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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Easeling My Way Back In

I am back at my post in front of my easel these days and this is the latest canvas to come from it.

The Golden Tower

Here 's a step along the route to getting to the tower.

This was the starting point.

If you'd like a little look out of my studio windows while I was working on this latest edition to my Calabria Series, head over to Décolleté for a peek. But be warned:  The view doesn't do much for conjuring up images of Italy!


  1. This is like the magical mystery tour! Thanks for revealing all.

  2. Oh WOW! I love that you have stepped it for us...always intrigued by process not that I could ever so the majic of your finished work, not even close, but I love to see how you got there and how your brain works. WONDERFUL!

  3. How do you turn a few scraps on fabric into a beautiful painting?

  4. Hi Patricia,
    I must admit, it's rather a magical mystery tour for me as well, with heavy emphasis on the "mystery" part. Usually around midway, I am completely mystified as to how I'm going to pull it all together. Desperation, perservation and experience ("oh, yes, this place again") gets me through to the magical ending.

  5. Hi Linda Sue,
    This is the 2nd time in 2 days that someone has mentioned the way my brain works! A little bit scary to think one's inner machinations are exposed through one's art. But true, nevertheless. Convoluted, confused, but definitely colourful! I'm glad you enjoyed seeing my "process." If only I could turn it into a formula.

  6. J,
    Thank you for referring to painting as "beautiful." I am usually pleased with the finished result, but there is a small voice within me that says, "This could be crap." So it's really reassuring to receive outside affirmation of a painting's worth. As I remarked to Linda Sue above, I'm pretty much mystified as to how to turn fabric scraps into a good painting. It's a similar process every time, but scary and without guarantees. Art reflecting life?

  7. Loved scrolling back to your beginnings with this piece. I also work with cloth and forget how beautiful the raw beginnings look. Finished piece is lovely too!
    Mary Ann

  8. just amazing, the transformation. you know whether in art or in writing, I think how one gets "there" has a huge element of mystery about it. I do admire though how you transform simple pieces of cloth and photos into something with so much depth and complexity. And I

  9. BlueSky:
    I am about as excited by the beginning unpainted fabric "collages" as I am with the finished paintings! However, I am not really a fabric artist so just like to dabble with that medium. I want to combine the elements into something that is a unique expression of my abilities and vision and I feel that combining my experience as a painter with my love of fabric is a good direction for me at this time. Until I've run out of scraps anyway.

  10. Suki:
    Thank you for the vote of beauty! I agree with your assessment of the mystery of the voyage in getting to the endpoint when making art. So many artists emphasize the importance of the journey and exploration--discovery--rather than being preoccupied with an end goal. Somehow we know when we've arrived...and can only then wonder about how we got there. Much to do with being in the moment, I suppose. Being open to what comes.

  11. Just visiting, nice blog

  12. Gorgeous new project, Lynne... glad to see you easeling your way back. My newest project (Virgin De Guadalupe pendants) were started and then abandoned to dry... so now I have to rehydrate or start anew. Procrastination is clay-working's enemy. Ugh.
    Beautiful work here, though... I just love this newest project of yours!
    David *

  13. Wow! That is awesome. I loved seeing the start-to-finish journey to your creation. I didn't realize that fabric was involved until I got to the last couple of photos.

  14. Hi Chib,
    Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Hi David,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I seem to have turned some sort of corner in this ongoing Calabrian series, same general direction, though. Guess I'm just getting my bearings after having been out of the studio for so many weeks.

    Abandonned clay projects--not good! I wonder if they'll be salvagable/rehydratable? Kind of disappointing to have to start afresh. I do like the sound of clay pendants...I mean, not literally, like clanking together...but the idea of them.'s making me wait (sung to the tune of Carly Simon's "Anticipation". )

  16. Hi Pat,
    So nice that you stopped in for a visit. It pleases me that you didn't know right off the bat that fabric is involved in these painting/collages. "Awesome" is a pretty sweet adjective to have applied to one's work. Thanks so much!