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Jake & Trike

When I started this portrait, it was a straightforward shot of this little boy.  I knew I wanted to add some interest to the background.  I asked the mom, “What’s his favorite toy?”  And the Red Flyer Tricycle was her quick reply.  “Great!  It would be perfect!  Send a picture!”

Remember your first tricycle?  I wish I could!  The tricycle is typically our first venture on wheels independently.  So,  it’s a very important step in the mind of a child.

The portrait’s style of painting is a modern pointillism of circular dabs mixed with some dark identifying lines surrounding the figures.  The size is 22 x 30 x .75 inches.

I used musical rhythms to keep the dabbing process going without thought.  I found that James Brown Music is the best for dabbing!  So I rocked out in the studio for this one!  I was making some moves I didn’t know I had and singing at the top of my lungs!  My husband would stop by the studio door every now and then and say, “Are you listening to that again?”, shaking his head.  I must have listened to that CD at least a hundred times!

I feel nice!  Da da da da da da da!  Like sugar & spice!  Da da da da da da da!  So nice!  So Nice!  I got you!              James Brown

And today, it feel’s good to get the portrait shipped to it’s new home.  Hope the kid likes it when he’s a teenager…..         Da da da da da da da!

Desert Sunrise  36 x 48"  2160.00

Desert Sunrise 36 x 48" 2160.00

How shall I describe my work? My acrylic paintings are inspired by the “hot southwest” and “cool pacific coast” locals with various characters or flora from each. I focus on a style inspired by the color theory of pointillism and use either rounded dots in various sizes or large rectangular brush strokes. They tend to “smother” the whole canvas. My paintings are abstract images utilizing bright colors that “play” with the viewers eyes.

My painting studio is anchored with the sounds of musical rhythms that keep my brush moving to the beat so that I don’t get caught up in the making of each mark. Painting becomes an internal chant, repeating the same action over and over. If the music stops, I hum. I focus more on the process of color placement vs. the actual subject itself. I have to “step back” to really see what it is I’m painting; sometimes spending the whole day without really looking at the image until I’m ready to stop. Then my critical eye tells me where to focus the next time I start up.

My art studio is private and at the edge of the Goldfield Mountains in central Arizona. While trekkers roam the area, still “look to the hills for gold”, I’ve found my on little goldmine where creating art is a meditative bliss. Being creative is my gift to me. My hope is that others will experience a sense of spontaneity and freedom from my work.