Thursday, February 19, 2009



I was painting this morning and I had an idea - well, I had about six bazillion ideas, it's how I paint, but I had one that made me laugh.

Yesterday I was in Bunny Gunner - the frame shop/gallery on Second Street with my DH & Susie Eaton, the proprietor. We were looking at the All You Can Eat Exhibition, a remarkable show of hundreds of small works by artists we know and love. We couldn't even get near the place on Opening Night, but the daytime is perfect for viewing the art.

While there, Ashley S. Ashley came in, gave me a kiss (love the way he does that!) and I noticed his beautiful wall art pieces. His stuff was over near the dozen or so tiny paintings by Fr. Bill Moore, one of my favorite painters, and there was a piece of Ashley's that looked like a Fr. Bill piece. He explained it was an homage, and frankly, my dear, I loved it.

I got to thinking - I have done a painting of my own that looks a bit like a Fr. Bill piece - I thought it would be fun to do one of my own signature glazed synesthesia-inspired time pieces as if Fr. Bill would have done it.

As I looked around I saw work by Thomas Stubbs, R.T. Pece, Amy Maloof, Cheryl Bookout, Juan Thorp, George Comer, Tom Pathe, Michael Maas, Tomoko Suziki and literally dozens of others, all favorites, all different, all with that unmistakeable fire that lets you know you're experiencing Art - the real thing.

Anyway, while painting this morning, I thought wouldn't it be fun if there could be an exhibition of work by All The Usual Suspects in the style of Fr. Bill Moore - or just in the style of any other admired artist?

Just a thought, Susie (and Terrie Castillo over at the da Center - maybe this would require a larger space.) But I think it would be fun. I'd love to see what everyone came up with.

Anyway, here's the piece I was working on when this hit and a picture of my studio - it's not a mess, that's just how I work...

And here's my "Ode to Fr. Bill" piece


Okay, Art is always beautiful, even when it's hard to understand

(Mark di Suvero's "Joi de Vivre" - I am a big Mark di Suvero fan)

The rain has let up for a few days and the place is starting to look like a home instead of an ark

The new Danish Modern setee is coming tonight! Okay - not new, period vintage like our house - even better! Michael from Futures Collide and Vincent Bluesky from Bluesky Gallery will deliver and stick around for Irish Coffee - now that's Beautiful!

(I like it from the back - it's a lovely piece indeed!)


pomona's art colonists said...

Thank you Kate, you're the best! what a great idea, I'll run it by Juan.
I love the new work...I wish somebody that we both know worked as neatly as you...if you know who I mean....

Kate Thornton said...

LOL! I can guess who you mean! But he has a *lot* of space, a *lot* of talent and produces *big* stuff!