I finished this painting today, posted it on my Instagram account, and it sold within hours. Made my day!
This is one of those paintings that didn’t want to come together for ages, until it suddenly did. I’d like to figure out what it is that sparks that resolution, because it would make my painting process a lot faster! And then this little lady lingered on the easel all summer because I’ve been so busy I didn’t have time to put the finishing touches on her. It was great to get back into the studio last week and finally finish her. This isn’t a very good photo, because I snapped it hastily before she went off to People’s Art in Portland for their So Many Days, So Many Dead show that opens on October 17. The show hangs until November 15, so stop by to see her and three more of my paintings in person!
I watched the movie Tracks on Netflix. It’s about Robin Davidson’s solo trek across the Australian desert in the 1970s. Then I read her book, which gave a lot more detail, especially about the Aboriginal people she met along her way. That got me interested in reading about the spirituality of indigenous Australians. I’m especially intrigued by the Creation stories about the Dreamtime.
A few days after I finished all that reading, this figure showed up in my painting, clearly emerging from those explorations.
This painting is a little different– the colors are more muted than my usual palette, there’s more going on in the background, and it has three figures instead of one. I’m happy with the subdued colored and the rawness of the mother cat. I’m also happy that it sold the day after I posted it on Facebook!
I’m not sure why his name is Wishbone, but he looks wistful, doesn’t he? This is a new painting, finished amid the bustle of a very busy week. Maybe this bunny is wishing for a vacation!
Here’s a new little painting. Maybe I shouldn’t call it new…the dog started to emerge back in July. Then he hung around the studio, frozen in his downhill race, until I finished him up this week.
Today I dropped off these two new paintings at People’s Art in Pioneer Place for their annual Love of Portland show. This is the third time I’ve participated and I’m happy to be involved. The show opens with a reception/birthday party for the organizers on February 21.
The Big 500 show wrapped up this week and I found out these two paintings sold! I’ve sold quite a few paintings by now but I still get excited every time someone buys one, and I always wonder who it was who made that connection with the art. It’s a good feeling to know they’re out there in the world.
Remember those little books that came with a 45 record? There would be a beep when it was time to turn the page. I played them on my red and white portable record player. Ok, I’m showing my age now.
I had the story of the Frog Prince and I must have listened to it hundreds of times. “Princess, Princess, open up…” It was so creepy.
It must have lodged in my subconscious, because last month I found myself painting this little lady.
This little owl is one of the paintings that’s hanging in the Green Cab group show in the lovely upstairs gallery of the Hillsboro Main Library. The show continues through the end of December.