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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hints of an un-made bed

In honor of the lovely naps we enjoy, alone or with a lover...
This little painting is an intimate look into a bedroom after everybody has left.
It is what remains when light filters through the shades and day has continued.
A fond memory of nap times...
I painted this in 2010 when I felt self-care to be a high priority.

This painting will look good propped on a shelf or
in a small gold frame.

It is signed on the back.

In honor of Lent I am surrendering and letting 40 paintings from the past few years go to auction starting as low as $10.
This is painting number 13.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

country dreams for sale

8 x 10 x .25 inches. Unique one of a kind acrylic and wax collage painting on eBay now!

Monday, March 20, 2017

The planets have lined up with my feet

Today is the first day of Spring... I felt it was a good time to do a moving meditation. There is a Labyrinth at the Congregational Church down the road. The intricate passageways lead you both toward and away from the center. Walking it as a ritual, you are supposed to feel the symbolic relationship of the pathways of the labyrinth to the pathways of your life. I felt as though I was peeling back years like an onion...sometimes I had a clear vision of the goal and at other times I was way out on the edges facing the opposite direction. I could see my ages from the childhood years of self absorption and glee in details of nature, living in the wide arc of unending summers, through the knotted teenage years of reversals and more reversals, to the wisdom of motherhood, a time erect and purposeful. To the present where I tread carefully wondering at the age of my limbs and the invisibility of grey haired women. In America we no longer even pretended to prioritize any care of the elderly or the infirm. They are being rapidly cut from social services. Better for business to put them out of sight.
If the history of other man-made cultures repeats itself, the artists and writers are next. I shudder.
The name Labyrinth has ties to the Greek Minoan royalty. There is a story that the king of Crete had a large labyrinth built to hold in the dangerous Minotaur. (We have been studying Picasso's art all week in class and I can see the half beast, half man in his etchings.)All I know is that when I got to the center of the Labyrinth I felt a swelling glee. I spun with arms outstretched embracing the planets above and dancing across the earth at my feet. I was half woman and half beast, for just a moment of spring.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Burning Bed

These are fiery times full of explosive action.
Fire is part of renewal and growth. It is a way of shedding the past.
Relationships ignite in passion. Then risk going up in smoke.
There are times in Life when you embrace the fire.

I painted this in 2010 when I felt as though I had been traveling through a ring of fire and emerging into a whole new life. I believe anyone who can relate to persevering through hell, or burning with new sensations, will "get" this picture.

This small acrylic painting on wood is a reminder that
some things have to end in order to have the brighter future you dream of.
Why not light the match? Fan the flames?

It is signed on the front lower right corner

In honor of Lent I am surrendering and letting 40 paintings from the past few years go to auction starting as low as $10.
This is painting number 11.
I don't always want to let work go. This REALLY is one of my favorites.
Selling on Ebay helps me make space, keep the flow and pay for materials.

My collectors are the most fiery awesome people out there, from Texas to Raleigh, Sacramento to New York, and Boston to Miami!
Why don't you join them?

Monday, March 13, 2017

Full Moon Tango Fever

This is a reason for staying another year in Miami! Calle Ocho on can dance all night (or till 2am). Michael and I are on a mission to learn how to tango. If nothing else it makes us laugh a lot.
how we think we look

 I love spinning and he loves spinning me. After two hours we collapse.
how we actually look

Sunday, March 12, 2017

6, 7 and now 8 paintings (out of 40) on eBay

From sexual to tragic, the arc of painting the bed as a refuge continues! I am offering over a dozen of my painted bed series on auctions starting as low as $10. The purpose is part discipline and mostly surrender. I am letting go of 40 paintings for a Lenten practice. Please check it out! Search by "Tilly"

Shake Her

Moth Queen

Pulp Fiction
The dime is included in many of the photos for scale as well as for comfort. My great-step-grandad sculpted the head of Roosevelt for the currency. We are in this together!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

5th painting on Ebay

For Lent- for letting go...

A painting about Leisure... on wood panel. Every auction starts at $10 and includes free domestic USA shipping. Have a great Monday! Search for my work under "tilly strauss"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The second of 40 small Paintings put on EBay

Its time for me to surrender and de-clutter the studio! I am placing smaller works on eBay this month. I love to paint every chance I get and my poor children are in danger of getting squashed by tilting piles of paintings. Can you picture them buried in colorful canvasses? I can't let it happen! I am going to do right by them and sell as much as I can through the whole period of Lent. This is part of letting go and clearing the path for new opportunities and insights.
This painting is 5 x 5 inches on board. I was inspired by losing track of time in a good book. This is a modern day princess and her pea.
Check out my ebay paintings by searching Tilly Strauss or clicking here.