Bugs Bunny & My Paintings

Bugs Bunny & My Paintings

🥕 I had some fun sessions in my studio last week. "Life" has made it difficult for me to keep my early morning painting schedule, and I was beginning to think I'd explode if I didn’t paint soon.

You might say I got “a wild hair.” I went to the studio determined to pick up brushes and splash some paint no matter what the results. I grabbed some 5” x 7” canvases and started in, and these five paintings emerged. 

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I began to wonder where the phrase “a wild hair” originated. One of several meanings is to have a fervent, usually sudden desire to do something surprising or unexpected (there are some coarser meanings, too!). The internet told me that "A Wild Hare" was the title of a 1940 cartoon where a wise-cracking bunny with a Brooklyn accent made his first appearance. Yes, Bugs Bunny of “What’s Up Doc?” fame. Now there's a real wild hare!

🐇 So if you get "a wild hair/hare" and decide you must have one or more of these special paintings, just click the image to go to my website. I would love to deliver it to you personally!

TOP ROW Things That Fly, James Webb Told Me Your Planet is Delicious,
MIDDLE ROW When Things Were DifferentOne Bag of Gold for You, Three for Me
BOTTOM ROW Tomorrow I Work on Calves


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The Dog in the Orchestra (below) seems to me to be good company for the paintings above. I painted it after reading a poem from Billy Collins (former U.S. poet laureate). It's from his book, Sailing Alone Around the Room, which is a fun collection of poems. I invite you to read Collin’s funny poem and the inspiration for this painting.

Another Reason Why I Don't Keep A Gun In The House
Billy Collins

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.


Thanks for looking in. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. And feel free to share a story about one of your own wild hairs/hares!

August 09, 2022
Time management

Time management

Is it possible to bend time? Can time be molded?  

the persistence of memory by salvador daliSalvador Dali’s painting, “The Persistence of Memory,” makes me think of time being bent or molded. But is that really possible?

My paintings shown below—though not as dramatic as Dali’s—have evidence of time bending and passing… wrinkles, shadows quickly creeping out from trees as the sun moves across the sky, and paintings of persons no longer here. In “After Time” (bottom right) I imagine what it will be like after individuals have finished their lifetimes.

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We speak of saving time, time standing still, crunch time, time slipping away. The most common phrase probably is "time management."  

But time cannot be managed. That's the most valuable and helpful thing I learned in my post-graduate studies at Drew University. We can only manage ourselves in time. We can manage our use of time, but there is no managing time itself. Twenty-four hours is the limit—for everyone. 

Sometimes, while trying to fully use my daily 24 hours, I become almost obsessed. My responsibilities, daily tasks, and progress toward my painting goals all get put into specific time slots. I keep my schedule on a note card in my pocket.   

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” -- Lao Tzu

A friend shared the above quote (was he hinting for me to slow down?):

Do you “manage” your time well? If you have any helpful tips, please send them my way in the comments section.

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EXHIBITIONS
The Small Wonders Invitational
June-August 2022
Reception on Sunday, June 12 from 2 to 4 p.m.
Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg

GALLERIES
Country Seasons Boutique
201 South 5th St.
Salina, Kansas

Lauren Quinn Flower Boutique
129 South Santa Fe
Salina, Kansas

Posters, tote bags, phone cases, and more featuring my painting are available at FineArtAmerica.com.

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Thanks for reading, and I hope you're having the time of your life!

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