Archive for September, 2008

Dreaded Whipper Snappers

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Dreaded Whipper Snappers — 12″ x 12″ oil on canvas.

The hair on the figure in this painting was inspired by this artist who makes the most fabulous creations for the head! If I were braver I would wear some, but since I am modest they would bring too much attention to me, so I guess, (and I am not so great at self psychoanalysis), but its sort of an alter ego, vicarious thing.  Whatever it is, I will surely be doing some more hair inspired figures in the near future.  The whipper snappers appear over in the left hand corner and smaller ones below, you can read how they came about in a previous post, but know that these particular Snappers were also inspired by her dreads!   One of the best things about being an artist is I can let my imagination go wherever it wants, I make no apologies for that and you can see by her expression, neither does she!

Prints size 8″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ available in my etsy shop at

Fashionista and Whipper Snappers

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

A rugged nights sleep meant a tired day, but did what I needed to do. A lot of time and energy are going into caring for my blind diabetic pug. My hub and I took him to the opthamologist vet yesterday for a two hour exam, and it seems his eyes are healthy enough for surgery, it means intensive care during the pre operation and post operation periods and he will  wear a collar for three months, hopefully all will go well and he will be able to see again. I just love my pug.

Finished the new painting about 7:00 this morning, just now finding time to blog about it. It came about in a strange way, truthfully I can’t even follow my own thinking, ( which decision led to the next, but I’ll try). I started out with a single figure as is typical, and wanted to design a myriad of tiny swirly, girly thingies but ended up painting them out and over because it just looked boring. And I could not discern their meaning or intention. Ended up with the much bigger striped shrimp looking swirly things that were more compelling visually and look like creatures, I even put eyes on them. I decided to use  them to pull the composition together by extending their tails which look like whips to me, and as if they are a whippin and a snappin, thus the name whipper snappers. Fashionista because I was completely influenced by looking at an artist who wears her art

and next thing you know I was painting white polka dot legs with matching shoes. She seems to be in quite an unpleasant quandary, thus the pink tears that match her outfit of course.


Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

I have been painting lots of swirly girly stuff lately, anything to get away from politics overload and resisting the urge to type out my points of view and further perpetuate the divisiveness. I really wish there were three parties.

Dia de Los Muertos

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Every October Ten Women Gallery does a group exhibit in the window display, this year we have also invited a few guest artists to further add to what is always a spectacular window. Stop by and see it and visit with us on First Friday in October. Artwork here: Tricia Anders, Robyn Feeley and Mavis Leahy

Strange Brew

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

(Tarty) Orangesicle Sisters

If you are in the Bay area check out the Strange Brew exhibit, I have three paintings there one of which is the Orangesicle sisters above.

Its been an exhausting few days after discovering that my pug has gone blind. The bewildered, lost little look on his face and trepidatious meandering just break my heart. Its quite a costly procedure to remove cataracts but we will do it, a quality of life for my pug and for myself and peace of mind is important to me.

Raining Art Dolls Window display Exhibit

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

the striped leg and arm doll, so sweet and well crafted is by artist Sue McMahon, I’ll be tking more closeups of individual works again soon, the colorful piece behind her is by doll artist Annie Hesse and to the side of that, a voodoo doll by resident artist Shari Enge. Above, you see a Falling star piece by Maripat Doyle Oberg “Luna”, a small spirit doll by Griselda Tello, high and to the left a mixed media figure by Audrey Mucci. In front with long white ribbons is the back (a lot of the pieces twirl softly around) of a flesh colored nylon Being by Lydia Dekker.

The dj

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

this is Enzo, the son of one of the Ten Women Members, he was our dj and did a great job of mixing it up, had people dancing on the sidewalk just out front!

Theres a monster or two hanging

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

monster by me!

Karna Erickson

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

created this spectacular piece, that brought so much color, whimsey and interest to the window

Le Chat Noir/Laura Bartlett

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

This doll is even more enchanting in person