Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Holidays!

I hope this holiday season finds everyone healthy and turning toward peace and kindness for every living thing!

I appreciate all the support and encouragement that I received from patrons, collectors and friends and fans of my work. It means a lot that there are people who find my work meaningful and believe in what I do enough to support me so that I can continue to create and share my pieces with society.

I have some new goals and plans for 2008, which I will share in more detail next month However, I can share with you that I have been selected for Fiscal Sponsorship by Fractured Atlas. Fractured Atlas website. Fractured Atlas, is legally recognized 501(c)(3) public charity that provides limited financial and legal oversight to selected artists. They are responsible for administering any funds received in support of my artistic endeavors. With Fractured Atlas as my fiscal sponsor, I am eligible to solicit and receive grants and tax-deductible contributions that are normally available to only 501(c)(3) organizations. This support can be monetary, a service, or in the form of physical goods (in kind donations). Please check it out! I appreciate any support you may be able to offer!

In 2008 I will work even more diligently to do the work I believe I was put here on earth to do. I will continue find ways to create work that is both high quality, long-lasting and environmentally friendly. In my goal to create art full time, I will be devoting more and more of my life to the pursuit of art. It will require some personal sacrifices, some giving up of personal comforts, in order to help me reach this goal. Your support and encouragement is a major key in making this goal possible. Making personal sacrifices are, in the end, not true sacrifices when I know the end result is in making a positive contribution to society.

Thanks for all your myriad forms of support! Every little bit counts and is greatly appreciated.

Happy Holidays and Many Blessings!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Another Experiment

Here is the latest of my experiments with ink. This is ink on Aquaboard, which is a hardboard panel coated with a special water absorbing clay. I really like the results of using this ground and will be spending the next few months developing pieces using ink and Aquaboard. I will also be producing some new pieces using ink on watercolor canvas. This work tends to take a bit longer to produce. Because of the permanence of ink, every stroke counts. It is a fine balance between controlling the ink and allowing it to be spontaneous. It requires a very still, yet open mind...steady hand and some risks.

I am quite inspired from my recent attendance to FaerieCon. I hope you will enjoy the new work over the next few months. I am always happy to hear comments about my pieces. As I start developing these new pieces, it is always helpful hear how people are responding to them. You can leave comments here on this blog or email me at

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Enter the World of Faerie

I recently returned from the first International FaerieCon in
Philadelphia, PA. What is FaerieCon? Well, think of a scifi convention,
mixed with a rennaissance fair, a neo-pagan gathering, an art and
craft fair, mix those with panel discussions about art, literature,
shamanism, throw in some live music and a good dose of magic...and you
have a FaerieCon!

It was a very powerful weekend, where I had the opportunity to meet
some world-reknowned artists and writers. Since I have been studing
literature, art and the traditions of Faery the last few months, this
convention helped to deepen my knowledge and learn what others are
doing with the same subject.

Brian & Wendy Froud
Wendy Fround
The guests of honor were Brian and Wendy Froud. Brian is probably best known for his conceptual designs for the movie the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth He has published numerous art, books and video work. Wendy is probably most famous for her design of Yoda for the film The Empire Strikes
. She has contributed to several films, and is an accomplished sculpter and doll-maker. Wendy talked about her process in making her fascinating dolls and even showed some protoypes of the original Yoda and a glimpse of Kira from the upcoming Dark Crystal sequel. It was a wonderful experience to meet these artists whose work was so integral to my artistic development from my teenage years to the present.

Kuniko Y. Craft
I met the artist Kuniko Y. Craft, who I first discovered from her stunningly beautiful book covers of Patricia McKillip's novels. I have followed and admired her work
since then. I particularly enjoy her compositions and use of botanicals in her pieces. Her work has always reminded me of the Pre-Raphaelite and Symbolist artists, who I often draw inspiration from. Meeting Kuniko and learning about her process, influences, and how she came to where she is now was invaluable to me as an artist.

DoAn with Jen Delyth

I also me artist Jen Delyth who presented a video of artwork and animation of a series she titled: Beyond the Ninth Wave. Hmm? Sound familiar? Once I saw that presentation I knew
I had to talk with Jen! Sharing our thoughts and ideas about work, being an artist, comparing the agonies, our inspirations and ideas was priceless. Jen's work are contemporary designs connected to the ancient tradition of Celtic knotwork. There is a lot of symbolism and power contained within those designs and Jen has found a way to carry that power to a
contemporary audience, using modern tools. Whether it is tempera paint
or computer graphics and animation, Jen lets the creative spirit guide
her to explore and experiment. Look soon for her book Celtic Folk
due out this spring...I had the chance to see a proof of the
book and it is beautiful! I will cherish and draw much inspiration
from my meeting with Jen for many years to come.

Caitlin Matthews
I attended several panels over the weekend that dealt with various aspects of Faery. Faery and Shamanism, Faery in art and literature, as well as presentations by individual artists and writers. I particularly enjoyed hearing Caitlin Matthews talk about earth vibration and shamanic work in relation to contempory art practices. There were also many vendor booths and artists displaying their work. It was particularly helpful to see how other artists present their work and what they sell. It will help me as a I further develop my own marketing and producing work that can reach a wider audience. Other artists that made an impact on me at this convention were 
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, who creates beautiful watercolor pieces utilizing a very similar glazing techniques that I use,
Charles Vess, who many have recently come to learn of with the release of the film Stardust. (The book the film was based on was illustrated by Vess). Also, authors Holly Black (of Spiderwick Chronicle's fame) and Delia Sherman, who shared the background of writing her recent book Changling

On one of the evenings I went to the Bad Faeries Ball at the Trocadoro Theatre in Philadelphia. It was a a fun evening with different performers and lots of elaborate costumes. I was particularly impressed by the band Qntal. A German electro-medieval band. The band's lyrics are primarily drawn from historical sources. Throughout their first three albums, lyrics were primarily in Latin, medieval German, and a few other European tongues. Syrah, the lead singer, had a very powerful and beautiful voice. During their performance a video made by Brian and Toby Froud played on screens above the crowds. You can see part of the video here:

Overall, the convention was educational and inspiring. I am sure I will be referring to my experiences there for many months to come. I am looking forward to this becoming an annual event that will support my continued development as an artist!

Monday, October 08, 2007


As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working on using some new medium and grounds. In particular ink on watercolor canvas and watercolor board. I am finding returning to watermedia a very healing practice. And I am excited about using mediums and grounds that allow for work that is more permanent and archival without the specific care and maintenance that comes with works on paper.

There is, of course, some limitations and challenges that come with working with ink, as there are limitations and challenges to every medium. I am experimenting now with how to work with those challenges, so that I may begin to produce quality work for everyone. I have posted one of my recent experiments with ink on watercolor board. This particular piece was inspired solely by meditating on the element of water. I used no visual reference to execute the painting. It is made by layering thin washes of color (prussian blue, marine blue, and flame orange)over each other and finishing with opaque white in areas.

Recent research has led me to utilizing more meditative states while painting, with the hope of tapping into the source of my creative energies. Nature, mythology, spirituality and science are still strong influences on my work. It seems that my research is drawing me in to a place where all of these influences intersect. It is part of the reason I have labeled myself an "Interstitial Artist". Working within the interstices of genres and subjects, to me, seems to be the most direct and natural area to tap into creatively. Unfortunately, it is a challenging place to work, because so much of our existence and knowledge of reality is based on division, labeling and separation of ideas and subjects into their own little units. This feels unnatural to me, and yet, I must actively work against the conditioning of my mind to separate and classify.

Over the next months I will be actively working at practicing this art of connection or art of opening. I will share with you my progress and discoveries along the journey. I will, also continue to share with you my work. I am still working on the series of paintings entitled From Beyond the Ninth Wave based on the gods and goddesses from Irish Mythology and other pieces that inspiration squeezes out of me.

Thanks for your interest in the journey!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Turning Inward: Listening to the Muse

Thanks to everyone who made Lian’s 2nd Birthday Party great fun. We appreciated all the generous gifts and support! We had a great time catching up with old friends and making some new ones as well.

We also had a chance to show off our new studio! We moved to a new slightly larger space at the end of June. The studio is in the same building just on the other side, but the additional three feet make a huge difference in being able to work in and show artwork. If you haven’t had a chance to see the new studio, I have posted some photos here.

As some of you know August and September were challenging months as we recently moved to a new apartment and the move was exhausting and stressful (what move isn’t?). Lian is adjusting slowly to the new space, as every day, fewer and fewer boxes clutter up the space. For now, I am letting her rest and take things easy. She will start working on winter themed work in another month or two, once she gives me a sign that she is ready to begin working again.

I too have been taking things a bit more slowly. Fall, for me, is typically a time for turning inward and reflecting on my past work while preparing for a leap forward into a new direction. Lately, I have been doing a lot of research and exploring new mediums. Look soon for works utilizing various watermedia (such as ink, watercolor, and water-soluble colored pencils) on watercolor canvas and paper. I have found a powerful new connection with these mediums in relation to my research.

In the meantime, I will be catching up on some commission work and continuing to develop the From Beyond the 9th Wave series of paintings based on the Tuatha De Dannan from Irish Mythology. The process of working on these paintings has brought me to a deeper connection with the earth, almost a spiritual connection. As I research materials, I find myself looking into the tales of the Faery dimensions, Native American spiritual practices, as well as the notions of collective consciousness and planetary sentience. Eventually, all this stuff will find a way out through my artwork…it is all very interesting to explore, I hope it will be equally interesting to see!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Final Friday Open Studio and Juried Art Show!

Vote for my painting #327, Creidhne in ART COMES ALIVE 2007!
Vote anytime BEFORE 6pm June 29th

My painting Creidhne was selected for a juried art show at Art Design Consultants! So in addition to the Final Friday open studio for June, you can view some really beautiful pieces of work from artists all over the country, and I believe all over the world!

This is no ordinary art exhibition!

On Friday, June 29th, you will have a chance to meet many extraordinarily talented artists whose work has been carefully selected by an impressive group of jurors. Don't miss the opportunity to see and purchase unique and expressive works in all mediums and styles. Vote for your favorite piece online or in person.

Friday June 29 from 6-10pm at
Art Design Consultants
1310 Pendleton Street

Please vote* for my painting, Creidhne, painting #327 at:

Can't make it to Cincinnati? No problem!

View work and Vote online June 25th -29th (until 6pm).
(*only one vote per email address allowed)

Also at the 510 Studio will be a visiting artist from Mississippi

Lori K. Gordon who creates art from the debris of the Katrina Hurricane. A video of local artists in New Orleans will be on view showing their work as well.

It is going to be a very exciting June Final Friday!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

AQUA 2007

Several pieces of mine are in a group show entitled "Aqua" at the Kennedy Heights Art Center!
The opening reception is Saturday, June 16th 6-8pm!
I hope to see you there!

The Kennedy Heights Arts Center is delighted to announce the show “ AQUA ”, an exhibition fully dedicated to artwork based on the beautiful theme of “water”. For ages, the wonderful shapes, colors and reflections created by flows of water have served as a source of inspiration to artists.

The interpretation of this theme can be broad, diverse and imaginative in scope. The exhibition will include art forms in a variety of different media, including but not limited to, sculpture, photography, paintings, pottery, glass and other forms of expression.
AQUA will be featured at the
Kennedy Heights Arts Center
from June 9 to August 25, 2007.

A Grand Opening Reception will be hosted on Saturday June 16th, from 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. with complimentary refreshments and entertainment.

Kennedy Heights Art Center 6546 Montgomery Road Cincinnati , OH 45213

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Opera Dogs Day

Please come visit Lian and view her artwork at the 2nd Annual Opera Dogs Day on June 10th!

This open air street fair is part of the Second Sunday on Main St. and runs from Noon to 5pm in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati.

There will be a dog singing contest at Noon and a dog parade at 1:30pm that leads to the street fair on Main Street (where you will be able to visit Lian) along with many other contests and events! Bring your dogs!

Lian will be presenting her original paintings, prints, greeting cards, and magnets for sale.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Boann: Goddess of the River

 watercolor, gouache, colored pencil on canvas, SOLD
The painting is called Boann: Goddess of the Rivers. The stories surrounding Boann are very interesting. She started out as the wife of Nechtan, a god of the water. And became a water-goddess herself, and one of her myths concerns water. She was a kind of "Pandora" of the Tuatha Dé Danann. According to legend, there was a sacred well (Sidhe Nechtan) that contained the source of knowledge. All were forbidden to approach this well, with the exception of the god Nechtan and his servants. Curiousity forced Boann to ignore the warnings, and she approached the sacred well, thus violating the sanctity of the area. As a result, she was punished, and the waters of the defiled well swelled and were transformed into a raging river, a river that pursued her. In some versions, she drowned and lost her limbs from torrent; while in others, she managed to outrun the currents. In either case, this water became the river that was known henceforth as the Boyne, and Boann thereafter became the presiding deity.

Another aspect of the myth of Boann is that she bore Oenghus Mac Og. She and the leader of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Dagdha, had an affair that resulted in the birth of the god of love. Boann and the Dagdha wished to keep their affair a secret, and used their powers to cause the nine month gestation period to last only one day by causing the sun to remain still in the sky for nine months, never setting and never rising. On this magical day, Oenghus Mac Og emerged into the world.

I thought it was appropriate represent a water goddess using watercolor. This is the first painting I completed on watercolor canvas. It was a challenging surface to paint on, but I enjoyed the challenge. I combined watercolor, water soluable colored pencils and gouache to complete this painting. Then finished it off with a coat of UV Varnish. The greatest aspect of using watercolor canvas it that it does not require framing and it is not as delicate and sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity as watercolor on paper is.

I felt a lot of emotion and a powerful influence while working on this painting. I have a strong feeling that this goddess is not finished with me yet!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Lilac Garden: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Lilac Garden, 36 x 36, acrylic on canvas, SOLD
After several weeks of diligent work, and a slight delay due to some virus that knocked me down, I finally completed a new landscape! This landscape comes from photos I took at the Brooklyn Botannical Society's lilac garden a few years ago. I was struck by the colors and the sunlight streaking between the lilac trees and turning the grass a brilliant yellow green. I had started this painting earlier in the year on a smaller canvas, but something wasn't connecting for me. So I put it aside and picked it back up again at the end of March, but this time started it on a large canvas. That seemed to be the solution. This painting, for me, is as much about space as it is color. I hope you enjoy it!

In regard to new work, I will be spending the month of May producing watercolor paintings on canvas and watercolor board. In addition to preparing existing work for upcoming shows and grant applications.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Lian Xin in the News!

Today's Downtowner newspaper in Cincinnati has an article featuring Lian!

In addition to this Final Friday's studio opening (April 26th, 6-10:30pm), she will also be appearing at Hyde Bark on Wednesday, April 25th from 5:30pm to 9pm for Yappy Hour to celebrate the opening of the movie Year of the Dog.

Lian has been busy painting since the last Final Friday, so even if you came to the March 30th show there will be new work to see! Lian and I look forward to greeting you there!


Thursday, April 12, 2007


(15 x 30, acrylic on canvas, SOLD)

The latest in the From Beyond the Ninth Wave series comes: Creidhne, (pronounced krev-nee) the God of metal working, the son of the goddess Brigid (the last painting in the series I completed) and the god Tuireann. He was one of three brothers (Creidhne, Goibhniu and Luchta) known as the Trí Dée Dána--the three gods of art. Together the three brothers forged the weapons for the Tuatha Dé Danann.

For this painting, I used an image of rusted metal. I loved the colors in the rust, and as I worked on the painting, I intesified the yellow to give the image a feeling of the precious metal gold, Creidhne's favorite metal to work with. Though not visible in this image, there is a layer of irridescent gold and metallic red glazed over the less intense sections to give the painting a subtle shimmer and feel of gold.

In other news, I am busy working on my web gallery . It is challenging work, since I am very new to web design every step is a learning process. I fully expect to have it ready this month, so keep an eye out for that!


Wednesday, April 04, 2007

The Art of Lian Xin!

Things have been busy here at DoAn Art Studio. I spent much of March experimenting with some new materials and working on the newest painting for the From Beyond the 9th Wave series, which I just finished and will be posting soon. Also, I am about half-way from finishing a new landscape painting, and about to begin some watercolor paintings on canvas! I am very excited about all the new work I will be showing in the next few weeks. Until then, I wanted to share with you a new, emerging artist who has been sharing the studio with me:

The Art of Lian Xin!

The Open Studio last Friday, March 30th went very well. Lian was very excited to meet and greet all the guests (people, dogs, and even one cat!) who came to see her work. Many people found it hard to believe that she really did the paintings, I suspect because, surprisingly, the pieces actually have a sense of composition and a very unique style. With the help of Natalie Hagar, I made a short video documenting Lian's painting process.

Because her work was so well received, I will be adding a page to DoAn Art devoted to Lian's Art. The page will have a gallery of her work and information about ordering personalized work by Lian. The paintings are made from non-toxic tempera paints on canvas boards and are sealed on the front and back with a UV-Varnish, which preserves the tempera and protects the canvas board from moisture. A picture bio appears on the back of every painting. (see image)

It is not my intention for Lian's work to be merely a novelty, but truly unique works of art that people can enjoy and appreciate! Not only are the paintings varnished to make them lasting works of art, but the paintings are very affordable, due to the low cost of the materials used to create them. If you can't make it to the studio to see Lian's art, then keep an eye out for the launch of Lian's gallery page, which will be going up this month!

DoAn & Lian Xin

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Come See the World Premiere of Lian's Art!

Photo by Natalie Hagar
Featured at the 510 Gallery will be the world premiere of original paintings by Lian, the Wonder Puppy, a 1 ½ year old Chihuahua, who creates beautiful tempra paintings on canvas board. Lian creates all of her paintings in studio #300, which she shares with artist DoAn. Lian will be available to greet guests and a video will be displayed demonstrating her painting technique.

The exhibit will be open Friday, March 30th from 6pm to 10:30pm. For directions call the Pendleton Center Hotline at 513-559-3958 ext. 1257 or get directions from the website at The event is free and open to the public. Valet parking is available.

Photo by Natalie Hagar

Painting by Lian Xin, the painting chihuahua

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Neptune: Icy Depths

(18 x 18 acrylic on canvas, SOLD)
I see this piece relating more directly to my Planets series, in that it is an abstract expressionist representation of Neptune. Similar to my painting of Uranus, I created layers of blue colors to create a sense of depth, like the layers of gases that cover Neptune. Over that, I dripped a thin glaze of metallic interference paint representing the ice crystals on Neptune. Interference paint is a special kind of paint that has mica chips suspended in a medium that allows for light to be bent into its color complements. If the interference paint is not mixed with other pigments, you will notice that blue will reflect orange, violet will reflect yellow, and red reflect green. In this painting the drips contain different amounts of pigment so the light bounces off them in various ways, allowing some of the drips to appear fainter than others, but does not reflect orange back. I wanted to go for a subtler, more subdued effect.

I actually got inspired by to do this painting by attending two different performances of Petrushka, by Stravinksi. While listening to the music I experienced a sense of blue and great depths, which compelled me to do this painting. It may seem strange, that Petrushka music for a ballet about a Russian Pinocchio-like puppet named Petrushka. But, sometimes the muse speaks in unexpected ways.


Some people have inquired about the "DoAn Art" logo that appears on my paintings. Please note that these are not on the original paintings.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

World of Tomorrow: Exhibition Opening Reception Friday, March 2 6-10pm

You are cordially invited to the exhibition opening of World of Tomorrow at Fusion Gallery in Bellevue, KY. (Just minutes from downtown Cincinnati and Newport on the Levee.) Come see my work, as well as the work of some other very talented artists! I will have four pieces in the show. I hope to see you there!

Fusion Gallery
305 Fairfield Ave.,
Bellevue, KY 41073

Friday, March 2 from 6pm to 10pm


Sunday, February 25, 2007

Brigid (SOLD)

As one of the most popular goddesses worshipped by the Celts, she continues to be a favorite among Christians as many of her stories and myths survived in the persona of Saint Brigid. She was the goddess of all things perceived to be of relatively high dimensions such as high-rising flames, highlands, hill-forts and upland areas; and of activities and states conceived as psychologically lofty and elevated, such as wisdom, excellence, perfection, high intelligence, poetic eloquence, craftsmanship (especially blacksmithing), healing ability, druidic knowledge and skill in warfare. An object connected to the goddess called Brigid's Cross, made of rushes or straw, and woven into a kind of star or cross shape (see image).

Many rituals are associated with the making of the crosses. At one time, these were very common, but now have become rare. Occasionally, in the rural areas, Roman Catholic homes still feature Brigid's crosses. It was traditionally believed that a Brigid's Cross protects the house from fire and evil. Brigid's crosses are associated with Brigid of Kildare, who is venerated as one of the patron saints of Ireland. The crosses are traditionally made on 1 February, which in Gaelic is called Lá Fhéile Bhríde (Brigid's feast day), the day of her liturgical celebration.

I used the Whirlpool Galaxy as the reference for this painting. I found the spiraling arms of the galaxy an echo of the arms of Brigit's Cross, and all the fiery stars being creating within the arms, an adequate representation of the different qualities of this powerful goddess.


Saturday, February 03, 2007


Emerging Visions, an e-zine for visionary art, edited by Laurie Corzett, has posted its February Issue on the theme of Electric Dreams, and I am happy to announce that my painting, The Dream of Oenghus Mac Og, was selected as one of the illustrations for the issue. Please take a moment to check out the poetry, essays, flash fiction and visual art by the other talented writers and artists.


Friday, February 02, 2007

In the News

Banbha, 16 x16, acrylic on canvas, SOLD

Here is the latest painting for the From Beyond the Ninth Wave Series: Banbha. The third of the trio of sister goddessess/queens of Ireland. Banbha requested that her name be given to name Ireland after the Milesians took control of the land. Her sister's name, Ériu , became the popular choice, while Banbha and her other sister, Fódla, found their names used mainly in poetic reference to Ireland.

This painting is more similar to Fódla in that is it a combination of glazing and stroke work. I used a photograph of lichen growing on a Northern Irish rock as a reference for this painting. The colors here are more subtle than the other paintings too. It was a goal of mine to capture the different qualities that I personally relate to Ireland through the three paintings. Ériu, is the colorful, wild, and vibrant aspect of Ireland, Fódla, darker, wiser and more sombre, and Banbha the innocent and quieter side. These qualities associated with each painting is not necessarily representative of the goddesses, at least not from anything I read. It is just a feeling that I had while working on these paintings, that I wanted to express. I suppose they represent my own personal connection to Ireland, the land, its people, culture and spirit. It is my hope that you will find your own ideas and feelings to connect with these paintings.


This is a little late, but I wanted to share the news that I had a painting featured in a cover photo of Downtowner (The Dream of Oenghus Mac Og--do you see it there behind Natalie?) a local arts and entertainment newpaper. Thanks to Natalie Hager for organizing the 510 gallery and Nancy Hopkins for organizing the activities and publicity for January's Final Friday, the event came off very well. I was pleased to have had the opportunity to share my work, meet and talk with people in my studio. Lian had a great time entertaining guests as well. Special thanks to Johnny and Jamie for all your help in the wouldn't have been so smooth without you both there. I will post photos from January's open studio soon. There are some exciting things in the works for 510 Studios at The Pendleton Art Center. All of the artists here are contributing in different ways to help bring something new and exciting to keep watch for things to come!


Friday, January 26, 2007

Beag: Keeper of the Well of Wisdom (SOLD)

At last, the latest painting for the From Beyond the Ninth Wave series is completed. This one is entitled Beag: Keeper of the Well of Wisdom. The goddess Beag (pronounced: BEG), possessed a magic well, which was guarded by her three daughters. When the Irish hero Fionn Mac Cumhail came to the well to ask for a drink the daughters tried to keep him from getting the water. One of the daughters threw water over him to frighten him away, but some of the water trickled into his mouth, giving him wisdom.

This painting is comprised of A LOT of glaze work. Using only three colors (Yellow, Magenta, and Blue), I made fine washes of color over each other, sometimes adding up to 20 layers in places to create colors of depth and intensity. I washed over some of the colors with thin layers of white to create the cloudiness and veiled look to some of the colors. The reference to the painting was a part of the Orion Nebula. I used mainly the color and shapes of the nebula to inspire me, but as I worked on the painting it began to take its own shape. Perhaps Beag was imparting some wisdom upon me? Well, I will have to get back to you about that.


Friday, January 19, 2007

OPEN STUDIO EVENT -- January 26th 6 - 10pm


OPEN STUDIO EVENT -- January 26th 6 - 10pm

For those in the area (and those who aren't but would like to travel here) I invite you to attend The Pendleton Art Center's (PAC) January final friday open studio.

We're having a special art show at the 510 Studios Gallery! The show is entitled "I {Heart} Art" to celebrate Art, Love, Passion and Valentine's Day. There will be live music by Jane Andre', a raffle, appearance by "Lian the Wonder Puppy" (510 Studio's newly elected mascot), a photographer, food and drink and much more!

This is a Free event.

510 Gallery is located at 1310 Pendleton across from the main Pendleton Art Center Building, Cincinnati, OH.

Free On-street parking is available or Valet is available for a small fee.


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Saturday, January 13, 2007


Stroke6 (13 x 17, Chinese watercolor, ink, acrylic on watercolor paper, SOLD).

Work on the paintings in the From Beyond the Ninth Wave series continues, but due to the amount of glaze work involved the paintings are taking a bit longer to complete. I should have a new one to post in another week or so. In the meantime, here is a painting that came about as a result of a commission I had been asked to do recently. The commission was a welcome challenge that found me returning to my brush painting/calligraphy techniques.

The painting pictured above (Stroke6) was completed using ink, acrylic, and Chinese watercolors. One thing I enjoy about Chinese watercolors is their density due to the high mineral content. The paints need to be well dissolved with water in order to create smooth, even washes. I only added a little water to the paint, to prevent the minerals from dissolving evenly. The result is an interesting abstract pattern that gives the painting some subtle texture.


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