Saturday, December 29, 2012

King Cole Posse

King Cole Posse
oil on panel
14" x 28"

Near my easel I have a old secretary desk I use to organize my paints.  Above it I place things from my collection that I want to paint. Often times they will hang out there for some time, as I place more and more things around them. Having them there allows me to see them, think about them, and imagine with them. Imagine what kind of scenes I can set up with them, imagine what kind of story they have to tell.  I was sitting looking at a painting on my easel and a thought hit me when my eyes fell on one of these horses standing near Old King Cole.
"Of course!" I thought and I begin to play.

King Cole Posse
detail left

King Cole Posse
is being shown at
Principle Gallery
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA
703-739-0528

King Cole Posse
detail right


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nuts, Principle Gallery

Nuts
7.75" x 24"
oil on panel
sold

When I walk along, and I see acorns, I can't help but pick up one or two. When Fall comes along, and I get a jacket from the closet, most often than not, I will feel an acorn in the bottom of the pockets. In the little dish below the car radio, you will find acorns. 
I have little bowls in my studio with acorns along with marbles. 
I can tell you which ones my daughter collected, 
which ones came from my parents land, a friends farm, or local park. When I was a little girl, I thought their caps were used as fairy hats, or bowls that fairies drank dew from. 
On me and my husbands first date, I picked up acorns and gave them to him. Later, for an anniversary he took one and had it set in silver for a necklace. I have loved acorns for as long as I can remember.

 
Nuts
detail center


Nuts 
is being shown at
Principle Gallery
208 King Street
Alexandria, VA
703-739-0528

 Nuts
detail left



Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mason Murer, November 9th Opening


Stacked
26" x 9.75"
oil on panel

Tic Tac Chalk
12" x 9"
oil on panel

Zap!
16" x 20"
oil on panel


Monday, October 22, 2012

Stacked

Stacked
26" x 9.75"
oil on panel
sold

I grew up with a family of gardeners. Tomatoes were and still are a big deal. Starting the seeds, warming the ground so you can get them out early. Tying them up, caging them, or staking them. 

When I was old enough to not be squeamish, my Dad would pay me to pull caterpillars off the plants, called hornworms. They cause a lot of damage to tomato plants. They were big and green,  with a scary curved horn on their back end.  I would get them to crawl on a stick, then I would put them in a coffee can to give him.

I first learned about heirloom tomatoes when my Mom brought home some Brandywine tomato plants. I thought it was a big deal because it was all about Beefsteak tomatoes growing up. I still remember the first time I saw one sliced, how it's cross section looked different than the tomatoes I was used too. The seed patterns were different, the colors were different. They were not perfectly shaped, and that was ok, it was expected.

 Stacked
detail

Now it seems you can find heirloom tomatoes more readily. I am grateful to live in an area that grows many many varieties with farmers markets in every little community and farm stands a plenty. When it is tomato season, it's like fireworks with all their shapes, sizes, and colors. Names like Black Krim, Vintage Wine, Amana Orange, Heart of Compassion, Green Zebra, Black Zebra, Chocolate Stripes, and Abe Lincoln. To learn more about the hundreds of varieties now available to growers check out Gary Ibson's TomatoFest website to learn all about the heirloom varieties. TomatoFest

 Stacked
detail

Stacked
will be showing at
Mason Murer Fine Art
November 2 - December 31, 2012
Reception
November 9, 2012
Atlanta, GA
404-879-150

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Zap!

Zap!
16" x 20"
oil on panel
sold


This painting shows a 1950's Space Jet toy friction gun 
from KO Japan.

Rayguns, blasters, some that spark, some that are water pistols. 
I love them. 
I love their graphics, I love their shapes, I love their colors.
I love how my imagination sends me out to space, 
wondering about rocket ships,
invaders, martians, new planets to land on and discover. 

 This photo shows some great examples of other toy ray guns. 
There is a whole world of them, many to explore and learn about. Here is a link to i09, 
where they talk about the secret origin of the ray gun 
in science fiction.

Another wonderful site to learn more about toy ray guns is 
Justin Pinchot's Toy Ray Gun.

detail
Zap!
oil on panel


Zap! 
will be showing at
Mason Murer Fine Art
November 2 - December 31, 2012
Reception
November 9, 2012
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Atlanta, GA

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Still Life, Opening Reception


The Still Life also features:
Elizabeth Barlow, Leigh-Anne Eagerton, Thane Gorek,
Michael E. Hockenbury, Sangita Phadke, Alvin Richard,
Christopher Stott, Joanne Tepper, Kari Tirrell,
and Katherine Lemke Waste.

Link to the show:
The Still Life

Opening reception, Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Elliott Fouts Gallery
At their new location: 1831 P. Street
Sacramento, CA
916-736-1429

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Losing Your Marbles

Losing Your Marbles
12" x 24"
oil on panel
sold

Most of us have heard the expression, 
"You have lost your marbles." 
Maybe we heard a relative say it after 
getting frustrated about something, 
throwing their arms in the air, exclaiming 
"ak! I have lost my marbles!"

When your a kid, hearing this sounds, well, strange. 
It is what is called an idiom. That’s a phrase whose meaning
 doesn’t match up with the meaning of 
the actual words used in the phrase.
They haven't really lost their actual marbles, 
they just feel like they are going a little crazy
or losing your mind.

photo from John B. Southard Jr.

Here is what the blog Wonderopolis 
has to say about the subject:

Experts believe losing one’s marbles originated in the United States in the late 1800s. Marbles — those little glass or metal balls children use to play a variety of games — were popular toys long ago. The word “marbles,” though, was also used to refer to one’s personal belongings or “stuff.”
Some people believe “marbles” eventually came to be associated with one’s mind or wits or common sense, too. Since marbles were important playthings and one’s personal belongings or “stuff” would also be very important, one can see how one’s mind or wits or common sense could be associated with these other important things.
One can imagine a young child playing with his favorite marbles around the turn of the 20th century. Marbles could be carried easily in pockets, so he could take the game with him wherever he went. If he were to lose one or more of these prized possessions, he would certainly feel a sense of loss and likely a sense of anger or despair. He might even appear crazy as he searched frantically for the missing marbles.


Since  the late 1800's the phrase has appeared in literature.
In the 1954 film The Caine Mutiny Humphrey Bogart linked insanity with marbles when he showed his character, the demented Lt. Cmdr. Queeg, restlessly jiggling a set of metal balls when under stress in court.
photo from TvTropes
 
For me many times I have been joked with, 
asked if I have lost my marbles again. 
Or would be told someone found one of my marbles.
I certainly do love my marbles, both my glass ones
and the ones in my mind.

Here is a video of me losing some of my marbles this morning.

detail  Losing Your Marbles

Losing Your Marbles 
 will be showing at
Elliott Fouts Gallery
October Still Life Show
October 6, 2012 to November 1, 2012
Sacramento, CA
 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Violets No. 1

Violets No.1
16" x 12"
oil on panel
sold


Growing up I loved Spring. Spring meant daffodils and violets. 
But not just a few violets, hundreds and hundreds of them grew
all over my families farm. I was always able to pick them
to my hearts content. I would bring them in the house and
 arrange them in my Mom's small glass jars and vases.
She would put them in her kitchen window sills
and decorate the bathrooms with them.
This painting reminds me of those moments.

My sweet little one picking from the same violet
patches that I did at her age.

Detail 
Violets No. 1

Violets No. 1 will be showing at
Elliott Fouts Gallery
October Still Life Show
October 6, 2012 to November 1, 2012
Sacramento, CA
(916)736-1429

Hurdles

Sometimes when I set out to plan a painting,
I keep myself open to exploring different possibilities.
On this day I sat in my studio with two tin horses,
and went from there.
 
These two horse and riders are
Cracker Jack premiums from the 1930's to 1940's.
I had an idea of them appearing to be going on a ride together.
 
Then I remembered I had a third horse and rider.
The larger horse is from a
1950's Chein tin merry-g-round wind up toy.
Suddenly the quiet two character image involved a third character,
but I needed something else.
What were they going to be doing, how was I feeling,
what did I want to show.
 
Jumping a wooden spool! That was it.
I ride and love the feeling of going through a field
and jumping a log if it is in your way. There is a freedom you feel.
Also I felt the symbolism of us all having hurdles to cross.
 
Setting up my compositions can sometimes be tricky.
Here I am using a microphone stand to tie a string from it
to the larger horse to help keep it propped up.
 
The final painting:
Hurdles
16" x 20"
oil on panel 
 
Hurdles will be showing at
Elliott Fouts Gallery
October Still Life Show
October 6, 2012 to November 1, 2012
Sacramento, CA
(916)736-1429

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

IGOR opening and show link.


The International Guild of Realism: 
7th Annual Juried Exhibition
at Jones & Terwilliger Galleries 
in Carmel, California

Opens this weekend.
September 7th - September 30th, 2012  
Opening Reception: 
Saturday, September 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Link to see the show
online:
Jones & Terwiller Galleries



 


 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Mystery in the Studio

I walked in to my studio today to find something out of place.
A mystery to be solved!

Here is what I found. . .


I had a new still life set up with my dear Butch, 
who so very carefully 
was holding still 
with a dog biscuit on his nose. 
But it is gone!
With only crumbs left behind.

Here are the suspects in the case:

 Ever loyal, but if anything, 
I mean anything edible hits the floor, 
he nabs it.

Sweet soul, great friends with Suspect #1 and Suspect #3. 
But you can't trust those sweet eyes, 
she is a great cheerleader.


Food obsessed domestic white feline who stalks around like a panther on the prowl.
Whether it is to swat the hind end of Suspect #1 , 
or stealing a loaf of bread 
from poor artists kitchen counter. 
Can not be trusted.

Here is the underpainting showing Butch's missing bone:


Stay tuned for the finished painting. 
The question is, 
will Butch have his bone back, 
or will there only be crumbs in the final painting.

Lesson learned:
Don't trust any four legged creature milling around
with tasty props about, especially
dangly tasty props hanging from a string!


Friday, July 13, 2012

IGOR 7th Annual International Juried Exhibition



I am pleased to announce my newest painting
has been juried
 into 
 7th Annual International Juried Exhibition
at the
Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel, California

Bad Egg
24" x 12"
oil on panel

This will be their largest exhibition yet, showing well over  
100 paintings and drawings by 75 artist members. 
This is IGOR's seventh annual juried show.
The International Guild of Realism features artists from 
more than 35 countries
offering a wide spectrum of realist art.

The exhibition will be held September 7 - 30, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 15th from 5pm - 8pm.

Jones & Terwilliger Galleries
Sixth Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets
Carmel, CA
RSVP 831-626-9100 or 
toll free 888-278-0040

  
detail  


International 2011/2012 ARC Salon Results


Art Renewal Center has announced the winners of the 2011/2012 International Salon Competition. This was our largest turnout yet with over 2,100 entries and over 800 artists participating.
Out of the 802 artists only 359 are chosen.

I am so thrilled to announce that my painting Dropped has been selected as a finalist in Still Life Category. 
I am honored to be among artist friends and heroes. 

Dropped
oil on panel    24" x 12"
sold

To view the results of this year's Salon click here.

Art Renewal Center offers The Salon Catalogue which has run 
over 200 pages this year. To order a copy through their website,  click here.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Balance-Elliott Fouts Gallery


Balance
15 New Paintings 
Elliott Fouts Gallery
Sacramento, CA
Apr 7, 2012 - May 3, 2012
I was asked what it was like for me to see my paintings hanging up in the gallery space.
It is a wonderful feeling, but it is an emotional feeling really, a wonderful part of the journey. 

You start out with an idea, then the raw materials. Prepared surface, mediums, paint tubes, brushes, even the music you listen to and the thoughts you think with every paint stroke. 

Then it is a journey. You put into each new painting what you have learned from all the previous paintings. At the same time you learn new things trying to get this vision on the surface, while training your eyes, hands, and brain to work together. You stand back, decide, ok, it is finished. 

You then frame.
Then the packing, the shipping, and the wait to hear of their safe arrival.

For me, to see my creations physically hanging in a gallery space, outside of the studio, is a wonderful conclusion to my journey. It somehow gives them a new sense of importance. And leaves me feeling excited for what is next- both for the paintings on the gallery wall and for the paintings still in my head.


Thank you to everyone who came out to the reception 
at the Elliott Fouts Gallery. 
Thank you to everyone at the Elliott Fouts Gallery.