Mixed Media Artist

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Memories Of A Doll

6″x8″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood stretcher. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE


The Procrastinator- Dream Stealer

This is a 12″ x  36″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

So this painting goes back to the beginning of the year.  I was at a James Murdoch concert and as the second set started I had this image come into my head.  There was nothing in particular that triggered that vision but there it was right in front of me.  A fully formed vision of a painting thrown in to my lap in a split second.

I had to paint it. I was consumed by it.

I went out and bought the right size stretcher.

I took a photo of Imogen.

I searched the internet for good reference photos of birds.

I drew it out.

And then, I left it.  It was a pretty technical and detailed painting.  Not as fun to paint as some. I’d get to it later.

“OK, divine giver of painting ideas, I am ready for another …inspire me again. Give another one of those light bulb type visions”.

Nothing came.

Hmmm.  Maybe that divine giver of painting ideas was a little annoyed at me. Maybe he felt  like he just gave me a pretty sweet idea and I had not even finished it before asking him for more. Maybe he didn’t like that.

So I have been working for the last 6 months but it has been  a struggle.  I have all sorts of ideas and have started paintings but I’ve been putting them off.  Casting them to the side.  Promising to come back and see them through at some stage.

Initially this painting was going to be called The Trap, which kind of made me uncomfortable because it was really sinister ,  but then that little bird on her hand had something to say.  I just could not shut him up or shut his mouth up and it totally changed the dynamics of the painting. It was like he was pleading his case for all of those trapped birds.

“You really can’t do this”, he was saying “this kind of behavior just really isn’t acceptable”.

But what did these tangled birds represent for me? Dreams of course.  Trapped dreams.  She was a dream catcher? A dream keeper? No, she was a dream stealer.  She was stealing dreams.

But whose dreams?

Then it all made sense to me. She was stealing her own dreams.

Just like me, by procrastinating, I was stalling my dreams. I was stealing them away and trying to keep them for later , hoping more dreams would come.

Am I ever glad that little bird gave me a talking to.

What floors me is that the divine  giver of inspiration knew what this painting was about before I even procrastinated about it.

So, I am cultivating all the dreams I have lying around my studio. “Circus Dogs” was one,   I  had that idea ages ago but never acted on it.


Star Diving

3″x17.75″ mixed media painting on paper covered wood cradle.  The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted black.

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This painting is available HERE.

“Hitch your wagon to a star.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


She Wished Upon A Star

This is a  6″x36″mixed media painted on paper covered canvas. This sides are1.5″ deep and are a continuum of the painting

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This painting is SOLD

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
– Charles Beard


Ballet and Postcards…

Here are a few backstage photos from Imogen and Scarlett’s ballet performance this weekend.

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Also, I have 18 images that I have made into postcards. They are now available in my etsy store for $2 each or $10 for 10 (+shipping of course).


The Harlequin’s Prayer

9″x12″ mixed media painting on paper (.5″ border). This painting is on paper and will need to be matted and framed.

This painting is SOLD

It is so quiet in the loft right now. I usually try to fill the quiet. Swallow it up with sound. Music, TV, Audio books. My new Feist CD has just finished  and I am resisting the urge  to fill that …what? …VOID?  Is it really  a void?

The longer I sit here in the silence the more calm I feel.  Silence.  Sweet silence.

This painting feels silent to me. She is alone in her thoughts. There is a silent longing in her eyes. I do not know what she prays for. Perhaps she is simply asking for peace. Peace in her mind. To quiet her thoughts. Perhaps this is what I too am trying to quiet with all the noise I continually switch on. Quiet my mind. When I quiet my mind though am I numbing all my other senses as well?  Can my mind miss an inspiring thought because it is too distracted by all the noise I am constantly assaulting it with.

External silence helps to achieve inner silence. (Meher Baba)

This love is silent. (T. S. Eliot)

I sat staring, staring, staring – half lost, learning a new language or rather the same language in a different dialect. So still were the big woods where I sat, sound might not yet have been born. (Emily Carr)


Paper

Circus Girl, 12″x9″ mixed media painting on paper. Available HERE.

Paper is my first love. I didn’t actually work on canvas till I was in grade 12. I didn’t pick up a paint brush much before that. So it is understandable when I am feeling a little lost or a little  uncertain about what I am doing, about the direction my art is taking (or in this case NOT taking),  I want to work on paper again.

I love paper.  I love the different textures, smells, weights. I love buying paper to use in my paintings. Japanese papers, tissue papers, pages from old books. They all give me such pleasure. They make me want to play.  Right now, play is what I need to do.  I haven’t felt this way,  for this long,  for a very  long time and I don’t want to say I am having a crisis but ….pssst….I am having a crisis.

I have been working through it but working is not fun. I have decided, from now on, I am going to play through it.

Doodle through it.

Noodle through it.

So today I just worked on paper, with paper.

I doodled.

I noodled.

And I played.

“Mug Shot 929″  9″x12” mixed media painting on paper. Available HERE.


The Day Dreamer

9″x12″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas.

The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.


Woodland Dreams

10″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

In Your Heart

Close your eyes my sweet Imogen

You are not so alone as you think

when you dream

I am always with you

Safely, in your heart

I see this in your eyes when you look at me

I am safely in your heart

So close your eyes, sweet Imogen

And dream

Dream till your heart’s content

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THE MOTH

I am very excited to be a featured artist in this months issue of the Irish literary magazine The Moth. I have two full colour pages! Nice.  Check it out, they offer free shipping world wide!

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The wall is silence, the grass is sleep,
Tall trees of peace their vigil keep,
And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled
Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.
~Ida Rentoul Outhwaite


The Little Princess

This is a 5″x7″ mixed media painting on paper. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Deep in thought …

Being a princess isn’t always easy…