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Recent sketches of Dr. Chollak's horses

24 April 2008
These are gorgeous creatures - Dr. Chollak and Polly have asked me to do some sketches of their Arabian horses - one is color, one in black and white and one in ink . Here are some sketchbook studies….. {yoogallery src=[/images/stories/blog/leigh_0424a_08] style=[lightbox] height=[100]}
These are gorgeous creatures - Dr. Chollak and Polly have asked me to do some sketches of their Arabian horses - one is color, one in black and white and one in ink . Here are some sketchbook studies…..

Hand painted silk tie

08 May 2008
So here’s the official summer “smart casual” wear- you got the hand painted silk tie, the untucked, yet pressed blue shirt, the dungarees (that’s jeans for you younger folks) - shades, a UBU (I’ll be ME) hat - and you are bonafide COOL….. So order yours today - 570-287-5064.

Life Series

08 May 2008
Life Series 1, 11, 111,and 1v are large paintings (60? x 72?) depicting what I believe to be the “normal” prescribed evolution of most human beings.

They begin alone and with that “aloneness” comes the question “who am I?” - with the reply eventually, “I am, who I am”.

Inevitably, they fall in love and their question of ‘who am I’ becomes ‘ who are we?’  ‘Are we a couple?’  do I lose myself or do I become something bigger by being with you.  Life Series 11 show a couple united but still there is space between them suggesting togetherness but also independence.

Couple-hood inevitable leads to parenthood- depicted in Life Series 111.  The couple - now parents - with a child between them- adding to their “couple-hood” - but also dividing it.

Life Series 1v depicts the final life stage - death.  No longer are there any questions- one is who one is- and once again, they are alone…or maybe not….

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Life Series 1, 11, 111,and 1v are large paintings (60? x 72?) depicting what I believe to be the “normal” prescribed evolution of most human beings.

 

They begin alone and with that “aloneness” comes the question “who am I?” - with the reply eventually, “I am, who I am”.

Inevitably, they fall in love and their question of ‘who am I’ becomes ‘ who are we?’  ‘Are we a couple?’  do I lose myself or do I become something bigger by being with you.  Life Series 11 show a couple united but still there is space between them suggesting togetherness but also independence.

Couple-hood inevitable leads to parenthood- depicted in Life Series 111.  The couple - now parents - with a child between them- adding to their “couple-hood” - but also dividing it.

Life Series 1v depicts the final life stage - death.  No longer are there any questions- one is who one is- and once again, they are alone…or maybe not….

 

Rimsky on the lawn

08 May 2008
Here’s rimsky on the lawn — he’s nine - a pretty good boy, unless something is left on the counter  - in his life time , he’s had probably 80 sticks of butter.  Once he ate the whole Thanksgiving turkey - or most of it  - we didn’t tell the rest of the family until after the “feast” hee hee.

May 10th at Something Special

11 May 2008
What a great day and evening!!  Shelley (sister of Jan) helped me hang the show  - we were there from 9-3 - it was great fun - Chris (Jan’s husband) ironed and cleaned while Jan and John (ze chefs) churned out some amazing foodies (which of course we were more then willing to try) - all the while jammin to squizz or was it squid…. on xm.

Back at 4:45 - so great to see so many friends and family - flowers from Betsy and Russ - Wow, I am so lucky….. thank you to all!!!!!!!!!

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What a great day and evening!!  Shelley (sister of Jan) helped me hang the show  - we were there from 9-3 - it was great fun - Chris (Jan’s husband) ironed and cleaned while Jan and John (ze chefs) churned out some amazing foodies (which of course we were more then willing to try) - all the while jammin to squizz or was it squid…. on xm.

 

Back at 4:45 - so great to see so many friends and family - flowers from Betsy and Russ - Wow, I am so lucky….. thank you to all!!!!!!!!!

 

Mother's day and oops 17th birthday

15 May 2008
So, it was a two for one - celebrating Alex’s (oops) 17th birthday and Mother’s Day celebration for Ramah - mother of four….

Third Mriday in may (already!) at Something (very) Special

18 May 2008
Last night was a treat - meeting for the first time Charlie Singer and hearing him play and sing - It was raining - but good food, candles, live music, friends…. what could be better? {yoogallery src=[/images/stories/blog/leigh_0518b_08] style=[lightbox] height=[100]}
Last night was a treat - meeting for the first time Charlie Singer and hearing him play and sing - It was raining - but good food, candles, live music, friends…. what could be better?

Commission finished...

18 May 2008
Here is a 54? x 54? painting using iron oxides from the Susquehanna river -  my client saw a small square image (one of 37) and asked if I could enlarge it.  She loves trees …. this reminds me of the promise of spring - the hope of getting through the winter - of knowing - that everything will once again  - bloom.

More horses, roosters on the way

29 May 2008
interesting to do animals after studying the human form for so many years - here are Egyptian Arabians - one in pencil, ink and watercolor - commission work is great bec. it gets you doing things you wouldn’t ordinarily do - {yoogallery src=[/images/stories/blog/leigh_0529_08] style=[lightbox] height=[100]}
interesting to do animals after studying the human form for so many years - here are Egyptian Arabians - one in pencil, ink and watercolor - commission work is great bec. it gets you doing things you wouldn’t ordinarily do -

Naming at the Blind Association

02 June 2008

Friday night was the naming celebration for the new Blind Association building - an incredible association that does amazing good for the blind and visually impaired.  My paintings are throughout the building - a donation in honor of my mother.

We came up with the idea to do large braille paintings that could actually be felt - such as “triumph”, “accomplishment” and “independence” plus the ad campaing wording donated by Maslow/Lumia and Bartorillo which read “see it” , “feel it”, “believe it”.

Ironically my sisters and I all wore white - and the picture Curtis Salonick took captured the back of one of my silk paintings with the the wings perfectly fitted behind my dads head.  AND, there was a harp playing at the event.  Plus a halo….. see it?

Kitchen and bathroom accents

05 June 2008
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walter gets a drink -

07 June 2008
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Sisters get creative!

09 June 2008

My favorite blackheads (and brown head…)

09 June 2008

Silk hanging-a commission going to China-

17 June 2008

It’s already August???

09 August 2008
Been away for awhile - pics to follow later on…. but here are some pieces based  on time, trees  and being grounded.  They actually are entitled ‘Grounded 1, 11, and 111?. {yoogallery src=[/images/stories/blog/leigh_0809_08] style=[lightbox] height=[100]}
Been away for awhile - pics to follow later on…. but here are some pieces based  on time, trees  and being grounded.  They actually are entitled ‘Grounded 1, 11, and 111?.

vortex

18 August 2008
“Vortex” is completed - 48? x 48? - which I did for the Cultural Council exhibition which will be hung at the courthouse this year - the theme being ” from the Susquehanna”  - so, I decided to use the susquehanna colors - which are naturally calming and beautiful

Metal surface project…

10 September 2008
Ken Marquis has invented a wonderful idea to have artists create on refurbished hubcaps - the initial phase going out to 40 of his artist friends - and I was honored in being the first one to pick - ( I picked a Lincoln) - I finished it over the weekend.  He’s going to be sending the  “hubcaps” all over the world - putting together a traveling exhibition - really cool, eco-friendly project - better for these hubcaps to be hung on a wall then in a landfill!!

Another from easel to wall…..

15 September 2008

This is the Wall …..

15 September 2008
This is the wall on South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre - which is going to be ” a changin” - stay posted to see it’s TRANSFORMATION!!!!