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Monday, July 30, 2018

FUN! FUN! FUN!....AND SCARY

New painting in progress is so much fun! Drawings, first. At least as big as the canvas.
54" tall by 36" wide.
2018-7-21
Work a bit more and sit
and think. And doodle.
2018-7-22
I don't know what this is exactly. A pump jack and dancers? I can edit later.
2018-7-23
This time I drew on the canvas with vine charcoal.

I don't always draw with charcoal but sometimes I do.
2018-7-24
2018-7-25
2018-7-27
2018-7-29
I took it outside and photographed it by sunlight. It is about the same size but the detail and color is so much better.


I think I will name it ADAGIO.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Half of the Gallery Space
I need enough paintings for a one person exhibit at the Dougherty Art Center. My estimate is between 40 and 50 paintings and/or other artworks...like framed drawings. I have about 50 available BUT the works need to relate to each other or to the title somehow.

The Opening Reception for The Tie That Binds will be Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 7 to 9 PM.  Sunset will be at 4:54 PM that day so it will be after dark and who knows about the weather. Could be lovely or cold or stormy. No telling.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS NEW HOME

It was thrilling to visit my painting BACKWARDS AND IN HIGH HEELS (MOM) in its new home.Beautifully lit.

                

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

BARTON SPRINGS - NEW PAINTING

I am still fiddling with it but this is mostly finished. It is 14 inches tall and 50 inches wide.



This is a detail of the snorkeler in the sky. 


The working title has been THE TIE THAT BINDS but now I think ON LOAN. The planet is on loan to us from our descendants.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NEW PAINTING NEEDS A NAME

Almost finished. It's 22" x 20" wide. I am considering "Invitation to a dance" or "I used to think" or maybe just "Yellow Ribbon". The small figure is playing a violin. I have made that clearer.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

ROMA

Getting on the plane


4/16/18-1st day – arrive around noonish,
Flowers on the steps.

At the top of the steps, a beautiful day

 Got lost, walked to the Spanish steps, took taxi back to hotel, Lasagna at San Marco.















4/17/18-2nd day – Coloseo, lines. First ice cream, other pizza, Susanna visited giro. 




4/18/18-3rd day-Vatican, 


Four Rivers Fountain 
3 ice creams, pizza at San Marco, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, vendors.






Resting by the Pantheon

Pantheon porch















Cats are hiding



4/19/18-4th day-Villa Borghese, San Marco, cat sanctuary at Piazza Argentina.



4/20/18-5th day-Shopped, coloseo crystal, souvenirs, shoes, walked around. Flew away.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

SHOW DOWN

The show comes down today. Twelve paintings coming home. Tori is going to help me with the manual labor. I have to make the decisions. On the radio, "Fear is a reaction. Courage is a decision" - Sir Winston Churchill. Postpartum depression when the show is over. That's courage, too. 
Good information from viewer responses. Below are the two favorites.

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

AUSTIN VIBE - ALMOST FINISHED!

I think I will name it AUSTIN VIBE or something like that. It is 36" tall and 30" wide.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

ANOTHER SHOW!!

At 4508 Burnet Road, Upper Crust Bakery has new decoration until March 31, 2018! Twelve of my paintings.
Tori and I hung, installed these on a Sunday afternoon. One forgets how much work it is to hang. Tori did the ladder.

 
 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

SOMETHING ABOUT MUSIC AND DANCING

In progress. I'm feeling lost. It is something about music and dancing. I did some sketches at Pacha's of the music on every other Friday. John and Riley and friends.
And I have other sketches from other events.
Now a painting in progress, 36" x 30".

Friday, January 19, 2018

CITY HALL ART




The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the opening of the Pe14th Annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. The presentation features a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by 102 artists from across the Austin area. The public is invited to view artworks throughout City Hall. Limited Parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.




*Free and open to the public*

The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward's University Tammie Rubin.



Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition, and a “People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-voted artworks to be purchased and added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018.



 The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.
For more information about The People’s Gallery, visit www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery

The opwning reception was a great party at Austin City Hall!

 


ME, TOO.

ME, TOO, 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas

When I painted this in response to a news story about Anne Bynum and a miscarriage of justice in Arkansas, the story didn't seem to exactly feel right. Looking at this lately reminded me of Mr. Jenkins telling me that I was "taking some man's place" in that drawing class at UT. Some man somewhere "really needed this education." At the time I was confused, perplexed. What was he talking about? Later I figured out the he did not think a girl needed an education. I will rename it. It better matches this "Me, too" movement than that story in Arkansas.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

EXHIBIT AT ACC CYPRESS CAMPUS, SPRING 2018




 SELECTIONS FROM MY COLLECTION on exhibit Spring Semester

                 PORTRAIT OF MELANIE, 
                               by Robert Bunkin, oil on
                                         canvas, 60” x 12”. 






AFTER FRANZ MARC, by Geraldine Hickerson,  
                                 acrylic on canvas, 32” x 16”.






 



 BLUES, by Jose’ Sosa,
 oil on canvas, 29.5” x 24.75”.       
New Mexico Lndscape




 by Carmen Clements, acrylic on canvas, 20” x 16”.

At Austin Community College, Cypress Campus, 1555 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX.
Spring Semester, 2018