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Random artworks by Lucy Autrey Wilson

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Pen&ink Watercolors plus Mixed Media Collage on Paper

Top to Bottom:
1.  Pen&ink & watercolor 7x10 - my hand holding a photo of the Taj Mahal with a view out the window in Queen Anne, Seattle of Puget Sound
2.  Two portraits of grandsons Cole and Wilson Taylor (which look nothing like them but they were kind enough to pose)
3.  Bottle of Amber's favorite hot sauce, also sharing the view of Puget Sound out the window
4.  Something new!  Mixed Media collage with cut up photographs and various papers glued onto high quality 100% cotton rag paper then inked.  Vase of Flamingo Flowers is 11.5" wide x 15" high
5.  The first of this new formula collage:  Woman with a Bird on Her Head is 11" w x 15" h
6.  Bottom two paintings by nearly 8 year old twin grandsons:  Cole's is a still life of two beer can openers found on a treasure hung; bottom is by Wilson of his legs and feet resting on the balcony.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Man Versus Nature

Working on a new series of Photo Collage.  Here is the first.

My intent is to illustrate the reality that mankind does not live in a vacuum.  The natural world is beautiful.  It is up to us to try to keep it that way.  Why we exist is unknown; it is not clear where we come from nor where we go when we die.  What is known is the impact our lives have on the physical world we inhabit during our lifetime.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrating World Sea Turtle Day

Lucky to have just gone swimming with a sea turtle in the Galapagos this past April on a great tour through Wilderness Travel http://www.wildernesstravel.com/.  Bonus shot (bottom) is a photo composite of two fish I shot underwater, snorkeling off of Santa Fe Island, with a sea turtle I drew in 2011.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Homage to E.A. Autrey's People Photography

Remembering the late, great E.A. Autrey (my father).  While updating my list of photographers I like on Pinterest - some examples here: https://www.pinterest.com/lucyawilson/people-photography/,  I realized some of the old pictures my father took of his children fit in quite well.  Here is the quintessential sullen teenager in 1965 - capturing the true essence of that episode of youth I don't miss at all.  I doctored up the picture somewhat, especially above where I added some original art to the background.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Albion Art

Four disparate new 7x10 pen & ink and watercolor paintings done in Albion, CA.  I was inspired to name the two "flowers in vases" paintings after socializing with friends.  The Snow Leopard painting was an attempt to incorporate text with a picture of a vanishing snow leopard, which had been featured on the cover of a magazine found in the house.  I did wonder who had worn the kid's antique cowboy boots when they were new, years ago.

Top to Bottom
1.  Three Old Friends (rose hips in vases)
2.  Dinner Party (flowers in vase)
3.  Snow Leopard FOCUS
4.  Kid's Cowboy Boots

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Variations on a Bear Theme

Digital bears (from a pen & ink & watercolor original) on the left; Quilted bears on the right.  The polka dotted bear is my latest - created for a new creature quilt.  Can't get enough of this bear!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hard Working Woodpecker

I did a double take when I noticed how many acorns this industrious woodpecker and his pal had drilled into this neighborhood utility pole.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Reaching for the Stars

I photographed a child's hand print embedded in concrete on a sidewalk in town, and I wanted to do something with it.  This is what happened.  The pink stars, with raindrops, are from an antique tile embedded in a wall at Robson Harrington gardens.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Past Becomes Present

1967 photo taken by the late, great E.A. Autrey in Santa Barbara, merges with a recent photo of a brick wall in San Anselmo's Robson Harrington House garden.  Nothing ever really dies, it is all just recycled.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Rose Hips - Variations on a Theme

Top:  Rose hip photographed in Berkeley Botanical Garden 2/2017 with Lucy's legs from the 1970s merged with a recent rose photo

Bottom:  Lucy 1956, photo by E.A. Autrey, with same 2/2017 rose hips layered on top.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Republicans Aren't Thinking Straight on Overturning Gun Laws to SSDI Recipients

     According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), as of 2013, approx. 35.2% of recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) receive it for mental health reasons vs 64.8% who receive SSDI for physical disability.  On Feb 2, 2017, according to Politicu Usa, House Republicans voted to overturn an Obama administration ruling that blocked disability recipients with mental disorders from buying guns.  This move surprised me, not because the Republican Party always sides with gun manufactures, regardless of the societal cost, but because it doesn’t make sense financially – something the Republicans espouse.  
     I was surprised when I retired, after nearly 50 years of working, to find I would have received more money from Social Security if I were disabled than I was going to receive from all of my years of working and contributing.  I have no problem helping out people who need extra help - within reason. But this doesn’t make much sense to me.  And the situation has gotten worse over time.  Based on a study by the Cato Institute in 2013, titled ‘The Rising Cost of Social Disability Insurance,’ “the number of SSDI beneficiaries jumped from 4.3 million in 1990, to 6.7 million in 2000, to 10.9 million in 2012, and the ratio of SSDI beneficiaries to all working-age people has doubled in the last two decades.”  This upward trend is not because there are more disabled people around, as the report states “the share of the U.S. working-age population reporting a severe disability has remained stable,” it is because more people are relying on SSDI permanently who are capable of working but can’t find a job, which is clearly a problem.

     Since Republicans would prefer to have fewer people taking SSDI payments, why not keep a policy that does not allow them to possess fire arms.  That would reduce the number of people who file for SSDI, who don’t really qualify, and who are obsessed with their right to bear arms.  It would also keep guns out of the hands of the 33% of SSDI recipients who do have mental health issues and should not be running around armed and dangerous.  This is a win win for people who would welcome more intelligent gun controls, and for people looking for ways to cut government costs. 

Some other gun statistics I learned when doing research for the George Lucas Books title "Cause of Death" here:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Quilted Art Panels

E.A. Autrey "Self Portrait" pastel 

Lucy Autrey Wilson "Independent Bee" pen & ink

Lucy Autrey Wilson "Mouth, Nose and Boots" pencil

Lucy Autrey Wilson "The Taylor Twins School Daze" photo

J.A. Autrey "Abstract" watercolor with glitter

J.L. Autrey "Baby Tiger" watercolor

J.L. Autrey "Blue Bird" watercolor with button

E.A. Autrey "Gas Pump" watercolor and "All American Shoe" etching