Tag Archives: Inspiration

30 in 30 Collage & Wrap up

For me, it was only 29 in 30 but I’m still feeling a sense of accomplishment (and relief that it’s over!) Grateful to Leslie Saeta for hosting this for so many artists out there.

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30 in 30 Day 29 – March Hair

This late in the challenge and I’ve run behind! Trying to play catch-up now but luckily there is just one more to go. Hope to finish that final painting tonight. I think the month change threw me off a bit. I always feel a little lighter, almost giddy when March shows up. Spring is just around the corner.

March Hair, oil on canvas board, 7″ x 5″ $49
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30 in 30 Day 28 – The Brave Little Ampersand

Oil on canvas board, 7″ x 5″

Because it’s day 28 and I’m getting punchy and making punctuation jokes.


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30 in 30 Day 26 – Three Sisters

Oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″


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30 in 30 Day 24 – Shotgun Shack

A little nostalgia for the first house that Frank and I shared, in a beautifully wooded area on the banks of Clear Creek. A wee shotgun shack, with no shotguns inside.

“Shotgun Shack,” oil on canvas, 10″ x 8″ $175


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30 in 30 Day 21 – Lioness

Oil on canvas, 6″ x 6″  $90

Little tired.


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30 in 30 day 4 – (Saint Valentine) Homage to Cecilia Giménez

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The final 10″ x 8″ oil on canvas for Zip 37’s “Valentine/UnValentine” show is my little valentine to Cecilia Giménez. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, you can read about her good-faith (but ultimately comical) attempt to restore a church fresco here.

Having made many colossally stupid but innocent-hearted mistakes in my life, I’ve always had a lot of sympathy for Doña Giménez.

Saint Valentine, according to one legend, had his head liberated from his body for marrying young lovers under Emperor Claudius’ reign. At least his heart was in the right place.

The Importance of Serenity

lobotomyscanThis image from a disintegrating 1951 psychology text ambushed me while I was scrounging for collage material.
The before and after pics wouldn’t seem out of place in some ancient ad for a beauty treatment.
I dreamt about this possibly long-dead woman last night and think I may need to paint something about her to exorcise her.
I know lobotomies aren’t performed anymore, but it does make me think that with the plethora of antidepressants being prescribed to the worried well, something basic hasn’t really changed here.

Is being anxious and self-conscious really so bad? It’s a basic part of who I’ve always been. And what’s so great about serenity?

From the text: “Without seriously reducing intelligence, as measured by standard tests, the operation usually leaves a person less anxious, less self-conscious and more serene.”