I recently attended a plein-air painting workshop with Lois Dodd. She was accompanied by her long time friend and accomplished painter Elizabeth O’Reilly. It was an energizing week, rich with valuable critiques of our work. We discussed issues concerning the making of a painting, and Lois and Elizabeth generously shared insights into their own work.
Above and below are some of the paintings I did. The first two days on the marsh were perfect plein-air weather. The last three were drenching rain, but we had shelter, windows to paint from, and camaraderie to keep us inspired.
Top from left to right:
Marsh #3, 7.5”x10.25”, oil/canvas
Tree From Window, 12”x12”, oil/board
Mallets, 6.5”x11.5”, oil/canvas
I have been enjoying weaving “nest-like” shapes from plant materials I find while on my walks. I use the “random weave” technique, which has no pattern or formula that can be repeated or reproduced. As the weaving progresses, they become the 3-D versions of the graphite nest drawings I have worked on previously. The fibers are like the drawn line, varying in thickness and thinness, straight or twisting, loose and tight, all in a maze of interconnectedness.
Below are some completed nests made out of: grasses, lichen, orange roots, and vines
A selection of Drawn Nests. Graphite on paper
October 9, 2014–January 15, 2015
UNE Art Gallery
716 Stevens Avenue Portland, ME 04103
Wed–Sun 1–4 p.m., Thurs until 7 p.m.
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Coyote Connections features works by 31 Maine artists celebrating the Coyote and its relationships with the wild, the land, fellow wildlife, prey, families—mates, pups and parents—and with us humans as well. Included are sculpture, drawings, photographs, prints and paintings created in styles both figurative and abstract. Our Native People have revered the Coyote for its ancient wisdom, spirituality and wily adaptability—the trickster. These works of art capture the coyote’s play, pain and joy as well as its connection to urban dwellers, rural folk and farmers, those who hear Coyote’s song and those who don’t.