Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20, at left. Digital foil version at right.
This is a painting in graphite and watercolor, just completed. It is one of my “Faces of the Women” series.
This series of paintings honors all the women who have come forward to describe the abuse they have suffered, and all the women who will never find the voice or the safe space to tell their own stories.
My yard and studio have become my creative source: a veritable wellspring of inspiration and ideas. The more I work & play, the more I feed my own creative energy. I have created spaces for my ideas that feed new ideas and new work: a continuous cycle of playful work!
This is a 9?x12? page divided into 12 squares, each representing difficult achievements in my life! The inspiration is the Twelve Labors of Hercules, the media are water soluble graphite, watercolor pencil, & watercolor paint on paper, draft 1 is on the left, draft 2 in the center, with the digital version of draft #1 at right.
The events are not in chronological order. Captions for the squares/events, left to right, top to bottom:
- early rebellion, childhood success stopping ballet lessons,
- prison like boredom #1,
- grey boring sensory deprivation (career at Boeing) from which I …
- escape into a more colorful world (Port Townsend),
- growing a garden, in more ways than one,
- angst, anger, dysfunctional personal dynamics learned as a child,
- from which I extract myself (mostly),
- house #1 (building the straw-bale home in Port Townsend),
- appreciation & awareness of nature,
- making art, my own studio, etc.
- making art: expanding into sculpture, casting, & learning to carve rock,
- house #2, my current home & studio.