Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tentatively… Just Funny Art

I am enjoying this surprising series of little painting experiments.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall/Halloween Open Studios

Me, Declan and my studio mates, Kathy Fujioka, Melissa Wagner, Fuzz Grant and Russ Holt.
Me and the Boogie Gals

Jay and Angelo

Me and Bub

Ellen, Barbara and MBK

More mates, Gaurav and Ytalena Lopez

Zoe and Amanda

Me and Louise 
Louise Nevelson

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Two New

Doors Open

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

This Girl Again

She is back.
I don't know where she has been.

I do know where she is from.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Small Works

I am still doodling.



Cover-Up  (aka, Might Not Be Finished)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Fruits Of Summer

I am doodling…

Fun and freeing...

Friday, August 22, 2014

Painting Cats

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had several cat dreams.  The dreams involved fun adventures with my tortoise shell cat, Loma.  In the dreams Loma did everything with nonchalance and aplomb.  And the outstanding thing was, she could communicate with me telepathically.  

In the best dream Loma was swimming underwater in our fish bowl. Her fur was floating around her. It was such a great image I had to do a painting.  It is the only painting that still survives from my 10 year hiatus. (I think I attempted about five or six.)  The painting hangs in my daughter's room.

Later, I read that because of a high degree of formality and reserve in 17th Century Japan, people could not be direct about certain things, especially with the opposite sex. So, male doctors developed an odd way of determining whether a woman was pregnant or not.  The doctor would ask the patient if she was having dreams about cats!!!  

Ha!  So there I was, unwittingly,  three centuries later, a perfect patient for the 17th Century. It just goes to show, you can take the lady out of Japan, but you can't take the Japan out of the lady.
"Mei Mei"

This is Mei Mei.  She is my friend, MBK's cat that just passed away.  Mei Mei is kicking my butt.  My only explanation is that cat's planes are all soft.  They are not as sculptural as dogs.  They start out kind of soft, but the longer I paint, and I like to really paint stuff to death, the softness eventually turns into concrete.  I have scraped the whole thing off twice so far.  

Poor Mei Mei. 

version 2 getting better

version 1 Yikes!!!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lanai Cat Sanctuary

Lanai Cat Sanctuary has over 300 cats and about 18 kittens right now.  Guess who was in heaven?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dancing In The Moonlight

We walked home from dinner in the moonlight.  

Lanai's non-bustling streets

This looks reminds me of a old 70's picture.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Things Are Improving… For Now

Since my last blog post, painting has been getting better.  I had about four paintings going there for awhile.  Here are three of them.  Two I am going to tentatively say are finished.  

The first one is a re-working of "Taco Star".  I don't know what the hoop is about.  I just like that kinda of stuff.  However, when it appears, I usually let myself get talked outof keeping it.  But I am keeping this one.  It is nice and weird. 

"Taco Star"

This one was once a florally red thing from ten years ago.  It is undergoing a change.  There are ghost images and new images.

"Summer In The City" 

Man, I like it, but I know it needs a lot of editing.  I am going to have to do a lot of brutal white outs. I will wait a while to give myself time to say good-bye.  

Last piece is of Mei Mei, my friend MBK's cat that died.  It is coming, but not in this here post.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bad Summer For Painting

My painting this summer sucks.  In the spring I started reworking this painting.  I was enjoying it immensely.  I loved it for a long time.  Then I went to Lanai.  When I got back, I decided that I needed to loosen it up.  (I must have had an island hangover and was feeling loosie goosie)  Now, I think this piece is headed south.  It is on it's way to oblivion.

Image 1

Image 2

Image 3

Image 4

Last version, so far...

Landscapes are simpler.  There is a  beginning a middle and most important, an end.  These paintings, which I've been calling "collages" for want of a better name, because they are not really "collages," are more experimental.  I have averaged a 75% failure rate, (maybe more) with these "collage" experiments.  So the ones that I finish give me a thrill.

I can't decide which way to hang it either.  I like it both ways, vertical and horizontal.

I don't think it is entirely a goner yet.  (I think there are still a few more days to keep flogging it to death.)  : )

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Honeymoon In Lanai

Lanai is full of wildlife.  As I unloaded the washer machine yesterday a 7 inch centipede flopped out with the towels.  I couldn't help screaming my head off for about ten seconds, before I realized it was dead.  Then I screamed somemore thinking about how I probably almost touched it loading the machine!  As you know those things are vicious.  One attacked and bit Tom last year.  It seemed like the pain was excruciating and lasted all day.

If you want to see it, I'll send you a pic, but it was way tooooo scary to post a picture.  I didn't want anyone to faint.  I almost lose my mind just thinking about it.  I have it in my studio still, under a jar, in case it is playing possum.  Let me know if you know a kid that wants it for their collection of scary stuff.

New out door shower


our new power pole

papayas in our yard.  (someone usually picks them before I can)

view out my studio window
here is what it looks like in the neighborhood.

Though I arrived to a house with kitchen drawers full of gecko poop, red dust on everything, so that Tom  and I had to spend 3 hours on cleaning the first night, it is great to be here.