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Random artworks by Lucy Autrey Wilson

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Maui Vacation Paintings

Top:  "Maui Cardinals in a Lemon Tree" 7x10 watercolor, ink, pastel & marker.  I've seen two of these cardinals in Hawaii but not yet the brown-headed variety

Middle:  "Maui Ginger" 7x10 watercolor & ink.  These alpinia speciosa (non edible ginger plants) were tucked away behind the banana trees in Eva and Brian Daniells yard

Bottom:  "Impressions of Maui" 7x10 watercolor & pencil.  This abstract is based primarily on the incredible hike part way down the crater in Haleakala National Park

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Icons in Perspective

Recent 11" x 14" pen and ink perspective study.  The picture shows both spatial perspective and time perspective with pop culture icons (Mickey Mouse, Alfred E. Newman and C-3PO) depicted in 20 year increments (1930s, 1950s, 1970s)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

What to do with Green Tomatoes?

Problem:  some of my Southern Exposure heirloom tomatoes never ripened, and one of my food contribution assignments for Thanksgiving is a cranberry dish.  What to do?  Solution:  make my own cranberry, green tomato chutney.  Delicious, especially when eaten with homemade Canellini heirloom beans from Ranch Gordo, topped with a dollop of freshly made pesto, stewed chicken from Prather Ranch, fresh bread from Brickmaiden and fresh collard greens and celery root from Draper Farm.  Why ever eat out?

Friday, November 9, 2012

Oak Tree

Which is better:  A) Oak Tree photoshop composite with long ago pen & ink & marker drawing of San Francisco as seen from Mt. Tamalpais (top) vs B) Oak Tree original drawing done at Pt. Reyes National Seashore (bottom)?  Can't decide!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Do You Know Who You're Voting For?

A poem on the benefits of voting with your eyes wide open

You can't see the truth
When your eyes are closed to reason
Or when the fog has blurred your view
When you open your eyes
And can see clearly
Then you'll know
You can see the truth
When you look for it 

Sunflowers Galore

Continuing on my theme of sunflowers, as first seen in my blog October 15th and again in my blog October 19th, the painting on top of this trio of paintings is a new oil on canvas 18" x 24" titled "Mixed Flowers in Vase." Sunflowers are also a theme of Autrey family painters with the watercolor in the middle a large, gorgeous painting by my mother J.L. Autrey and the trippy sunflower in vase below, an oil by my father E.A. Autrey.   One could say that families that paint sunflowers together, stay together!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Music and Art

Listening to the piano and violin in Arvo Part's Tabula Rasa was the inspiration for the sunflower close-up, an assignment in art class to create a drawing based on another medium.  The quicker drawings of live models, done in class, were aided by a great selection of CDs playing in the background.  Art can be inspired by music and music can be inspired by art, in a beautiful synchronicity.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Flowers and Figures

Top: "Sunflowers" is a new oil on Belgian Linen 22x28
Bottom:  Under drawing for a new oil on canvas 36x36 to be titled "The Big Wave"

The sunflowers painting was inspired by my garden and the quintessential painting by Van Gogh.  The patterned background was influenced by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  Both Van Gogh and Kusama's artwork can be seen among "art I love" that I've pinned on Pinterest.com here:  http://pinterest.com/lucyawilson/art-i-love/

After pinning a lot of art on pinterest.com and now on art.sy I realized I really like figurative painting hence the choice for my next big painting "The Big Wave."  I was also influenced by a great photo of high surf in Hawaii for the choice of subject.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ink Spill Girl

Digital Self Portrait.  Myself as a senior in high school with the two teenagers, who would greatly impact my life in the future, on my sweater.

The Taylor Twins in Silverpoint

Cole and Wilson Taylor, age 3, in Silverpoint on Gesso Sottile (rabbit skin glue & marble dust) on 9x12 cradled board.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Four pictures above are examples of how to draw people.  That is, if you don't want them to look like themselves! Top photo of "High School Girl," does not resemble the model.  Bottom three sketches of a Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, look like three different girls.  Fortunately someone invented the camera.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Alphabet Doodles - Letter A & B

Working on 26 coloring pages for a Doodle Art book from A to Z.  Blank pages for the letters A & B are filled in here with digital paint.  Only 24 more to go!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

More New Line Art

Something New

New oil on linen 18" x 48"  "Solana Beach Egret"

11" x 14" pencil sketch on 400 series Mixed Media paper
Homework assignment #1 done for Chester Arnold's drawing & composition class
"RoShamBo" (Rock, Paper, Scissors)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Forest Fantasy Paintings

Two new 7x10 pen & ink & watercolor (and glitter) paintings done at Longbow camp in the forest in Oregon, August 2012

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Funky, New T Shirt Designs

Hand painted on good quality cotton Ts.  Paint from Dharma Trading.  A little messy, maybe, but at least they are original.   They also go through the wash with no bleed or degradation.  In top pic, note Olympics on TV in background.  My new sport, painting, isn't quite as much exercise but just as much fun.