I never quite know what to say when people ask me where I get all my ideas from. I mean, where do you get yours from? But this week the answer really hit me. I totally rely on a combination of my imagination, a reference photo of a model and something I really need to say. This past week I've had a concussion and there were only headaches; no inspirational messages or bursting imagination. And I still needed to do the work! All I could do was paint from a reference photo. I snapped a fun photo of my son's cat Tuxedo, sitting on Matty's trigonometry homework and distracting him from the drudgery ahead.
"The Trigonometry Lesson"
18" x 24"
acrylic on board
The original photo.
Tuxedo has an insane amount of super long white whiskers.
Ten years ago I was driving home from a friend's house in Otter Point when I happened across a field of Indian Runner Ducks. I fell in love so hard; often driving by and sitting outside the field watching them for hours. I forced my husband to accompany me once and he barely humored me as he sat there, unmoved, muttering something about not getting any freaking ducks. Years passed and prized Japanese Maples took over my yard as I eventually stopped thinking about owning Indian Runner Ducks.
Then, a couple of summers ago I was taking my young friend Julia to the beach with my kids. She hopped in my car, opened her back pack and out popped "Cricket". I spent that summer duck sitting at the beach. Cricket made a lot of friends and became a minor local celebrity. I still don't own an Indian Runner Duck, but I can dream can't I?
Like a bad Kevin Bacon public service announcement (you'll never know the comfort of parachute pants, people!), I recently moped about my house lamenting post 1980's technology. No more yellow pages and rotary dial phones. It's all about web pages, blogging, facebooking, tweeting, and pinning. I had tried to build my own website a few years back and I just couldn't get the "techy thingy things" to work.
Enter my 13 year old son. Within minutes he was in my studio taking reference shots and a couple of hours later he had a working website running. It was amazing to watch him pull all the elements together. He took the time to re-create a virtual representation of my studio in blender render. When you visit my new web site it feels like you just walked into my studio, saw a painting on the wall and said, "Show me more like that!" You can visit me on my blog, follow me on Pinterest, stalk me on facebook and tweet to your heart's content. Go ahead! Mason and I would love to know what you think. And the new website is even mobile friendly.