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Garden Theme

First there is a wild colorful garden. Then there is the man who walks through it in a dark mood. The garden will go back to being wild and colorful when he leaves, and he will take a little of that with him, too, and feel cheered up.

There, I have made a little story out of these two postcards made in March 2018.


Photos Finished

Recently I picked out a few photos to use as painting references. Here is what happened.

Railroad tracks at Norristown Farm Park. Photo and painting from September 2017.

One of the roads in the Norristown Farm Park. Photo and painting from September, 2017.

And the market garden at Bryn Athyn College. Photo and painting from September, 2017.


Here is the second large painting I did recently. This one also refers to my life desires – taking care of my house, exercising, doing art, and writing poetry. Here, I have painted myself outside in the world, wandering along through a garden. I am alone and thinking my own thoughts. I am safe and enclosed but I am not trapped.

Well, that’s what I think this painting is saying, anyway.

"Arbor" - acrylics, 40" x 30", November, 2016.

“Arbor” – acrylics, 40″ x 30″, November, 2016.

Clay Tiles 6″ x 6″ – Women, Women and Flowers, Flowers

More Tiles (More?!? You Say?)

Here are some more tiles, 4″ x 4″, from that group I made for a friend. The theme of this post will be – how I get the ideas for these tiles.

The general answer is, I get ideas from everything. I think pretty much everything is interesting to look at, so I’m never short of subjects. I take my camera around with me everywhere (it’s just a little point and shoot, nothing special, but I do think it takes nice pictures and it has a good zoom, so that’s why I favor it over the phone camera).

I will take a picture because it’s a pretty scene, because it’s a bizarre scene, because I want to remind myself of something, because the scene reminds me of a different scene, because the people in the scene look interesting, strange, beautiful, or have arranged themselves in a noteworthy way, because the people are doing something interesting or ordinary, because the scene contains cars, buildings, trees, water, chairs, tables, clouds, swimming pools (I like all of these subjects very much) or because it features objects or people in patterns or color combinations I like.

In other words, I’ll take a picture of anything that’ll stand still long enough for a photo.

And that’s just what I see around me. I also get ideas from books I read, conversations I overhear, memories, sounds, something someone told me when I was young, something someone told me this morning, cars, buildings, trees, water, chairs, clouds, swimming pools…You get the idea.

Really, I don’t know where the ideas come from but I’m grateful they choose me.

OK. Enough generalizations. Here is what prompted some of these tile scenes, one by one.

Clay tile - Ann 1-16 4x4 man in rowboat small

Man in a rowboat – I was doing some collage poetry, taking words from a Hardy Boys book, and they were out in a boat in a storm. Honest, that’s the true source of this tile’s image.

Clay tile - Ann 1-16 4x4 wide eyed bird small

Bird with a red eye – I had been reading about birds in Australia and  this is my idea of what one of the birds the author described looked like. Maybe.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 bed small

Bed – I like furniture and I felt like making a checked quilt and a pillow, so, a bed fit the order. I like reading in bed so I made a bed I would like to read in.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 garden and trees small

Garden – I received several seed catalogs and they reminded me of how much I like the geometry of a garden, how much I like making little shapes, and so I made a garden. With a couple of spiral trees, because I felt the gardener should have a place to sit and rest.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 house with red roof small

House – I love to make house pictures. I imagine myself living in each one and put features I would like to have. This house is small, just a little cottage, so I would see it as being a place out near a lake, just for weekends.

Clay tile - Ann 4x4 1-16 kitchen small

Kitchen – I love my kitchen. It looks nothing like the one in this tile, but it’s the spirit of the thing – I love being in a kitchen. I would like to have a black and red tile floor like this one, maybe in that lake cottage I mentioned above.

Well, that’s the short tour. Anytime you ever want to know what prompted an artwork, just ask. Be ready for some odd answers. That’s what keeps this whole going, isn’t it – finding the interesting in the ordinary?

Straight Lines

Three more small acrylics paintings that I recently did. They are 6″ x 6″, acrylics on board prepared with a canvas-like gesso surface.

The common element here seems to be the vertical lines in each one. I think that happens because I really like making thick hard swipes of paint on this surface. The brush glides along so nicely.

Why Should I Make Up My Mind When I Can Just Keep On Painting?

Here is a little story.

I felt like painting, so I got out an 18″x18″ board already prepared with textured gesso. I did not have any ideas as to what to paint but I felt the need to paint, so I started in. Over the next couple of weeks I kept going back to this painting and you can see it’s been many things. Finally I got tired of it and declared it finished.

I do wander a lot in my painting – there is nothing like a plan in anything I do, and even if there is a glimmer of one, well, it usually gets wiped out by some new idea as I’m going along. This painting was more wandery than usual. And I don’t care. It’s finished, good or bad, and I’m doing something else now.

Think about it. I got to paint about 5 different compositions and I only used one surface. If nothing else, I enjoyed myself at a bargain price.