Saturday, May 16, 2009

Self-portrait: Prayer

approx 30"x40" multimedia on foamcore


I ask you this:
Which way to go?
I ask you this:
Which sin to bear?
Which crown to put
Upon my hair?
I do not know ,
Lord God,
I do not know.

Langston Hughes

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Gift for a Self-conscious ethnographer

Based on this post, this might not be the most appropriate gift. . .ding dang.
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Hanged man (The runner)

Acrylic on foam core 30"x 40"

I inverted a painting I was having trouble with. The runner seemed both smug and terribly innocent. The painting felt flat and too simple.

In this painting he is suspended between worlds. The Hanged Man is usually shown on a cross or a tree, but this man is no martyr. He has given something up, but I am not sure he has turned his gaze away.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Still life with birds

Acrylic on canvas, 16"x20"

I read a quote yesterday--"Depression is creativity unexpressed." I decided to test the theory that my crabbiness is not just related to holiday preparations, my growing to-do list or the economy. It has been so long since I have painted that my palette paper had mildew. So, am I less irritable? Maybe, I haven't really been tested yet. I may not have a new sunny outlook, but I do have a new painting of stuff in my family room.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Journal Covers

I painted these journal covers last week. The first one is an unlined sketchbook for me, the second is a lined journal for DJ, but the third one is up for grabs! Leave me a comment, I'll pick one at random (if I actually get more than one comment). I'll let the winner know where to send a SASE and whammo! Free hand painted journal!
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Monday, July 7, 2008

Well tended garden

mixed media on 8"x10" canvas panel

I painted this in Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier's Photo-Based Mixed Media class. The photo is one of my favorites of my mother and my daughter. Pumpkin was less than a day old and my mom had slept in the hospital waiting for her. I love my mother's loving gaze and the quietness of the photo and I wanted to place them in a peaceful natural environment while acknowledging the meaningful transition that had just occurred.

This piece is part of a series I have planned. Pumpkin was named for my grandmother who was named for her grandmother and I am planning pieces that focus on each of them. Certain themes, such as the family/tree, will probably be reused.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Painting tonight

I decided to paint a self-portrait tonight. DJ is (way) out of town & Pumpkin is fast asleep. We are supposed to have violent storms tonight, so I listened to the thunder and waited for Pumpkin to wake up or a tree to fall on the house. Luckily DJ took the camera with her--otherwise I may have been tempted to photograph and post it here. I look suspicious. I don't know if that is because I doubt my intentions or my competency, or if it because I was thinking about all the other things I should be doing other than painting. I should be doing dishes, I should be folding laundry, I should be sweeping the floor, I should be cleaning the counters, I should be cleaning out the tub, I should be picking up my bedroom, I should be getting my lunch ready for tomorrow, I should be composting those over-ripe strawberries, I should be getting a better job, I should be doing yoga, I should be cleaning the toilets. I should get some sleep.