Friday, October 23, 2015

Snow and Evergreens

Detail from untitled sketch 36x48", ©HonorMarks 2015
Not sure if this guy will end up being shown, but when I'm not wiping bottoms and cleaning up boo-boos I am still out there exploring this soulful mysterious world we live in (actually the bottoms and boo-boos are part of the soulful and mysterious, too, but a little less majestic.)

Detail from untitled underpainting, oil on canvas 36x48", ©HonorMarks 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Do small things with great love

Marigold, 36x36”, oil on canvas, $3600
The common flower often overlooked in our gardens, upon closer inspection, turns out to be unfurling with such glorious color and spiraling gold-dipped petals that she puts the rose to shame.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Alma Mater

Sunset in Sewanee

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”  -Roald Dahl

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Mistletoe, 3x9", oil on canvas, $325

Revered by the Celts (who are said to have harvested it by moonlight with a golden scythe), mistletoe is associated with modern Christmas celebrations. Although it is poisonous to humans and pets, mistletoe is an important winter food source and habitat for birds and increases biodiversity in the habitats of the host plant.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Midas Touch

24 karat gold leaf
Occasionally I have the great good fortune to work with other artists doing fantastical things in historic homes downtown. This was one of those days.

Restoration by Karl Smith's Stencilsmith.

Monday, August 31, 2015


"Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way." -Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juan

(images: Golden Orb Weaver web, sketch of web)

A Golden Orb Weaver spider built her web beside the sliding glass door next to the main easel in my studio. It was unsettling to be that close to such a large spider at first (4" if you include the legs) but now it's a joy to watch her (and it didn't hurt that she took care of the wasp problem that our bug guy couldn't solve). When her food supply dwindled, she moved over a few feet to be in full sun where she's faring much better. She rebuilds parts of her web every day. When it rains she hangs onto her web by two back feet (!) and swings in the breeze letting the drops (fierce in this week's storms) roll right down her back. When the storm is over she is still for a while and then goes back to work, knitting with her back legs something no human sculptor could reproduce in its delicacy, strength, and breathtaking geometry. As I struggle to find balance in my current circumstances, I find comfort in her presence. I like her unflagging persistence, the way she rides out storms day after day after day, and the constant dismantling and reworking of her web. I seem to be getting spiritual instruction from my tiny monstrous muse.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

ArtMag article

Tomato Series commissioned by the Seekings hangs in their kitchen.

My work is featured in ArtMag's "The Collectors Series" about Mike and Michele Seekings incredible art collection.