Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Butterfly", oil on masonite, 4x6"

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In Washington state this is considered a noxious weed. Hard to believe.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

"Many Reds", oil on masonite, 5x7

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These wonderful flowers remind me how much work is ahead to get the property tuned up for the 2007 season. I'm tired just thinking about it....but it will be worth every bead of sweat.

Monday, February 26, 2007

"Boot Cut", oil on masonite, 5x7"

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There was something about this jolt of color surrounded by all the denim. I'm not a jeans kind of gal but the orange dress.................

Sunday, February 25, 2007

"3 Chicks", oil on masonite, 5x5"

This is the remainder of the group from yesterday. After spending so much time painting headless display figures I was really looking forward to these. Neither of them turned out the way I had envisioned; in fact I've repainted "2 Chicks" already. However, I really enjoyed doing them and, like the cat images, will continue regardless.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

"Two Chicks", oil on masonite, 5x5"

There were actually 5 chicks but I couldn't make the composition work. Now there will be TWO paintings. The title felt like it should have something to do with gossip but I couldn't work that out either. A day of compromises.

Friday, February 23, 2007

"In The Shadows", prismacolor, 6x8" DONATED

I've posted several of may cat images already and they've all tanked as far as public response. Guess I'm not too worried about it. He's fun to render and I love the pencils.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

"Plaid", oil on masonite, 4x4":

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Today I'm revisiting the plate series. Sometimes I think your skills, like the muscles in your body, become numbed by repetition. You have to move away to move forward.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Latte Please", oil on masonite, 5x5"

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I'll never understand the willingness to pay the same for one cup of fancy Joe that a pound of reasonable ground coffee costs. That's probably not natural coming from someone so close to Seattle.

Monday, February 19, 2007

"Buttons", oil on masonite, 5x7" SOLD

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The delicate nature of these gowns makes for such an elegant statement.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

"The Tower", oil on masonite, 4x6"

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I still remember my first running shoes. It was 1975 and there were only about 3 brands and none had more then one model. Now it's just like the cookie isle at the store. You don't know where to begin.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Friday, February 16, 2007

Thursday, February 15, 2007

"Above The Fray", oil on masonite, 4x4"

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I'm not sure why I'm so intrigued with these male figures (really? duh!) but I've always loved vest etc. There's something so incredibly sexy about that attire.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

"The Horseman Cometh", oil on masnite, 4x4"

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As I look back over this series I realize how heavily weighted it is with female imagery. The few masculine garments are casual and loose. When I saw these powerful chests, high above the other displays I stopped dead in my tracks. It was almost a Bond moment. I LOVE dress up!

Monday, February 12, 2007

"Ball Gown", oil on masonite, 6x6" SOLD

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This dress is in the most amazing little shop. The floor is so full of gowns you can barely think. I introduced myself to the owners and explained about my paintings. They were most certainly foreign born and the conversation was a little labored. However, once they got over their skepticism they were very proud to have me wander the floor, appreciating all that they had painstakingly picked. When I reached the back of the store I was frozen with the sight of this lushious gown. It stood alone between two mirrors, elevated from the main floor. The color of the carpet defies definition. Teamed with the sherbert hues of the dress it was truly magical.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

"The Necklace", oil on masonite, 5x7"

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When I got married both my nieces as well as their mother wore white. They were my wedding party. Seeing this little dress next to the adult version brought back memories of that day. Not traditional then and probably not now. I'm so glad we did it the way we did.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

"The Two Step", oil on masonite, 4x4" SOLD

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I was really grateful that this store was closed. I'm not much of a shopper but I sure appreciate whimsy in shoes. I would probably have wanted to buy almost every single one of these. The stupid part? I almost NEVER wear jeans. That leaves one to wonder what in the heck I would wear them with. Our house was built in 1939. That means NO closets. Storage could be and issue.

Friday, February 09, 2007

"Pick Pink", oil on masonite, 5x5"

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This somehow reminds me of my mother. She was very elegant, very southern and always very well dressed. She died when she was 47 so in my minds eye she never got old. I didn't get her long, lanky genes so I never quite was the daughter she had in mind. I think she hoped to raise a Miss America. Instead she got a stocky athelete with scraped knees and elbows and a desire to run with the boys. I wish I had known her better.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

'Faux", oil on masonite, 5x5" SOLD

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I'm afraid the color on this is not accurate. The overall gold is actually more on the green side. One of the photo bulbs blew out just as I was photographing. I don't think I can get one at this time of night. Sorry.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"New Again", oil on masonite, 4x6"

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We live in a small town where many of the families have been here for generations. Some days it's hard to know who works in the shops and who's shopping. Everyone mills around, in and out, behind the counters carrying on like it was a coffee clatch. This is in one of those glorious shops. The Jackie O wanna be is tucked back in a corner, surrounded by hangers full of history just waiting to be loved again. The hats rotate in and out but the rest stays pretty much the same. I've come to count on that.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

"Ollie Eye", prismacolor on paper, 6x8 DONATED

We have 5 cats. They are all over indulged but this big guy is visually magic for me. He's sitting in my lap, helping me with the computer as I write. It's a ritual we share.

Monday, February 05, 2007

"Safety In Numbers", oil on masonite, 4x6"

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I'm becoming oddly comfortable with these headless creatures. The title comes from this strange feeling I get from this angle. It's almost as if they are huddling together, depending on the strength of the group. As much as I miss painting heads I almost don't miss them with these three.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Saturday, February 03, 2007

bronze pour

This is an image of one of our custom door knobs. I was cast here on the property. Our company name is Roknob.
We have 6 bronze artists coming to our place today to pour their work. There should be about another 15 to watch. That means I'm feeding breakfast and dinner to about 20. It's always a smashing good time but it left no time for painting yesterday and it's unlikely I will make it into the painting studio today. Deviled eggs, cinnimon rolls, crackers with peanut, ginger,cilantro dip this AM, savory cheese cake with pita chips, roasted vegetable meatloaf, mashed potatoes with mustard, green beans and a pasta salad with snap peas and peanut sauce this afternoon. Of course beer and wine and a macadamia nut, caramel chocolate ganache tart to finish. I'll waddle out to paint tomorrow. Thanks for checking in.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

"2 Belles", oil on masonite, 4x6" SOLD

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There was something sort of lonely about these two gowns, silently standing in the window with no sign of proper escort.