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This guy’s got bells!

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Why am I such a misfit?

Too timid for the cool kids; too weird for the mainstream. Wondering where my work truely fits in.

Perhaps I don’t let myself say what is fighting to come out, programmed to censor myself, preoccupied with what others will think and say, struggling against some expected confines of what a woman my age should be (whatever the fuck that is) that I absorbed along the way. Worried about embarrassing my sons with my subject matter (But they’ve told me they don’t care if I paint dolls with vaginas!)

Scarred and scared from the manipulation and betrayal of a most recent relationship (But I kicked his ass out! I was triumphant! But the damage remains.) Semi-paralyzed with anxiety, doubt, insecurity…   Fuck that! I’ve got “bells” too! I’m gonna put on my happy clown face and paint them!

If Toys Could Talk

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Little wondrous things.

I like to paint them.

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Sometimes big. Sometimes small.   clockmoth

gyro                           woodendoll

troll    Little trinkets and toys.

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Where have they been?            clown

 

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If they could talk….

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**Details from my paintings. To see the entire paintings go to My Work page.**

 

 

 

 

Happy Little House Just so

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Why haven’t I been painting a ton lately? What’s wrong with me? Remember when I used to spend 90% of my time at the studio or in class, letting my house go, dishes piling up in the sink, laundry mountain ever expanding…

Oh, right, I was in school, working to meet deadlines, with no puppy waiting at home for me, and spending time (way too much time!) helping someone else focus and get the fuck through school, too!

So I’ve changed some things. And now I can focus on me. And lately I’ve been busy busy busy packing and moving and unpacking and making my happy little house just so…

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Where Has Lilly Been?

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Conversations with Lilly

Lilly is a painting of my favorite sculpture who lives in my living room. From the time I met her she has provided comfort; that’s why I had to paint her–it’s a portrait of a friend.

Let’s see where she’s been…

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Who is Lilly? What’s her history? Maybe that’s another blog post…Anybody interested?

 

Seemingly Timeless Stretches

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Do you ever get lost in the details, with the devil, just enjoying the view,

relishing the tiny bits that before somehow went unnoticed?

How did such wonder fail to beguile you before? A passage, a moment, a tiny arcane portion of something…

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These are details from some of my paintings. An artist’s eye view. See where I get lost for seemingly timeless stretches.

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a thing recognizable

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Day 2. I like them at the beginning. Loose. Full of possibilities. Quickly becoming a thing recognizable.

I want to paint your things

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For years I’ve painted things, my things – objects I’ve collected and inherited, positioned in an eccentric contrivance or a more conventional arrangement, sometimes nestled among abstract expressionist elements. Monumental objects that require immortalization as well as small almost incidental items that collected dust on a grandmother’s shelf for ages.

Now I’d like to combine my passion and my need to support myself. I’m available for commissions (various sizes and prices to fit your needs.) Send me a photo of your cherished, heirloom, beloved, item and I can reproduce it in paint so you can display an oil paint reproduction of your item next to the beloved item, or split up the heirloom and it’s intricate reproduction so you can keep one and your ever-squabbling sibling can keep the other, allowing everyone to enjoy said heirloom.

Email me at paintingpoppy@gmail.com

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