I created this series of twenty-four paintings, Talisman, in 2008. It is a love story: layered, filled with treasure, sparkle within dust, games and prizes, secrets and lies.
I experimented with varnish for the first time. Experimented with the permanence as well. The chalk was meant to fade with the years. It’s been thirteen years now and I admire the patina of these old friends. Yesterday I did an internet search for a solution to save that dust from settling further and the win-win came in the form of Pantene hair spray, believe it or not. So now, these paintings are fixed in time.
And the funny thing is, upon reflection, they bring me back to a place where I thought I had nothing, but in fact, I had it all. All the answers to all of my questions. I just did not know it then, which made life seem so confusing.
This game of life is a puzzle but if you take the time to look, listen and feel with your heart, you will resonate with all of it.
The paintings are 18″ x 24″. Oil paint and chalkboard paint. Found objects, games pieces, fabric.
They work best on a wall in multiples. That’s usually the way it goes with my artwork. If you like it, you really can’t get enough and you just want more.
They hold the narrative and that is a powerful aphrodisiac. <3
The reception I planned for my art exhibition at the Half Moon Bakery & Bistro in Jamesville, New York on Thursday, October 20, 2016 was more a birthday party for my mother and a chance for my friends and acquaintances to come and experience this quaint business on the corner of East Seneca Turnpike and Apulia Road. It is a tiny place and quite honestly, I did not expect such an amazing turnout for the hours of 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Thank you so much!
I am grateful for all of the wonderful people who came to celebrate and to support me and my artwork, and to eat delicious cake made by proprietor Debbe Titus. I gave her full reign on the design of the cake and she created something spectacular for my mom and for us to share with the thirty + people who attended the event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you, Debbe, for all of your hard work and for the opportunity to exhibit in this space. I don’t actively seek out art exhibition opportunities – they tend to fall into my lap serendipity-like. I seem to spend more time these days with my fashion interests, as well as supporting other artists, and so it meant the world to me that so many people took the time to spend an afternoon chatting with me about my artwork.
The Talisman series is about seeking love, the desire to be loved. I created the paintings in 2008. I’m finally breaking free of my lifetime of limiting beliefs regarding love in relationships, realizing that it is in fact, all around me and living inside of me. I love my life and spending time with friends and family. Love my world – that I can create magic – see magic all around me every single day. And that is just really fun. I am truly blessed. Thank you! <3
I don’t know anything better – I certainly cannot think of anything better than when the owner of a business tells me that my artwork is a perfect addition to her venue. Thank you, Debbe Titus! I am so grateful for those kind words, grateful for the opportunity to share these paintings again. They are from my Talisman series of oil and collage works created in 2008. Fifteen of this series of twenty-four are represented here at the Half Moon Bakery & Bistro, 6500 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville, New York (13078).
I do love the way they fit into the space, and that was all thanks to my friend Bobbi Rock Petrocci who came to my rescue and helped me install the show. (gratitude times infinity – love you, Bobbi! <3) No measuring devices this time – just our old-fashioned spatial intelligence, lol, and a power screw-driver.
The artwork will be on display and for sale through the month of October 2016. If you are interested in purchasing them ($200 each), I have left contact information via my business cards.
There will be an artist reception for me on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 3:30-5:00pm. Light snacks plus you can try the delicious cookies and cupcakes, coffees and teas or go for a meal instead. The quiche is out of this world! Today they were preparing apple pies and other treats for an upcoming wedding reception and it smelled soooo good in there! If you have never been there, please come out and meet me for a chat and a chance to fall in love with this gem of a place.
About the Talisman series – the paintings took months to create. I created thumbnail sketches first, as well as a list of the text I wanted to use. The titles of each painting created a personal narrative reflecting the trajectory of my life at that time. I layered canvas on canvas as collage then gessoed the surfaces, broke up the space into an 18″ square with six inches to spare at the top or bottom. I painted the latter in chalkboard paint. Then I drew the image in pencil and began painting in oils.
These paintings are sort of the thread that ties all of my interests in art-making together. I used abstract impressionist strokes, as I do in my watercolor paintings. Months later I added varnish to these paintings, which is something I actually tried for the very first time in my work and I really loved the result – how it contrasts with the matte finish of the chalkboard area. The chalk text is meant to eventually erase and/or be erased by the owner of the work, which might seem weird to a non-artist. But I like the idea that love is like that text. It comes and goes, grows strong or weak…and can grow stronger with help from the love of another. The painting’s owner can interact as well, by writing their own graffiti on the chalkboard creating a dialogue with me. I am especially fond of this idea. We are all in this together sharing our love of life and through that togetherness the art transforms/will transform. It’s all good.
The Half Moon Bakery and Bistro is open Monday through Saturdays. Monday 10:00 am-3:00 pm, Tuesday 8:00 am-3:00 pm, and Wednesday-Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Call (315) 492-0110 for more information or visit their website, www.thehalfmoonbakery.com. I trust I will see you there!
I finally repaired my painting, Dream Time. I’d lost a couple of the Scrabble pieces because I had it leaning against the kitchen door for the longest time and one or both of the cats must have knocked them off. My sister found the exact letters I needed at the flea market and gave them to me for Christmas. Best gift ever. Because I think that this painting is one of my favorites and now I can share it with you.
This was the first piece in the Dream Time series. I stretched all the canvases myself with a thicker canvas, added collage items – coasters from Empire Brewing Co. and playing cards, and then I gessoed the canvases, added Martha Stewart latex paint in Milk White, and painted them with oil paint. There was this routine that gave all the paintings harmony, as well as devices like drawing in pencil, but I used a different color scheme in each one. This one is my favorite because I am in love with its buttery color and how effortless it felt to create it. It was seriously like a dream the way it all came together.
My favorite paintings are often the first in a series, I guess. I never noticed that before.
I keep the above painting in my bedroom and probably will never sell it because it is actually a narrative of one of the last times I returned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL after living there for two years. The rest of the Pompano Revisited series were variations on the theme – the puzzle piece layout, the shark, the Goodyear blimp; but none carry the same emotion for me as this one does. And there’s that light Naples yellow again.
You haven’t seen the next two paintings yet. A few years ago, I took the Talisman series to John Dowling, a professional photographer in the area. http://john-dowling.com/
He photographed them for me. That’s why I posted them to Shopify – because they are the best photos I have. But I’ve changed these two since the photo shoot.
In the above painting, I painted the little man figure with the black chalkboard paint. It was white in the Dowling photo. I changed the ribbon in Secret. I keep them both in my bedroom too. In my defense, there are a lot of walls in my house, all plaster and in need of something to cover their blemishes and cracks.
I also have a dreamcatcher, which may actually work because I’ve only had one nightmare since moving here nine years ago and when I woke up after it, I noticed the thing had fallen off its hook and landed behind the lingerie chest. Not to be superstitious or anything….
I have been having the most vivid dreams lately. Not sure why but they are the kind with a plot, like the entire seasons of Dallas and Knot’s Landing when it turned out that Pamela had dreamed the whole thing.
(Does anyone remember that Valene Ewing named one of her twins Bobby because he was dead?)
It’s funny because as viewers we need to accept the premise and then we’re fine with whatever the outcome. It’s all entertainment. That’s how I feel about Star Trek. You just accept that they are able to go to warp drive, accept that they can transport by vanishing and reassembling their molecules elsewhere, accept that even though there are photon torpedoes and phasers set to stun and/or kill, in the end, Captain Kirk and the bad guy or Spock and the bad guy will come to fist-to-cuffs blows and Starfleet will always prevail. (I think you can tell I had a Star Trek movie marathon this weekend?)
It seems easy enough to accept the premise of world peace, accept each other for who we are and what we bring to the artistic table (or any table) without having to sleep on it. But if lucid dreams are really a thing, I want to have a dream dinner with Gene Roddenberry, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Walt Disney. The ultimate dream team.