Fight Against Cancer

20″x16″ mixed media on paper

Today I painted during a breast cancer luncheon at Baylor Hospital in Dallas,TX

The theme of the last luncheon was “fight against cancer”, so I was tasked with what that might LOOK like. If you would like a behind the scenes of how I decide what to paint, keep reading…

My 7th grade daughter was doing homework last night and she had to write a 15 line poem. 8 lines in, she stalled. “I should look at my free write” she said. Free write! That was what I needed to do.

What does fight against cancer look like? Hmmmm. Well I know what not fighting would be: defining yourself as a disease. Becoming isolated. Stop being who you are and start being a person with cancer. Dying. So would would fighting it look like? Radiation. Chemo. Low sugar diet. Being present. LIVING. What does fighting look like? What does cancer look like?

Fighting is research, study. Microscope? Books?

Fighting is running race foe a cure together!

Doctors, nurses. Having faith.

What about being literal-

Breast cancer cells look a bit like a blob, if I were creative, the boogie man. That didn’t work for me. What about genes, could I play with that? Cancer seems evil, what about the dragon being an archetypal symbol for evil?

Fighting: guns. No too scary. Maybe…Karate, or boxing – kick boxing!

And so I started to find an image I could play with.

And it is PINK is breast cancer’s color so I knew I would use that.

Fight Against Cancer

20″x16″ mixed media on paper

Today I painted during a breast cancer luncheon at Baylor Hospital in Dallas,TX

The theme of the last luncheon was “fight against cancer”, so I was tasked with what that might LOOK like. If you would like a behind the scenes of how I decide what to paint, keep reading…

My 7th grade daughter was doing homework last night and she had to write a 15 line poem. 8 lines in, she stalled. “I should look at my free write” she said. Free write! That was what I needed to do.

What does fight against cancer look like? Hmmmm. Well I know what not fighting would be: defining yourself as a disease. Becoming isolated. Stop being who you are and start being a person with cancer. Dying. So would would fighting it look like? Radiation. Chemo. Low sugar diet. Being present. LIVING. What does fighting look like? What does cancer look like?

Fighting is research, study. Microscope? Books?

Fighting is running race foe a cure together!

Doctors, nurses. Having faith.

What about being literal-

Breast cancer cells look a bit like a blob, if I were creative, the boogie man. That didn’t work for me. What about genes, could I play with that? Cancer seems evil, what about the dragon being an archetypal symbol for evil?

Fighting: guns. No too scary. Swords? Maybe…Karate, or boxing – kick boxing!

And so I started to find an image I could play with.

And it is PINK is breast cancer’s color so I knew I would use that.

It’s In Your Genes

20″x16″ mixed media

I painted today at an Ovarian Cancer Luncheon, at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. “It’s in your Genes” was the theme.

Walgreens was there as a supporting partner. If you don’t know about their Feel more like you Cancer support, check it out. It is a program to help patients going through cancer treatments to feel more like themselves. “Your neighborhood pharmacy” just moved up in my book. Really great program.

If you would like to learn to make your own mixed media work, check out my October 24 & 25 workshop.

Corot in Texas

10″x8″ oil on panel

New Ulm, Texas

This a magic little part of the Hill Country in Texas. I am teaching an oil painting workshop here this spring, it is delightful way to experience plein air oil. This workshop will be full of practical takeaways and usable advice. Besides the unbelievable views, you can look forward to my cooking you lunch everyday. We will wrap up the workshop painting at a local vineyard, ending the day with a glass of wine and a show and tell of the workshop. Don’t wait to see if you have time, make time!

Learn more about New Ulm workshop.

Swim Across America

20″x16″ mixed media on canvas

Swim Across America is making making waves to fight cancer. Today is the Dallas swim. Two of my paintings, including this one, will be auctioned off.

If you like this style of art, and would like to come make a couple a Into ga of your own, check out my Mixed Media Abstracted Figure workshop. October 24, and 25 2019. If you aren’t comfortable drawing, I will do your sketches for you, don’t let that stop you from making art you love!