This richly textured oil painting measures 36" x 36" on a gallery wrapped canvas. It was inspired by the early abstract expressionistic work of Richard Diebenkorn. Currently at Agape in Ben Wheeler, Tx, the price is $100.
"Flag" is, of course, defined as a piece of cloth or similar material, typically oblong or square, attachable by one edge to a pole or rope and used as the symbol or emblem of a country or institution or as a decoration during public festivities.
My ongoing fascination with both Abstract Expressionism and the squeegee paintings of Gerhard Richter led me to experiment with acrylic paint on wood panel. This resulted in twelve paintings that to me resembled flags.
This piece measures 12" x 12" and is priced at $30 at Gallery 211 in Athens, Tx.
This collaged piece consists of squares and circles cut from New American Paintings magazines. It measures 24" x 24" and is constructed on a wooden panel with gallery wrapped edges. Currently showing at Agape in Ben Wheeler, Tx, it is priced to sell at $75.
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This is the second painting from my series titled, "I Just Don't Read Like I Used To," in which I create mixed media works using strips of text cut from significant books. The text for this painting was harvested from Jaguar of Sweet Laughter, a poetry book by Diane Ackerman.
Here is one of my favorite poems from this book:
The Dark Night of the Hummingbird
by Diane Ackerman
A lot of hummingbirds die in their sleep,
dreaming of nectar-sweet funnels they sipped.
Moth-light, they swiveled at succulent
blooms, all flash and ripple--like sunset,
but delicate, probing, excitable,
their wings a soft fury of iridescence,
their hearts beating like a tiny drumroll
fourteen hundred times a minute,
their W-shaped tongues, drawing nectar
down each groove, whispering: wheels within wheels.
By day, hovering hard, they fly nowhere
at speed, swilling energy. But to refuel,
they must eat, and to eat they must hover,
burning more air than a sprinting impala.
So, in the dark night of the hummingbird,
while lilies lather sweetly in the rain,
the hummingbird rests near collapse,
its quick pulse halved, its rugged breath shallow,
its W-shaped tongue, & bright as Cassiopeia,
now mumbling words like wistful and wan.
The world at once drug, anthem, bright lagoon,
where its heart knew all the Morse codes
for rapture, pales into a senseless twilight.
It can't store enough fuel to last the night
and hoist it from its well of dreams
to first light trembling on wet fuchsia,
nor break the hard promise life always keeps.
A lot of hummingbirds die in their sleep.
The first stanza deals symbolically with the energy and euphoria of life, while the second stanza concerns night and death. The stanza break is directly in the middle and is definitely the crux of this symmetrical poem.
This poem played a significant role in the choosing of the image for the canvas. I liked the way the beautiful woman exemplified life, while her gesture and facial expression hinted at a need to rest, at least momentarily.
This painting is currently on display at The Forge in Ben Wheeler, Texas. It measures 36" x 36" and is priced at $400.
#019: "Hey, Einstein!" (6" x 6" acrylic on text/canvas) $35
The text behind this portrait is from the novel, Einstein's Dreams.
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#020: Exquisite (6" x 6" oil on canvas) SOLD
#017: "Profiles in Courage" (12" x 12" x .5" acrylic on text over canvas) $60
#018: "Dream Home" (6" x 6" .5" acrylic on canvas) $30
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#016: Edgar Allan Poe (6" x 6" x .5" acrylic on text) $35
The text behind this portrait is from Poe's story, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
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#014: Blue Diva (6" x 6" acrylic on canvas) $35
The text is a biography of Leonardo da Vinci.
#015: Frida Kahlo (6" x 6" acrylic on canvas) $30
The text is from a biography of Frida.
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#011: Atticus Finch (6" x 6" acrylic on text over canvas) $40
#012: Picasso's Chihuahua (12" x 12" encaustic on canvas) $40
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Cheryl Hicks’ paintings have been shown across Texas and in New York, and her collages have appeared in CELLA’s Round Trip, Anti-, Blue Print Review, and Creative Soup. Her mixed media work was featured at the Fort Worth Contemporary in July of 2008.