Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New Series to follow...

"Stained Glass"
6" x 6"
mixed media encaustic on 300 lb. Arches paper

mounted and floated in a 10" x 10" shadowbox frame

I am entering the new year with new ideas, new hopes, and new inspiration for my art. I plan to focus on historic Gothic architecture, stained glass, connecting the history of art while working with the encaustic medium. Hopefully, I will be able to explore a variety of churches throughout the city and share a unique, impressionistic vision. This first piece above is small and restricted in details; I am thinking working larger is a must. 

Recently when I visited a Gothic church in Chicago, I couldn't help but reminesce college days, spending hours in the dark basement of the art history building, studying the slide trays for upcoming exams, memorizing the details of historic religious art pieces throughout time. Boy, technology sure has changed the way we learn! 

I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, prosperous new year. Lets hope 2015 brings us all closer to finding joy and fulfillment, peace and happiness.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Full Circle

Works on Paper
December 15 - January 12, 2015 
North Shore Art League
Winnetka, IL.

When I was 12 years old, I attended Saturday art class at the North Shore Art League. Joan Weinger was my teacher, and with her guidance and encouragement, I was introduced to multiple art mediums at a young age. The days in her classes were the beginning of what has become my professional art career. I believe if it weren’t for her incredibly nurturing teaching style, I would never have connected to my love of painting, creativity, and expression. I feel fortunate that 45 years later I am back exhibiting and teaching in the very same place my artistic journey began.

Love of life, land, color, and spirituality are the common denominators. The miniature encaustic paintings are inspired by the Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute, a place of fond memories and shared visits with my grandmother from years ago. I have re-created a tiny world within a 2.5" x 3.5" space, and hopefully will take you there with me. 

This show has truly brought me full circle.

"Young Girl with Umbrella"
tempera with ink resist
c. 1970