“Art attracts us only by what it reveals of our most secret self.” -Jean-Luc Godard
There are so many avenues through social media to show my work now. I hesitate to post it in all of the available places because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. But not everyone is on every platform. Some of my friends aren’t on FB or Instagram and contact me about my new work. They only read my blog. So if you’ve already seen these images, I apologize. The great thing about a blog is I have a chance to talk a little bit about why I paint these pictures.
This is some of my most recent work —
This painting made me remember the Mary Poppins’ song ‘Feed The Birds.’ Such a great song about charity – which is very much on my mind during this crazy political time. So that’s where this title came from. I frequently use animals instead of figures – the different birds represent our different heritages.
In my recent workshop with Nicholas Wilton, we learned to keep a ‘throw-away’ board next to our current painting. I used this board to clean excess paint off my brushes, try new texturing techniques and I even wiped the excess paint from the palette on to the board when I was finished painting each day. The big orange bird was a smear of orange that loosely resembled a bird. Then the red swirls reminded me of mouse ears (thanks Mickey) and so I had to consider a way for the bird and the mouse to ‘talk.’ The mouse needed a ladder. Again it seems I want folks from different backgrounds to be able to communicate.
This piece is just nonsensical and fun. The title makes you wonder ‘who got away?’ Who do you think? (I’m thinking the cat looks suspicious?)
Just another painting about diversity – waiting on a friend to get home to visit. — in a perfect world.
Would love to read your comments and your ideas on what these paintings mean to you.
“You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout and to grow.” –Thich Nhat Hanh