Monday, October 23, 2006

Going Green


  • I recently completed this pastel drawing...of a woman, of course(so what's new). I seem to be drawn to images of ladies sitting leisurely drinking wine- one of my many ways to decompress. Maybe it has something to do with a busy life revolving around my four kids...hmmm. I seem to paint a lot of pictures of women sitting alone.My self diagnosis would be that I need more time to sit alone and drink wine. Who needs a therapist? I also added a lot of green to this one, it is a very serene color. To me it even seems less busy than my usual fare. But then again...I could be wrong.
    I like the wine and the apples( they seem to crop up now and again). The apples represent my occasion to be sinful...a lovely Catholic reference to Eve getting Adam to be bad( who knew what an apple could do?). The wine and coffee are my escapes .The bird reference...a longing to be free( from afterschool activities...) and follow my bliss.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Cherries and Cherry Pits







I am nearing completion on a painting which is exciting considering I have barely had any time to work in my studio lately. I posted a picture a few weeks back of a lady with a green leg...the painting was in its "ugly stage". It has been evolving over the past few weeks into a painting of a woman contemplating her life while painting her nails, reading the newspaper headlines, and later her horoscope( she likes to see if it relates at all to her life at that moment). She is surrounded by her stuff...magazines, coffee, her favorite blanket.
I kept thinking that no matter how crazy life gets I still go through basic daily rituals. As I was painting different images began to crop up...like cherries, a bird and her sweater morphed into a patchwork quilt. It made me think of things that comfort me. I am still trying to figure out what the newspaper headline will say. So far it reads...Girl in trouble is a temporary thing. It's a line from a song that I was listening to. I liked the idea of her reading about something that she could relate to. I am still unsure...I might go in another direction if I can figure out what that is. I like the cherries because they taste great when they are ripe, but they can be "the pits" too when they are sour or if you drop a pit onto your shirt and it stains ( just a wierd random thought). They are a metaphor...life is messy but yet is still enjoyable. I may be reaching there....
It is still a work in progress, but I thought I would post it anyway.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Black Sheep










I have been showing some of my pastel drawings at an indepently owned coffee shop in South Saint Paul during the month of September and through the rest of this week. I actually sold two paintings...maybe the caffine had something to do with it. This painting was sold to a couple and it is titled "Save the Last Dance." I remembered to bring my camera during one of my visits and took a few snap shots of the shop. As always my little apprentice Emilie was along for the ride. She made me listen to the soundtrack of Disney's Highschool Musical all the way there and all the way back...that's 90 minutes to you and me! The scary part is that I actually started to sing along. At the end of our visit we came away with a check for my sold painting , some hot cocoa, and a latte for moi. Just my type of business meeting.