The Painting Journey Continues

Our painting Journey Continues with Nancy Hillis’ Studio Journey online abstract painting workshop. Her assignments help free up your expressive inspirations through exploration and self confidence. Growth emerges through experimentation. My own personal journey has opened up possibilities far beyond what I faced even weeks ago. Thanks Nancy!

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Collector’s Choice: Helen Frankenthaler

“Jacob’s Ladder” by Helen Frankenthaler


Although this painting shares a name with the biblical tale of Jacob’s dreamed ascent toward heaven, and also with an ancient Egyptian toy, Frankenthaler insisted this work had no illustrational intention: “The picture developed (bit by bit while I was working on it) into shapes symbolic of an exuberant figure and ladder, therefore Jacob’s Ladder.

Working in New York in the 1950s, Frankenthaler painted large-scale unprimed canvases on the floor to explore new ways of handling distinctively thinned paint. The artist said she borrowed from Jackson Pollock her “concern with line, fluid line, calligraphy, and … experiments with line not as line but as shape.”


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Helen Frankenthaler was an American abstract expressionist painter. She was a major contributor to the history of postwar American painting. Wikipedia
Died: December 27, 2011, Darien, CT
Spouse: Stephen M. DuBrul Jr. (m. 1994–2011), Robert Motherwell (m. 1958–1971)
Periods: Lyrical abstraction, Post-painterly abstraction, Color Field, Modern art, Abstract expressionism

Collector’s Choice: Thérèse Murdza




Coming to the paint

Before I could tie my own shoes, I played a small accordion. I studied piano, saxophone, then jazz and music theory at a Maryland public high school. In college, I studied theater performance, learning new forms of materializing sounds in transitory space. I acted, directed, and wrote poetry and plays.




After graduation I distilled my writing further, in search of the precise moments of emotion and of contact. Not narrating the beginnings and ends, but middles; the being in the middle of things.

Years spent living up and down the mid-Atlantic coast (Baltimore, MD; Rehoboth Beach, DE; Brooklyn + New York, NY; Washington, DC; Durham, NC) had me drawing on big paper and literally taking the words apart. Disintegrating the shapes of the words into lines, circles, squares and color. Seeing music, hearing words, somehow marking sound in charcoal, ink, pencil, and then: paint.



Since 2000, I’ve worked almost exclusively on hand-stretched canvas, in turns building large, sometimes multi-paneled works on canvas, and smaller works on canvas and paper. From my studio in Portland, OR, I partner with gallerists, design professionals, art agents, and private clients to place my paintings nationwide.








I would like to give special thanks to Thérèse Murdza for allowing me to feature her art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.



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Let’s Play the The Collection Game!

Here is one of my very most favorite games I love to play. It involves one of my best fantasies: I am in the midst of the usual strife of each day, trying to stretch time, money and ideas to cover the demands of the immediate future when all of a sudden: vola! I have been demanded to amass an art empire by designing, orchestrating and completing an art collection of immeasurable value for a very high end client.

What would I include? What would I amass?
Well, first of all, I would procure a little thesis, much like I did when I received my graduate degree in painting. I would develop a theme, a propensity, a proclivity.

That proclivity would be that which I know and love the most: abstract painting, or non-objective painting. I could really put together a well informed collection, I believe. So let’s see…
What would be the keystone pieces? Would I want to uncover pieces that no one has ever seen? Or would I choose pieces that though familiar, stand up to the rigors of constant critical surveillance?
Oh yes. The available bank account is from my high end client Warren Buffett. He is my priority, you see, and I have a mighty job ahead of me. I most definately need everyone’s help with this. Are you on board?

Send me your thoughts, suggestions, ideas.




Barbara Gooding

When we get this collection together, let’s send it as a proposal to Mr. Buffett. He needs a new challenge in his life. Agreed? Let’s go for it!

So for a Monday afternoon stroll, I have picked up several desirable aquisitions. Check them out!

And there you have it. Not bad for a Monday. Kind of absolves those Monday blues/blahs, doesn’t it?

Oh by the way, post your vote for your choice !



Make someone happy!