Pique Galleria, where you'll find incredible art by a wide range of local artists.
Below are those that she chose as jumping off points.
I can't wait to read where these images take people. Won't you join me over at Imaginary Garden With Real Toads to read their poem entries or why not submit a poem of your own using one of these images as inspiration.