Wednesday, July 13, 2011


24" x 12"
oil on panel

Over a year ago I bought a set of blocks that I was told was pre-WWII.  Beautiful silhouette images showing numbers grace one side as seen in my painting Meandering Marbles. They have the alphabet. Triangle designs are on another side, as seen in my painting Clowning Around. Also they have nursery rhymes which when four blocks are put side by side make up an image with the rhyme. Another option is three blocks stacked up to make a character. A police officer, a sailor, and a clown for example. I was so excited about the clown. Immediately I fell in love with him. 

The problem was I have an incomplete set of these blocks. I had the clowns head and torso, but no feet. So for the year I searched and searched. I couldn't imagine out of all the internet and flea markets I go to, being able to find his feet. Also for the year,  I came up with many composition options for him. With no feet, nothing I came up with seemed to work right. I even tried monopoly shoes with him in various ways. Not quite working.

Then one night, while exhausting Ebay, I went over to Etsy. A lot of people don't realize there is a lot of vintage items listed on Etsy. Well guess what I found? A complete clown. All three pieces: head, torso , and feet! You can believe I squealed loud enough for my family to know how happy I was. So now I was able to paint the clown as I have been imagining him all that time.


will be in
The Still Life  
An Invitational Group Show
Elliott Fouts Gallery
Sacramento, CA
October 1 - November 2, 2011