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Self Portrait

March 20th, 2009 4 comments

One of the hardest and easiest faces to paint is your own. If you’re surrounded by relatives, you are familiar with most of your features; you might have the same nose shape as your son, eyebrows like your father, chin like your sister, mouth like your grandmother. But it’s also infinitely difficult because every color and line you put in defines YOU. Your age, your health, your lack of time in the sun. You coldly observe your hair is out of place, you vainly try to make it look a little nicer than it is. The constant play of making it look nice vs cold observation is much harder when the face you are painting is your own. I was recently challenged to do a self portrait, and my dear husband posed me and snapped a photo as a guide for this painting. So here it is. Does an artist’s self portrait show the talent of said artist, or does it show what they wish they looked like?

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Portrait of MaryAnn

March 18th, 2009 2 comments

One of the most exciting part of my new life as an artist is that people want me to paint their faces. This lovely lady asked me to do just that. I was able to capture her graceful countenance and produce a family heirloom for her as well.

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The Jive Cats

March 13th, 2009 3 comments


Inspired by a beautiful photograph taken by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration in 1938, I painted this as a companion piece to “He sure can play that guitar”
This painting was sold and will be living in Athens, Georgia with two of my dearest friends.

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Urban Art Fair

March 3rd, 2009 2 comments

The show went well! I sold two prints and one painting, the painting to a dear friend.
One of the prints went to a visionary woman whose name I did not get. I really regret that I didn’t get her name. If you are reading this, please contact me!

Spend Sunday afternoon meeting Pacific Northwestfine artists as they present their most recent work and learn more about arts organizations in the community. C Art Gallery in partnership with My World Dance both located at the Hiawatha Artist Lofts in Seattle’s Central District will open their doors and clear the floor to bring the urban arts community together for this event. This is a great opportunity to talk to artists about their work, purchase affordable art and meet art organization representatives on one day in one place. For more information call 206-554-9444

So Mimi Torchia Boothby will be ONE of those artists! Cool, eh? I will have some little paintings on sale for as little as $25.00. If you like a bigger one, and the price is a little more than you can afford, I will lower the price. My Giclees will also be available. Come on down! It will be fun to see you.
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The lady in Green

March 1st, 2009 4 comments

This is a 1/4 sheet watercolor painting from a 1925 photograph of an office party. The room is filled with young women and mostly older men, and all of the women were together, except this one, she was over to the side, not next to any of them. Her hair was not bobbed and styled like everyone else’s, and she looked like she had something on her mind.  I was very taken with her and this is actually the 5th time I’ve tried painting her; I am finally happy with her.

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