Friday, August 28, 2020
Another song with video from the back to paradise album. This one features Jesse Aycock
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Back to paradise
Here is a link to a recent review of the album
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Saturday, August 08, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
It is too darned hot to do any onsite paintings unless they happen to be parked in a lawn chair on the banks of a spring fed creek so I have moved inside and gone through some of the photos that I have in my "Things to paint " folder and come up with something to cool me off.... a nice fall painting. This was actually taken of me last fall when we visited Post Oak Lodge just a few miles from my home. I loved that we happened upon a field that was ablaze of orange/yellow grasses at that perfect time of day whey the sun is low in the sky and just lit them up. I decided to really put myself in the landscape and make me a part of the landscape.. ( in the Fall of my life) My hair the color of the background trees, my sweater the color of the foreground. I just liked the idea of being a part of it all.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
I am a white girl….In gratitude
1. For Oral Roberts University for being ahead of the curve on race relations and suggesting that black and white people might be roommates. Where I had a great room mate who, like me, had never considered having a roommate of a different race but was up for the experiment, like me. We still keep in touch.
2. For St Aidan’s Episcopal church which was created by the joining of a black church with a white church in the 1970s, before it was cool for the races to worship together. This is where I first was involved in an in-depth study about “America’s Original Sin.” A study that we took on with much pain, especially with our black parishioners who laid bare their lives so we white folks might hear their stories and understand and grow.
3. For friends, Danny and Cassandra Jackson who invited us out for lunch after church to Dennys, where we witnessed that they were overlooked although they were in front of us, where we asked to be seated together in ‘non smoking’ and were ushered to a corner to wait, where countless others were seated while we waited for 45 minutes before being seated in ‘smoking’, where people all around us were given menus and had ordered and been served before we were given menus, where we asked Cassandra and Danny if we “should just walk out?”, to be asked to “ stay, so you can see what we deal with every day.” Where a couple who had come in after us, been served, had dessert, and were now leaving before we even got our meals, turned to all of us and asked, “ What is the deal? Why have you not been served?” Where 3 hours later we left with new understanding. ( on a side note… they later became a party to the discrimination lawsuit against Denny’s. I wish I had known about it as we might have been the only white people who were also discriminated against because we were dining with black people.)
4. For race riot survivor, Wes Young and his wife, Cathryn who first invited us into their home as we went on a home tour of what was soon to be our neighborhood. I remember telling Wes that it was kind of a culture shock to see so many black faces framed on their stairway, where in my house there were framed white faces. He remarked that “ for a couple of hundred years we have been in your houses, taking care of your children, cooking your meals, cleaning…. And then seeing how you live for another 40 years or so on TV. You have never been in our homes.” That changed from that moment on as we were often in each other’s homes until they died. They shared the joys of their lives and also the painful moments with me and I learned of the countless, unnecessary harassments Cathryn received from traffic cops, and Wes’s firing from a job where he worked most of his life, never taking a sick day until asking off for a funeral for which he was fired because the funeral lasted 2 days. These two people, despite countless injustices brought on by powerful white people, never lost faith in us, and through their love, and willingness to work towards that goal, helped create a neighborhood in which social justice, kindness, diversity, and working together rule the day.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Native American Woman
This was painted from an old sepia tone photo that we bought about 20 years ago at an estate sale.I had to imagine colors and placement. The photo was very very old and I could tell there was someting in her hair and there was a hint of a striped design on the blanket. In the original photo it appeared that she was on a cliff overlooking a body of water but since we live closer to the Black Mesa, I decided to put her there instead.
16x20 oil on canvas
This was painted from a photo taken by a friend after a visit to a ranch on the prairie. They do a burn of the prairie land in the spring of the year. It takes several days and a lot of planning and weather watching to make it all happen. The burn does some very interesting things to the atmosphere that one might not expect. From many miles away the sunset was amazing and the sun turned a brilliant RED! It was weird and beautiful.
Friday, May 08, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Friday, April 17, 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
I have been posting 1-3 paintings per day for sale on my Face Book page. I am donating 50% of the greatly reduced ( in most cases ) sales to local covid 19 relief funds. Check out my facebook sale here...https://www.facebook.com/Margaret.Aycock.Artist
Thursday, April 02, 2020