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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Alternate Reality in Mendocino, California

I recently took a week-long trip to visit friends and shoot photos in and around Mendocino.  I was trying to relearn how to shoot video with my Nikon camera.  Even with a tripod, the footage is shaky.  Once home, I combined the Nikon footage with Google Pixel cell phone footage and added other elements using Adobe Premiere Pro.  Then I added a soundtrack with some of my late mother's recorded music, syncing it up to the footage in Cubase 11.  It's frustrating.  A million files are opened and saved all over the computer taking hours to figure out what has gone where and why.  And all I ended up with is this short tidbit.  But, I kind of like it!

Friday, October 14, 2022

Season of the Witch short video

Short little Witch video for Halloween using local Halloween decorations shot in and around Marin County, California

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

September Oil Paintings Progress Report

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1.  "Gulls at the Barn Door," 24x18x 1 1/4 oil on hand stretched Belgian Linen 66J

2.  "Bird Lovers," 28x22x 1 1/4 oil on hand stretched Belgian Linen 66J 

3.  "Daffodils and Gazania with Hidden Bird," 10x8x 3/4 on Linen

4.  "Skywalker Ranch Hills," 7x5x 3/4," oil on linen

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Hot Days at the Beach in Marin County

During prior heat waves it made sense to escape the temperature by driving to the beach.  A search of my beach photos led me to hot days at the beach in 2017 and 2021.  But the 6 days in September, where the temperature exceeded 100 degrees for 6 consecutive days, was too much.  The only way to survive without air conditioning was to just lay around the house with the fan on.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

When Painting Ideas Go Astray!

I was mocking up a few photo composites as reference for some new oil paintings I was planning, using old family photos.  Having learned the hard way that some people are sensitive about memories associated with certain images, I thought to ask permission.  Permission was denied!  One alternative suggested, by my entomology specialized sister, was to replace human heads with insect heads, as I had been doing with bird heads.   I tried a few versions, but they all looked quite unattractive.  The best was this photo composite with a few pen & ink insects drawings covering the faces.  I kind of like it for what it is, but it will not be the basis for any future oil paintings.  

Saturday, August 20, 2022

August Oil Painting Progress Report: 3 Finished 2 Nearly Done and 1 Just Begun

 Finished Works:

1.  One Flew Over the Puffin Tryst:  Oil on Belgian Linen 18x18x1 1/4

2.  The Courtship:  Oil on canvas 20x24x1 1/2

6.  Sunflowers & Hibiscus:  Oil on canvas 8x10x 1 1/2

Nearly Done:

3.  Capped Parrot in Mendocino:  Oil on Belgian Linen 22x28x 1/1/4

4.  A Lot Going On (Cartoon style):  Oil on Linen 12x16x 5/8

In Process:  

5.  Bird Lovers:  Oil on Belgian Linen 22x28x 1 1/4

Saturday, July 23, 2022

More Birds and a Raft

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1.  Soft Landing: Red Crow on a Magnolia Flower - 8x10 oil on linen

2.  Bald Eagle Flying over a Fractured Rainbow - 8x10 oil on canvas

3.  4 Parakeets in a Arthur Dove Inspired Sunset - 11x10 oil on canvas

4.  In Process:  Three Girls in a Raft - 8x10 oil on linen

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Five More Original Applique T Shirts - We are in Bird World Now

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1.  Checkered Toucan:  Women's size M

2.  Blue-headed Parrot:  Women's size M

3.  Blue-legged Roadrunner:  Youth size L

4.  Funky Office Supplies Bird (original designed fabric):  Youth size M

5.  Funky Checkers Bird:  Youth size M

These are for sale $32/each + $5 shipping and will be available by appointment in my studio or online at Fine Art | Lucy Autrey Wilson Art or online at Lucy Autrey Wilson Art | Facebook

Monday, June 6, 2022

Teeter Totter

The Taylors come to Marin and we all go to the beach!  Music by Haydn, Mozart, a little original music and some loops.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Clever Idea on Display in Downtown San Anselmo

I was taking photos around town and encountered this very innovative display.  Luckily a woman was nearby and, when queried about the artist, she said she and her son had created the artwork.  Using Lego bricks, they made a very unique Little Library sculpture around the free library box in front of their house.  Love this!

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Galapagos Sunset Jazz

Out of thousands of photos shot in The Galapagos on a trip in 2017, I've selected my favorite 160 and set them to an original jazz soundtrack.  

Monday, May 2, 2022

An Alternate Big Dipper Story

A little video with a fantasy storyline and an original score.  Featuring a number of beautiful photographs, a NASA moon and some made up petroglyphs.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Photo Polymer Gravure Prints

From a photo shot in the East Bay in 2016, at the Black Diamond Mines Regional Park, I created a polymer plate in a recent course taken at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, taught by Kazuko Watanabe.  I then used that one image to create a number of prints on Fine Art Paper (Arches and Fabriano).   Most of my efforts used the process of Chine Colle (adhering pre printed Kozo and other Japanese papers with Nori paste, by placing them on top of an inked plate, then adding damp paper and running it all through a press)  In all of the images above, except for the final image, I've digitally added a mat board.

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1.  Chine Colle using a semi sheer colored Kozo paper print with added clouds

2.  A roll up on the plate of various degrees of transparent inks

3.  A simple black ink print

4.  Chine Colle using a colored paper print with an original pattern design

5.  Chine Colle adding a grid and Crane drawing

6.  Chine Colle adding a drawing of a man done on a Costa Rica vacation years ago

7.  Cine Colle adding color, clouds and a small bird

8.  Chine Colle adding a fractal design, and a drawing of a bird done in Ibiza

9.  Chine Colle adding color, clouds and two drawings of flying crows

10.  A mono print using two colored oil based inks painted directly onto the inked plate

11.  Chine Colle of transparent color and new clouds on very soft, deluxe Fabriano Paper

Grease Stains and Other Delights - new video

What to do with photographs of grease stains, crushed apricots, running water by the sidewalk curb, and bicycle tracks on asphalt?  Make a little video with an original soundtrack!  Some of the music played on my Yamaha MX88 is part of Handel's Gavotte and Gigue from G. Henle Verlag Urtext Piano Suites and Piano Pieces, London 1733.  

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

New Website with Original Art for Sale


Happy to announce I now have my own website with a collection of original artwork for sale.  Will be updating the selection periodically.  Check it out!

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Evolution of a Dodo Painting - In Process

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1.  Somehow the abstract painting I was thinking of painting (#5) has turned into a Dodo bird painting.  Maybe this is because I'm in the process of painting another Dodo painting (more on that later,) or just because birds seem to appear in many of my paintings of their own volition.

2.  In 2012, I began a large 36x36 oil painting of The Big Wave, based on a series of nightmares I had over many years.

3.  The Big Wave painting included a childhood image of myself looking out of the canvas, oblivious to the danger.  Then I added a bunch of other people who were looking at the wave.  The execution of the final painting didn't work out (no photo documentation exists of the failed painting).

4.  In 2015, I over painted The Big Wave with a white textured background and put the painting in the garage (to join an increasing number of other paintings.)  Now that I'm re-enamored of oil painting, I'm resurrecting old works and painting over them.  

5.  In 2021, I created a digital composite of a blueprint to over paint the over painted Big Wave painting with a colorful abstract background.  Part way through the process, a bird head appeared.  Now, in 2022, the painting (#1) has turned into a Dodo bird painting.  But my childhood self, in the yellow two- piece bathing suit, is still there.  I'm tentatively calling this new painting the "Dodo Tamer."     It's nearly done, I think, at least for now.