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Anxiety

"Anxiety"  10" x 14" acrylic on canvas w/ceramic

“Anxiety” 10″ x 14″ acrylic on canvas w/ceramic 2011

“Anxiety” was painted in 2011, and speaks to a common experience for many of us. There’s not much more to say about this piece; personifying Anxiety, deifying it, colors so many of our lives. We live in its embrace, or in its shadow. I painted her, myself, hoping that her visage looking back would make her easier to conquer. I don’t think that it did, but here she is. This piece is no longer available.

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Emotion and Reason

"Emotion and Reason"  24" x 36" acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details and glow 2012

“Emotion and Reason” 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details and glow 2012

“Emotion and Reason” is a piece of work that straddles changes in style, palette, materials, and inspiration. It was painted at a point in my life when the chaos of getting through menopause was wreaking havoc in my relationships, personally and professionally, and much of my experience of attempting to create order and make sense of it was complicated by the emotional side of my experience. Through it all, I had the support of my partner, who exists more on the rational side of life than the overtly emotional, contrasting my own experience at that time which listed far toward the emotional side. This painting is inspired by our shared experience of life and love – and of emotion and reason. (It’s also not for sale, being in the private collection of my partner.)

Detail of "Emotion and Reason"

Detail of “Emotion and Reason”

This piece is also lovely when charged, and shot in dim light (or darkness).

"Emotion and Reason" glowing

“Emotion and Reason” glowing

What About My Heart?

"What About My Heart?" 8" x 10" acrylic on canvas with glow. Painted for "Blue Shirt Day" 2014

“What About My Heart?” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas with glow. Painted for “Blue Shirt Day” 2014

Yesterday, I painted “What About My Heart” for “Blue Shirt Day” a World Bullying Prevention day, showing solidarity and standing opposed to bullying. Please treat people well. When you see someone being treated badly, please make a point of objecting. It’s that easy. Here’s a relevant website, for resources.

Today is World Bullying Prevention day. It’s ‘Blue Shirt Day’ for Stomp Out Bullying(.org).  Bullying is no joke, and people are hurt by it’s callousness and brutality every day.  If you see it, stop it; words are enough. Bullies function because people aren’t ‘calling foul’ on their bad acts. Today is a good day to make a point of calling it out when you see it, and saying it’s not okay. Today is a good day to set an example; be the change you wish to see in the world.  Teach Wheaton’s Law – it’s a great starting point for treating others well.  The Four Agreements, too, teach us all we could ever need to know about treating each other well.  We have all the resources in the world to build a culture that discourages bullying.  Please take time to do what you can, yourself, in your family and in your community, to send a message that bullying is not okay.

If it can be said that ‘it stops being funny when someone gets hurt’, then I suggest it isn’t funny in the first place. Please help end bullying, every day.

Summer Lamb’s Ear

"Summer Lamb's Ear"  8" x 10" acrylic on canvas with glow 2014

“Summer Lamb’s Ear” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas with glow 2014

This light fun floral impression was inspired by a bed of Lamb’s Ear in summer, blasted by the brilliant midday sun, and having caught my eye and distracted me from conversation I attempted to capture the moment, and the quality of light. A small 8″ x 10″ piece on canvas, it is also dramatic when charged and viewed in the dark.

Charged, and glowing.

Charged, and glowing.

This one is a favorite piece of glow work; I love the perspective shift, and the appearance of a moonlit garden.

Upon Closer Inspection

"Upon Closer Inspection" 8"  x 10" acrylic on canvas w/googly eyes and glow 2014

“Upon Closer Inspection” 8″ x 10″ acrylic on canvas w/googly eyes and glow 2014

“Upon Closer Inspection” is an exploration of color and texture outside my usual materials. The vibrant green isn’t one I make a practice of working with, and having started out with it, I continued exploring the opportunity by also using new glow material. I had run out of phosphorescent acrylic paint, and the local art shop had none of quality in stock (many stores don’t consider glow in the dark to be a ‘professional use’ characteristic, and stocking it is a low priority). They had a sale bin, and in the sale bin were several craft kits for making glow-in-the-dark projects; they included packets of glow crystals. I used those, and clear medium with the googly eyes I had on hand to complete the piece, hoping to convey something about the idea that what we see up close isn’t always predicted by what we view from a distance… or perhaps something about life taking unexpected forms (or directions).  It’s a small piece, at 8″ x 10″. This piece is available for purchase.

Communion

"Communion" 24" x 36" acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details 2011

“Communion” 24″ x 36″ acrylic on canvas w/ceramic details 2011

“Communion” is a piece inspired by love and loving, and by both the effort and rewards in building lasting love between partners over time. Inspired specifically by my relationship with my partner Michael, it also speaks of a profound change in my own understanding of love and loving, intimacy, and what love demands of us as beings seeking fulfillment, value, and nurturing. A larger work at 24″ x 36″, it represents the way love looms large in the human experience, the emotion – as with the footprint of the canvas – being far more vast and encompassing that the enveloped figures seem to require to be visible. This piece is in my personal collection, and is not for sale.