Saturday, April 6th, 1 – 5 pm at Desert Botanical Garden
Join me for an afternoon experimenting with using music to tap into our inner worlds and express them in paint and color. We’ll experience rhythms and sounds of different types of music and explore color, texture and mark-making in a free-flowing, no-rules series of experiments in painting with opaque watercolor (gouache). Everyone will go home with a set of materials (including a gouache paint set and pad of quality bristol paper) to continue their practice. All levels welcome; bring your beginner’s mind and a spirit of fun.
Participants should bring any favorite paintbrushes for water media.
New acrylic paintings and steel sculptures embrace the unknown as an essential part of their process. To move beyond the limitations of words and what we ‘think we know’ asks us to rely on direct observation and experience. John Keats called this “negative capability— to be capable of “being in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.”
Returning to her roots in painting and drawing, Waters’ Portal series of paintings are inspired by the mysterious patterns of tar lines used to patch cracks in the road. Finding similar patterns in glazed ceramics, aerial city maps, leaf veins and coiled garden hose fuels her curiosity about the universality of these patterns. Colored glazes are layered over calligraphic brush strokes to build depth and movement. Steel sculptures echo the calligraphic mark making in cutout steel shapes and hammered rod with patinas.
“Working across different mediums allows me freedom to break the ‘rules’ and cross-pollinate ideas. Seeing change as evidence of aliveness, I seek to create a visual language out of what is unfamiliar, and use imagination to convey a sense of exuberance and vitality which challenges viewers to reconnect with their own sources of positive energy and magic in the world.”
“Not all those who wander are lost.” J. R. R. Tolkein
Some snapshots of new work being installed for Saturday’s Open Studio (April 23rd). Demonstrations with patinas and heat coloring at 10, 1 and 4. To celebrate National Poetry Month, bring a poem for my studio wall—it’ll be a fun day, lots to talk about and see.
Installation views of new sculptures and paintings at Chandler Center for the Arts. Twelve of the pieces are new “hybrids” which combine an acrylic painting with a welded, patinaed metal panel. The exhibition opens with a reception this Friday, October 7th, from 7-9 pm, and continues through November 19th. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday noon-4 pm.