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Ritual 32, Mixed Media on Cradled Panel

August 27, 2010

“Ritual 32″ – Mixed Media on Cradled Panel, 8 x 8 x 2”

Notice the name “Alabama” on the map in this piece? Though Alabama is my home, I did this painting long before there was any indication I would be moving here again.

Sometimes the universe yells at us; sometimes it whispers.

We are having a fun dinner party here on Sunday evening, one for which we will pull out all the stops. It’s family, but we’re pretending this is a chic restaurant, with printed menus, tablecloth, flowers, and candles. We only do this when we know it will be reciprocated, and it will! My absence from the blog is due to the time required to put this dinner together. But we love doing it.

This painting is at Michael Murphy Gallery in Tampa, Florida.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2010 9:01 am

    Before reading your text, I thought I spied the word “Alabama”….This is an interesting piece- raw and soft at the same time. There’s a beautiful tension in it, and yet a wholeness.

    • August 31, 2010 4:07 pm

      Thank you for that, Stephanie. This piece came about by accident, but it was a very happy one.

  2. August 29, 2010 10:49 am

    Love it, Martha…..

  3. August 29, 2010 8:18 pm

    Love the piece.
    And I’m wondering what is on the menu.
    Please let us know.
    Hope you had a wonderful evening.

    • August 31, 2010 5:01 pm

      Kai, thanks so much for your comment and for taking a peek at my blog.

      Wow, love your blog and wish I were closer so I could visit your bistro. OK, here’s the menu. It was the kind we don’t do more than once a year:

      Hot mayonnaise glazed sea scallops

      Local hydroponic butter lettuce salad with locally-grown raspberries, walnuts, and raspberry vinaigrette

      Filet mignon over lobster herbed cheese mashed potatoes with a Merlot reduction

      Granny Smith apple cake

      We gave our kitchen a “bistro” name and printed menus. It was great fun! Since a recent housing downsize, we have only an eat-in kitchen now, so we said “Intimate dining in the chef’s kitchen!”

  4. August 31, 2010 3:44 pm

    I love this piece. Very distinguished and gentleman-ish. I can see it in an updated, contemporary version of a Gentleman’s Study.

    • August 31, 2010 5:03 pm

      Oh, John – I like that description. Yes, I can see it in a gentlemanly environment. Thank you!

  5. September 5, 2010 8:41 pm

    I love the composition of this piece. The bit of map you used seems to create its own shape of a state.

    • September 5, 2010 10:30 pm

      Hadn’t thought about that, Seth, but I see it! This one was so random and accidental that you wouldn’t believe it. I’m serious — you wouldn’t! Glad you like.

  6. September 7, 2010 4:28 am

    What a fantastic piece you created here!…..I don´t comment enough how inspiring your collage work is………..wonderful!!

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