Monday, September 22, 2008

Paintings for the Kayo

Here's most of the paintings I'm sending to the Kayo Gallery in SLC. I just finished the last two this morning, so... fresh art!

"They Discovered It was the Arsenic in Her Wallpaper" oil on illo board 4x6 inches

"What Happens at Night" oil on illo board 4 x 6 inches

"Your Perfection Can't Be Mine (A Copper Sky and Green Sea)" oil on canvas 9x12 inches

"Torn Away From a Dream" oil on canvas 9x12 inches

"And the Dark Fell Closely All Around" oil on masonite 16x20 inches

"Leda Baby" oil on illo board 4x6 inches

"The City was Out There Somewhere" oil on masonite 11x14 inches

"The Ebony Ribbon" oil on canvas 12x16 inches

"The Scarlet Ribbon" oil on canvas 12 x 16 inches


I'm such a bad blogger. All I can say in my defense is that I've been SO BUSY. Yeah, that doesn't fly anywhere, does it?
But I have been! I've got a show opening October 17th at the Kayo Gallery in Salt Lake City and I'm still working on pieces for it.
But I've designated today as the last day for painting, then a week or so to dry, then framing, then shipping. I can't wait to post some photos!

Here's a few piddly things I did yesterday:



Baked a pear pie:

This doesn't really count because it was Saturday morning, but I think it's funny:

So what have y'all been up to for the last... oh, say three, weeks?

Monday, September 1, 2008

Powell Gardens

Today my neighbor and I took the girls to Powell Gardens, a botanical garden southeast of KC. I'd been wanting to go for a while and this was my first chance. It was wonderful--so many incredible plants, even at this time of year. I've got so many ideas for future plantings!

There was a fountain for the kids to play in. I'm glad we brought dry clothes!

There were butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds all over the place! I'd love to go back and do some painting. They've got some great color and texture combinations.
If you want to see more pics, go to Flickr!

Greaserama 2008

Greaserama was spread out over Saturday and Sunday this year. It was a lot more work for the guys, and I'm not sure what the numbers ended up being like. Since it's Ricky's car club that puts the show on, he had to work all weekend. Esther and I went up for a bit Saturday and Sunday, and he entertained her while I looked at the cars. I love old cars, I do.

Greaserama is a bit different than what most folks think of when the phrase "car show" is uttered. It's at a local drive-in movie theater, and movies are shown at night. There's some great punk, bluegrass, and alt-country bands playing all day and evening. It's all pre-1965 hot rods and kustoms, old school low-riders, pre-1975 trucks, wagons, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, scooters. No high tech or muscle cars. No billet. No silly modern wheels.
There's no trailer queens, or any of that. People drive their vehicles in from all over, in all manner of conditions. There are cars that are so rusted and rough you can't imagine driving them across town, much less across entire states. It's pretty awesome. These are vehicles that folks have built themselves; that they've found rotting in someone's back 40, or in someone's barn, and got them running and drive them proudly. These don't sit in a garage and get pampered!

Here's some photos of my favorites and there's more on my Flickr, of course!

Lily's Greasy Gallery. A tractor-trailer full of art!

I did some pen and ink drawings for the guys:

An early-to-mid 60's Galaxie is one of my ultimate dream cars. Someday I will have one!

But look at this Impala--oooh!

We had a 63 Monterey when we lived in Ventura. I'm still mad at Ricky for selling it. I'd love to have another one.

We had a Falcon, too. But it wasn't nearly as clean and perfect as this one. And they get great gas mileage for an old car!

And I LOVE this Volvo.

Esther wanted nothing to do with Mr Munster.

And hey! It's another Galaxie!

This ambulance was amazing! The guy found it moldering out in a field and literally got it running the morning of the car show. It was full of mouse nests and trash, and it still had some vintage coke cans rattling around inside.

It was fun!