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A motherless child

July 31st, 2011 28 comments


Sometimes you see a photograph and you can’t get it out of your mind. I visit the Shorpy.com website often because he uncovers a wealth of 100 year old negatives, prints them out and then shares them with the rest of us. This young woman can be found on his website in a post titled “Incarcerated, 1919”. Looking at this proud young face, it’s hard for me to imagine what she did wrong. How many wrongs were committed against her before she became desperate and did what, steal bread? Sell her body? Fight back?

this painting is sold

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Cream puff — a California cat

July 27th, 2011 15 comments

I liked the way Cream puff posed for me so much that I painted her again, this time on fine Arches paper measuring 7″ x 10″. The colors and the paper cooperated with each other to make wonderful designs in the background.

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Lulu’s kitty

July 24th, 2011 6 comments

This is out of my travel journal. I had the opportunity to paint Creampuff, my cousin Cindy’s cat. She’s also Cindy’s daughter’s cat. I filled the background of the painting with the beautiful colors Cindy has decorated her house with.

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Touring with crows

July 20th, 2011 18 comments


This is a commissioned painting. I wanted to show a little whimsy and it had to have a bicycle in it.
I really didn’t mean to make it look like my husband, but it definitely does. And he’d love to have a crow on board!
(and thanks to Robin Kent for the idea!)

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Painting the painter

July 18th, 2011 6 comments

My son was here before father’s day finishing painting a pie box for his father. It seems that my husband is a pie baker. He is actually famous for his pies, so a famous and prolific pie baker needs world class pie containers to transport pies in. My younger son designed the first pie box out of wood scraps that he had split with his bare hands and bare feet in karate class. He did all the design and construction, my older son did the painting. He was finishing up the last box here in my studio and I could not resist sketching him. The sketch is great, but painting is better, so here it is.

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