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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: As With Proclamations of Verisimilitudes on: November 06, 2018 03:31:21 PM
Thank you guys! 

As (it seems) with many of my paintings, despite the bright colors, this painting has a bit of a dark purpose.  Its essentially about empty promises.  A coyote (the trickster) seemed a fitting speaker  of lies disguised by beautifully embellished words whose purpose to deceive and were never intended to last.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Twisted Christmas (Sign up 10/22/2018 - 10/31/2018; Mail by 12/03/2018) on: October 27, 2018 01:01:43 PM
Oh man......Im NOT a Christmas person, but this is so tempting!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / As With Proclamations of Verisimilitudes on: October 27, 2018 12:41:16 PM
Its been a while!  My art time has been pretty restricted by work and our continued work on the house, but I do have a new painting finally finished!!

As With Proclamations of Verisimilitudes
36 x 18 oil on canvas

Sorry.....image is now fixed
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Mantles of Resiliance in the Transformation of Eventualities on: September 12, 2017 03:50:45 PM
Thank you everyone!

AlteredMommy - Sometimes the title is the hardest part.  This one came about in parts throughout the planning of the painting. 

When I was invited to paint something for the beer show I had no idea what I wanted to do.  I only had a color (a color somewhere in the mid-range hue of beers).  Then, one night when I was working in the hospital one of the nurses I work with came in with new highlights in her hair that seemed to match the color I was assigned perfectly.  I asked her if she'd be willing to model for me and to share a bit of her story to help me determine what I should paint.  She agreed. 

I was able to get a few photos, though none of them were even close to this particular set-up.  She told me about leaving Ghana and a little of her time here in the US.  I knew she was in the process of finishing up her Doctorate.  I asked her if there was any bit of clothing that meant anything to her and she brought along this dress.....it was perfect!  It was a dress her mother made for her from fabric she brought from Ghana.  The dress was actually in red, blue and yellow, but the pattern is very similar.  With her permission I changed the colors of the dress to better suit the overall image.

The "mantles" in the title refers particularly to this dress.  A mother's love providing protection that in this case also provides a link to heritage (hence the reason the pattern appears in the earth).  Resilience refers to her family's struggle to make their way to a new life.  Resilience is also why I chose to use Starlings in this painting.  Starlings are highly resilient and adaptable birds.  The Glossy Starlings of Ghana are also stunning....bonus!  I always love to speak of transformation through education as it speaks to my own personal story and I felt it applied to this painting as well.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A Donkey and a Tiger on: September 11, 2017 09:19:40 PM
Beautiful!  Kevin approves....

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mantles of Resiliance in the Transformation of Eventualities on: August 29, 2017 05:10:46 PM
I was planning on making further changes to this one, but I needed to varnish it for an upcoming show and the varnish fixed much of what I was worried about.  The painting was originally painted for an invitational show at one of the area art museums.  Each artist was given a color from the beer scale (light beer to dark beer) and the work we produced had to be created using mostly our assigned color.  I'm sure you can gather which beer shade I was given....LOL!  I was thinking that after the show I might want to lighten up the foreground, but I've decided not to.  I kind of like the flat appearance.

I had multiple reference images to work from, but none of them had my model in this position so it took a lot of trial and error to get it all to work.

It's a 40" x 30" oil on canvas.

I think my favorite part is her hand.  It's also the part that went the quickest.

I am also pretty proud of these books!  I had a stack of cook books that I needed to make into medical books.  I think I managed to make them passable.  Then, of course, I always love to paint birds.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Betrayal of Home on: August 16, 2017 12:29:32 PM
Final changes have been made!  I posted the final scan in the original post!
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Betrayal of Home on: April 02, 2017 11:18:00 AM
FINALLY finished this painting & thought I'd share.  Updated photo is in the original post.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: "Persephone" painting on: December 19, 2016 01:30:28 PM
As soon as I can get a scan of this there will be prints available.  Most everything else is scanned before it leaves.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Mouse with flowering branch on: December 19, 2016 01:28:18 PM
Your work is ALWAYS so lovely!!
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