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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Norah's Tutu

This is a little commission I just finished, but haven't sent off yet. (Tempted to keep it). I have never met little Norah, but I love and miss her very cool parents Melinda and Ryan, both artists. They are 2 of my very favorite "old" friends from my time as a midwesterner. I am honored that they asked me to do this. I hope they love it forever. Miss you guys, come snowboard on the slopes of Utah, please!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

In Progress

I have been working on this painting for a week or so, and I thought I was almost done. The husband thinks (in his weekly critique that I make him give me) that it is too busy. Should I take out the pattern behind the  mannequin? or take out the pictures behind the fabric and just make the background the black fabric? I am not sure what to do......He usually is right even though I never think so at first. Anyone...anyone...?

Monday, March 23, 2009

"Mortal Reincarnation"

This painting is pretty large, 36" x 36". I had high hopes for it, and I think it turned out. It is such a mystery when i start a painting if I will be able to get it to the point it is imagined in my head. Once in a while (not very often) it actually surpasses my intentions. This is one that I had to put away for a few weeks and figure out if I needed to add anything to it. Then I cut out and added the paper birds nailed to the wall and pinned on the lapel. I think I will revisit the paper birds in other paintings. I actually got really excited about that prospect.
The title came out of my thoughts about raising my 3 girls. They are experiencing so much and processing so much at their young ages. I know that a lot of what I knock myself out to show them and teach them they will never remember. So, am I doing it for them or am I really doing it for myself and to bring joy to myself?  (i.e. disneyland...) If they are not going to remember it, then why do it? It occurred to me that I don't have very many memories of when I was 6. So I am actually re-experiencing my childhood by being around them. I am literally seeing and experiencing what it is like to be a 6 year old little girl, a sort of reincarnation. It hit me one day as I was watching muse #2 gathering pinecones and leaves to make a nest for the birds that I could be watching myself and it felt a little "out-of-body". So if that makes any sense to you, I feel like I am being given the gift of seeing my own childhood in a way. What a gift.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Magazine Article

The article in Southwest magazine is here. I was mostly happy with it. Not that i thought it would be a negative article, it is not a critique. I just hoped the article would honestly portray how I feel about my work. It is a personal thing for me, but Bonnie (the writer) really got it. I think she really got how I feel about what I do. So, I am proud of it. Here is the link (or if you are a true blue fan you can buy the magazine...)