Hitching A Ride

“That’s the thing about magic; you’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.” -Charles de Lint

Hitching A Ride acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Hitching A Ride
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

This painting of Mr. Pig and his bird friend is the last of my paintings for awhile. I’m going to take a holiday blog break. There’s food to cook, family and friends to enjoy and that pile of books on my nightstand to start. Time to refill the well.

“Far from laziness, proper idleness is the soul’s home base. Before we plan or love or decide or act or story tell, we are idle. Before we learn, we watch. Before we do, we dream. Before we play, we imagine.” -Nikaela Marie Peters

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The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog, Spot

“I’ve dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they’ve gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.” -Emily Bronte

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot acrylics 36x18 birch panel

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot
acrylics
36×18 birch panel

The Amazing Lady Olga and Her Magical Dog Spot (and if you can’t see his spot, he’s using his magic). As a child, I always loved the stories that made me look at the world differently. I remember watching Peter Pan and being so moved by the magical elements of that story. It was much more entertaining to think the world was full of magic than to do homework or my chores or try and eat green peas. Surely I could find a dog that knew magic and train him to do all I didn’t want to do — or at least make me disappear. It’s that slight belief that it’s possible, that keeps us going to the circus, the movie or reading; making or buying art. We are always looking for that escape — a way to either suspend or deepen our beliefs.

“Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.” -Orhan Pamuk

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The Old Cow Hustler

“I do, I undo, I redo.” -Louise Bourgeois

TheOldCowHustler acrylics 12x18 birch panel

The Old Cow Hustler
acrylics
12×18 birch panel

I started on this piece a few weeks ago. I liked the colors, but that was about all. I couldn’t seem to tell the story. I put it in the ‘paint-over-pile.’ Then while working on another piece, I saw it out of the corner of my eye – was drawn to it and decided to look at it again. I added some elements and eliminated some elements. It now reminds me of those old westerns I used to watch as a kid. They all had the same plot (or the same ‘no-plot’) and I think I would have rather been watching cartoons than the old westerns. In fact, I still wish I could get up and watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. Anyway, I made a cartoon from my old television western memories. I like the ‘happy’ cow -)

“Your job is to come as you are. Your responsibility is to create. Your job is to share what you have to offer from where you are right now.” -Pema Chodron

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Finally – Baxter!

“I will not adjust myself to the world. I am adjusted to myself.” -Anais Nin

Baxter acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Baxter
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

Last, but certainly not least, is Baxter. Baxter fancies himself as a ladies’ man. He’s certain all the bunnies love him. He can be quite charming and he always gets the most carrots.

Here they all are together — they are great friends. (Each is 12×12 and framed 15×15) . They will be available at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance in Macon, GA during the month of January 2015.

Creating the rabbit series has been great fun. I’ve enjoyed how they each seem to develop quickly and come with their own personalities.

I have a couple of large pieces I’m working on (36×18 and 24×24) and finishing those will have me ready for my show in January. I’ll need to create a few more pieces for my Blue Ridge gallery for the holidays and then I want to spend some time drawing using the new books I got recently.

“Drawing is the simplest way of establishing a picture vocabulary because it is an instant, personal declaration of what is important and what is not.” -Betty Goodwin

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Belle

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” -Mark Twain

Belle acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Belle
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

This is Belle, number three in the rabbit series. Belle has made it her mission to keep Boswell and Bailey in line. It’s a big task, but she’s a strong girl. These rabbits are a pleasure to create. Today Baxter will be born – the last one in this series, but surely not the last rabbit.

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” -Carl Jung

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Meet Bosley!

“Normalcy is a paved road. It’s comfortable to walk along, but no flowers grow on it.” -Vincent van Gogh

Bosley acrylics & charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Bosley
acrylics & charcoal
12×12 birch panel

Meet Bosley. Poor Bosley is bad. He’s always getting into trouble. He tries to act contrite – not guilty, but he gets caught every time.

I plan on including four of my rabbit paintings in my upcoming show in January at the Gallery at Macon Arts Alliance. Each will be 12×12 and framed alike. They will be for sale individually, but they would also look good all hung together. So far Bailey and Bosley have been created.

It’s a different mind set painting for a show.  Creating 25 or so paintings that will complement one another and seem to be from the same artist. I always use similar materials, they are framed alike, but I paint from my imagination and it’s not always the same from day to day. I’ve been in lots of ceramic shows, but never in a show -just me as a painter. My self-confidence sure has come and gone during this process.

“Confidence is a funny thing. It ebbs and flows. I have a brain like anyone else and it gives me shit all the time. What it ultimately boils down to is that my art is where I get to work my insides out. It’s me, my voice, and who is going to do that better than me? Nobody.” -Jen Corace

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Bailey

“I feel the image I am trying to capture, just as I feel the wind.” -Seiya Nakai

Bailey acrylics and charcoal 12x12 birch panel

Bailey
acrylics and charcoal
12×12 birch panel

I think I put the rabbit paintings too close together – cause today I found Bailey!

Animals seem to feature heavily in my work and I think this originated in my childhood. I never was one to play with dolls, but I had so many stuffed animals I could hardly find room in my own bed to sleep and animals were the first thing I started with when I began to draw.

I use animals in my paintings to depict situations. I just make them stand in for people. They can be mixed into my landscapes or domestic scenes – in fact, I hope you can almost hear their conversations. I love painting all animals, but for some reason, I’ve become enamored with painting and drawing rabbits. They come quickly and with their own personalities.

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.” Pablo Picasso

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Just Trying To Find My Way Home

“We’re all just walking each other home.” -Ram Dass

Just Trying To Find My Way Home acrylics, charcoal,  Derwent pencils 24x24 birch panel

Just Trying To Find My Way Home
acrylics, charcoal, Derwent pencils
24×24 birch panel

It’s always about home. Home can mean so many different things. It’s that center place that calms and restores. For me that spot isn’t bricks and mortar. I have moved so many times in my life – growing up as an Air Force brat and then my husband and I have moved quite a lot as well.  So I find my center place – my home – when I do yoga, when I paint, when I walk in the woods and mostly with my family, no matter where we are.

What does home mean to you?

“My reality is elsewhere.” -Marc Chagall

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It’s All About The Dance

“Art is giving yourself permission to translate life. Exactly the way you feel. See. And hear it. Be the artist you are. Give yourself permission to speak your own language.” -Nayyirah Waheed

It's All About The Dance acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels 18x24 birch panel

It’s All About The Dance
acrylics, charcoal, oil pastels
18×24 birch panel

I posted the WIP image (below) on FaceBook the other day. Some folks felt it was finished with just the line work and I got a lot of complements and emails about it, so it took great courage to continue and make the piece my own. As a person tromping through the world I have a lot of self-confidence, but as an artist, I have a lot of self-doubts. I am happy I continued with this piece – I am happy with the finished piece. I am happy with myself. Will everyone like it? That’s not the point of art in my opinion. What do you think?

WIP - It's All about the dance

WIP – It’s All about the dance

“Her imagination was by habit ridiculously active; when the door was not open it jumped out the window.” Henry James

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The Circus Is In Town

“I feel a resurgence of my 6-year-old self – that little warrior, goddess of a girl, reminding me of who I was when I was little, before the world got its hands on me.” -Jennifer Elisabeth

TheCircusIsINTown:Shreve

I remember when I was little and the circus came to town, one of the best parts was when the circus performers and the animals paraded from where they were staying to the big tent right before the show. They would do a short performance before going in the tent. Up close like that, they seemed so approachable and you could feel their magic. Once inside though, the entire performance just seemed too far away.

We’ve finally had our first frost, so I am now sharing my studio space.

studio space

I love having plants in my studio. This is also where I do yoga every morning. Great light comes in and now it’s filtered through this.

We also put our big garden to sleep for the winter:

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I recently purchased two new books. I want to draw more, but I’m not such a realistic renderer and I don’t want to be. So I found these:

Learning to Draw: A Creative Approach and Experimental Drawing both by Robert Kaupells who was an artist and professor of art at New York University. If you click on the links, you can learn more about the books and Robert Kaupells.

Also Cheryl at High Country Art & Antique in Blue Ridge sold this piece this week. The woman who purchased it lives in Arizona. She saw the work on the gallery’s webpage and called to buy it! YAY

Friends-they always watch out for each other acrylics 24x24

Friends-they always watch out for each other
acrylics
24×24

“I’m restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” -Anais Nin

 

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