january 30

01-30-15 "remaking again"
01-30-15 “remaking again”

10″x10″ acrylic on paper

This is another re-purposed old poem-painting. It’s nice to be able to riff on a piece I’d given up on years ago but kept around in my studio. This improvisation doesn’t always work, but I am interested in the process of finding out if it will—as long as I don’t attach too much to the original piece or to the new product.

Sometimes I can’t leave well enough alone and I want to add just one more color or one more shape, and I go a step too far. I wish I could say I’ve learned my lesson, but more likely I’ll continue to follow my intuition and trust (hope?) that more and more as time goes on the outcome will be pleasant!

january 29

01-29-15 "day of the dance"
01-29-15 “day of the dance”

A re-purposed poem-painting from 2008; I scraped acrylic over it in phases. Only a couple of words or letters left that I can see when I look closely. I like it better today than the 2008 version, but I’m not sure it’s really done…. It’s done for today, though. 10″x10″

january 28

01-28-15 "magenta rain" (front)
01-28-15 “magenta rain” (front)

01-28-15 "peaks & valleys" (back)
01-28-15 “peaks & valleys” (back)

Acrylic on silk, approx. 10″x10″

Today I tried to rehabilitate the wayward painting of yesterday. I was relatively satisfied with today’s work (top photo). But as I was removing the piece of silk from the paper block onto which I had taped it, I noticed the image on the BACK of the fabric was also interesting to me. It hints at the look of the original paint scrape (much more than the front does, in any case).

So, I present two works today, front and back. Two sides of a coin. Flip it to see which one appeals to you.

january 27

01-27-15 "fungi tongue"
01-27-15 “fungi tongue”

I have been trying to keep my digital photos to the weekends, but was spinning my wheels with paint today (trying to get some other work done, and got a little frustrated). So, outside I went with my camera (phone).

I walked into the woods down to the pond, where several ducks and a few geese were sitting on a fallen tree trunk, standing on the ice, swimming in the open water, and discussing the latest news amongst themselves. I took a couple of photos of them, but the crunching of dry leaves under my feet urged them to retreat too far away to be very interesting given my lens.

On the path back to the house, though, some very cool fungi on a birch log revealed itself. I took several close-up photos, and then further zoomed in on the computer. This image was the winner today.

january 26

01-26-15 "ghost in the machine"
01-26-15 “ghost in the machine”

I first played with fitting some pieces of old painting together for a collage as I’ve done before, but I just wasn’t feeling it today. So, I picked up this narrow piece of Yupo paper that a friend gave me some time ago. I haven’t really liked how acrylic paint scrapes and sits on this paper when using it in the past. But I picked out three transparent colors and came up with this (after discarding the first attempt with other colors)—and liked it well enough that I’m now going outside for a windy walk in the sun instead of continuing with inside work. I’ll be out gathering new images—collecting inspiration…yeah, that’s it.

january 23

01-23-15 "layers"
01-23-15 “layers”

I collaged some trimmed pieces of photographs (and one piece of painted paper) onto a scraped acrylic painting on matboard (10″x8″). Sometimes I prefer the digital images over the actual piece. This one I like better in person. So, you’ll have to wait for the “daily janes” exhibit for my view. (Is the daily janes exhibit really a thing? Well, not yet. But I’m thinking about the idea.)

january 22

01-22-15 "iowa hills"
01-22-15 “iowa hills”

The primary version of today’s painting is on a piece of map paper still sitting on my art table. The image in this post was made with the leftover paint from the scraper after the first pass on the map paper piece. The original one on map paper needs additional work but I did not have enough time. And I liked this piece much better.

I will eventually letter my poem “Iowa hills” on top of the paint.

12.75″x5.5″ acrylic on matboard