The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014

The “Plank Paintings”, more formally known as Summer Lake from Winter Ridge, has long been finished. I wrote about it earlier, under the rubric of The Project from Hell. I finished the last coats a bit more than a year ago, and I recorded much of the process along the way. Then life intervened andContinue reading “The Plank Paintings: Playa, September 2013 — January 2014”

“Finished” Done, Complete, Replete, the End: Nov 30, 2009

I have declared the big linen panorama “finished.” Note the quotes. I almost never finish a work until it has sat and thought for a while. And until I have sat and looked for a while. However, we will hold an Open Studio next Saturday, pack up the Studio Sunday, pack up the house afterContinue reading ““Finished” Done, Complete, Replete, the End: Nov 30, 2009″

Diary of a Residency, days 41 & 42, March 29, 2009. The End

The final day at the Goldwell Open Air Museum’s Workspace Artist in residency: From this: To this: And this: And this: And this: I took almost no photos the last two days; during exhibits I always think I will take lots and then, as I’m talking and greeting and hugging, I forget. I even forgotContinue reading “Diary of a Residency, days 41 & 42, March 29, 2009. The End”

Diary of a Residency, Day 38, March 25, 2009

We went back out to Death Valley, to Zabriski Point, today. Jer hiked down to Gower  Gulch and I painted one of the 18 x 24″ boards. The sun was hot, the wind was blowing, but the board stayed put and the painting was well along by the time he returned. The photo was takenContinue reading “Diary of a Residency, Day 38, March 25, 2009”

Diary of a residency, Day 37, March 24, 2009

I got back to painting today. And it went well. It was a bit chilly and windy this morning, but when the time to paint comes, it comes. And sometimes it isn’t as bad as one imagines. I went off with my now-ratty painting coat and gloves, heading for the Beatty Cut-off road to DeathContinue reading “Diary of a residency, Day 37, March 24, 2009”

Diary of a Residency, Day 36, March 23, 2009

I continue to vacation. Sleeping in, napping, acting the tourist. We spent yesterday driving through the eeriest dust storm (in Death Valley and the Amargosa plain) that I’ve ever experienced. At least, I think it was a dust storm. Maybe it was a saline rain. We actually had a few drops of rain on theContinue reading “Diary of a Residency, Day 36, March 23, 2009”

Diary of a Residency, Day 31, March 18, 2009

It’s good to hear from the few people who are reading this Journal. When I’m writing it, I sometimes get stopped, trying to decide who is my audience. I never definitively decided, but you’ve decided it for me. So I’ll watch my language and try to be a lady. Hi guys, good to hear fromContinue reading “Diary of a Residency, Day 31, March 18, 2009”

Diary of a Residency, Day 27, March 14, 2009

Spent the day in Death Valley. Jer hiked in Golden Canyon while I painted at the mouth of it — just off the parking lot up the trail a few feet. First things first, though. I realized as we drove to Death Valley through the Beatty cut-off, that what I love about mountains is notContinue reading “Diary of a Residency, Day 27, March 14, 2009”