Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Not Every Bus Has Burnt Orange Seats

A Pleasant Circumbendibus
8x8, oil on panel
$115, email for info
This is a beautiful, young friend/twisted sister and I don't pretend to have done her justice in this painting. But the colors are just terrific -- I love the turqoise ground underneath it all. She is so lovely and kind to allow me to paint her. Fun, fun, fun. And the title? Well, the photo was taken recently on a (party) bus trip that was quite enjoyable and I knew I'd heard that word somewhere. Read about circumbendibus here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Kid Pix

Body Language
31 x 10.5, oil on masonite
I took this photo years ago - one of about a go-zillion snaps taken over the years I worked at a school - and have always wanted to paint it. I love their little bodies, friends all squeezed together on a bench, and what their body language tells us about each one. I love that we don't need faces or a certain place or even for them to be dressed differently to tell the story. Individuals but definitely part of a group.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hoping for Hip

Rouge and Noir
6x6, oil on panel
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This is Cadmium Red over Black by Adolph Gottlieb, also at the Blanton. There's a lovely bench across from this painting and it is a favorite spot for me. The art patron's grey trench coat didn't turn out as stylish as I wanted it to.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'd Recognize You Anywhere

Playing With Genetic Markers
12x12, oil on masonite
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I recently spent the better part of a day roaming the UT campus and the Blanton Museum of Art. What a luxury and a feast for the eyes, people-watching wise. This is Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's trio of photographic prints titled Jin, Calvin and Lisa and is based on the DNA sequencing of those three individuals. Facinating portraits and the thought process behind Manglano-Ovalle's work was intriguing. I enjoyed a brief chat with this lovely little lady in the pale yellow cardigan.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Knock, Knock, Who's There?

Digging Lemons
16x20, oil on canvas
Whew, it’s good to be here. Thank you, Faithful Followers, for your patience with my recent sabbatical. I really appreciate your emails and inquiries, notes and concerns. It feels great to be missed. If we’re to be perfectly candid with one another, I took these last weeks off to….well….to party. I’ve celebrated the success of some grand organizations plus 2 happy and healthy schools, an engagement, a bachelorette, Easter Eve, many birthday parties for friends and family plus one of the milestone varieties for yours truly, the end of two athletic seasons and the beginning of two more, and such successful committee work… honestly, you just can’t imagine. I was briefly pulled back into the vortex of a former communication’s design career and I was part of the mother of all garage sales. Lots of time with Mr. Right and the kiddos. Lots of time with my Twisted Sisters. It’s been a good month!

I’ve gotten to do a bit a painting and will share those as soon as I reconstruct my outdoor photo station. In the meantime, this was one I forgot to post from Laurel’s still life class this spring.