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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Boxed In, Bobwhite Quail and What?

I call this one Boxed In (how I felt).  This started as a demo piece for Media Play Day in my AP Studio Art class.  We were messing around with acrylics that day, I ended up adding india ink and oil pastels.  What began as shapes, mark making and color applications led to this image.  It had been a very full and hectic couple of weeks and I was beginning to feel boxed in to the point where tension was settling in my shoulder blades---Not good!  Thankfully artmaking is always therapeutic and such a release.  Often revealing the truth!

This afternoon when I took the dog out, we came across four of these beautiful Bobwhite Quail in the yard.  This is only the second time I've seen them on this property in our 14 years here.  Two male, two female. 
When I came inside I got a phone call from a person who had bought one of my paintings several years ago.  He came across my card in his desk, looked up to where my painting was hanging, picked up the phone to call me and tell me how much he enjoys looking at the painting. What a great thing to do and on my end, so nice to hear!

The "and What? " section will have to be a ?. Blogger isn't letting me upload the last image. 
Until next post.....


  1. This is wonderful. I see a rectangular head, shoulder blades and arms. I can't decide whether you're holding a stop sign in your right hand or surrendering by putting both arms up in the air. (Let's hope you're pitching the red ball of hectic--a bit like the child's hot potato game.)

  2. This is a departure from the norm.
    looks good!

  3. leave it to Hallie to see just what you're up to...funny how as soon as she maps it out it's all that I can see... :-)

    Ohhhhhhhhhh....Bobwhite's....what a thrill!!!
    How wonderful that you wandered out just as they were wandering by....and HOW COOL that you snapped a photo!!

  4. Well, Hallie, I like the idea of a stop sign, which could lead me to say, "Stop, I wannna get off this bus!" or "Stop the madness!". I surrender--now that's ok too, to take a moment to stop, surrender to the moment and breathe : ) Hot potato, yes. The potato has been tossed out of my hands.
    jb--hello and thanks! It is a departure from the norm, at least that I post, I've got stuff like this laying around the studio, some being developed. More to come in future episodes.
    merci, the Bobwhite was a thrill. Serendipity at it's best. Plus they stuck around long enough for me to grab the camera!