Friday, September 21, 2007

Study of a dying bee

This is the drawing I did today of a dying bee my daughter Isadora found on the way to the park. She is quite passionate about bees, all insects and animals really, and she tenderly scooped it up from the sidewalk intent in saving it.

As the kids played at the playground I decided to sketch it. This was a very different approach to creating for me, normally I am so immersed in my inner landscape when I paint but this time the focus was external and required an unaccustomed discipline. It sat docile on my notebook while I peered at it with close fascination. I nudged it ever so gently with my pencil to line it up straight and it pulled its legs in, so that's how I drew it, exactly as I saw it. It was a very moving experience to observe it so close at the end of its life. I was continually startled by its beauty, discovering every tiny part for the first time. I don't think I had ever had such a close examination of a bee before, never fully took one in as more than a concept of "bee" in the general, this was the first time this marvelous insect became "bee" in the particular.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007


A new print is available in my Etsy store.
Ms. Pinkie here began her life as a handpainted purse (which I may get around to listing in the store eventually) and with a little digital magic she began her new life as a print, ready to bring her odd charm to walls around the world.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Follow The Leader

I just finished this painting yesterday. It's titled Follow The Leader. I think I'll hold on to the original for my solo show in October but prints are available in my Etsy shop,