Wednesday, October 5, 2016


 HEY CLASS!! GREAT WORK:) here are the images i took during crit:) I am missing a few. please turn in documentation if yours is not shown. everyone should update their blogs after EVERY crit. don't forget !:)

can't wait to see documentation of assignment #2 MONOCHROMATIC VALUE PAINTINGS

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Color Theory/Spirit Animal Trophy

Choose an animal which personifies you best. You will be creating a 3D bust of the animal to be
hung on the wall. Make two drafts of the animal (frontal and side view). You should abstract,
exaggerate, manipulate the animal in order to get a design​ that is desired. Texture will be
created through repetition and patterning of simple shapes layered onto one another. Mood will
be created through use of symbolic color (Color theory). You may only use Analogous colors. If
your animal has more than one distinct color you may choose another set of analogous colors to
create contrast. Must be minimum of 4” deep x 12” length x12” width.
Research​ decorative patterns in nature and various cultures for inspiration. Post all
inspiration, research and in progress images to blog!

In class we discussed how to build a 3D armature from your 2D front and side scoring and finger joint techniques- also google search cardboard armature for more reference to construction if needed. I left some cardboard in one of the upright cubbies. Feel free to use it!
view drafts. Here is a reminder of the scoring and finger joint techniques

finger joints<scoring to bend<tape used to create seams between cut forms, adding volume.

have fun!

 Post images of "works in progress" by 10/7 , 9pm
< don't forget to check out the student work on my website www.

Analogous Color- Color Theory #3

Choose color palette of 3 analogous colors. Paint flat opaque colors on sheets of Strathmore Watercolor paper -craftsmanship is a must!.. then cut shapes from those sheets of color to cover the armature utilizing researched pattern / texture such as fur or feathers. Should be symbolic/conceptual color and abstracted texture.

Monocramatic- Color Theory Lesson #2

student work<>
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Group show at Sediment Gallery

Paying Attention is an exhibition presenting the various research strategies and preliminary processes artists utilize in order to give form to their experiences, interests, and current events. Invited artists were asked to share some aspect of their ideations that are integral to how they foster introspection and divergent thinking in their art making. Works presented in the exhibition include the traditional sketchbook, digital archives, material experiments, and writing exercises. Paying Attention offers a glimpse into how artists understand their work as a conversation within art and social history. 

“A lot of what we call interpretation is really just paying close attention” -David Salle

Featuring process works by:
Jon Duff
Bryan Lewis Saunders
Joana Stillwell
Joe Yorty
Christopher Mahonski
Catherine Fairbanks
Charlotte Rodenberg
Brianna Rigg
Josh Thorud
Nicolas O’Brien
Sara Clarken
Theo Mullen
Carl Marin
Suzuki Elico
Yasuto Yura
Jon-Phillip Sheridan
Courtney McClellan
Alexandra de Leon

Paying Attention runs through October 9th.
Opening reception on Friday, September 2nd from 6-9pm.
Closing event on Friday, October 7th from 6-9pm.

In conjunction with Paying Attention, Sediment is opening our Public Art Book Library, featuring 300+ contemporary art publications from rare exhibition catalogs too formative essay collections. The Library is made possible by contributors including members of Sediment and permanent gifts from friends including Knight Landesman (ArtForum). The Library offers public access during gallery hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm. Many of the features books are recent publications and not available in any other library in the Richmond area. Visitors are also welcome by advanced appointment outside of gallery hours.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Color Theory Exercise #2

 I demoed creating emotion with monochromatic color. Then simplifying colors into 6 + color values using Adobe editing tools and software>>
Next students will transfer compositions to paper and paint utilizing a minimum of 5 values of chosen color. I demoed color mixing and brush technique in class. clean flat graphic  colors required!
Research: Mark Tansey and Joseph Crone

Black and White Figure Ground Reversal Exercises

In class exercises playing with contrast to create graphic line with figure ground reversal

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Artist Statement

I try to find the magic in the world around me. I build a utopia for myself when making and hope to capture a piece of my existence/experience on paper. I am consumed and always have been by making, creating a story that is my own but communicates to someone. It is that need for communication that drives me despite the weight of the world around and also in spite of it.

On the Boat!

I am back on the boat after having a baby (a healthy baby girl names Zelda). I have some work at Sediment Gallery this month, started teaching at VCU part time again and have been busy busy in the studio. I finally documented the last of the Goddess, God, Goat series prints.

Monday, January 4, 2016

In progress Celestial Whales

So I am going a little off the deep end playing with pattern and color but I hope you enjoy none the less, I'm having a bit of fun myself.