I am who I am
- I began painting watercolors while observing work done by artists who I thought had a special take on how they used color. As a starting point for my pursuit to paint with determination a few of the artist I have become familiar with are Alice Neel, Marlene Dumas, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet,and Henri Matisse. “Warriors” is the series title I’ve given to a block of my work.. This series is initiated in part from the colorfully painted faces and bodies of native peoples, who decorate for the various stages of life from birth to death. When I look into their eyes, I see their souls. I feel that in portraying them in the deeply saturated colors and patterns and symbols of my own design, I capture a mystery of humanity which is reflected in their eyes. I always strive to paint with loose, expressive brush strokes, and use bold, vivid colors. I work very spontaneously, mostly in mixed aqua media on paper because I like the way the paint flows and I like the transparency of the colors resulting in an organic piece. I am constantly experimenting with new colors and techniques.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
In case anyone is wondering about the selection process of the leaves I paint, here is the story. I look at the leaves in my yard. I have oak trees and maple trees . As the weather is changing, the leaves are falling and get mushed up on the ground with the grass and other leaves and generally lots of organic stuff. I like looking at them in that environment. I look , observe details and colors and then take the actual leaf I like and draw it. I also photograph them so I can preserve that point in time. The leaves are not this orange yet but I have photos from last fall to use as a color reference. The other day a yellow and brown maple leaf fell in front of me on my porch as if to say good morning. I photographed it will and it will end up being one of my fallen divas. Having said all of that, I must say the obvious...I take a lot of liberties in terms of the colors and the details of the background. I am more interested in getting the feel of autumn then getting an exact interpretation of the leaf I am painting.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
|A couple of artist friends|
and I will be doing an autumn show that will
feature autumn leaves. It is hard to believe that summer is nearing an end. I will be posting leaves as I paint them. All will be available for purchase.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Primrose MooMooSita lives on Primrose Lane and isn't sure if she should be eating the Primroses in the field or Dancing the Tango with the charming Bull who lives down the pasture a bit. She is of a certain age and she is leaning toward taking a cruise to Argentina and dancing the night away under the blue moon with flowers in her hair...after all she was one of the original flower children.
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Big Ginger was a gentle soul. But now she is turning to the ways of the pasture. She is digging up weed, singing songs from West Side Story and is hanging out at tattoo parlors. With no role models, she doesn't know which way to turn. "When your a Hef, you're a hef all the way, from your first cigarette
To your last dyin' day."
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
This is Hoofer and what I was doing is trying to capture the full cow with some attitude. He is looking back at his barn mates. He is not smiling because he is a Steer , and you know what they do to become steers...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Ode to a Cow
When life seems one too many for you,
Go and look at a cow.
When the future’s black and the outlook blue,
Go and look at a cow,
For she does nothing but eat her food,
And sleep in the meadows entirely nood,
Refusing to fret or worry or brood
Because she doesn't know how.
Whenever you are feeling bothered and sore,
Go and look at a cow.
When everything else is a fearful bore,
Go and look at a cow.
Observe her gentle and placid air,
Her nonchalance and savoir faire,
Her absolute freedom from every care,
Her imperturbable brow.
So when you’re at the end of your wits,
Go and look at a cow.
Or when your nerves are frayed to bits,
And wrinkles furrow your brow;
She’ll merely moo in her gentle way,
Switching her rudder as if to say:
“Bother tomorrow! Let’s live today!
Take the advice of a cow.”
The Old Farmers’s Almanac
Today I met a cow or should I say a heifer, and she captured my heart. Her name is 88. As I was driving down a country road I stopped to look at the cows and 88 ran up to the fence to greet me. As soon as I started talking to her, yes, I talk to cows, she took one more look at me and ran like a bat out of hell as fast as she could away from me. Now let me tell you, I am a sweet person, I had no threats, She ran toward an older looking heifer named 82. This is beginning to sound like an episode of Get Smart. I have never seen a cow move that fast and didn't know it was possible. She looked so innocent...boy is she in for some surprises in her life. So here she is. Aiddee Ate I will come see you again soon.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Bruto Bull is keeping an eye on Farmer Guy and Bessie and is planning a getaway or should I say a run away so he and Bessie can retire on a free range field in Montana. He too has some wear and tear on his weary bones, and big dreams, so he is sympathetic to Bessie's Dilemma.
Friday, May 15, 2015
Bessie woke up one morning unable to produce milk for Farmer Guy. She looked at the calendar and realized that she was of a certain age and no longer served a purpose for who she thought was a Gentleman Farmer...That is when she realized the grim reality of her future. She would be visiting the Golden Arches, and not as a customer.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
I have so enjoyed painting this character. Here are a few versions I have done of him using slightly different styles and sizes. I call him Eduardo. I am getting inspired to do one more. Some of you racy ladies have suggested I remove the inner tube...LOL.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Thursday, April 2, 2015
This is based on a scene of a couple of guys on the beach in Malta during their lunch hour. The beach was all rock made from years of limestone building up to make a very uneven rocky beach. I think I have captured the feel of the beach on the day I observed it.