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Random artworks by Lucy Autrey Wilson

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Fruit Nest With Petroglyphs

Meyer lemon, other (unknown) type lemon, and winter orange from my garden, rest in a nest of pruned apple tree branches with North America Native Petroglyphs running across the Robert Ryman-esque sky.  Oil on canvas 12" x 16" painted February 2012.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Red Parrot

Frustration resolved?  After painting over "Two Eggs" with "Balloon Seeking Marble," I was still unhappy with the result so painted over the piece again with this "Red Parrot."  I like it enough to leave it alone now.

Self Portrait in Green

Second in a series of self portraits done as an assignment for my painting class. Final is 8x10 oil on canvas board.  Also shown is the underpainting.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Ibiza Beach Paddle Ball

Recent 8x10 oil on canvas, of a beach paddle ball scene, based on a quick sketch done in 2005 in Ibiza

Friday, February 10, 2012

Susan with Boat

Newest version of sister Susan, from a photo taken by E.A. Autrey in Paradise, California in 1956.
8x10 oil paint and charcoal on photo-printed fabric, rabbit skin glued onto birch board.  
The original photo is here, and the first version, a digital painting of "Susan is Blue," is here

Zero Plastic Surgery

Self Portrait made with silver point and Copic marker on marble gesso on board 8x10

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The earlier version of "Two Eggs" (posted 2/3/2012) needed more work, so I black lined it  and added more colored inks over a gel medium in the background.  Now the beauty of the original silverpoint was totally lost.  Frustrated, I glued a red paper house over the entire drawing, added silver stars and an image of young Elsa with a bed balloon, then drew/threw in some additional trees and flowers using Copic markers.  The final collage is called "Balloon Seeking Marble."  Experimentation with new mediums can be fun, and not so fun when the experiment doesn't work out as planned!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Two Eggs

My art class, taught by Chester Arnold, has started up.  We're working with marble dust rabbit glued onto birch board, among many other new materials.  I thought I'd try silver point (drawing with a piece of silver wire instead of a pencil or pen).   So I drew two Easter eggs I painted a few years ago.  The eggs are sitting in a Sam Wilson ceramic bowl to which I had glued snails, small plastic jewels and turquoise pieces.  The bowl is next to a marble I've had since I was ten.  But, once the drawing was done,  I thought it needed more - so started to add watercolor.  Then I experimented with a new Golden gel medium and added some globs of gold.  All of this made the silver line art disappear.  Hopefully in a few weeks the silver will tarnish and get darker.  If not, I might have to go over the drawing again with ink.