Category Archives: collage


In the prep for having my sister here for the week-end, I have up-ended the apartment to find places to store art that I did not want on the floor, and rearranged the walls to accommodate more of the recent work that hasn’t sold.

I have found canvases, in the process, that have images that do not work. Bonus!!! I tend to get like a mother when I paint something, only to realize that if I saved all of these children….landfills would overflow.

Let the repainting begin. An 18″ x 24″ canvas has a coat of Zinc Oxide. There are canvas panels waiting for me to wipe off their original images.

A bad 18" x 24" getting a rehab so it can be something else

A bad 18″ x 24″ getting a rehab so it can be something else

Canvas panels that I inherited that will be repainted that fit behind.

Canvas panels that I inherited that will be repainted that will fit behind the iron roses.


Notes for July 14, 2013

"October Surprise", 2013. mixed media including plaster, photo, twigs, oils, 11" x 14".

“October Surprise”, 2013. mixed media including plaster, photo, twigs, oils, 11″ x 14″.

As the work continues to evolve, I am having successes and failures. This is probably the most stable, and for that reason, the most successful, plaster piece to date. I think, after this one, I will reserve plaster work for cooler, drier days. In the meantime, though this piece is off-topic, because it really doesn’t have any social message, the snow/plaster combination seems to be working.

"Mettle", 2013, oil photo, copper foil and wire on canvas, 12" x 12".

“Mettle”, 2013, oil, photo, copper foil and wire on canvas, 12″ x 12″.

The copper and wire are not here yet, and this is in it’s infancy. This piece will be part of the Moderns show at the KAA in September. Even with Liquin, this little bit of impasto is still wet.

My economic situation seems to be changing, and I am feeling comfortable with the idea of buying the necessary equipment to start working in paint again. Feels great!!


Humidity is evil!

I grew up in southern California, where lots of things are evil, but humidity is rarely one of them. In my most recent art, I am trying many things, and revisiting mediums with maybe a different angle than eons ago. I have found success in some—and real problems, with others!

I did a fair number of pieces, and larger ones (48″ x 32″) where the plaster remained stable, as long as I poured some white glue in with it. I kept the layers fairly thin on application, as well.

I am experiencing cracking as the pieces cure (now), though even 5 years ago, in Barrington, because the humidity was lower, I did not have a problem. Even after curing, I am still dealing with it! I also think that working with the powder vs. the pre-mixed might also have been a factor, though I am not sure why.

So, any FYI for those of you playing in this medium-I love it but it’s heavy, and now…unstable. I will update if I find a solution.


The Find that I have no clue what I will do with!!

The Find that I have no clue what I will do with!!

I am non-religious, but spiritual, and I do believe that when you ask, certain needs are answered. I am reading the “Hunger Games”. and these are the kinds of  answers I get. And, when I least expect them.

I have no idea what I will do with this but I watched the bench decay. Today, as I was taking out my trash, I realized that it had been hit by a fallen limb from the tree it sat under. Other yard waste was also present. The bench was flattened.

I uncovered it, dragged it to the deck, cleaned and sanded it down. As a mixed-media, found object painter,  it is a gem.

Last week, for the same reason (looking for materials),  I picked up wood from some body else’s trash. I now have a tabletop.


Piece in progress


"For Those Who Built It", (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 22" x 5 1/2, MM, not finished

“For Those Who Built It”, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 22″ x 5 1/2, MM, not finished

I am not anywhere close to finished here-but it is coming along.

Also, stay tuned for Kittery Art Association Seacoast Moderns updates. The group has gelled.

I like plaster, always have! “Just Another Brick”, in progress

"Just Another Brick" (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, 14 1/2"x 13 1/2", plaster, wood, photo, acrylic
“Just Another Brick” (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, 14 1/2″x 13 1/2″, plaster, wood, photo, acrylic

The newest in the sub-series called “Home Sweet Home” where I am really trying to present some of the quiet poverty of New England in a sympathetic, but in a not “in your face” way.

Still wet, and unfinished, and I had forgotten how much fun it is to work with and paint plaster.

Called “The People Who Built It”

Farm with Flag, 2013, to be used in the next painting I may be looking for planks from fences, barns, whatever…
I am really liking where this is going.
I know where to find flag fabric, too…images soon…

New art, thoughts

As I am working through the serious mound of ideas, I am finding “supplies”. Wood at Home Depot marked to be…firewood, I guess, and not for sale. I found some discarded materials on Sunday. On 125, on my way home. Love serendipity.

Stay tuned.

I just printed one photo that I will use that has the name of the farm on it. The farm name will go away. I am finding it interesting that this big city girl is now concerned with rural poverty. I am not sure how much of the US city folk realize how bad some rural families have it.

Like I said, stay tuned…


When I started this blog nearly two years ago, I was returning to really familiar art terms from an earlier time. I have been to so many places in my work that I guess I will continue to recapitulate in some manner that is familiar now and for the rest of my career.


Kind of.

I am now pushing out boundaries in the sense that I never included photography in the 1980s mixed medium pieces. But, who had access to digital at that point, and I might have but there was the price of film and printing.

Yesterday, I went to one of my old favorite toy stores, Home Depot. I bought one vinyl floor tile and Japan drier, scooped up a few samples of vinyl tiles, and snagged two pieces of free wood. Since the work has much to do with structural decay, the texture and colors of the tiles made sense. I was also looking for textured surfaces that I can paint. For 89 cents, I get 12″ x 12″ that are all ready to go.

As I continue to organize the KAA Moderns Group, I am also getting myself set for these shows.

(c)Dartt Hurst, "Posted, No Parking", 2013. Mixed media, vinyl and photographs

(c)Dartt Hurst, “Posted, No Parking”, 2013. Mixed media, vinyl and photographs

Home, sweet home 2

So the point of the next part of the “Rural Contracts” series, called “Home, sweet home” is to show the worse side of rural living, and incorporate collage elements with photographs that I have taken to heighten that “why” factor. ??????????