Like the Mirror when Nobody’s Looking

acrylic paintings, art, contemporary, contemporary art, female artist, male portraits

It’s as if you’re dead and looking at life through a veil, someone said to me at my recent solo show of my work.

Not a bad analysis — because I don’t paint from life. 

My companions in my studio are fluctuating moods and passing thoughts and squelched memories bubbling to the surface. 

I paint because I like being off-balance. 

Teacher 

Leave your sleepy rivulets to trickle down my wrist,

Teacher. Put up a mirror for an answer

so I can ask the same question

twice

            Seal shut last year’s envelopes, your lesson’s feral cabinet,

            Say, The mirror is facing the wall, your secrets are safe

            Don’t ask me,

            “Dear little cobweb: why so brooding, mysterious, and  quaking?”

            Don’t say, “I’ll seize this and this and this”

Leave everything alone as is

            like the mirror, when nobody’s looking

“Afternoon Dust”
“A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall”
“Selfie with Jenny”

The Art of New Beginnings, 2017

contemporary art, female artist

Moving into my attic studio for the winter, crowded with old discarded paintings and storage items.

Still, it’s a place to work, yeah. And it’s time for me to post new beginnings! Some from my pool-hall series, one attempt at a landscape, a continuation of my Family series.  “Valentine” is one of two companion works that are companions of my poem “Valentine” (widely published these days).

Last, but not least,

as always, a nudge from the angsty political landscape.

Gutelius, Coming Soon 39 x 22

“Coming Soon,” acrylic, 39 in. x 22 in.

Blonde Bait 38 x 22

“Blonde Bait,” 38 in. x 22 in.

Gutelius, Easy to Pick Up 19 x 39

“Easy to Pick Up” acrylic on canvas, 39 in. x 19 in.

Gutelius, 40 x 25, Demo

“Demo” acrylic on canvas, 40 in. x 25 in.

Land and Sea 28 x 22

“Land and Sea” acrylic on canvas, 28 in. x 22 in.

Family 38 x 39

“Family” acrylic on canvas, 38 in. x 39 in.

45 x 31 Valentine 2

“Valentine 2” acrylic on canvas, 45 in. x 31 in.

Charcoal 9 x 11

Untitled, charcoal drawing on paper

New work

acrylic paintings, art, charcoal drawing, contemporary art, female artist, feminist art, figurative art, portraits of women

40 x 24 new version18 x 24 new 20160517_113533-145 x 2345 x 23 Robot36 x 24 20160601_074943-1new version

Acrylic and gouache painting from the series “Empty Purse”

acrylic paintings, contemporary art, contempory art, female artist, feminist art, figurative art, portraits of women

Empty Purse (series) 25 x 20 acrylic on canvas

Empty Purse (series) 25 x 20 acrylic on canvas

New charcoal study for painting series “School Days”

acrylic paintings, charcoal drawing, contemporary, drawings, female artist, feminist art, painting study

"School Days," charcoal on paper, 8" x 10"

“School Days,” charcoal on paper, 8″ x 10″

Paintings, Drawings (no, these are not collages)

acrylic paintings, art works on paper, contemporary, drawings, female artist, feminist art, painting study, pen and ink drawings, political art, realist art

"A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper (no, this is not a collage)

“A Night at the Movies, colored pencil on paper
(no, this is not a collage)

"More News," charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22" x 17"

“More News,” charcoal, ink and oil pastel on canvas 22″ x 17″

"Sufi Chants" colored pencil on paper

“Sufi Chants” colored pencil on paper

"Checkmate" colored pencil on paper

“Checkmate” colored pencil on paper

Paintings, Drawings.