Spiral Gallery Show August 2019
Welcome to The Spiral Gallery Outside the Lines show, featuring my paintings a day, and the sculpture of Luke Lawrence. Here's more information about the paintings a day.
A hospital room, a surgery, and 10 minutes to finish a painting. In my artist statement for the show, I talk about the painting I did after surgery for a broken ankle. Here's the "Morphine Apple". Read the artist statement here.
In 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stood up against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. As tribe members pleaded for the safety of their water and became known as the Water Protectors, I was also in the throes of writing my third novel, WATER. I felt so connected to the brave women standing up to the oil companies. At night, I'd dream about them, and felt compelled to recreate their images in my painting-a-day series.
I did two painting a day series over two different years -- in 2014 and 2016. The 2016 series was called Outside the Lines. I got that name from an old kindergarten report card where the teacher had complained that I couldn't color within the lines. I decided to OWN the outside-the-box side of me. I started the series by just laying down blobs of various colors, and then I'd look at the patches to see if an image emerged, and paint it in. In the show there are several of these "splash" paintings.
At about nine months in a painting a day series, I would have painted more than 250 paintings. I was tired, very very tired. Exhausted from running my coaching business and going through the publication of one of my novels, I sat at 10 p.m. trying to get inspired to do that day's painting. Some blue painter's tape sat nearby. I grabbed it, and used an exacto to make small strips. I then "drew" with the tape, painted over it, and removed the tape. Voila, a new method for painting was born! This painting is of my artist friend, Bob Williams.
In the show, you'll see paintings of grief and anger, frustration and hopelessness. The joy of being an artist, is that all emotions are acceptable. I call these paintings my "Sad, Mad, Glad series within the series".As a former international journalist, I am very affected by world events, and many of the paintings of fear, anger, and grief are not just my emotions, but the collective reaction to violence and disaster that many of us artists pick up on.