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But my Darling, What if you Fly?

May 8, 2020

“There is freedom waiting for you,

On the breezes of the sky,

And you ask “What if I fall?”

Oh but my darling,

What if you fly?”

Erin Hanson, Poet

But my Darling, What if you Fly?

But my Darling, What if you Fly?

What is Normal, Anyway?

April 22, 2020

This painting took me over a month to paint.  Not because it was complicated.  Because life was different, very different.  I started the painting before COVID 19 was declared to be a Pandemic.  I was comfortably in my rented Studio space.  After just playing on paper for so long, I just wanted to do a simple portrait from a photo I took in Barcelona.  I wasn’t sure I would finish it before our upcoming month long trip to England, Spain and Portugal but hey, it was pretty straight forward.  Until…  I didn’t return to my Studio for a couple of weeks after it was recommended to self isolate.  When I realized the isolation was going to last for a long time, possibly months, I decided to move some of my stuff to a corner of our condo.  It was different.  It was strange.  Not near as comfortable as what I had become used to.  It took me a couple of days but I started to work on my painting.  Everything I mixed turned into caca.  Caca.  And I paint colour.  It took me days to gain enough confidence to try again.  I covered the caca with some bright colours, all background at this point.  Then an hour here, a half hour there, I painted a bit, not really knowing what I wanted to do or where the painting was going.  I stayed away from it for over a week.  I woke up this morning with the realization that I was actually afraid to finish this painting.  Why was I afraid?  Because it meant this might be my new normal?  So this afternoon I let myself go and just painted.  Changed everything about her face, changed the background, changed her hair.  Then just signed it.  Now I am mesmerized by her.  Maybe I have found a new normal. Only time will tell, of which I have a lot of right now.

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What is Normal, Anyway?  Acrylic, 16 x 16

Lady on Fire

March 6, 2020

Inspired by the vibrant colours of Oaxaca City and seeing the movie Portrait of a Lady on Fire at the International Film Festival there. The movie is in French and because we were in Mexico the subtitles were in Spanish. I can speak some of both languages which probably scrambled my brain even more. So this painting is a reflection of inspiration and scrambled brain syndrome.

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Lady on Fire – Acrylic 24 x 8

Street Vendor Guanajuato

December 20, 2019

Don’t you just love it when you can just stroll down the street stopping to buy fresh flowers, fruits and vegetables! This vendor had the most beautiful flowers.

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Street Vendor Guanajuato Acrylic 12 x 12

Mercado de la boqueria

December 20, 2019

There are lots of markets to choose from in Barcelona but this one right beside La Rambla has everything. Even a wine bar where you can celebrate your finds with a bit of bubbly. Cava, that is. Cheaper than water.

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Mercado de la boqueria Acrylic 12x 16

 

 

Lollipop

May 28, 2019

This painting brings me back to my childhood when a big yellow lollipop was all that was needed to make my day.  Life has definitely sent me some curve balls lately but painting this reminded me that it really is the little things that bring us joy along the way.  I hope this brings a smile to your face as it does for me.

 

Lollipop

Lollipop

Shoe Art 13 – Leopard print boots

February 18, 2018

I want these boots!!  You can wear them with pretty well everything and look fabulous.  They even go with feather earrings.

 

Shoe Art 13 – Leopard print boots

Shoe Art 13 – Leopard print boots