And The Pony Learned About Dance . . .

“I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle! – Alice — Lewis Carroll

And The Pony Learned About Dance acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels 24x24 birch panel

And The Pony Learned About Dance
acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels
24×24 birch panel

Of course I continued to paint this piece — and I am so much happier with it. So the lonely little pony got some company  . . .

I believe animals communicate and experience joys just as we do . . . so as soon as the pony’s friends showed up, they celebrated each other with music and dance.

“Once upon a time when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten — the world is to be celebrated. -Terry Tempest Williams

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My Little Pony

“What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions.” -Margaret Atwood

My Little Pony acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels 24x24 birch panel

My Little Pony
acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels
24×24 birch panel

I got this far in this painting a couple of days ago. I couldn’t decide if it was finished. I even penciled-in other elements and nothing seemed right. Art – to me – is a process of finding and losing and losing and finding and losing again, but I enjoy being on that edge of ‘getting lost’ and also of having control of my work. It’s a balance – it’s a place where I find most of my inspiration — right on that edge.

Most of the month of January we had sixty degree days here. Then this week winter happened. Today the high — the high is 16. We have only about an inch of snow on the ground, but because we’ve recently had rain — the world outside my door is a block of ice. Too cold. At least the sun is out and the sky is that beautiful winter blue. I hope you are warm wherever you are.

“The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.” -Terri Guillemets

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Catching the Early Bird

“I love child things because there’s so much mystery when you’re a child. When you’re a child, something as simple as a tree doesn’t make sense. You see it in the distance and it looks small, but as you go closer, it seems to grow — you haven’t got a handle on the rules when you’re a child. We think we understand the rules when we become adults, but what we really experienced is a narrowing of the imagination.” -David Lynch

Catching The Early Bird To Town acrylics and charcoal 24x24 cradled birch panel

Catching The Early Bird 
acrylics and charcoal
24×24 cradled birch panel

This painting started with the big chicken. Then I added the rider and from there the painting took off. I wasn’t sure where the story was headed for a while. Then came the bus, the bike rider, the duck directing traffic . .  . houses started to appear in the background. Where are they all going? I’d like to follow them and find out!

“If I wanted to know where my ideas came from I wouldn’t be an imaginative writer, I’d be a scientist. My whole life has been spent daydreaming and out of those ideas and daydreams come stories. It doesn’t interest me where daydreams come from, what interests me is helping them grow and blossom into something different, some strange and wonderful tale of mystery and magic. Then again, if you ask a few scientists where they got their ideas from they might tell you they spent most of their life daydreaming and out of those daydreams came something different, some strange and wonderful discovery or invention.” -Garry Kilworth

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Out Picking Apples

“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it. They just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.” -Steve Jobs

Out Picking Apples acrylics and charcoal 12x16 birch panel

Out Picking Apples
acrylics and charcoal
12×16 birch panel

Standing in a room full of people and my work was interesting. I was asked many times, how I come up with what I paint. I don’t have a clear idea about that. I usually have a vague notion when I start a new painting. It’s usually based on something I’ve seen, a snippet of something I’ve read or heard or it may even be based on a dream. And as I start to draw, the story becomes clearer. There are many times when I need to walk away and come back with fresh eyes. When I’m stuck I go for a walk or even leave it overnight. Then just the act of picking up my paint brush and starting again can keep the story moving.

“If we look carefully, we can find a thread that links it all together – links our dreams and the stories on the news – links the trival, the mundane, the sensational. There is a thread that is our collective destiny and it is inside each of us, as well as in the world around.” -Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee 

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Shows – Past and Future

“I think every work of art is an act of faith or we wouldn’t bother to do it. It is a message in a bottle, a shout in the dark. It’s saying, ‘I’m here and I believe that you are somewhere and you will answer if necessary across time, not necessarily in my lifetime.” -Jeanette Winterson

Cool Cats Dancing In The Street acrylics and oil pastels 24x24 birch panel

Cool Cats Dancing In The Street
acrylics and oil pastels
24×24 birch panel

I remember the day Heatherly Wakefield, Director of Fine Arts at the Macon Arts Alliance asked me if I would be interested in doing a show at their gallery – and with just me and one other person. YIKES! My first reaction was a big NO. The pressure to create enough work that I was willing to show seemed overwhelming. I had worked with Heatherly before with my clay work. The Macon Arts Alliance sponsors a fabulous annual clay show, Fired Works, so I knew working with Heatherly would be wonderful. And it was. The Gallery is a great space and she and her staff are supportive and easy to work with.

I ended up selling 14 pieces. The piece above sold Saturday while I was there picking up my work. The man who purchased it had purchased another one of my pieces at the show. I was so glad to meet him — a delightful retired math teacher. And thank you to each one of you who took the time to visit the show and to purchase a piece of original artwork! I will continue to have work in their gallery and in their online store. In fact, I took some new pieces on Saturday.

Now I am getting ready for a show at the dk Gallery in Marietta. The show, Smile, is a  show where all the art makes you smile and will feature guest artists: Kathrine Allen-Coleman, Chris Beck, Suzie Eifred, Paul Flack, Judy Shreve, Kathy Walton, and Betty Wassmer and dk Gallery artists: Mark Andrew Allen and Heather Foster. The opening is Friday, March 6 from 6-9pm.

Doing the show at the Gallery at Macon Arts has opened doors for me and allowed me to get my art to a new audience. I am so happy I didn’t let any of my fears keep me from doing the show.

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.” -John Updike

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Guido – The Pig!

“I learned never to empty the well, but always to stop when there was still something in the deep part of the well and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.” –Ernest Hemingway

Guido - The Pig acrylics and charcoal 14x14 birch panel

Guido – The Pig
acrylics and charcoal
14×14 birch panel

Rabbits always lead to pigs, right? I am working toward my show that opens March 6 at the DK Gallery in Marietta (GA) called Smile. After painting a big piece that requires lots of detail, it’s really fun for me to paint these animals. They come quick and I can usually finish them in a day.

Hope you aren’t getting tired of too many blog posts or too many paintings on Facebook. You are safe for a while, my next piece is big and will probably take me a week to finish. This weekend I’ll head to Macon to pick-up the pieces that didn’t sell at the Whimsy show. I am still amazed that I have sold 13 pieces. WOW. Thank you! I will leave a few for the Gallery. They have a great online store that makes it so easy to send someone who’s interested in purchasing my work. I only sell through my galleries. They take care of sales tax, shipping and all of those things that would take me out of my studio. That makes me happy.

“You don’t get into the mood to create – it’s discipline.” -Twyla Tharp

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Maynard

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” -Lewis Carroll

Maynard acrylics and charcoal 20x16 birch panel

Maynard
acrylics and charcoal
20×16 birch panel

Maybe I love drawing rabbits because Alice In Wonderland is one of my most favorite books. And to think it was written in 1865! It is pure literary nonsense and absolutely delightful – still.

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” -Lewis Carroll

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So How’s Your Commute?

“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” -Edward Hopper

So How's Your Commute? acrylics and charcoal 18x24 birch panel

So How’s Your Commute?
acrylics and charcoal
18×24 birch panel

We live in a small community north of Atlanta, so we go there for shopping and entertainment. After leaving our quiet little town, I’m always amazed at all of the cars and the gridlock that happens as we get closer to the BIG city. I find myself peeking into the other cars and wondering what their story is and where they are going. We all look so different on the outside, but in reality, we are all basically the same and we are all just stuck in traffic together.

“You’re an artist and that means you see the world in ways that other people don’t. It’s your gift to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.” -Cassandra Clare

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Sold!! – The Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance

“What we see isn’t what we see — but what we are.” -Fernando Pessoa

My show, Whimsy at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance has been so rewarding. Heatherly Wakefield and Stephanie Fritz have been a joy to work with. Rachel Zaudke Wilkins‘ work is so full of life and fun and whimsy. It’s been great to be in a show with her and to get to know her as well.

The above pieces sold which brings a total of twelve pieces! WOW! I am amazed, thankful and so happy that people have parted with their hard earned dollars for one of my paintings. I love hearing the stories of why a painting was selected and where it will be hung. That way I can picture them in their new homes – sounds silly – but I am personally attached to each piece.

When I first started painting, I was so focussed on the ‘technical’ — Is it drawn correctly? But what I didn’t think about then was what I wanted to say. Now I ask myself throughout painting each piece – What is the story? What am I trying to say? What I’ve discovered is what really matters to me as an artist, isn’t that someone is amazed at my talent or drawing skills, but that they are touched by the story – or the piece makes them smile – or recall a fond memory. That’s why I paint.

I’ve been invited to do another show in March at the DK Gallery in Marietta (GA). The show will be called, Smile. It will be me and four other artists. I’m working on pieces now for the show and will post more details as they become available.

The Whimsy show in Macon runs through January 30th. A few pieces will remain in the gallery and in their online store. It’s great to be able to send someone who’s seen my work online and wants to purchase a piece to the Gallery At Macon Arts Alliance online store. I love technology.

“Art is longing. You never arrive, but you keep going in the hope that you will.” -Anselm Kiefer

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Work In Progress

“An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth.” -Bonnie Friedman

Work In Progress 18x24 birch panel

Work In Progress
18×24 birch panel

I am by nature and encouraged by the way I was raised, a goal oriented person. If I have a task, I don’t rest until it’s completed. Being a potter for twenty years reinforced my goal driven nature. I would go into my studio, weigh out 10 one pound balls of clay and throw 10 mugs or 3 pound balls and throw bowls. Painting requires such a different way of thinking. My paintings come from my own depth, so I have to allow for an idea to germinate, change, develop. When I begin a painting, after I’ve prepared my board with gesso and layers of paint for the background, I start to draw images with charcoal pencils. It usually takes a day or so for the story to begin to develop. I may rub out the initial drawings a couple of times. Add new images and rub out again until finally I begin to ‘hear’ the story. The story can even change once I begin painting. This way of working was so new to me. I usually move quickly in my world – speaking, acting, re-acting. Painting has become a way for me to meditate, to slow down. Painting has taught me an entirely new way of being in the world and for that – I am grateful.

“In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do and that sight becomes this art.” -Rumi

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