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INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PAINTINGS

OUT OF THE BLUES

OUT OF THE BLUES

I was inspired to paint this piece after pulling alongside the road to wait out a storm. The bold thunder pelting raindrops and moody sky were unforgettable, yet their intensity faded as quickly as the storm had arrived.This painting leaned against the wall of my studio for several weeks as I continued to layer the deep blue tones for “Out of the...

Posted by on Aug 9, 2011

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LEMONS THAT AREN’T

LEMONS THAT AREN’T

We’ve often heard the phrase “that’s a lemon” referring to a car or anything that doesn’t quite meet our expectations. A young man, a friend of our sons, had acquired this title through a tough 14 years of life’s circumstances. The more time we spent with him in our home, the more meals we shared, we all knew that he had been misjudged. This painting is a reminder that some lemons, just aren’t....

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

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A KIND WORD

A KIND WORD

in line at the grocery store, I noticed a beautiful lady that only 80+ years could have attained. Not usually so bold, I hesitated, but quietly told her that she was absolutely stunning. She smiled as her eyes filled with tears. She said that she had not received such kind words since her husband had passed away over 3 years ago. Such simple words. I had no idea of the power of a kind word and the impact they would have on both of...

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

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THE DANCE

THE DANCE

Our daughter, an accomplished ballet dancer entered my studio to tell me of her newest accomplishment. She positioned herself, one leg on point and she kicked her leg parallel to her ear and then back into second position. I sat there, amazed at the inner strength and flexibility required for such a move, and gestured with my scissors to reenact her dance position. Inspired from the scissor’s resemblance to the lines of a dancer, “The Dance” took a new perspective to the game rock paper scissors. ...

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

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SUNNY SIDE UP

SUNNY SIDE UP

In transparent watercolor you paint from light to dark, leaving the white of the paper for the brightest whites in the painting. Thin glazes of color are carefully layered to build the intensity of color around those white areas. I had been working on a colorful background, leaving oval areas indicating the whites of the daisies petals. I then went on to paint the yellow centers, when my daughter came into the studio. She saw my partial painting and said “mom, you’re painting eggs?”…and that is how this painting...

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

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LOOSE LEAF

LOOSE LEAF

I had been intrigued by this vintage typewriter for some time. The leaf was a bit of a joke and a “gift” from one of the groundskeepers at Hot Lake. He had observed me in my childish ways stuffing my pockets with various rocks, twigs and feathers to study and paint. I loved how the leaf symbolizes “green” as well as implying renewable resources. The title for this piece was prompted by my sons request for a Loose Leaf...

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011

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