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The Fates

April 11th, 2013

The Fates

This piece started with me trying to do a face out of my imagination with white pencil on black paper. Then I added the other two faces and thought they looked like sisters. I remembered that there were three fates in mythology and looked up information about them. I found that they are often represented as sisters. The first fate spins the fibers of ones life. The second fate measures the length of ones life. The third fate cuts the thread which is ones time of death. This seemed like a good theme for my three faces, especially as I had just purchased a spinning wheel. I added the hands with each fate's appropriate tools. This is a poor photo which I need to replace. This drawing won a blue ribbon at the Butte County Fair in California.

Michele Screams

April 7th, 2013

Michele Screams

After getting some disturbing health news earlier this year (2013), I actually had fun painting this image - Michele's Scream (the website won't allow non-letters in the title of this blog). It is totally garish and the brush strokes and colors are strong. It was a good way to get some frustrations out. It is done in acrylics on canvas paper. Hats off to Edvard Munch! I submitted it to the "Oils and Acrylics" show at the Paradise Art Center during the month of March, 2013. This is not a high-res image.

In Old New Mexico

March 30th, 2013

In Old New Mexico

This piece is an abstraction of a historical photo of three turn-of-the-century girls posing in front of an adobe church in New Mexico. The elements of the photo are simplified and given saturated colors (the original photo was sepia). What interested me was the strangeness of such a small and organic-looking church building and the mystery of why the girls were posing there. All around there is a lot of nothing. This was submitted to the "Oils and Acrylics" show at the Paradise Art Center. It's minor but I like it.

Sunset Experiment

March 30th, 2013

Sunset Experiment

I did this practice piece in January 2013. I had seen a colorful sunset over the rice fields near Chico, and the image of the sunset reflecting off the flooded rice fields stayed with me. I wondered if I could render the sunset in fingerpaints while using acrylics to paint the dark elements. I found it could be done. The surface is canvas paper. This is a slight piece but I like the freedom of it.

The Other Side of the Sunset

March 30th, 2013

The Other Side of the Sunset

Looking back while driving towards a colorful sunset, I could see the clouds opposite were tinged with pink light. I was intrigued that the light from the sunset could produce such an effect. Here is a playful rendition of what I saw on the other side of the sunset done in pastels on colored paper. This piece was done in early March, 2013.

 

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