Portraits & Figures
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Acrylic, watercolor, pastel
Born Blonde is a series of paintings about Leah, my great granddaughter. I set up my figures as if they are for still life paintings. Lighting is very important to me, and with interiors, I can arrange the light to my satisfaction.
Acrylic & watercolor
Glass, mirrors, metal, I love just about any surface that reflects. Clear, colored, and cut glass is all about shapes, sparkle, reflections, and transparency. It’s exciting to layer one transparent color on top of another creating a third color and an interesting new shape. The distorted reflections due to the curve of the glass or metal create a repeated shape that is not obvious, and that is part of the excitement about working with these surfaces.
In the 90's
"In the 90's" is a series of art about my mother's life after she turned 90 years old. I have attempted to show glimpses of the things she enjoyed doing as well as some more somber moments. She loved babies, so I have included several paintings of her with her great, great granddaughter, Leah. She liked drinking her coffee out of China cups, reading, sewing, cooking, knitting and she loved her dog, Peppy.
In her younger years, Mom loved to fish and hunt. She did this mainly to feed her six children that she raised without the aid of a husband. When she was in her seventies and eighties, she was still chopping her own firewood while living in the mountains. She had no running water, so she packed water daily. She also had to fight off bears that threatened to raid the trailer that was her home. I asked her why she went to all that work when she could live with modern conveniences, and she said, "I love the animals and the beauty and solitude of the woods". She was a real pioneer in her younger years, and she was a very strong, independent woman even in her ninety's.
Acrylic & watercolor
There are parallels between music and fine art, so I decided to do a series of musicians and instruments. Like music, a good composition in art requires rhythm. The viewer must travel through the piece of work, pausing here and there, resting on the focal point and traveling on. My husband is a trumpet player, so we have discussed the similarities and his feelings about music compared to mine about art. It makes for some interesting times together.