Wedding Couples

January 15, 2013

Brad and Lana

Brad and Lana

Joe and Kaela

Joe and Kaela

Casey and Eric

Casey and Eric

These drawings celebrate the couples on the occasion of their weddings. They represent some part of their story and are drawn with best wishes for the newly weds.

Breakfast on the misty river

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 36″ x 48″
  • $6900
  • Giclée Prints
    12″ x 16″ image size – $395
    24” x 32” image size – $495

As the river meanders towards the horizon the warm light of the sunrise colors the mist. Clouds echo the river’s trail, partially covering a low lit moon. Bountiful food, savory and sweet, and coffee make for a morning
feast. Soft breezes blow, lifting the table’s skirt revealing butterfly milkweed, a prairie plant.

It is said to never under-estimate the importance of encountering wild things during moments of solitude. The artist forsakes solitude for companionship and offers up lots of wild things:
A butterfly glides toward the table, one clings to the billowing cloth while another sits astride a macaroon.
Caterpillars crawl on cloth and a milkweed plant, where a chrysalis hangs.
A buck and doe stand alert.
Great Blue Herons fly through vaporous ribbons of mist.
Ducks are startled and erupt in flight from the river’s edge.
Turkeys swim and scurry up the bank.
An eagle soars.
A ladybug sits.
A crystal rests on the table.
Hummingbirds flutter and feed around the zinnia and turkey feather bouquet.
Planets, the Milky Way, comets, galaxies and the morning star hint at the bigger, cosmic picture.

Food, Fabric and Romance

November 11, 2009

Food and Fabric
“Reflection”  Romance Series

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 48″ x 48″
  • In a private collection

Intimacy, companionship and romance are conveyed using fabric and food. This was an early painting in the romance series. Looking at this painting is like looking at a favorite quilt. All the fabrics hold memories for me. Corn and croissant were often used in my still lifes from this period. Oranges remain a favorite, as does coffee.

Sunday Morning

October 20, 2009

Sunday Morning
“Sunday Morning”

“Sunday Morning” as it should be; lazy, loads of treats and lots of possibilities.

Last Cigarette

October 9, 2009

Last Cigarette“Last Cigarette”

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 12″ x 16″
  • In private collection

Inspired by another lonely and desolate blues song by Patsy Cline, titled something similar to this. The phone dates the piece. A phone my grandchildren would not recognize as one.
This is a poem I wrote to accompany the painting.

Last Cigarette

You could get along nicely without me, you’d said.
Let’s forget this day ever happened, I replied.
You’d left for one of those long walks
you take when you want nothing close.
I sit in this hazy low lit room
down to my last cigarette,

….waiting.

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.

Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)
Donuts and Coffee on the River (Detail)

  • Oil on Canvas
  • 12″ x 12″
  • In a private collection

This landscape has elements that would lend themselves to a serene setting; sunrise, a river running through prairie, a breakfast still life, but the painting isn’t serene. The channeled river with it’s narrow riparian area and the orange sky and fields make one more ill at ease than at ease. But a bite of a donut, a sip of coffee, and we move on into the day.

Night Blooming Cactus

August 30, 2009

Night blooming Cereus

Night Blooming Cereus

  • Oil on Canvas
  • In the Paley collection

Memory fails me when I try to recall who gave me this plant (a cereus type, perhaps lemaireocereus thurberi?). No other plant gives me cause to throw a sunrise party.  When there’s a bloom, the party starts about 6am with donuts and coffee. By 9am, the flower begins to wither. Twenty-plus years ago my neighbor, Julia, Laura and I stayed up all night taking time-lapse photos of the flower opening.

This painting sets the cactus above the Missouri River with the full moon setting.

The Circus

July 27, 2009

Acrobat and Clown Acrobats and Clown

After a night at the circus I returned to the studio and set a still life up on the circus poster. Besides playing around with objects, I decided to layer pictures. The black and white photos of a friend were in easy reach, so I added them. Turns out she has an aversion to clowns…ummmm??..”of all the gin joints.”

Your Luck Just Changed

July 19, 2009

Your luck just changed
Your Luck Just Changed

  • Lithograph
  • 11.5″ x 9″
  • Edition of 64, in private collections
  • Artist Proofs available
  • $10,000
  • Contact the artist.

“Your luck just changed” was produced at the Lawrence Lithography Workshop. It is a four color lithograph. Each color is drawn on a separate stone, then brought together in the printing process by master printer, Mike Sims. This piece is in the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.