Monday, April 13, 2015

The Bad Wolf

"A single glance: a sudden
dart of pain stitching her
eyes before she
made a sound."

Stanley Kunitz

"Becoming The Bad Wolf"
30" x 30"
acrylic and grease pencil on wood.

Click on this link to watch a time lapse video of this painting being created.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The C-word

Ah yes. The "C" word: censorship. It happens to me all the time. For some reason, even respected art galleries think it is appropriate to censor the celebration of women. Or at least, that's how I see it. I paint naked women; strong, courageous, perfectly imperfect, naked women. I celebrate women. Time and time again I am told I cannot hang my art in a gallery, lest I offend family sensibilities.  And it happened again last week.

Really? Women's bodies create children, nourish children, and protect children. How is this not family friendly? This culture of body shaming needs to end. Women deserve to openly breastfeed. Women deserve to feel beautiful no matter their size. Women have the right to wear the clothes they want without being blamed for their rape. Women have the right to bear children, or not. They have the right to be celebrated.

Every time my art is censored, be it an art gallery, a newspaper or facebook, I feel like the celebration of women is being censored. So let's celebrate! Send this blog far and wide if you agree.

"The Fishing Partner"

"Tragedy of the G-String"

"The Vagina Warrior" No. 2

"Size: Laughter"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

He Said, She Said

It's the same old routine, every morning: she said, he said. I stagger out of bed at the crack of dawn so I can get a quick hike in with my dogs. As I walk down the hallway, the old dog plods sleepily along but the younger 7 pound rat terrier is running up the back of my legs and bouncing off me arse. "Let's go!", she says. "Throw my ball!", she says. And then I hit the kitchen where the youngest of  my mob, a large cat, is heading outside for the morning as the old timer is finally coming home. Another 7 pound brat, the old timer starts in with his relentless meowing. He has, after all, been away all night, presumably hunting, but who would know? "Feed me, already", he says, over and over, pawing at me with stabbing claws. And all this before the kids even get out of bed!
"She Said"
Acrylic, grease pencil and batik papers on wood
18" x 18"
"He Said"
Acrylic, grease pencil and batik papers on wood
18" x 18"
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Love The Mornings Again

"You work so hard,
 just to end up at home crying yourself to sleep;
remember you're trying,
you are moving mountains
that have plagued you since you were young,
and you're trying so hard.
Keep fighting, fight until you have won.
Fight until you have found your way home,
until the sun comes back and
your heart learns to love the mornings again.
T.B. Laberge//Go Now
These are not finished pieces of art. They are backgrounds to some new stuff I am working on. I'll let you know when I get there.
But for right now they are layers and layers of paint and grease pencil that have been sanded, scratched, etched and are now waiting for their final transformation.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Wolf

"Love her but leave her wild."
"The Wolf"
24" x 48"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Chilly Bones

Be bad to you bones, to your chilly chilly bones.

Mason modelling the Chilly Bones hat and fingerless mittens set.
The Chilly Bones hat is bad to the bone with a skull and cross-bones motif. Both the hat and fingerless mittens are knit in hand dyed lamb's wool and silk yarn and then lined with a soft silk and cotton blended yarn.
These are the squishiest, softest, most comfortable mittens I have ever knit!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Best of Intentions

"What you are is a complicated girl with simple needs. You need your books and time to read, and you need a few friends and you need someone-not to take care of you, but to care for you. If you have all those things, you'll always be alright."
Brian Morton
Yesterday I created this cozy reading nook, from an ill used corner of my house, with the best of intentions- read more.
Over the past several years I have gone back to school, gone back to work and committed to eating clean and daily exercise. As a homeschooling mom/artist/art teacher I have long since mastered the art of time management. I'm good at multi tasking and working...all the time. What I'm not so good at is relaxing. This year my intention is to take time, slow down and read some damn good books. This cozy reading nook overlooks my hydrangea garden and veggie patch. Summer sunlight streams in through the windows and overhead skylight. In the winter, a cozy fireplace is just around the corner. There is no reason not to curl up with a good book and a cup of tea and to simply sit and gaze out the windows. Heck, I may even lay my head back and close my eyes. SShhh. Mom's napping.