Seeking inspiration

January 14, 2017

Seeking inspiration for a drawing

    Seeking inspiration for a drawing
  • 11″ x 8.5″ approx
  • Pencil and Colored Pencil
  • Was auctioned in Baldwin City, KS Lumberyard Art Center

Art auctions are hard on galleries and artists’ incomes. When you can buy a work of art at below market value, folks often wait for the next auction. But exceptions are made, and here’s one. This drawing was available for purchase at the Lumberyard Art Center’s 2017 Chocolate Auction in Baldwin City, KS.
Pictured is the artist’s hand working on sketch ideas for the Lumberyard Auction as the inspiring chocolate donut and coffee sit nearby. The coffee mug features a mug of abolitionist John Brown (the pre-Civil War Battle of Black Jack was waged nearby) as the yellow brick road rolls off over the hills.

Champs

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 10″ x 20″
  • In a private collection

My sister-in-law, the baker, arrived carrying her tools, arranged carefully in tackle-like boxes. The raw materials to make lemon and chocolate confections for my daughter’s wedding had been delivered. From sacks of flour, sugar, cartons of eggs, chocolate and lemons she created mouthwatering cakes with little moons, the wedding’s motif, on top of mountains of icing. Delicious! Reflected in the silver bowl is a photo of the bride, groom and their prized baker.

The baker’s husband, my brother, is a bar-be-quer. He invited me to be his garnish-er for the American Royal competition in Kansas City, allowing me to witness a fun event and taste some great food. The painting shows a truck pulling a giant smoker in which every kind of meat, veggie and fruit was prepared to perfection.

This baker and the bar-be-quer are blue ribbon champs.

  • Celebration on the Missouri RiverOil on Linen
  • 16″ x 20″
  • $1920
  • SPECIAL Signed Giclée Print Offer during 2016

    16” x 20” print image – $300

My husband and I once  spent a week canoeing the wide and beautiful upper Missouri River. The cliffs of the Badlands, bathed in the light of the full moon, sit across the river. The sky is Montana big. Storms move through in the distance, not effecting the picnic.  Male and female Scarlet Tanagers and a Monarch butterfly represent the gentle side of nature.

A Blues Story

September 30, 2009

One Cig
One Cigarette in the Ashtray

My husband is a fan of the blues. We’d been to hear k.d. lang singing Patsy Cline tunes while I was working on a series of blues paintings. This three part painting was inspired by one of her cigarette songs.  Cigarettes and depression seem to go hand in hand in blues tunes.

Following is poem inspired by this painting. Feel free to submit your own.

One Cigarette in the Ashtray

Late at night
I comfort a friend
by love abandoned.

We light two cigarettes.

Drinks and stories shared
in smokey haze

coerce my heart into
a lover’s daze.

Suddenly,
two cigarettes in the ashtray
turn to three.

Old love appears
and begs to stay.
I witness metamorphosis
as the heartsick is steered
from sad to gay.

Transformation complete,
a look of thanks
and they’re gone.
I sit alone__
sipping coffee, bittersweet,

one cigarette in the ashtray.

by Nancy Marshall

Or a second version:

One Cigarette in the Ashtray

Late, I comfort one abandoned by love.

Our depressions match hand in glove.

Stories shared in smoky haze

Hearts drift into a lovers’ daze.

But the old love appears, begs to stay,

sits that cigarette in the ashtray.

Metamorphosis witnessed, the lovers agree

to try again for harmony.

A smile, a thanks, a brief goodbye,

I sip my coffee and stare outside.

Oranges on the River
Oranges on the Missouri

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 9″ x 12″
  • In the collection of DD/AF

Canoeing a river is much more relaxing than backpacking. However, I didn’t know rattlesnakes could swim until that trip. The day I crossed a swimming rattler’s path, I made record time paddling. Rob and I arrived at the designated lunch stop at least a half an hour before everyone else in our group.

If you couldn’t tell from my paintings, oranges and chocolate are a favorite, especially in the backcountry. This Upper Missouri River National Monument, thus designated by President Clinton on his last day in office, is 149 miles of widely varying terrain and an exquisite river.

Flint Hills Revery

June 14, 2009

Approaching Storm
Revery in the Hills

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 22″ x 22″
  • In the collection of B/S N

Last night the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra (Symphony in the Flint Hills) played on the Upper Turkey Springs pasture between Florence and Cedar Point, KS. Thousands of us sat among prairie grasses and flowers listening to compositions that complemented the land and sky. The work of composers such as Copeland (the Red Pony), Dvorak (In Nature’s Realm), Bernstein (Theme from the Magnificent Seven), Barry (Dances with Wolves Suite) created a wonder filled evening.

Revery in the Hills is a prairie painting that combines plein air with studio work. The images are meant to evoke sensual romance with the sunlit picnic. This pleasant repast is obviously disturbed but there is also the exhilarating energy that comes with an approaching storm.

To make a prairie it takes a clover
and one bee…
One clover and a bee,
and revery.
The revery alone will do
if bees are few.
Emily Dickinson

Passages

Passages on the Mississippi River

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 48″ x 24″,  diptych
  • $7900
  • Limited Edition Giclée Print on archival paper, 24″ x 12″ image size – $395,  plus shipping
  • Contact the artist.

I grew up not far from the Mississippi River. It’s an awesome river, beautiful, powerful and dangerous. The Mississippi continues to be heavily used, abused by some, and for me, a symbol of adventure and freedom.

The photos in the still life represent generational passages. They are of myself and one of my sisters, our grandmother and our grandchildren. We’re all in front of the same viewpoint found in Riverview Park in Hannibal, MO.

There is a fish fossil being uncovered in the foreground near the turkey feathers. A variety of insects are in the still life mix and the male red winged blackbird courts the female while an eagle soars overhead through voyaging clouds. The full moon rises in the east.

Coffee with Chocolates

May 14, 2009

ChoclatesAndCoffee
Coffee with Chocolates

Chocolates and coffee are for savoring the moment.

Delicious Intimacy

April 27, 2009

redwinechoc
Red Wine and Chocolates

The  still life for Red Wine and Chocolates includes a rug and fabrics that are part of my history.  The bird’s eye view with roses, red wine and chocolate allows the space to appear intimate and romantic.