Sunday, July 24, 2011

A new painting, finally!

I finally finished this little piece that's been sitting around the studio for months now.


Composition in Primaries
acrylic on cardboard
10.75" x 16"

I was inspired by abstract expressionism. The primary color palette comes from the color scheme of my studio.  I love the combination of red, yellow, and blue.  There is something so essential, elemental, and basic about using the three of them together.  It is stripped down, yet complex at the same time.

It's a departure from my customary monochromatic compositions.  This is my second attempt at making a color-blocked post-consumerist piece.  Using the primary color scheme made it easier for me, I think.  By setting up strict constraints on which colors to use, it was easier to start and to finish.

Here is a detail of the painting.


You can buy "Composition in Primaries" at my Etsy shop, where I am selling it for $86 plus shipping. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Now offering tutoring in the areas of my expertise

Check out my new website,, to find out about the tutoring services I provide.  My teaching career began back in 2000 when I started teaching SAT prep classes.  Recently it occurred to me that I could also offer private instruction in other areas that interest me, which is why the subjects I can teach adult learners include Abstract Painting, Color Theory, Art History, Drawing Techniques, Film Theory, and Interior Design.

So if you're a Chicago area art or design student who needs help, visit the site for more information.  Or if you're not in art or design school but want to learn how to create abstract paintings or even how to design the interior of your home or office, I can help you with that too.  I'm really excited about this new venture and am glad to have found another way to use my artistic and design skills.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Artists of the 2011 Gold Coast Art Fair

I just got back from this year's Gold Coast Art Fair in Grant Park.  It was great to see some old favorites, like Case Island Glass, as well as some new favorites, like Dovile Riebschlager.  Here are some new additions to my list of artists I think you should know about:

These artists all have great websites, but the festival is definitely worth seeing in person.  If you're in the Chicago area, you have one more day to see it, tomorrow, July 10th from 9 a.m. til 7 p.m.  If you missed this year's Taste of Chicago, going to the Gold Coast Art Fair will also give you a second chance to feast in Grant Park, as there is a plentiful assortment of food vendors this year.  For more information, visit the fair's official site here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Introducing Cerulean Rhapsody

At long last, a photo of my latest Post-Consumerist piece, Cerulean Rhapsody. 

Cerulean Rhapsody, avant garde contemporary abstract painting in shades of cerulean blue, cyan, and turquoise on recycled paper and cardboard

Cerulean Rhapsody, 2011
Acrylic, ink, watercolor, and latex on paper and cardboard
38” x 46”
It will debut at my solo show tomorrow night in the Second Floor Gallery of the Fine Arts Building.   This piece is the first one I've used latex paint in.  I used it only as a base coat and went over it numerous times with acrylics, as well as latex and ink.  When I fall in love with a color, I use it in every level of transparency and opacity.  You'll never guess what inspired me:

the brilliant blue of my Sony Vaio laptop was the inspiration for the color scheme of Cerulean Rhapsody

That's right, my new laptop was my inspiration.  What a magical shade of blue.
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