Drawings Group • 1
Title: Absinthe Makes The Frugal Squander
Sub Text: Zenobia had an "A" dream. There was foolishness inside her struggling to get out. It caused her to quarrel with Abigail and wonder if her Arthur would ever make a fine, rich husband. Oh how she longed to waste money in selfish fancy and live in lavish excess.
Date of Work: 1997
Size Unframed: 38" x 50"
Medium: Mixed media / pastel / graphite / colored pencil / paste wax
Further Information: Dream images:
Axe - for a young woman to see one, portends her lover will be worthy, but not possessed with much wealth. Seeing an axe in a dream, foretells that what enjoyment you may have will depend on your struggles and energy.
Absinthe - To come under the influence of absinthe in dreams, denotes that you will lead a merry and foolish pace with innocent companions, and waste your inheritance in prodigal lavishness on the siren, selfish fancy.
Apricots - Dreams of seeing apricots growing, denote that the future, though seemingly rosy hued, holds masked bitterness and sorrow for you.
Ammonia - Ammonia seen in a dream, means displeasure will be felt by the dreamer at the conduct of a friend. Quarrels and disruptions of friendships will follow this dream. For a young woman to see clear bottles of ammonia, foretells she will be deceived in the character and intentions of some person whom she considers friendly.
Title: Adrianna Louise
Aunt Helene had invited Adrianna Louise for a graduation brunch. The high school graduate was excited at the prospect of going off to college in Ohio, but as much as the brunch was an honor she was horrified at the sight of the appetizer - caviar and sardines on toast with a topping of hard boiled egg. Even grandmother’s “grand” russian china couldn’t make it palatable . What could she do but eat it? How could she eat it without gagging? Helene was kind, affable and loving but determined anything she served “would be eaten”. If she was to subsidize the educating of Adrianna Louise the caviar concoction could not be shoved to the side. The guest of honor hoped that her hostess might roll out the repeated “chinoiserie” story in which she tended to lose herself. The tale of a debutant party where her costume had been selected both best and most unusual for its pagoda Headpiece never ceased to inthrall. An accurate prediction, the story was rolled out and rolled on. At the height of the retelling Adrianna deposited the seafood grotesquery under the table where the cats, Misha and Yasha, made quick work of it. Only grandfather Feodor Milyukov might have noticed from his framed portrait hanging on the wall above. Her music education would be a reality and her singing career a sure thing, all parties were happy, perhaps most of all, Misha and Yasha.
Category: Mixed media drawing
Date of Work: December 2010
Size Framed: 21 7/8” x 24”
Size Unframed: 14 7/8” x 17”
Medium: Pencil, Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Collage
Collection - Elizabeth and Eddie Moultrie
Title: Elizabeth, her Grandmother and the Devil in the Cellar.
Elizabeth was well bred, lovely to behold, advantaged and set for a life of ease. She was full of questions just now and doubts emerged. Was Alfred the devil her grandmother might have recognized, the devil who lived in the cellar. The one that was always so close at hand? Grandmother surveyed Elizabeth’s life from a place of honor just above the George III settee. It was in the manner of Robert Adam and Elizabeth always wondered if Mr. Adam was possessed of the “best” manners? Was he a man who practiced other goodnesses beyond manners? She realized that her life was sweet and full of things others only dreamt of. Or did they? Did the butchers son long for a vase with scenes attributed to Robert Brewer, a gilt and hand painted porcelain vase with a water-lily tulip from Turkestan, one of Mr. Adams mannered settees or a slice of cook’s best cake? Maybe his thoughts were simpler and more substantial and his understanding of the world one born of a natural gratitude. Elizabeth’s soul tossed and turned between the pious and worldly and that simple sense of gratitude. When would she learn the truth? How? Where? Alfred might be relegated to the cellar forever and the butcher’s son could prove to be a prophet. Grandmother would then be free to go where she would and Elizabeth could find her own path. To her own inventory of manners would be added a list of goodnesses.
Category: Mixed Media Drawing
Date of Work: September 7, 2004
Size Unframed: 23" x 27"
Medium: Pencil, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, gouache and collage
Substrate: Arches Cover - Buff
Images included in the drawing -
Vesper Bat - Nyctalus noctula - European Long Eared Bat
In Christianity -The bird of the Devil, an incarnation of the prince of darkness.
Spotted Tiger Moth - Halisidota maculata
Purplish Copper - Butterfly - Lycaena helloides
The soul; immortality
Longspurred Violet - Viola rostrata
Hidden virtue and beauty; modesty.
Lily of the Valley - Convallaria majalis
Sweetness, virginity and humility
Water Lily Tulip - Tulipa kaufmanniana - from Turkestan -
The Persian symbol of perfect love.
Painted Bunting - Passerina ciris
Elizabeth's image from an unknown photographer.
Collection - Elizabeth and Eddy Moultrie
Title: “Anna Louisa”
Sub Text: Anna Louisa was a Washington baby who had a thing for oatmeal. Not a good thing however. Her whole life long she avoided mush of any sort, applesauce, chocolate pudding, and most of all the ever dreaded dish of stewed prunes.
Category: Drawing and Collage
Date of Work: 2011
Size Framed: 6" x 6"
Size Unframed: 4" x 4"
Medium: Pencil, colored pencil and collage
Title: Captain Atlee Putnam in the 1850's
Captain Atlee Putnam in the 1850's ready to be caught up in a search for the Holy Grail. His youth was equipped with a flaming bayonet to rend the very Veil of Isis, to expose the mysteries of the universe and creation. Fifty years beyond the great war the veil was intact and his transcendentalism made the act of rending unnecessary.
Category: Drawing and Collage
Date of Work: April 1998
Size Unframed: 38"x50"
Medium: Pencil. colored pencil, collage, paste wax
The Grail - Vessel comes from the east and must be returned - The cup was fashioned by angels from an emerald which dropped from the forehead of Lucifer when he was hurled into the abyss • In the tarot, the sword (bayonet) symbolizes spiritual realization - The flaming sword represents the surrender of the ego that believes itself separate from God. - The spear is the symbol of the world axis, the masculine principle, the life giving force, the wand of the magician • The eye of the heart is "spiritual perception, illumination, intellectual intuition - The all seeing eye = omnipresence and omniscience - to the Native Americans, the eye of the heart sees everything. • The Veil is darkness giving way to light, hidden or esoteric knowledge, protective of both truth and the inquirer - The veil of Isis = the mysteries of the Universe and creation - "I am all that has been and is and shall be and my veil no mortal man has yet lifted." • The new or crescent moon is an attribute of Isis