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Thursday, May 31, 2007

A fruitful life...


SOLD
I'M OVERWHELMED by my sons' shifting end of school schedules and social obligations. This painting was a real challenge to fit it! Instead of focusing on "the pits", I will try to keep a good attitude about the fruitfulness of my life!
6 x 6 1/2 x 3/4 in. $45

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

saltine


I love the patterns in this small piece.
4 x 5 inches
SOLD

Monday, May 28, 2007

soul food


baked potato, acrylic and paper on wood, 5 x 5 x 1inches
My sister-in-law has been here for the holiday weekend and her father's birthday. She has moved into the kitchen and has been cooking up massive delicious meals of shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, grilled chicken, crab salad, corn, beans, etc.. and I feel myself ten pounds heavier after each meal. The only thing I am good at cooking is the classic baked potato. I retreat to the studio and paint...

HANGS IN MY MOTHER'S KITCHEN

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Memorial Sundae


4 x 4 in oil on canvas
I have an underpainting in lime green, with the borders painted in lime stars against Blue. It's a sad Memorial day...I wish our soldiers were not at war.
This is another in my series of thirty Sunday sundaes. I guess I am a sundae painter!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Asparagus Tip


This little piece is 3 1/2 x 4 inches acrylic and collaged wood. Delicate and whimsical. I spent today at the Farmer's market and it brought me back in time to when my husband raised and sold chickens. And I had hair long enough to sit on and he had a full head of hair...Little toddlers careened by and picked up blocks of paintings and their parents apologized and it reminded me of how I had to keep Kent contained (when he was 4 and would steal fruit), otherwise I would chase him down and be caught wrenching his fingers loose from his treasure. It was a lot of work...but it was the life! We lived with the seasons of the farm and together as a family did all the work. For nine years we sold at farmers markets in NYC and Millbrook and Kent CT. Today was an awesome day- instead of food to sell I had art about food. I did really well, sending lots of my past daily paintings into new homes.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Green apple


After I ate the last one, I finally had the discipline to paint a full perfect specimen. Every artist loves the apple.
5 1/2 x 5 inches= painted and collaged on wood.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Two Commercial Lemons


SOLD
3 1/2 x 6 x 1 1/2inches paint and collage on wood
This piece took a bit longer- more struggle more collage and more sanding away than the previous works. I am going to paint at a farmers market this Memorial weekend- these works were originally intended for weights to hold the picnic table cloth stable. It amazes me how some work flows and others...just don't. Trying to figure it out, but I probably never will. My father in law went shopping yesterday and was inspired to bring me avocados, shrimp, and mushrooms...so I have to get painting!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Applecore on wood block

DESTROYED

I tried to paint the whole perfect apple but my hunger got the better part of me- so I took one tiny bite and it was soooo juicy I had to lick the edges and couldn't resist another bite. And then another. I think sometimes the applecore is an archetypal image. The muse wonders...is it the residue left after the Temptation? Symbol of the downfall of man? Satiated appetites? Gluttony?

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

TOMATO


Painted and collaged wood- 5 1/2 in x 5 in, or there abouts...
Having fun, still playing with my food- Last night I showed my artist girfriends the work and they were very excited for me- I guess having fun with the paintbrush can be enthusiastically received. Two girlfriend broke out the cash! Everything has a pric- just not sure what it is...This took me maybe 30 minutes to paint, 30 minutes to prep the surface, and maybe another 15 to varnish and finish...What would be a good price? SOLD

Sunday, May 20, 2007

PEAR Pic nick knack



SOLD
5 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 1 1/2 inch painting and collage on a block of wood. I keep coming back to find that painting on scraps of wood inspires me to release myself to the experimental process of creating. The risk factor seems minimal- after all, it is, at worst, a piece of decorated trash, and at best, a nick knack. How low can I go? This summer as my sons return to the kitchen I find myself in the role of sneaking food out to paint nick nacks. I hope to sell them at a local farm stand. This pear, alas, has been baked.

SUNDAY'S SUNDAE


4 x 4 inches oil on canvas
Playing with color and still hooked onthe idea of a "month of sundaes"

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Birthday chick


My mother makes the sixties look fun! She inspires everyone around her to seize the moment and live life to the fullest. I could go on and on about her influence on me- for the love of art, reading, travel, popcorn, daisies, pink toenail polish, and surprising jewels... but it sounds so trivial. There is much more to this chick than meets the eye. She raises the bar for compassion and generosity. There are countless stories of people who have been impacted by her gifts, many of which are given anonymously. My husband toasts her overwhelming optimism and the fact that she truly cares about the well being of many. As her daughters we have a hope- to keep her sense of humor, her righteous indignation, her commitment to help the less fortunate and her passion for her family. Today's her birthday!

Friday, May 18, 2007

TEA for three


Having some tea with my buddies. There are two tea cup paintings, on paper, on eBay, of mine, right now. Tea is such a friendly, bonding drink...Please check it out and maybe...just maybe... you'll decide one is the perfect gift to get for a friend who needs to be nurtured.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

CHICK N'brush again


acrylic on homemade paper, 4 x 6 inches
I am having a fun time with these guys. I have moved them to outside the studio door and set up a chair and makeshift table for me to keep them company. We benefit from the fresh air, the sounds of the farm buzzing with activity, and papa Frank's attentive monologues. Today he brought me lilacs, brought the chicks stale bread, and told me that he has been cutting the neighbors bushes back. I wonder if I shouldn't go back inside. But I am sanding and painting blocks of wood with vegetables...Just watching the birds out of the corner of my eye. I sent out an email this morning asking my friends if anyone had a birdcage I could borrow to move 5 chicks on my front passenger seat to the Great Barrington farmer's market- They will be my models for a painting demonstration. The response has been hilarious. Apparently there are liberated men who believe keeping chicks in a cage is a bad idea.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Chick and Brush


the birds continue to fascinate me...
4 x 6 on paper

Three little chicks crossing the farm


Isn't there a parable about this?
Hmmmm.....

Monday, May 14, 2007

Chick in field


I am trying to work on paper in a 4 x 6 in format and sometimes it works...
The chicks are growing rapidly- getting wing feathers, still showing fuz on the necks and behinds...

SUNDAY'S SUNDAE


Every Sunday I am working on a small 4 x 4 inch canvas ice cream sundae.
This was yesterdays...
The "painting a day" regime has it's benefits, but it also has it's limitations. Much of the work needs to speak to the next piece in order to be of value to me. I need to collect a slew of these in order to create a more encompassing and fullfilling work of art. That is why they are not for sale right away. Meanwhile I do have work on eBay- taken from archives of past work. Please check it out! Thank you.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

MOTHERS day flowers



oh- my! The day has surpassed expectations. These are quick...
acrylic on paper

Saturday, May 12, 2007

LIASON, Chicks outside


oil on panel, 6 x 12 inches
This was an old painting- of just the house- that I've added to.
I moved the chicks outside today for just the afternoon...
My boys have brought me flowers...tomorrow...I will paint them.

Friday, May 11, 2007

chick and chaise


mixed media, collage, acrylic, and oil paint on wood, 6 x 12 inches

I am painting again! There are 15 chicks in my studio making a lot of wracket and yet when I approach them they slow down and pose. So for the last few days I have been studying them, doodling, and grabbing scraps to paint on. This is in oil because at the same time I am working on an ice cream sundae every Sunday in oil and though I am not the most confident with the media, I felt like branching out.
I am so happy to be painting again that I feel like shouting out-"Fresh chicks! Fresh chicks! Hot and oily, just off the easel!" The work is not for sale right now because I need to gather paintings for some upcoming shows...If you are really distraught and interested in purchasing one of these- let me know and I can reserve you the first option, when the place and price are set.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fresh chicks- spring's slippery slope


I can't paint on paper today- here is a scrap of wood painted with oil paint. Done from life.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

yesterday we had a barn party





Yesterday we, (my dad and I), dusted and swept the corners of the barn and hosted about 50-60 visitors- well wishers and those just curious- sharing Betsy's refreshments under the glow of the map mural. It was really nice. The barn looked great adorned with paintings and sculptures by my uncle Laurent Davidson, my aunt Joan, my great grandad Jo Davidson, Howard Simon and dad's latest in a line up of unique lamps. Everyone "oohed" and "aahed" over the stormy skies of my uncle's paintings. I was proud to be so well brought up, so surrounded by good artists. I missed my grandma Zabet. She loved an art opening. Not sure when the map will actually go to the train station. No date has been set as several Metro North committees and regulations have to be checked first.
Meanwhile-my daily painting continues- the chicks are growing-

Monday, May 7, 2007

SPRING CHICKS




I have barely been painting. Been totally sick in bed for the last few days. Here are my new studio mates!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Package in the mail


3.5 x 5 inches, acrylic on paper
Sometimes inspiration comes in small packages.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Where am I now?


Ahhh- a sense of closure with the map mural. The second coat of varnish is on and I have sent out notices for a "farewell" party in dad's barn next Monday the 7th. I have a bucket of exotic beers and wines that I won at my kid's school auction. The Harlem Valley Times called today. So I guess I am all set.