Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I did a series of paintings for Marietta, OH, Tourism..go way back on my posts and you will see the article... and me with blond hair, hey I was born blond... now my hairdresser only knows the color??? I am an artist who supposedly knows color and I can't figure it out!!! heehe...
Anyhoo...this was a series of Catfish for the city to decorate and have around town for all to view and of course I created mine for the Tourism Bureau of Marietta. OH, that I had worked with... and guess what... I will be doing another for this July catfish event...
This fish form , that is a taxidermy form, I painted to look like my 'Sex and the City' fav show gals!!! My brother and sis-in-law always said I was the "Carrie" character and I totally agree... fashion , friends, and men problems.... I have all the shows on DVD and I took my 83 year old Italian Mama to see the movie and we LovEd iT!!! She is a fan, too! A Totally cool woman who has survived 3 cancers, none related, thank GOD, rectal( Farrah Fawcett) and both breasts at the same time..a total winner in my eyes!!! Her physical life is hell... that is why I am with her as close as I can be and still work in my profession. She is my Best Friend!!!
Anyway I used fish net stockings on the leg form and I gave her pearl necklace (fake) teeth and huge red lips..like mine, my signature if you know me! Also, she has a wig of curls and false eyelashes!!! Too fun and a flipper for her foot.
And the best part...I had to buy her back...she is part of my home art gallery...by the way, she is sucking on her fav cocktail...Cosmopolitan.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Me and Daddy-O back when I was a Senior in High School, this was Homecoming and I was on the Court! We had our Dads escort us onto the football field for the festivities. We all got to pick a rose wrapped in aluminum foil and whoever got the red rose was Queen and the yellow rose was runner up...well, with a name like Whitaker I was second to last in the line-up, so to speak, and just as I was getting the last of one of two roses to choose from, there were squeals of delight as two at the beginning of the line were the Queen and her Queen-ette. Geezzz, I never had a chance...
My Dad was a gentle soul. A quiet man, he loved to read and had always wanted to be a teacher, but could not afford to go to college. Instead, he put himself through Electrician School and worked for the power company. He made sure his children could go to school and be what they desired. He used to sit on the floor and feed our blind Yorkie with a spoon.
That was the only way she would eat.
I lived in Seattle for 5 years and wanted to buy a home there, but my Dad would never get on a plane. So, I moved back to Pittsburgh ( I had lived there while in art school) to be close to my parents in WV. So glad I did. He would call me at 5am when I was getting ready for work to tell me the weather all the time. God, I miss those calls. And to not go to the gym after work because it could snow. And then call to check on me to see if I went and if I did he would tell me how I worried him! Always Daddy's little girl... no matter how old.
I was honored...This is going to be a tough one.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Oh ...What a gal! This is my Diva Woman, my muse, my woman for all women. Yes, she has an A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E with her head cocked and that hair in some sort of beehive shape...not to mention her hands on those ample hips. And her chest could feed a nursery full of starving babies! She's got it all. She will be placed in my studio and I will put some of my jewelry on her, a lady can never have too much jewelry!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
1. Cool mornings to wake up to and the sounds of nature for my alarm clock
2. Seeing the smiles on my little pet's faces just because I am there
3. The smell of oil paints and turpentine
4. A glass of Shiraz and a good read
5. Gallery openings
6. Knowing I made someone smile
And now to pass this on to six of my peers...that is a toughy, too.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
2: PJ's Talking5: Love Is My Religion
6: ENCHANTED INSPIRATIONS
7: Veronica Diago
8: Amariah Rauscher
Go and visit these wonderful blogs! And thank you again, Julie-ann.
This is an oil painting of mine that I posted several months ago. I only thought it proper to show it again with this lovely quote. I am a big quote freak. I have books with quotes and when I read or hear one I like, I write it down and it goes into my quote stash.
This painting is called "The Kiss" and I painted it in an oil painting class I was taking. It was a study in oils, took forever! All the glazes, impatiently waiting for it to dry so I could continue! But I really loved the result and I framed it in an elaborate, ornate gold frame!
I think I need to get back to oils again and while they are drying, I could paint my acrylic paintings. One of my all time fav smells is oil paints and turpentine! I know, weird, huh...but it is true!!! I don't know, maybe it is soothing or calming for me, my own "aromatherapy."