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Crazy new challenges and the “Venus de Who”

I accepted every “challenge” I got, from creating a piece a day for 30 days to a piece a day for five, and for a reason. They have forced me to think beyond the three-week long oil on canvas and even the small watercolors, since I really am striving to incorporate as much as I know in the 2-D world into single pieces. This is giving me an excuse to brush up on many mediums that I haven’t touched in a long time, and make them work in ways that I haven’t used them yet.

Erika Carty came to our Artshare meeting last night bearing gifts. The pastels she had included colors I don’t have and since I am starting to use them in my watercolors…I also have to give an acknowledgement to Mell Bosch who suggested using chalk pastels like I do oil pastels with my water-based paint. I took those pastels and played with them, only including Sharpie markers. I wet the paper first. And, there is no watercolor paint in this piece.

"Venus de Who", (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, pastel on watercolor paper

“Venus de Who”, (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2015, pastel on watercolor paper  6″ x 6″


So, as I continue to work these challenges, this is a piece that I may not have ever produced otherwise! Thanks for this challenge!


Eventually, it all makes sense…

Eventually, it all makes sense….

Eventually, it all makes sense…

It’s been an interesting exploration of materials and sensibilities, but I think I am starting to hit the destination of this part of my artistic ramblings.

I’ll make some comments per piece:

Link (originally called Mettle), 2013. @Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. MM on canvas, 12" x 12"

“Link” (originally called “Mettle”), 2013. (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst. MM on canvas, 12″ x 12″

This is not 100% finished, but it made some very impressive leaps right out of my control today. I am finding that palette knife application is helping with some of the grit and spontaneity I want to show. Though I love working with the plaster, this is also more stable, and I will get enough of the desired surface. I expect to add more paint, copper foil and wire to this. This is one of the 14 pieces that will be part of the Seacoast Moderns collaboration piece that will be displayed during the “Mettle” show at the Kittery Art Association,September 19-October 13.

"Replanting", 2013. (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst,  MM on canvas panel, 9" x 12"

“Replanting”, 2013. (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on canvas panel, 9″ x 12″

I love that I don’t automatically discard “failures”. The photography on here originally buckled, but this has been sitting under other art for a few months, and nicely flattened out. I added a lot of paint today-and there will be more to come. This is part of the “Razing the Garden” series.

The next two pieces are part of the “Rural Contracts” series, but are referencing a very different part of rural peoples’ realities. Much more to be done on these!

"Reservations 1", 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on particle board, 18" x 14".

“Reservations 1″, 2013 (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, MM on particle board, 18″ x 14”.

“Reservations 2”, 2013 (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst


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.

Since February-wow

I have too many excuses. No excuse, and I know that successful bloggers don’t go there.

Summer Yellows 2, mixed media, 6"x 6 ".

Summer Yellows 2, mixed media, 6″x 6 “.

Violence Against Women Act

In all of my wildest dreams, I never thought this would ever be contested. Huh? And, now, according to some parties, it isn’t good for men? Yeah, I guess. For wife-beaters, Lesbian-haters, and men who just have to show their violence against Native women.

I have started a piece that is a digital transfer to canvas that is as sickening as it is strong. I have saved this image, and the pieces are not attached so this can become a series. This is what the actual scan looks like.

Violence Against Women 1, digital print on canvas from a drawing and photograph-first morph, in progress

Violence Against Women 1, digital print on canvas from a drawing has been made. This is the scan.

(c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst



I am in the process, as I have mentioned a few times, of breaking out of the geometric mode that I was in and experimenting with collage, etc.

This is the newest of those pieces. After I came home yesterday and sorted through the 132 pictures that I shot (see last few posts), I dug through a pile of very old prints (last decade), and came up with an 10″x8″ macro of a tulip. That’s where it started.

More experimental work

“Unraveling”, 2013 collage/mixed-media, 8″x8″ (c) Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst

(The “image” in the upper-left does not exist-it’s reflection. That area is fairly flat color.)

In this piece is also a print of a painting from the Art in Small Places series-making the statement that it’s done. And, I don’t see the unraveling process as negative, at all. It is still a continuum, and I can analyze it now with the knowledge of what came before and after. I will take from that and expand.


I never thought I would ever say that not knowing exactly where I want my art to go would be liberating. And, it isn’t really. But, this process of finding it is. I have work ready for the next shows, so I am covered until May. And, my one-person in May is one that I could probably do a retro. Cross my fingers on that.

So, the exercises and questions continue. What’s fun about these periods is I visit mediums I don’t usually. Today was all about markers and pencil.

"Jade in marker", 2013-another exercise. Marker on paper.

“Jade in marker”, 2013-another exercise. Marker on paper.

"Scissors in marker" 2013

“Scissors in marker” 2013

"Sexy Kleenex" pencil, 2013.

“Sexy Kleenex” pencil, 2013.


So, in my search for my perfect mode of expression for my ever-changing and expanding universe-all right, a crock, but you get where I am going… I am playing with lots of different ideas. Some are so banal they are giggle-worthy and gag-producing, but they are being entertained, nonetheless. As I drain the mental colander, and sift out the lumps, it’ll be interesting to see where this goes. The collages are part of the process. I am also doing some random drawing and painting exercises to refresh rendering skills, etc.

"Horse Bank" Watercolor, watercolor pencil 7"x7"

“Horse Bank” Watercolor, watercolor pencil 7″x7″

"Clam Shell 2", watercolor and watercolor pencil, 7"x7"

“Clam Shell 2″, watercolor and watercolor pencil, 7″x7”