Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation

Tropical Vacation – Acrylic on wood panel – 12″ x 12″

This latest piece is called Tropical Vacation.  I’m not sure why, as the only tropical vacation I’ve been on was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico many, many years ago.  My memories include hot and muggy weather along with delicious lemonades. On the last day of our vacation, Leslie and I watched the bartender make our drinks and, to our surprise, the lemonades we had been consuming several times a day were ‘dirty lemonades’.  Thankfully, we walked and used taxis to go places…

The patterns in this piece are leaf-like. They remind me to take notice of the abundance of leaf shapes, colors and patterns on our trails here in Redmond.

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Somersault!

somersault
We’re having such a lovely Fall.  I wanted to paint how it feels when the weather is crisp, the colors are alive and the air smells so clean.

30″ x 10″
Acrylic on panel

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ArtEast Falling 2014

Saturdayarteast_Sept_2014_02 night was the reception for ArtEast’s Falling Exhibit. It was a lovely reception, attended by several friends.  Thanks to Chris and Tracy Madison for taking a couple of photos.  This was the first time showing ‘Nude Descending a Staircase’.

Funny story about this title. Several years ago, when the children were younger, we attended a Gerhard Richter show at the SFMOMA.  Benjamin, my youngest was about 4 years old and bored with the art museum.  He came across Gerhard Richter’s ‘Nude on a Staircase’ and exclaimed (quite loudly) arteast_Sept_2014_01“Mom, that lady forgot her pajamas!”  That definitely got the attention of those attending the exhibit!

 

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One More Study – Apples

???????????????????????????????Three apples headed for Biarritz!  There used to be a vendor at the Redmond Farmer’s Market that made these fabulous apple pies.  The apples were crisp and the filling was super light so that you tasted more of the apples and the crust.  She’s no longer there, I’ve searched and searched.  We’re sad that she’s no longer bringing pies to our Farmer’s Market.  

It’s my turn to learn how to make apple pies.  Maybe in September, it’s too hot these days to turn on the oven!  

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Study – Three Onions Still Life

Study - Three Onions Still Life    8"x8"  Acrylic on PanelStudy – Three Onions Still Life
8″ x 8″  Acrylic on Panel

My grandfather hated onions.  When I was much younger, I remember being scolded for putting onions in the refrigerator, as he feared they would contaminate the other food.  This was news to me, and I remembered the lesson well.

I, on the other hand, love onions and keep several on hand in case of an onion emergency.  Especially red ones.  

I spend lots of time in the kitchen preparing meals for me and my family.  Why not honor the foods that are so basic to our meals? While it wasn’t  my grandfather’s favorite, it is in my household!

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New Beginnings – Lucky me

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

I’ve been away for a while, but I’m here now and looking forward to posting new work.  I’m thrilled to be back in the studio and painting away.

This piece is titled:  Be Here Now.  It’s a reminder to myself to stay present.  When I’m not in the studio, I wonder when I can squeeze in time for painting.  When I’m in the studio, I wonder when I’ll get to those bills and the laundry.  

I want to be here now, to experience whatever it is that is happening in that moment.  Right now, I’m updating my website.  How lucky I am that there exists such an easy medium to share my work with the world.  Lucky me. 

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When Gillian and Benjamin were much younger, I was trying to get a photograph for our family holiday picture. Trying to get a five year old and a three year old to sit still for a few minutes was quite a challenge.  In addition, our ever-friendly lab kept wanting to get in the middle of the picture!

This painting is based on a photograph from that day.  Gillian was very proud of her ponytail and wanted everyone to see it.  Benjamin was unhappy with the choice of his blue shirt and had attempted to pull it off starting from the neckline.

 

I call this ‘Look at my Ponytail’.

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