Show openings went well!


Hanging night at Olney, almost done putting up the artworks.

Abstract to Absurd, with Carlos Raush’s abstract paintings and my birds and monsters, opened Friday, Sept 2nd, and runs through Wed Sept 28th. Olney has some daytime hours, weekdays 9-4, a good idea to call in advance to be sure they will be open.

It was a great opening, with a steady crowd, and people really seemed to enjoy the color and whimsy of the show, overall. Carlos and I were kept occupied in conversation, and Manny who manages the gallery was also kept busy. It was wonderful to have people say my work made them smile or laugh! The work in this show was mostly just fun and absurd, so it’s good to know you hit the mark. People also asked what inspired me to do this kind of work, and of course a love of animals, particularly birds, was part of that answer. I explained that I usually work pretty spontaneously and without a conscious message, and they seemed to like that they really could interpret it themselves. I made a couple of sales and there was interest in buying some of the small series as a group, so hopefully that will happen.



Fatal Farm show at {9} The Gallery. Before opening night, all hung.

I didn’t get hardly any shots during the show, I was too busy, and tend not to think of my phone there in my purse, to take pics! But I did take pano shots of both shows while being hung. People who tend to take lots of event shots did so and I saw many on Facebook and shared a few to my public page:

Fatal Farm opened Friday Sept 16, and also runs through Sept 28. {9} The Gallery can open by appointment and has some hours on Friday afternoon Sept 23, and Saturday afternoon Sep 24. I will be there on Saturday off and on, taking someone to both shows that day.

The opening was really fun! A good crowd, and people really talked to me about the subject, (animals, and most notably not eating them). Many people had stories about special animals they have or have known. People often bring dogs at the art walks and at least two were rescue dogs. Though this was the most ‘message-y” art I’ve shown so far, there was still room for personal interpretation, plus a few miniatures that weren’t particularly related to the theme, so people were having fun spotting things that especially spoke to them. I made sales here also, I think 11 so far but don’t quote me on that yet.

If you missed it so far, I hope you can make it when they’re open again Fri Sep 23, 2-7 pm, and Sat Sep 24, opens at noon. There is a paid concert event that night, so not sure when they’ll close the gallery to set up for that. Better to come earlier than wait too long! Also by appointment. (In case anyone wonders, the downtown Phoenix galleries typically do not have a lot of daytime hours; they open on art walk nights, and some have limited daytime or weekend hours, and this is often subject to change. It is always best to check with the gallery and ask when they will be open.)

Taking work to Olney we ended up doing two car loads. I knew it was possible to do it in one but there just wasn’t time to “play Rubik’s Cube.” We were cutting it close on time, as my husband had to work that day. I thought a lot about it between then and the next delivery, (to {9} for Fatal Farm), as I didn’t want to have to make extra trips for that show, too. When we were loading Fatal Farm, I was afraid that the sculptures would be the tipping point where we could not do it in one car load. But, I came up with a way of layering medium sized pieces and boxed small pieces first, then packing blankets and large sheets of cardboard, then large paintings on top of the rigid cardboard support. It all went in on one load for {9} Gallery. Got there with no damage. Going home, not sure we can do BOTH shows in one load, but now I know that especially with the sales, we can at least do it in one per show!

There is still time to see both shows. Both galleries will open for special viewing, if you can’t make the listed hours and if you call in advance.

Thank you to everyone who attended, and to the buyers, I hope you really enjoyed the events and if you bought, I hope it gives you lots of joy!

Show update, and Dave Hanson’s chicken mosaics

First, here’s a blog post I wrote today about Dave Hanson’s beautiful mosaic art, that just happens to include some chickens!

Found A Chicken is the blog I set up a year or two ago, to feature some of the many artists I encounter who do chickens, whether it’s an anomaly in their portfolio, or a whole lot of chickens. The inspiration to do Found A Chicken was that I WOULD often find a chicken in nearly every portfolio, (maybe Herbert Hoover really meant that, instead of a “chicken in every pot.”) I think the shape and character of these birds must be attractive to artists.

I’m pleased to say Dave now owns one of my little chicken paintings from the current Olney Gallery show right now. Which is a handy segue into a recap of Friday night’s opening there! I also sold Bluebird of Crabbiness to another person, and there was interest in two separate series of paintings by the time the gallery closed at 9 pm. I’ll be stopping by there during some week day hours, probably to take family members who couldn’t really brave Roosevelt Row on First Friday. If you plan on going maybe I’ll see you there.

Thank you to everyone who attended! Lots of familiar faces, and some new ones, too. It was a great crowd and people noted many times how colorful and fun the show was, that it made them smile, laugh, and feel good. That’s a great feeling to know that your sense of enjoyment is passed along to viewers. I also enjoyed talking to an art teacher and wished I’d had HER for art when I was in grade school, that would’ve been so much fun!


Panoramic shot of hanging night at Olney; the crew was fast and efficient!

Olney’s crew did a great job of hanging the show! Manny Burruel has a very good eye for how things should be hung together. They have a nice cable system and lighting, and the crew was speedy and efficient in getting it all up and looking great. On opening night, it all looked fantastic. The doors opened at 6 pm on Friday Sept 2nd. The show will be up until Sept 28, a Wed. Olney has daytime hours if you missed the opening.

It was nice that so many people made a point of talking to both Carlos and I, and were interested in how the art was made, what inspired us, etc. One woman noted that both artists were engaged in painting and showing late in life and found it inspirational. Carlos started painting a few years ago and is now 92, definitely an inspiration. I agree that keeping active and creating probably helps to keep one’s mind sharp. At least, I hope so! While I worked as an artist-employee when I was younger, I didn’t really produce as much of my personal art, or work to show it much, until I was over 50. Looking back, the business aspect of it was simply something that came later in life for me. Of all second careers, art may be one of the most forgiving, because a lifetime of experiences enhance it, and it can be done at your own pace, full bore or part time, as you wish or need it to.

Olney’s website for hours and other info:

You can see shots from the show at the Olney Gallery’s Facebook page. As is so often the case, I had my cell phone with me but didn’t take many pictures!



I have changed my flyer for the Olney show to say closing day is Sept 28 as that’s what their Facebook Event Page says. We take the show down the 29th, and not sure yet whether that’s daytime or evening. So, I’d assume the 28th is the last day!

A reminder, my solo show opens Friday, Sept 16 at 6 pm at {9} The Gallery. I believe this show will close on Sat Sept 24 but that is not yet set in stone.


Olney Gallery preview


Mean Rooster, 24 x 30 in, acrylic palette knife painting


One of four more cartoony paintings over vintage sheet music, on panels, sizes range from about 8 x 11 to 18 x 12 in.


24 x 18 in., acrylic over vintage sheet music. On panel.


Signs of Life (in the Giant Bird Forest), Acrylic on panel, 60 x 30 in.


Swear Jar, acrylic on canvas, palette knife painting, 36 x 48 in.

A few of the pieces I’ll be showing in Sept at Olney Gallery in Phoenix. All of these shown are new, as are a number of the others. I’ll also be taking a few I did earlier, though not all of those had been shown. There will be a few small pieces down to about 5×7’s and 6×6’s, as well as the medium and large works. Olney is a very large gallery space, enough wall space that this 2 person show means it’s still the same amount of work as a solo show! I am taking around 35 pieces and it probably won’t all fit,but I wanted to be sure I had a good variety of sizes/prices for the gallery to choose from when placing things.


Two shows in Sept!


This huge gallery means Carlos and I will both have a lot of work on the walls!

ABSTRACT TO ABSURD, (2-person show)

Click to see Olney Gallery info!

Carlos Rausch started painting later in life and has been a musician for decades. He does interesting abstracts that I have so far only seen a few images of but they look really cool. I met Carlos a few months ago when the gallery met with all this season’s artists.

I’ll have quite a bit of new work at Olney. One is a 60 x 30 inch painting of birds in a forest, one of the largest and most detailed pieces I’ve done. Most of my large works are palette knife paintings, but “Signs of Life (in the Giant Bird Forest)” is not; it’s quite detailed brush work. I will have some palette knife pieces, too and some smaller ones as well.


“Baby,” the piece that started it all, for this series, is the show ad poster chicken.


Later in Sept I’ll have a solo show at 9 The Gallery of all animal art, at least partially a look into what made me decide to give up animal products a few years ago. The feature piece of that show may end up being “Chicken Pajama Party,” (title not in stone yet, still thinking). Though it has little to do with veganism it does place chickens in a human scenario and hopefully it’ll make people rethink that chicken dinner.

Thank you to some very generous people for inspiration for Fatal Farm! Tamara Kenneally Photography for allowing me to refer to her beautiful photos of animals and for inspiring me to finally ‘go vegan’, and the people at the company, Fatal Farm, who are allowing me to use the phrase to title this show!

Sneak Peeks at Sept shows’ work


A sculpted giblet of some kind, drying before being put on a larger more detailed sculpture.

The gross little meat characters are parts of a larger sculpture for Fatal Farm, a show about my view of animals, that is slated to open Sept. 16, 2016, at {9} The Gallery in Phoenix.


Looks like torture, but it’s a sculpted tiny hot dog which will be part of a larger sculpture.

All the giblets shown and this hot dot are made of an air dry clay called Paperclay. Sometimes I use paper mache powder, strips of cloth soaked in acrylic medium, and of course armatures if necessary, (like empty containers etc). There seems to be two products called “paperclay” or “paper clay.” The one pictured is the only one of the two I have used. I buy it at craft or art stores. It’s entirely air dry and supposedly non toxic. You can mix things into it like paint, acrylic medium, inclusions, etc. It feels a lot like ceramic clay with no grit, to work it.


Paperclay, a product I always like to have on hand! The feet of a sculpture are drying here, waiting for more work. The base of the sculpture is vintage booklets and cookbooks about things like ‘sweetbreads’ and lard. Yum.


Another giblet, being shaped so it can ride the big creature I made earlier this year. This sculpture has a lot of detail going on on the base, little sicko meat sculptures, mostly.

The section of a larger painting below hasn’t got a for-sure title yet but I’ve been calling it Chicken Pajama Party in my head, so far. This is a small detail area. The whole painting is 48 x 36 wide, and there’s a lot going on in it. For reference I drew heavily on my own memories as a teenager in the 60’s-70’s. Never really did a lot of slumber parties as a girl, but apparently those I did left a lasting impression. Now, chickens are reenacting it all. I pixelated the book so you can’t see yet what they’re looking at. If you babysat or went to slumber parties as a teen, and the parents weren’t home, you can probably guess at least the genre of the book if not the title. Chicken Slumber Party, or whatever I decide to call it by September, will be in the Fatal Farm show, too.


Can you guess what book these chickens are absorbed in?

The detail shot below is from a piece for Olney Gallery, in Phoenix, which opens September 2.

One of the largest paintings I’ve done in a long time is 60 x 30 inches on a panel my husband built for me. We figured out pretty much the largest panel that would fit in the car and that’s what he made. Here’s a detail shot from it. Even with satin varnish I’m having a hard time getting non glare shots. Getting a decent shot of the whole thing is proving even more challenging. If I was still doing reprints I might spring for a professional scan like I have done with some big paintings in the past.


Wheelbug detail of large forest painting.

The wheelbug holds special fascination for me. We lived in Oklahoma for a few years, and that first year I discovered many critters I wasn’t familiar with either from Arizona or other states we’ve lived in. One day in my garden I discovered this steampunk looking insect that was about 2 inches long. It had a distinctive half-wheel appendage on it’s back with what looked like teeth of a gear. It didn’t take long to find it online just using that description! (Arilus cristatus):

They’re related to assassin bugs, and they can deliver a painful sting. Before I knew they had venom, I gently played with it. I was lucky. After I read that they ate other bugs I presented it with one of the fat caterpillars that was eating our garden. Gross! But fascinating! Anyway, I’ve sketched them as a mindless doodle almost like I do chickens, ever since. It was time one showed up in a painting. There are mostly birds in the rest of this painting. This piece is also untitled so far. At first the title was Signs of Life. But the birds are kind of giants so I was thinking of working the word Giant in the title somehow.

Thank you to the folks at who generously allowed me to title my animal art show at 9 Gallery with the same phrase!

Painting Bigger Today; Countryside Magazine


Mostly finished a large palette knife painting today on the patio. Beautiful weather for it! The light was fading, and our birds were wanting to come back in, so I packed it up for the day at about this point. After I got in, the birds came out to play for awhile. After they went to bed, I added a few more strokes to the painting. It may be done now. I’ll think about it tomorrow.

The painting is “Swear Jar,” acrylic, 36 x 48 inches, on deep edged canvas. It will probably be in  Olney Gallery in September, (price as yet to be determined). It’s based on a quick drawing I did in a sketchbook some time ago. Whenever I’ve heard that expression, I thought of an angry monster in the jar trying to get out.

Last week, I finished, (or at least mostly finished), all the miniatures on wood scraps, and haven’t decided where they will be shown yet. Some will probably be at Olney, and some with {9} The Gallery when I do the show slated for October, that will focus on animals, especially since deciding to no longer eat them.

And, though I don’t have my issue yet, I’ve seen photos proving it, and the author, Jerri L. Cook, has confirmed it, Jenny Garcia and I were featured in Countryside Magazine for I think the June issue! Jenny made the art doll of my long passed away hen, Fergie. Her life-like chicken dolls are amazing. I’d followed her on Facebook for months and last year finally had her make one for me. I’ll post more about it when my issue arrives. Jenny’s site is Pet Chicken Ranch

After years of blogging here the ‘add link’ feature finally seems to allow me to title links instead of just posting the URL. So I hope that works for viewers. Looks nicer!