An exhibition challenged me to tell a story in 80 square inches, so I came up with this little painting ("Word of Mouth"). Originally I had moved to canvas to have a BIG space for my stories, so this was particularly difficult for me. But three girls, three very different personalities and some tension told a unique story. The viewer can fill in the "words."
I loved the gesture in the photo that this painting materialized from. It brought home the exuberance that we had for nearly everything. We went white water rafting last weekend and that exuberance came back in full force. We will always be adult children.
This posting is for Ken, who wanted to see the new painting in the Andrews Art Museum exhibit. I was driving back from teaching a workshop in Idaho Falls and watched the clouds line up this way all the way back to Boise. Believe me, clouds don't do this in the East. Kathi Eagan, my Buffalo agent, sold "Yonder," one of the paintings that was accepted into the show. So I did this replacement.
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