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I Stayed Up Late Reading

Acrylics and collage, March 2020, 20″ x 16″.

My husband told me that he interpreted all the patterns in the lady’s clothing and on her head as being the complexity of ideas and color and narrative that she is deriving from her reading. I love that idea.

I read a lot and I have done my share of staying up late to finish a book.

When I was a child, I would turn out my light at my parents’ request. And then I would turn around in bed with my head at the foot of the bed, stretch out on my stomach, with the open book in front of me, so that I could continue to read by the light from the hall that came in through the half-open door.

This lady is not having to make this kind of accommodation. She can stay up and read in comfort as long as she wants.

I Stayed Up Late Reading 20 x 16 3-2020

People Sitting

Some people are busy, some are contemplative, some social, some taking life as it comes.

Clay tiles, various sizes, Velvet underglazes fired at cone 06, January, 2018.

Recent. Very Recent.

My son asked me about my recent paintings – he wanted to see the ones I’ve been working on in the last couple of weeks. He reminded me of the fact that I’ve been showing work from earlier in the year and he wanted to see the latest things. I realize I have a good number of images of pieces I’ve been working on and it takes time to put them out. My idea has been to go from the oldest things first. But maybe it’s time to skip ahead a little, and come back to the others later?

So here are four paintings I just finished. I felt the need to work on art even as my eye has been healing October. I found it really encouraging to be able to pick up my brushes and paint again.

They are all 18″ x 18″ acrylics on board covered with a canvas-textured gesso.

Out in the World

I have been doing a little clay work in the last week. Nothing much to show for it yet, but I am glad to be back to it. Another step back into the world for me.

In January, I made a lot of small figurines with the idea of leaving them here and there in the world – places that mean something to me or places where a little guardian figure might be nice. I put a little piece of paper with a message into their hollow bodies, but I don’t leave my name. And the idea is that the figurine can be at home wherever she lands, or someone can take her away to somewhere else. Doesn’t matter. I just like the idea of them being out in the world.

Here are a couple of pictures of a group of figurines before they were fired.

Smaller figurines

Smaller figurines

Smaller figurines, closeup

Smaller figurines, closeup

On Saturday, my husband and I made a trip to Reading, PA, about an hour from our house. We had a variety of things to do. While there, we drove up Mt. Penn, high above the city, and stopped at the William Penn Memorial fire observation tower. Built in 1939, it’s an imposing structure. And we were lucky to be there on a day it was open, so we could climb to the top. What a wonderful view!

We left one figurine in the surrounding park, under a tree.

(For more information on the tower, click here)

figurine left at fire tower

This morning, I took a walk at a local park. I’ve gone to this park for 25 years and must have done hundreds, if not a thousand or more, miles around the loop. So I felt it would be a good spot for a figurine. I found the stump of a pine tree fallen in this last winter’s storms, and set her at its base.

closeup - small figurine Mondauk

Figurine left at base of pine stump, Mondauk Park

Figurine and stump, Mondauk Park

Pine grove at Mondauk Park – the stump is in the background.