I get asked a lot “what are your favorite pieces you’ve made?” This is an impossible question to answer, but it always prompts me to think about some of my favorite experiences or a ponderance that led to my art. Here are some that are top of mind, and I thought you may enjoy knowing more about.
This piece does seem a bit timely now – PINK is all the rage. Maybe it’s Barbie?!
I owned one of the first edition Barbie dolls, so maybe that was in my head making this piece. Observing these women enjoying their drinks, their accessories told a story to me. Just look at the details and see what you can conjure up. The shoes, purses, fingernails – and even pets. If only her poodle could talk! I felt like I was communicating with him as I sat there pondering if the pink was too much – you be the judge!
The last dance, it’s finally enough. Can we leave, what time is it? My feet hurt. The music is too loud, I’m hungry. It’s time to exit! We have all been there with a quick gesture and expression. This captures that last feeling and moment with muted colors and downward expressions.
One of my favorite flowers I think because I always have trouble pronouncing it!
But truly, they are vivid and brilliant, crisp and colorful, and always make me smile. They seem to be so full of energy – each individual shape and petal has a unique expression. I always hear a story when I am painting them.
The oyster theme recurs in my work often as they are a favorite. I had a bite, or should I say “slurped-down”, my first oyster at the age of six months. Yes, it’s true! That was before nutrition guides came out color coding the order of foods for babies…Anyway, since then I have always loved these creatures. This scene was captured in Marseille – a crustacean capital, served elegantly and plentifully! It could not have been a lovelier afternoon in the south of France.
I am certain you all have said this to yourselves at some time or another, or perhaps quite often! I am always intrigued by expressions and gestures as I am sitting in a restaurant or café. I “SEE” my own story with each glance and stroke of the pen. Quite often I like to just splash a little color on, then draw then scene as it happens. Each movement, sound, sigh! So much fun – I love capturing a feeling and ambiance with few connecting lines, freezing “that moment”.
Admittedly, I’m a birdwatcher through and through. I could admire and be entertained endlessly. Their colors, sounds, movements – always a new and changing scene. And changes, it does, quickly. Perhaps it’s a reason I love drawing birds. I love contour quick-line drawing, connecting shapes and movements. I am in heaven watching these creatures.