Monday, January 13, 2014
I have been painting birds for a long time, but my latest birds are freer, lighter and more open to something beyond…
Here is a short video of a watercolor being painted where a pair of white doves emerge from the page.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I have buried myself in interesting text books and I am busy learning the culture at Southwestern College. I love it, but it's taking all of my attention.
My watercolors are out and wet and ready and every day I drag my brush across the paper waiting for something to catch fire. I guess the higher level of consciousness required for inspired painting just isn't accessible to me yet.
I am posting a piece I started in August and laid on the finishing touches today, just to assure myself that I can still paint.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Teaching and sorting through stuff and saying goodbye to friends has been my focus this month. We are moving from North Carolina to Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a great opportunity to evaluate paintings, old and new, and decide which ones I am going to pack and ship across country. If a painting has been resting in the "unfinished" pile for over two years, it will probably never be completed. Those go in the bonfire.
It feels good to close the door on things that are not working.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
My best art comes when I am completely immersed in the flow of creating. Trying to paint, when other thoughts are whirling around in my head makes for weak paintings. They are stacking up, waiting for a time when I can give them my full attention and possibly bring them to completion. Maybe in August when we have a clear moving plan, or September when I take a break from teaching, or October when we are settled in in New Mexico, or ...
we will see.
Monday, May 21, 2012
For many years I posted a new painting on this blog nearly every day. I decided to do 2012 differently. I have spent more time just painting and thinking and letting go of my drive to produce. For me, the joy of painting is in the process so many paintings never quite get resolved. A fresh white sheet of Arches paper always tempts me to start anew.
I started this piece as a rock painting demonstration for a watercolor class. It evolved into an interesting lakeside scene, quite abstract it detail and yet clearly a place in nature.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
My oil painting has been selected for the 2012 Art of the Auction event for the North Carolina Museum of Art. in Raleigh, NC.
The auction preview is March 30, 2012. Then, April 14, 2012 the actual auction takes place with an exciting evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent and live auctions with all proceeds benefiting Museum exhibitions and education programs.
The oil painting “Fractured” transforms a flat surface into a space with great depth and relief. The background splits in half mimicking the split of the solid mass in the foreground. This fractured shape reveals a hint orange oozing from its cracks creating a fine aura and reminds the viewers they are looking at paint. The large solid mass with a gaping orifice sitting in a quiet expanse creates a mysterious feeling of solitude.
As I paint, the work evolves as it is being created and I am open to whatever happens- always looking to transcend concrete thought and expand the consciousness so that I may know something beyond what I knew the day before.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Thank you Ireland.
Friday, February 10, 2012
My favorite part of teaching is encouraging artists to let go, be free, and allow the watercolor to do its thing. Painting is most fun when you give up some control and watch the painting unfold. Life is a little like that too.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Dozens of coats of transparent watercolor form veils of pigment revealing the many layers in its history. This painting began with spontaneous linear strokes which took on recognizable landscape form. The white paper coming through creates a magical luminosity. Crisp final brushstrokes define little capsules evidencing the treasures buried beneath us.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Saturday, December 31, 2011
I want to try her again.
Saw the incredible Rembrandt show at the North Carolina Museum of Art yesterday. It is the largest collection of Rembrandts every shown in America and will travel to Minneapolis MN this summer. With his dramatic lighting and somber palette he really captured the moodiness and character of his subjects.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The PROCESS of making art more is far more satisfying to me than seeing the finished product. Most artists would agree- "doing" is better than "having done". I am working on capturing this process of painting through video. It is a whole new way of looking at art. I'm having fun.
Watch a two minute video of this watercolor coming to life.
Friday, March 11, 2011
11x13 Watercolor with India Ink background
Join us in the showroom from 5-8 this Friday March 11, 2011 for a reception to celebrate the wonderful paintings of local artist Amy Hautman!
The Virginia Gail Collection is excited to showcase a collection of the artist's "representational oils & watercolors with a whimsical twist."
The Virginia Gail Collection
201 S Estes Dr. in Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Chapel Hill/Carrboro 2nd Friday Artwalk 2nd Friday Artwalk events are free and open to the public
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Watercolor and India Ink on Paper
Saturday, January 29, 2011
I wanted to record the last of winter with this painting of the crisp leaves and berries tangled in the skeleton of the garden.