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Random artworks by Lucy Autrey Wilson

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Three Christmas Tree Videos: 2010, 2016 and 2021.

 Neon Christmas Tree, 2021 featuring music of "We Three Kings" played on a Yamama MX88 and Cubase Artist by Lucy Autrey Wilson.  This follows two prior Christmas Tree Videos:

Christmas Tree, 2016 featuring original music composed and played by the late, great, J.L. Autrey

Christmas Tree, 2010 featuring the Autrey family Orchestra.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Latest Creative Efforts

 Top:  36 x 36 oil on stretched canvas.  "Gull Wading at Stinson Beach"

Bottom:  55 x 70 Suburbia Quilt.  Cotton with wool Batting.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New Video! Falling Into Winter

The older I get, the more I appreciate autumn.  This video is a 2+ minute photo montage, with an original soundtrack featuring Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata theme (played and recorded by me using my Yamaha MX88), and some novel effects.  With over 80 images, the video is a celebration of a beautiful time of year, as photographed in and around Marin County over several seasons.   

Friday, November 5, 2021

What Am I Doing Here?

 Repainted portrait of young Lucy time traveling forward to land at Drakes Beach.  Somehow the expression raises the question, "what am I doing here?"

Kitty Cats and the Mountain Lion - new Oil Painting

 New Oil on Stretched Belgian Linen 28 x 22 x 1/1/4.  Using a reference photo of the Nicasio reservoir and an old photo of Amber, shot in Texas, it made sense to add a mountain lion.

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Having Fun with Photoshop Neural Filters

Photoshop has a new feature where you can run an image through a filter to make it look like another style of art.  Top:  Sam in Greece with a neural filter from an old "at the beach" watercolor.  Bottom three: I took a photo of two roses in a blue vase, and ran that through a filter of an original fabric design, done in illustrator, of a Paenibacillus bacteria, and ended up with the 2nd to top image.  Endless possibilities!  So many ways to avoid housework!

Monday, October 25, 2021

It Rained Too Much at One Time!

Power lines down, streets closed, creeks close to overflowing; creeks which were completely empty one week ago.  Exciting taking photos in the storm (2nd from top pic shows rain falling, bottom shows drops on the window.) Mother nature is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

It Rained!

 and the leaves are falling!  Never been so happy to feel raindrops or welcome fall.  

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

New Oil Paintings September/October

 Top to Bottom:

1.  Playing in Mud at the Estero 18x24x1.5 oil on stretched canvas.  

2.  Parts 2 if 5 of a 5x7 oil-on-linen mini landscape series:  

    a)  Northern California Quarry & Hills

    b)  Winding Road to Mustard Fields

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Human/Nature Interface - New Oil Painting Mock-Ups

Contemplating a new series of 8x10 oil paintings that combine the human form with floral motifs.  As I age, I'm more and more aware of the evolution of the body back to nature.  

Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday, September 17, 2021

The 12 Signs of the Zodiac Animated to Music

My latest video is an animation of the 12 signs of the Zodiac, set to an original score created with my Yamaha MX88 based on the piano waltz "Dolores," composed by Emile Waldteufel.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Bird on a Bough

 8 x 10 x 1 1/4" oil on stretched canvas.  The bird might be wondering what in the world is happening to us right now between fire, poor air quality, running out of water, poor governance, viruses run amok and a general state of dystopia.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Young J.L., Blue

 Young J.L. Blue.  I tried and tried to paint a decent likeness of young J.L., but failed so I painted her blue!  8x10 oil on linen.  

Young E.A.: Two Versions Animated

 8x10 Oil on Linen painting of my father, the late, great, E.A. Autrey, before he was my father.  I painted two versions, although only the last version physically remains.  The version painted over exists now only in the digital realm.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Blue Bird of Happiness

 Another new painting, in a slightly different style.  I am incapable of any kind of consistency, but experimentation is what keeps me sane.  This is a common subject matter since birds make me happy.  Oil on cradled board 12 x 9.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Cat Entertainment

Short video featuring three artful cats being entertained by two birds and two rats with an original soundtrack featuring classic music.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Lucy and Sam Going Somewhere

 On the Road again, oil on canvas 20x20.  Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.  What's wrong with this picture???

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Yellow Duckie Makes His Escape

Short animation of a yellow duckie escaping an oil on stretched linen 5x7 painting to swim off into a digital sea.  YouTube version includes an original soundtrack.  Copyright Lucy Autrey Wilson, 2021

Distressed Fly

 A short video of a fly exploring two landscapes, together with an original soundtrack.  Copyright Lucy Autrey Wilson 2021

Friday, August 6, 2021

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Playing in the Surf Part Deux

 Another new oil painting.  This one oil on linen 10x8.  I finally painted in the water.  

Another take on a photo taken by E.A. Autrey in 1960 (see below), juxtaposed with a more recent beach photo taken by me at South Beach in Pt. Reyes National seashore

Memory Juxtaposition Oil Paintings

In the Order in which they have been painted: Three oil on canvas 18x24 paintings of the three youngest of five sisters

Top to Bottom

1.  Freckle Face:  Young Lucy, in a photo taken by the late, great, E.A. Autrey in 1957 at Paradise near Santa Barbara juxtaposed with a more recent photo shot at Drakes Beach in April, 2015 in Pt. Reyes National Seashore

2.  The Eyes Have it:  Young Elsa, photo by E.A. Autrey shot in 1959, juxtaposed with a photo shot at Kehoe Beach in Pt. Reyes, September, 2015.

3.  May Morn:  (The title is a play on the painting September Morn by Paul Emile Chabas, although in this one the girl is wearing a bathing suit)  Young Susan, photo by E.A. Autrey in 1956, juxtaposed with a photo shot at Lake Cachuma the last time I visited Santa Barbara in September, 2017.

Friday, July 2, 2021


Oil on hand-stretched Belgian 66J linen 28x22.  Image of the blonde based on a photo snapped on a road trip in Morocco around 1969 or 1970 when surfer friend picked me up from my pension in Spain with his VW and surf board and we travelled down to Rabat.  Interesting trip!  Background is from a more recent visit to New Mexico - the countryside where Georgia O'Keefe liked to paint.  Beautiful skies. 

Salem Hibiscus

 Oil on Linen 16x20.  Old Holland Oil paint over white oil ground over Pinkish Beige Imprimatura.  Rustic appearance.  

Monday, June 21, 2021

Playing in the Surf

 I've only painted the figure so far (below) 8x10 oil on canvas.  What I intended to paint (above)


1.  Should I paint in the waves?

2.  Are her fingers too weirdly long?

Magnolia Portrait

 5x7 oil on linen.  1955/1944

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Mixed Memories - Plaid

How did I get here?  I'm working on a series of oil paintings that are mixed memories - ie family memories based on B&W photos taken by the late, great, E.A. Autrey in the 1950s and 1960s juxtaposed with more recent color photos I've taken.  Various mock-ups happened, then several painting versions were done until the minimal plaid dress (top) is all that remains.  5x7 oil on stretched linen.

Monday, June 7, 2021

A Day at North Beach Video

Family having fun at North Beach in Pt. Reyes, May 2021.  Soundtrack includes The Swan by Saint-Saens and Bernard Romberg cello music played by Susan Manata, and the original composition Elegy by J.L. Autrey with Susan Manata on cello and J.L. Autrey on piano. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Hiking Dry Marin in the Month of May

Post Covid-19 vaccinations, a family visit and hike up into the dry hills of Marin County, with fire hazard grass being eaten by goats in the distance. Video and Soundtrack by Lucy Autrey Wilson with original music by Greg Manata. Copyright Lucy Autrey Wilson, 2021. Full screen version of video on my YouTube channel here

Monday, May 24, 2021

Two Lucys - New Painting

 Two Lucys 

16 x 20 oil on stretched canvas

My head, at two different ages, replaces the heads of a boy and his sister, from a photo the late, great,  E.A. Autrey shot in the 1950s.  I was going for kind of a Diane Arbus/Alice Neel look.  

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Painting Mock-Ups


Working on the concept for a series of Flowery Memories of Childhood with small 5x7 oil on canvas paintings of my family (parents and siblings) set against floral backgrounds.  The original concept was to paint the humans with few facial details and in odd skin colors to blend in more artistically with the looser floral backgrounds (once painted).  There has been a suggestion, however, that it would be preferable to paint both the individuals and the flowers with more realistic details.  More opinions welcome!

Option A:  Paint both background and people in realistic colors with facial details included (example Lucy bottom pic)
Option B:  Paint backgrounds and people in bolder colors with fewer details (example Lucy 2nd to bottom pic)

These smaller paintings are companion pieces to my bigger 18x24 oil paintings in process (see below)