Friday, August 16, 2013

Bag Ladies

Bag Ladies © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
10 x 8 oil on board

About the Painting
Yet another in my "flowers in a bag" series.  This name popped into my head because when I looked at the painting I saw a group of ladies all talking a mile a minute. In my imagination they had all gathered for lunch at a very trendy restaurant. So instead of looking at each other while they talked and lunched, they were busy looking at who was there and looking to see who was looking at them.  The one lady looking down had just bent over to look in her purse for lipstick.  Silly, isn't it?

This painting along with 25 others are on display at the First Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX.  The name of the show is Blooms, Buds, and Bold Abstraction.  Cleverly named by my friend and cohort in the show Debbi Smith Rourke.  As I'm sure you can guess, I"m the Blooms and Buds of the show and she is the Bold Abstraction.  See some of Debbi's work here.  There will be a reception this Sunday August 18th from 10:00-1:00 pm.  8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX.  I would love to see your smiling faces.  Here is a pic of all the little bag paintings all dressed up in their Sunday best clothes  (i.e. framed)

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Weed Me Not

Weed Me Not © 2013 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 8 oil on 1" cradle board

About this Painting
This little guy goes so well with the other little guy I posted last time, which was Daisy Duet.  I have to say I love the name of this one "Weed Me Not".  It reminds me of when I was a little girl.  We had open fields around our house which I used to play in.  I would pretend I was an Indian and make pots out of the dirt and water which was in little streams or lay on my back and stare at the clouds. When I was not doing that I would pick flowers to bring home to my Mom.  We had plenty of daisies and thistles like these in those fields in Wisconsin.  I would make beautiful bouquets of these flowers having no idea that so many people thought they were weeds. Can't you just imagine this little guy with his arms wide open saying "I'm no weed, what are you thinking?, I"m a flower!"