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Saturday, February 18, 2012

A Thing as Lovely as a Tree and the Moon

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. -Pablo Picasso 
born Pablo Ruiz Picasso - Malaga, Spain - 25th of October, 1881 / Died - April 8, 1973   

As promised, I am making note of my ongoing process for the 20 + new paintings that are about trees and now trees with the moon behind them, above them, or reflected in water below. This is the influence of the last Full Snow Moon which rose on my daughter's birthday and has been visiting my artist's mind ever since.  Yesterday it was a grey and rainy day here in Central TX: great to see and feel after the extreme drought of the previous summer.  Perfect weather for studio work!  As I was working on applying gesso to 6, 24 x 24 x 1.25 canvases, I opened a new jar of gesso and pulled off the liner. I accidentally dropped it and when I picked it up I saw a perfect moon like impression left by the monoprint of gesso stuck to the liner.  You see the results of this happy accident!  Next step is to sand the moon image back to a "ghost" with my favorite new tool. I love to see the work as it starts to take on a life of it's own.  Monoprinting the moon image into the work had never occurred to me until the muse stopped by studio yesterday.  This is why artists must stay in process. 

My favorite new tool!

Ampersand Hard Board with 3-5 layers of gesso

Gesso lid liner used to monoprint "moon"

Substrates with new shape element

May the muse be with you!


  1. I'm just catching up with all the Bloggs I've been missing while away. Too many to comment on each but they are WONDERFUL! Oh that I had a bit of your talent! There is such a unity of style and atmosphere of tranquility in many of them.

  2. thats awesome!!!!! creativity rocks:))