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Portrait of Ladybird

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 2 comments

Portrait of Ladybird

Another chicken portrait! This is Ladybird, our very sweet Buff Orpington. 8 x 10 on a thin art panel.  Click here to bid. And go here to see other paintings on eBay…and here’s my gallery on Daily Paintworks… I’ll put a larger version of the image...

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Lunch at the New York Public Library

Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | Comments Off on Lunch at the New York Public Library

Lunch at the New York Public Library

I had this idea to do a series of people eating their lunch at the New York Public Library.  So far, it is a series of two.  This is the first one. Maybe tomorrow I’ll show you the second one. This painting is a minor triumph for me–I’m totally intimidated by the idea of painting bodies.  Those bare legs are trickier than they look.  But when I took this picture, I was emboldened by the workshop I’d just taken with Karin Jurick, in which she had us walk around the city and photograph people to paint.  (She’s...

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Chickens!

Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Gallery, Paintings | 1 comment

Chickens!

I am home–drove back from Portland last night–and the first thing I did when I got up this morning?  Start a new painting! It’s good to be back in my space, doing my thing. So expect to see a lot of paintings over the next few weeks.  I have a few that were still drying when I left that I’ll post, plus some new ones. This one is listed on eBay–it’s 5 x 7, oil on 1/2 inch board, with slots in the back so you can just hang it unframed on a nail if you want to.  Click here to bid.  And go here to see all my...

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The Portland Diaries, Part 6

Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Portland Diaries, Part 6

The Portland Diaries, Part 6

In which I declare my love for Powell’s, edit a manuscript, and contemplate very long germination cycles. It’s all on the Tin House blog.

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The Portland Diaries, Part 5

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

The Portland Diaries, Part 5

In which I celebrate defeat. The latest installment can be found here, on the Tin House blog.

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The Portland Diaries, Part 4

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 4

This was me the very moment I woke up this morning: I do not like my state of mind; I’m bitter, querulous, unkind… I am not sick, I am not well. My quondam dreams are shot to hell. My soul is crushed, my spirit sore; I do not like me any more. I cavil, quarrel, grumble, grouse. I ponder on the narrow house. Except that unlike my drinking buddy Mrs. Parker,  I had no excuse. I was not due to fall in love again.  I was just a foul, miserable creature for no good reason. I woke up with a nest of hornets in my head and the buzzing just...

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Heading to LA, Asheville NC, Portland

Posted by on May 1, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off on Heading to LA, Asheville NC, Portland

Hey folks–if you’re in any of these places, I’ll be there too. See you? May 04 2012 06:00 PM — Los Angeles Natural History Museum First Friday Series, Los Angeles, CA Wicked Bugs in conversation…. May 06 2012 01:30 PM — North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC A special Wicked Plants lecture in conjunction with the Arboretum’s exhibit based on the book May 11 2012 06:30 PM — A Wicked Evening with Amy Stewart, Portland, OR A special event sponsored by Portland State University, Tin House, and...

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The Portland Diaries, Part 3

Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 3

Add this your list of great last lines in literature: “When I hung up I felt as if I was an astronaut who had completed his orbit of the earth and now I was pulled by some new gravity into a cold clean darkness.” That’s Walter Mosley at the end of A Little Yellow Dog.  I stood in my pretty little Tin House apartment this morning after I read that and said it out loud three or four or a dozen more times.  Saying it out loud made me feel like I should run around the block, so I put on my shoes and went outside and ran around...

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Nebraska and Arkansas Events

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Book Tour/Events | Comments Off on Nebraska and Arkansas Events

I have a feeling I'm going to see some very pretty countryside this week!  Here's where I'm headed: April 19, 2012 Lauritzen Gardens Omaha, NE April 21, 2012 1:00 Flower, Garden, and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas Springdale, AR

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The Portland Diaries, Part 2

Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 5 comments

The Portland Diaries, Part 2

I went the wrong way at the Rothko exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, turning right instead of left, which meant that I saw his last work first.  I have an excuse, though:  when I walked in, I looked to the left and saw a bunch of stuff I didn’t recognize.  Nice paintings, but not Rothkos.  Must be some other exhibit. Works from the permanent collection or whatever.  But over to the right I saw some Rothkos, so I went that way. You don’t have to do much label-reading to figure out when you’re going backwards in an...

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