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May 14, 2016


249 Fast Car


249 Fast Car249 Fast Car

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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When Tracy Chapman released her debut album in 1988, I was in college. It blew me away. Decades later, the album still blows me away ... every note, every word, every song, and really every ounce of strength that Tracy was able to exert by expressing these truths in such a beautiful way. When I sing these songs today, I still get weepy, like I did when I first heard them. I used the cover image of her debut album to reference for this work, infused with some of my own ideas about her, which I hope pay homage to this artist I so greatly admire.


248FM Here Before


Rabbit1
248FM Here Before

8 inches tall :: original free motion stitched and watercolored art doll

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[I referenced a photo of a rabbit from the Internet to first stitch (without pre-made marks) and then to add the watercolors. The more I looked at the rabbit, the more I thought of this passage from one of my favorite writers, Lydia Davis: "Now that I have been here for a little while I can say with confidence that I have never been here before."]

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May 13, 2016


247 Of My Mother


MotherChanel247 Of My Mother

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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Ever since I was a little girl, I remember my mother and her Chanel No 5. I remember her telling me that it was not just her favorite but simply the best. I believed her and her influence caused me to wear Chanel No 5 for most of my life and I've in turn taught my own daughter about the specialness of this fragrance. There are a few other scents that have entered my life but Chanel No 5 will always be my favorite. Because it is the scent of my mother.


246FM Sincerity


FullSizeRender-33This is an original free motion stitched and watercolored art doll made with cotton fabric. It measures approximately 9 inches tall.

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Quote on the doll: "What you do speaks so loud that I can't hear what you say." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

May 12, 2016


245 Jenelle Bird


245 Jenelle's Bird245 Jenelle Bird

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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My friend Jenelle is so good at not only observing the birds that fly into her yard, but also capturing them beautifully with her camera identifying what kind they are. A true observer she is. I saw one such capture recently on her Facebook and used it as a reference for this work. She says it's either a Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch. Since the jury is out on whether it's a Mannikin or Finch, I think I will just call her Jenelle Bird for now. :-)

May 11, 2016


244 Hopper


Ghost Rabbit244 Hopper

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I saw a beautiful photo of a rabbit by @haarbergerphoto as featured by @natgeo and became captivated by it. That was a few weeks ago. I finally made the time today to use the photo as a reference to paint the rabbit ... with some creative choices that depart from the photo.

May 10, 2016


243 Valedictorian


IMG_0566243 Valedictorian

18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas

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This is my demonstration painting that I made while teaching a private painting session today. It's dedicated to students working hard to finish their degrees. And whether a person becomes a valedictorian or not, I think the journey to reach and think and become and to constantly receive knowledge and learn is really what matters most. Here's to learning, thinking, and learning some more.

May 09, 2016


242 Noam


Noam242 Noam

8x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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I'm a big fan of Noam Chomsky (born 1928). Last night, I watched his most recent (2013) documentary titled Requiem for the American Dream which inspired this painting. A profound American thinker who always makes me think. I tried to find a most recent image of him on the internet to reference for this work to honor his continued profound relevance in modern day social discussions.

"If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all."

—Noam Chomsky

May 08, 2016


241 Opening Act


241 About to open241 Opening Act

6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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It's astonishing to see how quickly Peonies open up from a tightly closed bud into a completely glorious open flower. Yesterday when I bought 5 bundles, I made sure one bundle was made of very tightly unopened buds. I used them as a reference today, next to my trusty ukulele to make this painting. I swear I thought they were literally opening up while I was painting them.

May 07, 2016


240 First Peonies


240 First Peonies240 First Peonies

6x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord

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These are the first peonies I've bought this season. I'm sure they won't be the last.

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