Petals From My Pocket

WHAT YOU DO MATTERS 2

No matter how small or hidden.  I’m quite sure that what you do matters.

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame

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WHAT YOU DO MATTERS 3

It always matters.

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame

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INGENIOUS

The New Yorker raves it’s “Ingenious.”  The New York Times calls it “A Hit.”  Now what?

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame

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HENENI/HERE I AM 2

Okay, I got kind of obsessed by this concept of Heneni or Here I Am, willing to completely surrender to a Higher Power. I read (twice) the amazing book Here I Am by Jonathan Safran For.  (Highly recommend).  He weaves stories from the Bible through this epic contemporary story.  Whether you take these Bible stories literally or not, they surely convey ancient wisdom and ideas to ponder.  This piece is another meditation on the beauty and the terror of Heneni. 

22"x15". Mixed media on watercolor paper. 2017.

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HERE I AM/HENENI 3

Hiding doesn’t work.  Just come forward and say, “here I am."

13” x 10” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame

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KISSES WILL FLOWER ON THE PILLOWS

This piece was inspired by a heartbreakingly beautiful poem by Miguel Hernandez.  He was imprisoned by Franco for wanting freedom for Spain.  While suffering in jail, he dreamed of a time he could return to his ruined home and again live freely.

Kisses will blossom on the pillows,
And sheets will rise over bodies
entangled like vines
nocturnal and perfumed.

24"x18" mixed-media.  Framed behind glass. Ready to hang.

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IN JAPAN THEY USE CHOPS

I was planning my long awaited trip to Japan and hoping to learn some of the simplicity and quietude of Japanese art.  While there, I got a chop with my name in Japanese.  I added it to this piece and it just seems to belong.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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AND THEN SHE FLEW AWAY

A peaceful layered open space. A delicate, lovely red-winged being. So spectacular.  We want to hold that life, that beauty, that feeling. And yet, it flies.

12" x 12" mixed media on deep wood panel. Ready to hang.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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WALLPAPER FROM A ROOM I NEVER HAD

Do you have a fantasy childhood?  One that had you living free and adventurous in a cool, old, slightly ramshackle Victorian mansion?  That's the fantasy childhood I like to imagine.  And if I had lived that life, this would be what the walls of my bedroom looked like:  layers of old fashioned florals covered with patterned embossed paper and maybe a scribble or two added because, well, it was the kind of childhood where you got to doodle on the walls.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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CHUNK OF SOMETHING OLD AND BEAUTIFUL

This piece is composed of found papers, layered, sanded down, and built up again.  The sky blue stenciled letters suggest a message but the viewer needs to give it meaning or just enjoy the mystery.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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BLUE WINGS

There are layers and hidden messages and lots to think about, but those beautiful blue wings just need to fly.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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A LETTER CAME IN JULY

This buttery yellow envelope arrived in my mailbox.  Amid the computerized marketing material, bills, and such, this real letter with a hand-written message.  Something to savor and save.  

As John Donne wrote in the early 1600s,
"More than kisses, letters mingle souls,
For thus, friends absent speak.."

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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WHAT YOU DO MATTERS

When I'm making my mixed media pieces sometimes I create my own texts.  I free associate and come up with phrases or poems that I use in my work.  About 4 years ago I came up with the sentence: What you do matters.  I became entranced with that thought.  It feels like an appeal for good action and a promise of hope.  It opens up a space to really consider what difference I can make everyday, even if it's very small.  I believe it still matters, and maybe it matters a lot.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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A LONG WAY HOME

Have you ever ridden the bus in the cold, in the snow, alone?  Have you felt how good it feels to get to your stop?  The one right near your home.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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RED MAGIC

I feel the word magic is powerful. I love the idea of it, the feel of it, the promise of it.  If you feel that way, I think this piece captures the sparkle and loveliness of it.

Here's how the dictionary defines magic:

1.  the power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces.

2.  informal:  wonderful; exciting.

Either way, I believe in it.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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SUMMER KITCHEN

Did you every spend a summer afternoon in a cheery kitchen? The smell of peaches, clattering cups, coasters and children's artwork on the fridge. Savor the happy.

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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FOR THE RECORD

Layers of living make the magic and mystery of this piece.  There's a piece of an article from The Stockton Record having a conversation with layers of calligraphic writings and forms and colors that bridge the voices.  There are many ways to tell a story.

12"x12" deep stretched canvas.  Ready to hang.

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DANCING IN THE CITY

I have come to love gray.  Everything looks brighter and clearer when next to gray.  And so it is when joy does its dance in the city.  The energy of fun and play is so much more special when it dances on gray. 

12"x12" deep wooden panel.  Ready to hang.

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FIND LOVE

Luscious colors and gestures.  Finding love is a mystery both literally in this piece as it is in life.  This piece is is done on paper with paint, pen and ink, and collage.  There are many parts to find.

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame.

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COME HOME

Robert Frost wrote, “Home is that place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” That’s what this piece is about.  The knowing that when the wind blows cold and the rain comes, you have a home to go to.  And if you’re very lucky, you are welcomed with a mug of something warm and an open heart.

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame.

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ONE, TWO, THREE

This is pure summer fun and freedom.  One, two, three dive in the pool, jump in the lake, meet your friends, kick a ball, throw a frisbee, have a picnic.  One, two, three, summer goes so fast.

10” x 11” mixed media on paper.  Ready to frame.

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