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






Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lift Off

Lift Off 
27.5" x 10.5"
oil on panel

In this painting is a set of Buck Rogers 
Crayon Ship colored pencils.
Made by American Pencil CO of NY in 1936.
The front of the box shows Buck Rogers ship taking off, 
so naturally I felt the need to portray the pencils 
lifting off one by one.
I was drawn to the graphics on the packaging. 
The designs used for the various ships 
from the Buck Rogers series from the 1930's movie shorts 
and the comics have such great style.
The colors they use for printing from the 1930's 
have the color combinations I love to use.

A little video I took of the box and pencils.
You will see there is a little surprise 
on the back of the box. . .

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

Now for some detail shots from the finished painting. . .






Lift Off
27.5"x10.5"
oil on panel

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


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Appeal

Appeal
24" x 12"
oil on panel

I grew up around apple trees. 
I climbed the trees from an early age. 
I still remember what it felt like
up in the branches. 
Even though the apple trees height 
was no match for the maple and oak trees, 
you couldn't help but feel big and tall. 


At an early age I was taught how to peel an apple 
using a hand held peeler. 
It took patience, but I was able to conquer the goal 
of peeling an apple with one continuous loopy twirly piece.  
That was one of the inspirations for this painting.

I enjoy the process of figuring out how 
to set up my compositions. This is how 
I had to support the apple and peel
to get just the right curl and twirl.

 A detail of my palette prior to painting. 
Clean piles of mixed paint. 
Such a beautiful thing.

Beginning stages. . .

In progress shots of the apple.


Detail from finished painting.

Detail from finished painting.

Appeal
24" x 12"
oil on panel

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

International 2013/2014 ARC Salon Results

Art Renewal Center has announced the winners and finalist in their
2013/2014 International Salon.
With approximately 2200 entries from over 1000 artists,
the finalists only include the top 31% 
of the work submitted.

I am very honored to announce my painting
Carrot-O 
has been selected as a finalist 
in the Still Life category.


Carrot-O
20" x 20"
oil on panel
sold

To view all the finalists and award winners
of each category please go to the
Art Renewal Center Salon page: