Thursday, January 22, 2015

Oz

Oz
36" x 18"
oil on panel

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is a children's novel written by L.Frank Baum. It was originally published on May 17, 1900.

The story chronicles the adventures of Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz. In 1902 it was adapted for a Broadway musical. In 1939 the popular film adaption made history.


 Many people don't realize Baum went on to write thirteen additional Oz books. After Baum's death in 1919, Ruth Plumly Thompson continued the series until 1939. List of books.

When my daughter was 4 years old I began collecting the books. I was drawn to both the stories and to how beautifully designed they were with illustrations by John R. Neill. 
 Inside pages of Tik-Tok of Oz by John R. Neill.

It became a night time routine for my husband to read a chapter or two from these books to our daughter at bedtime. Over the years they have read all the ones we have. She loves these books, and I hope she will always remember her Dad reading them to her. A few times I listened in, he had a grand time with voices of the different characters. I still have more to collect, but I love a good hunt. 

John R. Neill illustration from Dorothy and the Wizard of OZ.

The stack of four books in my painting have been sitting in a corner of my studio for a few years, pretty much as they appear here. The graphics on their spines are full of wonderful character designs. 
Finally, I had to create a stage for them and share my own adventure in the Land of Oz. 


Here are a few details from my painting Oz:


The green monkeys and green flamingos 
are Cracker Jack premiums from the 1950's to 1970's.

Oz
will be showing at
William Baczek Fine Arts
Annual Still Life Exhibition
February 4-March 14, 2015
Opening reception
Saturday, February 7, 5:00-7:00pm
36 Main Street
Northampton, MA
(413)587-9880

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Small Works


Pinned
12" x 9"
oil on panel

Detail of Pinned.

V15
6" x 12"
oil on panel

Detail of V15.

 Wedge
9" x 12"
oil on panel

Detail of Wedge.

Principle Gallery
Small Works Show
Opening Reception
December 6th, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00 pm
Alexandria, VA

Article in Fine Art Connoisseur
about the show:
 

 

Temple of Art

Me and You
18" x 6"

Oil painting on sealed , acid free, 100 % cotton rag paper
mounted on panel. 
Within the space between the scarf I did a painting
on top of  a photographed portrait
by Allan Amato.

Temple of Art is a collaborative project by photographer Allan Amato and 50 participating artists.
Since early 2012 Allan has been photographing fine artists and inviting them to interpret those portraits through their particular medium.  While shooting his portraits , Allan found himself asking the artists  about their process, their motivations, and lives.  The Temple of Art Documentary will provide an insightful look into the lives of these artists by following the progress of the collaborations from conception to completion, alongside interviews.  


Here is my original portrait by Allan Amato :
 
Teresa by Allan Amato

Here is my collaboration with Allan. I cropped in on his 
original portrait and added my painting 
to the area between the scarves:

Detail from 
Me and You

Allan Amato also asked by husband 
Scott M. Fischer 
to participate.
This is his original portrait:
 Scott by Allan Amato

Here is Scott and Allan's collaboration with Scott
painting on top of his portrait:
Feed Me
30" x 15"

Reception and Book Launch
Friday December 5th, 2014
8:00pm-11:00pm
La Luz De Jesus Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
La Luz De Jesus

 To learn more about the
Temple of Art Project
please go to 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Virtual::Reality

Virtual::Reality
Principle Gallery Charleston
Featuring new works by
Teresa N. Fischer, Richard Hall, Richard Murdock, 
Larry Preston, and Joshua Suda.

Opening October 3rd, 2014
Reception 5:00pm to 8:00pm
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC
834-727-4500

I will have five paintings in the show.
Here is a preview of them all together:
Lift Off
27.5"x10.5"

 Buck
24"x36"

Appeal
24"x12"
 
The Weight of Ideas
24"x24"
Good Dog Barky
16"x12"

To see the online catalog of the whole show
please follow this link:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Buck

Buck
24" x 36"
oil on panel

Buck Rogers: An Autobiography
(from The Collected Works of
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)

"I, Buck Rogers, am the only man alive, so far as I know, whose normal span of life has been spread over a period of five centuries! I was just twenty years old when the great World War of 1914-18 ended and I was mustered out of the Air Service where I had served for eighteen months on the battle fronts of France as a Pursuit Pilot. Soon after returning home I got a job surveying the low levels of an abandoned mine located near a great city. Deep in this mine, I was cut off from return by a cave-in, and succombed to a curious and unidentified radio-active gas I had descended to study. I sank into a state of suspended animation in which I was "preserved" in all my youth and vigor until, five hundred years later, some shifting of strata once more let air into the ancient working - and I awoke. The year was 2419."

In 1932 Rick Yager took over as the inker and writer of the
Sunday comic strip. Above is an example of Yager's design of 
Buck Roger's and Wilma.

Looking up ship designs from the Buck Roger's world 
I came across this . . .
This is a puzzle from 1945, 
Buck Rogers & His Atomic Bomber set.

Imagining Buck flying around saving the world
I planned out my painting.
In it is the 
Rocket Police Patrol Ship from 1934
made by Louis Marx & Co.
And I wanted to paint him big!

For scale here you see me holding the tin toy 
in front of the painting. 
The toy measures 12 inches.
The ship in the painting measures 25.5 inches.

Here are some detail shots
from the finished painting. . .
Painting detail

Painting detail

Painting detail

Opens Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Reception 5pm to 8pm
Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-4500
www.principlegallery.com


Monday, September 15, 2014

The Weight of Ideas

The Weight of Ideas
24"x24"
oil on panel


I am fascinated by ideas and where they come from.
What triggers our ideas. . .
How one idea can lead to another idea.
One fades right into another.
Is one idea better or more important than the previous. . .
Do some ideas weigh heavily on our shoulders. . .
not that they are bad, but the impact that idea may have.
Are some ideas light and bright. . .
even fun . . . almost wanting to float away.

These are some of the thoughts that lead to my painting
The Weight of Ideas.

I came up with my visual idea then had to figure out
how to set it up. . .
 Working on the set up. 
Hot glue, string, blocks, and poles 
are my best friends in the studio.

And why the tractor. . .
I am an Indiana girl. 
I grew up with farms and tractors all around me.
Early morning in Indiana.
A freshly cut alfalfa field.
I was in Indiana visiting family while
working on this painting. Being there, where I grew up,
made me realize, this tractor is really a part of me.

Here are some in progress shots from the painting. . .

Here is a fun picture of my studio cat, 
who always steals my stool.
Behind her is 
The Weight of Ideas
at an early stage.
Makes her look like a 
unicorn cat.

Some detail shots from the 
finished painting. . .
Detail
Detail
Detail

Opens Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Reception 5pm to 8pm
Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-4500
www.principlegallery.com



Monday, September 8, 2014

Good Dog Barky

Good Dog Barky
16" x 12"
oil on panel

Featured in this painting is Barky
made in 1958 by Fisher-Price Toys Inc
of East Aurora , NY.
He is a Boston Terrier pull toy.
When his wheels roll
his eyes move up and down 
and he makes a little clacking noise.

Let me show you the little gentleman 
who was my inspiration for this painting,
my own good dog Oliver.
Here is a side by side comparison photo:

Barky                           Oliver

Fisher-Price did such a fantastic job
capturing that Boston Terrier expression.
My Oliver's favorite activity in the world,
next to sleeping under blankets, is playing fetch.
 I truly believe if he was the size of a labrador 
he would carry multiple tennis balls at one time
like I have seen some labradors do.

Here are some in progress shots of my painting:
Work in progress of the baseball.

Work in progress of Barky.

Detail shots 
of the finished painting. . .



Principle Gallery Charleston
125 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
843-727-4500