This endtable was built by my Papa Harold, a talented carpenter. I remember it being in my house as a little girl; by the time it came into my possession, the top was slightly burned by a fallen candle and it was in dire need of refinishing. After about 20 hours (six of them spent sanding and releveling the top!) it was completed.
Close-up of the top-
and one of the posey details.
This whimsical piece (colored pencil on paper) was part of my art show at Luther. It was inspired by the book "The Starcleaner Reunion" by Cooper Edens.
"Three Cats" (pastel on paper) was an attempt to capture the various attitudes my cats display when faced with a new toy: frightened (Ping), curious (Toodles), indifferent (Pongo).
This picture (colored pencil on paper) is an exploration of the evolution of the word "cunt." According to feminist author Inga Muscio, "Cunt is related to words from India, China, Ireland, Rome, and Egypt. Such words were either titles of respect for women, priestesses and witches, or derivatives of the names of various godesses (Cunt, pg17)." I was intrigued by the noble etiology of a word that I had only known as derogatory, and sought to use my art to discuss how reclaiming the historical meanings of the word might alter our collective view of femininity.
This piece (colored pencil on paper) is one of my favorites; a menagerie of color, it evokes a sense of power and harmony. It was inspired by the poem "The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry, first given to me by my friend, teacher, and advisor, Doug Eckheart:
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
A commission for a famiy member, this rocking horse was a fun challenge due to its unique "enclosed" seating.
In the end, I decided that the wood and carving were too beautiful to be overpowered by painting. I chose to do a simplistic "carousel horse" theme, and am happy with the results.
My most recent painting job- a Beatrix-Potter inspired nightstand (acrylic on pine). I worked on it for about 20 hours, but will not be complete until I can spar-varnish it in the spring. The picture does not show the small front drawer or the lower shelf- I intend to post a better photo at a later date.
This is a close-up of Peter Rabbit eating Mr. McGregor's carrots (upper left corner).
And this is a picture of little rodents hard at work in the garden (lower right).
The remaining two images are of Jeremy Fisher (lower left) and Mother Rabbit (of the Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter Rabbit family, upper right).
This is a picture of an old barn chair that I rescued from a neighbor's garbage (with permission, of course!) and refinished to its current state of splendor.
It's rather hard to get a good shot of this, so I took a few close-ups, too!
I like the old-world antique look of the faded origional white paint, but Andy thinks it just looks old. Comments?