Friday, February 26, 2016

Working Through The Layers

As I began working on the the pink piece, I started with shapes and rapid movements of the brush on the canvas. This layer was followed by a thin glaze, a color-coating thin enough to see through, but still covering or almost hiding what was already on the canvas. More shapes and rapid brush strokes, representing other paintings long ago completed or memories of the past, were applied to the canvas, creating another layer. This again was followed be a transparent layer of glaze. In the end, I have lost count of how many total layers are on each piece. This process of layers coated by a thin glaze is what gave way to the name of this new collection of work; Working Through The Layers. There simply came a time when I knew the painting was finished. The astonishing part that struck me as I looked deeply into all of the layers, was that the sum of all these layers was so much less than the whole that they had created. Each of us have accumulated years of experiences, emotions, joy and pain, yet put them altogether and the person that has been created is so much greater than the total of all of those parts of the past. What is created:US

 I hope you will have a chance to come by this evening and look through the layers of the two new pieces and see what you can find.

Sanna Art
Studio 606
Pendleton Art Center

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spring Cleaning

When I was younger the tradition was to Spring Clean. I dreaded it, knowing that we would have to clean out everything. Not a spot in our home would be left untouched.  As an adult I can totally appreciate the idea behind the "Spring Cleaning". Things that haven't been used in awhile gets cleaned up and sent to one of the many charities that will get it to someone who can and will use it. Garbage, well let's just say my one can gets pretty full. The best part is what you have left.  It feels like a breath of "fresh air" has invaded every nook and cranny, and one can breath again.
When I retired, almost three years ago, I turned my energy towards my painting. It wasn't long before I looked around the studio and realized it had become very confining and small. The same thing had happened in my studio...time for a good "Spring Cleaning". I have embraced today's technology and applied many aspects of it towards the day-to-day functioning of my painting life.  Very quickly it has become a time consuming monster that has consumed more time and energy than I could of ever expected. I realize in this age of technology, there will always be something new that one should embrace in order to become successful. There comes a point where one needs to "Spring Clean". This process of consolidating, eliminating and changing, is in itself, a time consuming endeavor that will hopefully create a breath of Fresh Air. As the frigid air swarms down from the North, bringing with it snow and frigid winds Sherry and I are happily embracing this challenge. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of coffee, chocolate and green beans(those are Sherry's), ready to see us through the long haul. Knowing at the other end we will find a more workable, hopefully, less time consuming technological  bundle.

See you on the other end.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Filling Your Home With Art!

  Announcing the release of my first series of 2016
     Squiggles & Wiggles 


I truly love the fact that Fine Art America allows you to Fill Your Home With Art in so many unique ways. You can take your favorite art off the walls and use it on throw pillows, shower curtains even a bed cover is available. The pillow and phone cover below are only a few samples of the available items for the home. Everything from fine art prints on your choice of substrate to shower curtains and bed covers. You can even wrap your phone in your favorite piece of art.

Fine Art Print

Decorative Pillow

Phone Cover

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