The model for this composition is my Aunt Mary's cat Maggie. In their honor, I've title this version "Merry MsMaggie". The title refers to the symbolism of the colors too. Merry MsMaggie is drawn with a double face. Often cats have this type of look: looking at you and not quite at you. They're most polite! It's bad manners to stare too directly.
269 - Merry MsMaggie, $650 (Watercolor, 15.5" x 20")
This still life introduces three of the figures that are the subject for the series "Still Life with Toy Pony". The objects are close and share curves, shapes and colors. But, they have different personalities and functions.
The "Still Life with Toy Pony" series is about relationships among siblings or friends. These are three sisters before "Toy Pony" comes along.
270 - Still Life with Espresso Cup, Candlestick and Vase, $250 (Watercolor, 14" x 8")
The subject of the "MsKitty and Toy Pony" series is about childhood friendship. Childhood friends use their imagination to visit all sorts of interesting, fantastic places. They make up the rules as they go. Here, MsKitty and Toy Pony play tic-tac-toe, connect-the-dots, and perhaps checkers with tulips.
271 -MsKitty and Toy Pony at Play, $450 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
In this painting, MsKitty and Toy Pony take an excursion to "Blue Daisyland". The subject of MsKitty and Toy Pony's visits to fantastical lands is play and friendship, the type of friendship where all is possible. Each individual is quite different, but they share precious moments together.
272 - MsKitty and Toy Pony in Blue-Daisyland, $450 (Watercolor, 10" x 14")
In design 32 of "Still Life with Toy Pony", Toy Pony has become the pillar supporting her siblings. The subject of the series is the relationship between siblings and Toy Pony is the youngest. Yet, her stature amongst the group grows as they all age. She becomes the strength that her sisters need and depend upon. Toy Pony is shown large in size to show her strength and importance as nurturer. Yet, she is on the lower level showing respect and consideration for her older siblings.
274 - Still Life with Toy Pony, D32, $650 (Watercolor, 21" x 13")
"Autumn Fire and Wind" was inspired by forest fires in the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest. One fall, my husband and I were sitting in a campground watching the skies turn to smoke from forest fires off in the distance. I thought of the fragility of life around me as seen in the young aspen trees and fall butterflies. I thought of the wind and the fire it might carry. The idea sketch for this painting flowed out the pencil, capturing how the scene made me feel.
275 - Autumn Fire and Wind, $650 (Watercolor, 14" x 21")
This particular version of "Still Life with Toy Pony" is based on my 56 drawing of the still life. I was interested in showing that the siblings might have much in common, yet remain quite different in character. They are close, yet distinct.
276 - Still Life with Toy Pony, D56, $450 (Watercolor, 13.75" x 21.5")
As indicated in the title, this piece is from a blind contour drawing. I liked how the lines and shapes created a mysterious self portrait. The drawing impulse is open, blatant, intense. I’m staring at myself, trying to see. I thought it was fun!
277 - Blind Contour Self Portrait in Black & Red, $850 (Watercolor, 29.5" x 21.5")
This is one of a handful of compositions derived from a blind contour drawing. In this version, I cropped it close. I liked the feeling of being “up close and personal”. It’s an intimate, almost uncomfortably intense stare. And, I like the shapes and lines!
278 - Blind Contour Self Portrait - Up Close, $850 (Watercolor, 21.5" x 29.5")
"MsKitty with Pot-of-Tulips" is one of several works featuring a cat I call MsKitty. In this one, I wanted MsKitty and the tulips to be intertwined and interlocked. Coming out from behind, MsKitty stares at her audience. It’s the moment of discovery. Is she being coy? What has she been into?
279 - MsKitty with Pot-of-Tulips, $650 (Watercolor, 21" x 14")
Design #53 is the thirteenth painting in my “Still Life with Toy Pony” series. With this design I am playing with one of my favorite devices: creating depth then collapsing it again. I like the movement it brings to what otherwise looks to be a stoic still life.
280 - Still Life with Toy Pony, D53, $650 (Watercolor, 14" x 21")
Design 54 in my “Still Life with Toy Pony” series is about contrasting curves and ovals with straight lines and corners. The objects are overlapping in order to allow movement to flow from left to right. I wanted to create a feeling of closeness and harmony.
281 - Still Life with Toy Pony, D54, $650 (Watercolor, 14" x 21")
“MsKitty and Toy Pony At Play” is all about interlocking fun shapes and colors. I wanted to capture the feeling of energy, exuberance and joy! They’re playing, after all!
282 - MsKitty & Toy Pony Still Playing, $450 (Watercolor, 10.5" x 14")
“Reclamation” is inspired by Natural processes. I was inspired by plants growing out of a man-made hole in a rock. I liked the idea of the simple plant reclaiming the rock and finding a home.
283 - Reclamation, $250 (Watercolor, 13.5" x 9")
“Fire Dance” is the second in a series of improvisations inspired by the forces of “Nature”. The organic shapes might be fingers of fire, leaves in fall, or warm winds. Energy is released and consumed. Also, the improvisation was fun.
284 - Fire Dance, $450 (Watercolor, 15" x 11")