Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"Communication Gap" oil on masonite 6x8"

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This was one of the other pastures I walked by on my "long walk". What is it about cows that they think everything is so interesting? even chubby little women walking down country roads. I could understand it if I had fed them at sometime. We use to have cows next door and I learned really quickly that they have food memory. I would feed them from my vegetable garden. I think it was fun for both of us!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Here's Lookin' At You" oil on masonite 5x5"

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As you may or may not know, I am doing the 3 Day, 60 mile walk for breast cancer research in September. I did a "long" walk this weekend as part of my prep. These guys thought I was pretty interesting! It was funny how different the cows were from pasture to pasture. One group was terrified and scampered away from the fence as fast as they could. Others just seem hypnotized. It's going to be fun to see the little guys grow as I walk all summer.

Monday, April 28, 2008

"Distant Memory" oil on masonite 6x8"

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Painting the figure is like a strange addiction. If one were to think of painting as commerce they would certainly paint what has proven to be a viable product. That said, when brush is in hand self indulgence takes over.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

"Tildee" oil on masonite 5x5"

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When you live in the country, as we do, animals just seem to show up. As we wandered the garden one evening we heard a faint meowing. We already housed several feline darlings but we knew right away it was not one of their voices. From under a tree came the most peculiar looking cat. There was this tiny body on top of long, long fluffy legs. Housed in that odd body was an amazing personality. We took her to our local vet only to find out her odd looks were due to low body weight. Where ever she came from they had not been feeding her. At the same time we had a young male cat that had not been with us long. His energy and attention was NOT welcomed by the older cats in the household. He and this little stray hit it off immediately. She became the distraction he needed to get him to stop tormenting the older pets. She's been with us about 5 years now. The skinny little body has been replaced by a round, plump one. She's full of spirit and smart as a whip. This painting gives you a peek into that wonderful little spirit.

Friday, April 25, 2008

"The Fountain" oil on masonite

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This is another area of the grounds at Don Gaspar. We sat at these little glass tables, shipping wine and wondering who had rented "the big house"

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Sarah Sphere 3" oil on masonite 5x7"

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Painting is such an interesting animal. After yesterday's post I got a very ernest email from another painter praising my piece and explaining to me how much better it was than my series of the woman with the ball. That's the time that your brain begins to rummage around and try to identify why you do what you do. Not only is this today's piece but I started to recreate the orignal Sarah image but 20x30". Guess I still want to paint what makes my brain fire.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Hoodies" oil on masonite 6x6"

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Being a si fi fan this image seemed somewhat sinister. Can't you just see these guys coming to life long after the mall has sent the last customer packing? arms flailing, hats up....not a Hallmark movie!

Monday, April 21, 2008

"Courtyard at Don Gaspar" oil on masonite 5x7"SOLD

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This is one of the small areas we sat in during our stay at Don Gaspar. Santa Fe isn't unusually hot but still, the cool atmosphere sitting under these trees was hypnotic.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

"Sarah Sphere 2" oil on masonite 5x7"

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And yet another image of my beautiful neighbor. I think everything about her is so expressive. These paintings certainly don't portray her personality though. She's wild and funny, always brightly informed. I just hope she won't get bored with all of this.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

"Angst" oil on masonite

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When I started these I never intended to do any without objects. However, this almost seemed like her hands and arms became objects. Sarah is such a good sport! I hope she'll continue to pose. We haven't talked since her first image was posted so I can only assume she's still speaking to me.

Friday, April 18, 2008

"Sarah Vessel 1" oil on masonite 6x10"

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I was up at 4:15Am today to be sure I could paint before I had to go to an appointment at 9:20. It's my day off and I HATE having to leave the property. I can't impress on anyone enough how hard it was to swing my legs off the side of the bed and lift my body off. If you haven't been following the news, Washington state is having some kind of freak weather. It's April 18th and it snowed. That means getting out of bed at that hour was cruel! My studio floor is concrete to boot! Boy, at this point I'm so glad I did. This series is materializing just like I hope. I can't thank my neighbor, Sarah enough for posing. Shhhhhhhhh, don't tell her but I've got some more ideas................

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

"March of the Ball Gowns" oil on masonite 5x7"SOLD

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All this fluff in one place is kind of eerie. Confession: I look for excuses to dress up. For the first 5 years after I was married we donned our wedding attire and went out. Once it was a pizza parlor. I could care less! Unfortunately my spouse tore his trousers so that was the end of that. If you follow my blog you know I wore my dress for Halloween in 2007.

Monday, April 14, 2008

"Sarah Sphere 1" oil on masonite 5x7"

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Yes! It is the model I wanted when this whole idea came about. She's such a good sport. Believe it or not she's part American Indian. In fact, she's a lawyer that specializes in Indian Law. She lives right next door to me (convienent). Amazing story teller and all around fascinating person. Trust me! you're going to be seeing more of her.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

"Market Music" oil on masonite 5x7"

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I'm so impressed by the music artists that frequent our famous Pike Place Market. Imagine trying to paint for change in front of thousands of people.

Friday, April 11, 2008

"Breakfast At Don Gaspar" oil on masonite 5x7"

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My husband, Ross is a sculptor. He shows at a wonderful place 5 miles north of Santa Fe called Shidoni. If you ever get the chance you MUST visit. It's an artist's foundry and sculpture garden. The owner, Tommy Hicks is legend. Anyway, we go every other year to deliver new work. There's a bed and breakfast called Don Gaspar. It is beyond words. This painting is the little dining room where we enjoy the most wonderful breakfast and delightful conversations with the caretakers.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

"Glass Ball II" oil on masonite 4x7"

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This is a bit self indulgent I'm sure. I really want to do this series. I'm not going to for warn you about what's to come. You might decide to not come back. Let's just say the mind is a frightening place.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

"The Bridge" oil on masonite 5x7" NFS

This is actually here, in our wonderful state. My sister in-law comes each year to hike with a good friend. The friend has a birthday and...well, you know what she's getting!

Monday, April 07, 2008

"Party Perfect" oil on masonite 5x7"

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Funny, but when I look at this group of dresses all I can think of is Dancing With The Stars. When I was painting these images of the mannequins dancing around the mall after all the doors are locked. Kind of a Stephen King prom.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

"Glass Ball 1" oil on masonite 4x7"

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I had this crazy idea for a series of paintings. All I would need was the co-operation of my cute, young, blonde neighbor. Only problem? when I got ready to go ask her I realized she was in the middle of a very busy Sunday. Consequence? not so cute, older brunette. Did I learn anything? Yep! I might want to lay off the weights.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

"Window Shopping" oil on masonite 5x7" available from the artist

The title for this is probably a wee bit misleading. I'm pretty sure this was a Tavern. I guess it COULD be window shopping........

Friday, April 04, 2008

"Stand Tall" oil on masonite 5x7" available from the artist

Being a "product" of the 60s this yellow dress had lots of appeal to me. Funny, for some strange reason I'm now in contact with some of my high school friends. It makes me laugh to think of the girl then and the woman now. That girl would never had stood like these figures, even if she had the dress. This woman would have no problem!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

"Dreamweaver" oil on masonite 5x7"

Seeing these window displays evokes one set of feelings but when you have to disect them to paint another set of feelings comes to the surface. I actually like the almost mechanical aspect of this set up. I also like their undies...