Saturday, December 13, 2014

Inspired by an interactive piece at the UC Berkeley Art Museum, I made a fun little sculpture in the kids area. The artist Charles Long created a wonderful display with blocks of plasticine for kids (and some adults) to make something and put it out for display. It was quite popular with my boys and I had a great time too! Since Nozkowski has been on my mind, I did a sculpture inspired by him. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Links: Nozkowski

The geometric and the organic in one string of lights.

An amorphous wreath.

This Shibori DIY coincides well with Nozkowski's aesthetic.

This little lamp is so like Nozkowski's amorphous shapes.

A quick and easy Nozkowski-inspired sculpture DIY.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Imagines Nozkowski 80s Album Cover

My parents had an album with a cover that featured a white grid in the background. I studied that cover along with all the others and still remember many of them now, 30 some years later. It definitely proves the strength of visual materials to a young child.
That grid came out in this Nozkowski inspired drawing. I couldn't help it.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

After Nozkowski

Pastels are like paint without the mess or the heady smell.  They make a painted drawing.  After a lot of time away I am finally feeling ready to work again.  Nozkowski is still my chief influence right now and so far I am really enjoying the creation of playful backgrounds and amorphous shapes.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Research: Nozkowski

Fresh Paint adaptation of Nozkowski Painting.
I've believed that a great way to understand an artist and his/her process is to copy one of their paintings. I chose this one because of the complexity of the background and mix of geometric and organic. Most of his paintings have this dichotomy, but this one is more apparent. 
The bits and pieces I learn about Nozkowski's process is forever inspirational. I especially like this tidbit on his connection to nature.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Lately, I've been uninspired. The busyness of back to school, helping my new Kindergartener with his homework, and new volunteering opportunities have all kept me from my first love of painting and creating. Until......I was digging around in my secret stash of articles, items, trinkets, and other special debris (a.k.a my morgue) when I discovered this old article I cut out of W Magazine a few years back. Apparently, it needed time to steep and showed itself just at the right moment when I'm ripe for ideas. It's an article about the artist Thomas Noskowski. He is an incredible painter who really speaks to my aesthetic. My plan is to research him, his work, his inspirations, find my own thoughts and create a little something of my own. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On Vacation: Paintings

I did these two painting while on vacation. The one above is from Miami. It's the view from a tram. No idea what building it is, I just thought it was very pretty. The painting below was done in Manarola, Italy in Cinque Terre. I was sitting in the middle of an adjacent terraced vineyard and did a quick watercolor. That was definitely one of the more beautiful and memorable travel moments I've had.