This is a recent series of work that I completed. Very different than my usual work, in that there is no human present. These pieces happened very quickly, and I created them intuitively, without thinking too much. I started by painting freely with watercolor and then went over the pieces with chalk pastel. The spheres, houses, and leaves were recurring motifs and the emotions expressed surrounded my thoughts of what it means to be at home, both figuratively and literally.
These 10 works are currently hanging up at The Hive Artisan Co-op in Lewiston, ME, where they will remain until the end of May.
I am currently reading the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, just about finished with Book #4, Wizard and Glass. I am listening to the audiobook narration by Frank Muller (He is excellent and I am so sad that he dies before he finished the rest of the series!). There is this rhyme in the story:
‘Bird and bear and hare and fish, give my love her fondest wish.’
That line had been bouncing around in my brain the last few days and I was inspired to begin this piece. I am working in pastel on toned paper. This is still in progress, but I just found out that there will be an animal theme at one of the galleries in our local June Art Walk, so I guess that gives me some incentive and a deadline to finish it!