Trip to New Orleans and As I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death

I taught a painting workshop this weekend at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana.  We had a lovely morning of discussing the art of Marie Hull and painting landscapes.  After a delicious lunch at the Gumbo Shop (YUMM) I made my way down to one of my favorite stores, Papier Plume.  This is the amazing store where I buy my calligraphy pens and drawing nibs.  I found a great border nib that I will be using in a drawing this week. I will be sure to tell you all about it.  I am always using the pens and inks for my illustrations and paintings.  

The pens, nibs, and ink from Papier Plume in use on the study for As I Walk Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death.  They have also been used throughout the body of the PopUp show for detail work.  The inks I use are waterproof and can withstand the techniques that I use on wood.


Finishing prep for the June 16 PopUp at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.  My brain definitely feels like my paintings - powered on cups of tea and completely non-functional gears.  The paintings took a drastic turn from what I originally planned to do for the Pop-Up.  I have two large pieces to complete for the show, but one of the pieces will not really begin until the week before the show.  I am teaching a workshop the week of my showcase, and I have planned to have a twelve by fifteen foot canvas for a collaborative piece available that week.  That should be exciting.

This piece will pair with a sister painting, Consanguinity.

Damaged in Transit - Update

Updated painting for the "Damaged in Transit" piece.  I have included two details of the image that may help you to see what is happening in the piece more clearly.  I am still not quite finished with this piece at this time.  Every time I sit away from the panel, I see something new that I want to share with the viewer.  Often I do not see this until I have taken a photograph of the painting.  Allowing myself to step back from the panel and see the image from a completely different viewpoint allows me to see the scene from a fresh set of eyes.