Friday, May 22, 2015

Ondine, Bathing Herself

"I am a lover without a lover
I am lovely and lonely and
I belong deeply to myself."
Warsan Shire

"Ondine, Bathing Herself"
30" x 30" 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Monoprinting On Gelatin

Have you ever tried monoprinting on gelatin? I just did, and wow! Was that ever addicting. After my first session, I was so excited by the endless possibilities, that I couldn't even sleep that night. 

I opted for making my own gelatin print plates, which have turned out to be surprisingly durable. Here's the recipe:

3 cups boiling water
3 cups glycerin (this will plasticize your gelatin, making it permanent)
12 Tbsp gelatin (or 14 packets)

Mix the glycerin and gelatin well. Add the boiling water and continue to mix. Pour the mixture into a 9" x 13" pan. Allow to cool and set. I made mine the night before I needed them.

Gelatin plates cooling and setting.

I decided to just play around with creating a cool stack of papers. This one was my favorite.

And then I sat around wondering what to do with my giant stack of papers. I decided to make some collages, greeting cards, and notebooks.

Coptic Bound Notebook
Hand Printed Papers
30 pages
4" x 5"

And then...THEN... my oldest son wandered out to the studio to try it out. I was so impressed with the images he captured that I wanted to share them with you. Raine has been meticulously working on a graphic novel for the past year and he wanted to print images for the covers of each chapter in his book. I really love how these are turning out, and I can't wait to get back into my studio with him to see more of his work.

You can see more of Raine's work and follow the progress of his graphic novel "Primordial" by liking Rainey Day Comics at

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Bad Wolf

"A single glance: a sudden
dart of pain stitching her
eyes before she
made a sound."

Stanley Kunitz

"Becoming The Bad Wolf"
30" x 30"
acrylic and grease pencil on wood.

Click on this link to watch a time lapse video of this painting being created.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The C-word

Ah yes. The "C" word: censorship. It happens to me all the time. For some reason, even respected art galleries think it is appropriate to censor the celebration of women. Or at least, that's how I see it. I paint naked women; strong, courageous, perfectly imperfect, naked women. I celebrate women. Time and time again I am told I cannot hang my art in a gallery, lest I offend family sensibilities.  And it happened again last week.

Really? Women's bodies create children, nourish children, and protect children. How is this not family friendly? This culture of body shaming needs to end. Women deserve to openly breastfeed. Women deserve to feel beautiful no matter their size. Women have the right to wear the clothes they want without being blamed for their rape. Women have the right to bear children, or not. They have the right to be celebrated.

Every time my art is censored, be it an art gallery, a newspaper or facebook, I feel like the celebration of women is being censored. So let's celebrate! Send this blog far and wide if you agree.

"The Fishing Partner"

"Tragedy of the G-String"

"The Vagina Warrior" No. 2

"Size: Laughter"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

He Said, She Said

It's the same old routine, every morning: she said, he said. I stagger out of bed at the crack of dawn so I can get a quick hike in with my dogs. As I walk down the hallway, the old dog plods sleepily along but the younger 7 pound rat terrier is running up the back of my legs and bouncing off me arse. "Let's go!", she says. "Throw my ball!", she says. And then I hit the kitchen where the youngest of  my mob, a large cat, is heading outside for the morning as the old timer is finally coming home. Another 7 pound brat, the old timer starts in with his relentless meowing. He has, after all, been away all night, presumably hunting, but who would know? "Feed me, already", he says, over and over, pawing at me with stabbing claws. And all this before the kids even get out of bed!
"She Said"
Acrylic, grease pencil and batik papers on wood
18" x 18"
"He Said"
Acrylic, grease pencil and batik papers on wood
18" x 18"
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love The Mornings Again

"You work so hard,
 just to end up at home crying yourself to sleep;
remember you're trying,
you are moving mountains
that have plagued you since you were young,
and you're trying so hard.
Keep fighting, fight until you have won.
Fight until you have found your way home,
until the sun comes back and
your heart learns to love the mornings again.
T.B. Laberge//Go Now
These are not finished pieces of art. They are backgrounds to some new stuff I am working on. I'll let you know when I get there.
But for right now they are layers and layers of paint and grease pencil that have been sanded, scratched, etched and are now waiting for their final transformation.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Wolf

"Love her but leave her wild."
"The Wolf"
24" x 48"