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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

CHICKEN COOP vanity cabinet

This is a piece I made a few years ago with the help of my dad. Note the two plexiglass shelves inside. A friend owned it and now needs to sell it. It measures 17 high x 14 wide and 6 inches deep. There are brackets at the top to hang it from two nails on a wall. Only three of these unique pieces were made. Asking $450, but entertaining offers.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


5 x 7 inches collage currency and paint on paper


In the theme of the headlines.
5 x 7 inches paint and collage shredded currency on paper

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fowl Play

9 x 10 inches acrylic and collage on panel
This is my 4th attempt at two chickens in a garden. Got a little crazy....

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Let there be Lights

Well- I've been graced with night lights! A new set of track lights. This means I can work well way into the night. The bats have mostly left the barn, so it's not as creepy. I do notice its getting dark earlier and earlier...even necessitates flicking the switch at 4:30 in the afternoon! Autumn has arrived.

Monday, September 22, 2008


NO TIME TO GET COMFORTABLE. My annual open studio is in a couple of weeks and there is tons to do to get ready. This is my son's an ideal life, I guess.
More info on the open studio tour can be found at this website

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Time, eggs, and a Community of chickens

5.5 x 12 inches paint and collage on wood.
Today is the annual community day picnic hosted at the grounds of the Indian Rock School in town. It's a lot of fun, and everyone shows up. The Lions club cooks BBQ, the firemen play kids games, there s a pie baking contest and my good friend John Quinn signs copies of his new book- Memories of a Country School. The cover design incorporates a mural painting my students and I created several years ago. For more information about the event or to get copies of the book you will soon be able to check out

Friday, September 19, 2008

Leaping the Road

An age old riddle about the hen and the road. I just had to try this on some scrap wood pieces that, when put together, created a shallow relief landscape.

9.5 x 11 X 1 inches

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Are these Chickens Cooked?

Another larger image- 11.75 x 28.5 inches
Sometimes I have no idea.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Chickens at the road

He's still not listening. LARGE (for me) 15 x 32 inches.
I'm still struggling with the language of combining words and images.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Outstanding in the Field Messenger

Not sure what to call's a larger reworking of an earlier image- and in the process a lot has been changing.
11.75 x 28.5 inches

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Floating Hen

this is acrylic on panel
5 x 11 inches

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Chicken in a box

Another version of the walled garden theme gone astray. It's interesting to me that within the process of collage, the maps and words re-route a piece, the subject shifts and mutates, and inevitably surprises me. It is almost as if stories emerge from my unconscious. The rooster was painted out. a little dirt path became an asphalt highway....where is the garden? I must try again.
Also- look how polite the hen is trying to be! And is "Life beyond" really just hitting the back wall of the box? 9 x 11 inches

Full Moon Rooster

SOLD- collection of Dave Stanford
Chasing the full moon this weekend. We all KNOW the rooster has been tied to the pulling of the sun and moon across our skies.I can hardly sleep. The strange sounds coming from the woods keep humanity on edge.
Here is a re-working I did yesterday of an older oil painting- It measures 4 x 4 x 2 inches and it's very wet... so impossible to photograph without glare.

There is a story in the mythology of the origin of the Gallus Domesticus, of an all white rooster that was worshipped in the Pacific islands. If it wasn't treated right, it would be the bearer of doom. I am praying for those suffering from the hurricanes.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The inventory

There is time for the studio again. And it's time to inventory my accomplishments (this is just ONE shelf), my goals, and weaknesses. I have spent the last few days working on applications for residencies and grants. It's all-consuming and thought-provoking. My intern has completed entering the data of my mail list on the computer. And we've begun cataloguing the inventory of paintings for last year. In the process I hope to clarify my next direction and prepare for my annual open studio this fall. More paintings will come-several are on the easel. Come back to see them soon. Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Chickens in a garden

SOLD-collection of Anne Gillis
A Baroque painting of intimate space, my second attempt at a walled garden...
9 x 10.75 inches
acrylic on two panels

Sunday, September 7, 2008

a Charming Rooster

Under a spell...
I tried to capture the seductive beguiling look in the eye of a lover.
acrylic and collage on panel

Friday, September 5, 2008

Butterfly over Brooklyn

Bliss! Collage and paint on paper. Life is great. Everyone seems settled and happy and now I can fly to my studio...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

map sketch

7 x 5 inches paper collage- a re-working of an older work. Used to be called "basket case" more like a suitcase.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Ships at sea

5 x 7 ink pencil maps on paper. This is a re-working of an earlier piece. I m doing small altered sketches on paper to keep the daily discipline going while preparing the household for shifting schedules. My youngest started a full day of school today. Two more days until I deliver my eldest to school- for his-yikes- senior year.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wet eye wear

I am playing in ink with map collages and thinking how these tiny works serve as signs to my inner psyche. This week- the first in September-is notoriously and historically hard for me in that I can't balance my multiple roles as mother, daughter, wife and artist. The summer ends and schedules are in flux. Everyone needs to be somewhere in opposite directions, and needs supplies immediately. And I am the one they count on. See the word "island" on the work...hmmmm.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Chicken- exposed

This is a tiny painting- 5 x 3 inches panel of wood. I got the idea from having those back to school dreams- where you show up lost and half dressed and find out you've missed a whole course but still have to take an exam. Anxiety. All this work needs, to make it extra awful, is an audience. At least- for her- it's just exposure to a beautiful field.