"The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open and choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea." - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Her timeless words of wisdom are as relevant today as they were 50+ years ago when she wrote Gift From The Sea...a book given to me by my ever-inspiring teacher, artist and dear friend, Stephanie Wilger. As if it were yesterday.
Ducktail was one of my paintings that sold at the Pulling Together Art Benefit last Sunday. Thanks to all who braved the cold, rainy weather to support local artists and our community's food pantry, Helping Hands. Special thanks to Chris Smartt and Irene Anderson of Sol'stice Garden Expressions who hosted the event. You guys rock!
20" x 40" graphite, charcoal and acrylic on wood panel | nfs
Gracie Jones: matriarch of the herd, studio dog, medicine mama and confidante. She's one of my favorite models as she has a gift for holding a pose...she naps...a lot. My preference for capturing the true character of the subject is through the sketch portrait with the graphite underlay drawing exposed as an integral part of the finished work. * FYI Don't miss Beverly and Billy Ray Mangham's Umpteenth Home Show 27/28/29 November at Sleeping Dog Studio in San Marcos, TX. For a map and more information: http://www.zzzdog.com/
3.5" x 11.5" oil and acrylic on blended wood panels | sold
New camera, good to be back!
I'm constructing as well as painting compositions these days. The varied fields of color have become a common thread in my work, panels affecting panels as friends inspire one another...or perhaps reflecting my day interrupted.
Oil is a new medium for me. More in my comfort zone with pastel, charcoal or pencil. With the re-purposed panel above, I used a blue and green mismatched paint from the hardware store and sketched Truman in with pastel and charcoal.
This began as a tonal study, but the bloom of this wild flower/weed was so beautiful that I added a little color. It's amazing how they seem undaunted by the drought. A delicate, yet unwavering spirit.