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.

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.

Vessel with Oriole

June 11, 2009

Vessel with Oriole

Vessel with Oriole

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 36″ x 12″
  • In the collection of N/AM

When my grandson, Maxx, asked, “Why do you paint me and Nomi?” I could honestly answer, “Because I like to.”  Reflected in the Paul Revere bowl are Maxx and Nomi. The bird is a Bullock Oriole and there is the coffee, plus a strand of pearls and an orange. The dark negative space gives the piece a feeling of introspection.

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.

Winds of Time

June 1, 2009

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Winds of Time

This painting is about memories of a life lived with tragedy, love, loss, joy, art, birth, death, friendship; all events that happen during our lifetimes.  And then there’s NOW.  Once, I met a man who wore a watch that didn’t give a time, it only said “NOW.” The photos represent events of the past, while the still life images brings you back to the present.

And then there’s you viewing this image right NOW. It’s worth examining how we experience the moment consciously and unconsciously.

Awakenings

May 23, 2009

Awakenings
Awakenings

It’s late and soon I’ll be dreaming. I should study this painting with a Jungian, where I might learn things I didn’t know I knew.

Beneath the Surface

May 4, 2009

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Beneath the Surface

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Detail,  Beneath the Surface

  • Oil on Ampersand Gessobord
  • 12″ x 36″
  • $3900
  • Limited Edition Giclée Print on archival paper, 10″ x 30″ image size – $395, plus shipping
  • Contact the artist.

This appears to be a sweet still life. There are butterflies, caterpillar, cicada, moths, hummingbirds, 12 spot skimmers, a crane fly, cosmos, pearls, sweets and companionable coffees. But just as Ry Cooder points out, there “might be trouble hidin’ round that tree” or something lurking just below the surface.

But everyone brings their own story to a painting. The following haikus were written for this painting.

Beneath the surface
a current swells and then
transcends illusion

by Linda Varberg

The fish darts
into my awareness
and out again.

by Linda Varberg

Flying above, searching
Oh, what appetite
When from below
Surprise with a bite.

by Rob Marshall

I am in awe of
Nature’s wonders, yet I grieve
for their brevity.

by Nancy Marshall

Seeking the nectar of life, discovering.
Partaking of nature’s offerings, fulfilling.
Adding to the all around beauty, enchanting.

by Trish Maher