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Landscapes are wonderful aesthetic vistas. Since I have become a "person with a mobile disability," I look at the world in a more immediate way. I need to check out the ground I roll or walk on to know where to place a quad cane, walker or move a wheelchair. I need to be aware of slippery surfaces and cracks, bumps and curbs. Lo and Behold! I have discovered very interesting "groundscapes." There are endless patterns and textures and infinite inspiration. I call these "Groundscapes." The first one is 30"x 24" and the second is 30"x 28". The rest are various sizes from 16"x20" to 12"x12". They all explore the groundscapes of our world. I hope they make you notice things when you are standing, walking, rolling, or sitting and connected to our ground - our earth.
The patchwork repairs of our pavement create lines, shapes and textures. 30"H x 24"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. part of the "Groundscape" series. available
Sometimes it is mesmerizing. The depth, the colors, the shine! It catches the eyes. 30"H x 28"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas, Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Antique in the Street
I found a terrific piece of iron in the street. It is over 100 years old - an antique. Look for interesting patterns and textures. You, too, may find an "Antique in the Street." Acrylics on canvas. 16" x 16"
Pick 'em Up?
When we look at the ground we see all sorts of things - even money. Do you pick up a penny? A nickel? A dime? How much money needs to be there for you to bend over and pick it up? Something to contemplate. 16"w x 20"h. Acrylics on canvas with coins.
In America the Streets are Paved in Gold
Anonymous Quote: Recollections of 1900’s immigrant: “I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all: and third, I was expected to pave them.” (immitation) gold, silver and copper leafs, acrylics on panel. 16"x16"
Humans spend a fortune on pavement of roads and parking lots. Both to build them, to rebuild them, and to maintain them. Why, they could be "paved in gold" for the fortunes that are spent. Yet. nature finds a way to live. Brava! 20"w x 16" h. Imitation gold leaf and acrylics on canvas. available
Don’t you admire the Dandelions’ strength, tenacity, and resilience? They send down a deep tap root to live in the most inhospitable of places, surviving pavement and chemicals designed to eradicate them. Yet, Dandelions’ bright golden flowers are beacons of hope and a summer to come. I am inspired by the Dandelion to not give up even when faced with seemingly impossible challenges. 12" x 12". Acrylics on wrapped canvas. available
Portrait of Resilience
Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide. Dandelions require sun and disturbed soil to thrive. That’s why they seem to “look for" parking lots, roadsides and construction sites. People in the US spend a lot of "gold" to pave over and use herbicides to get rid of dandelions. Yet, they find a way to live. Don't you admire their resilience? 20"x16" Acrylic skins on gold leaf. available
Magic of Water
I have experienced the miracle of water by exercising in a pool. When standing chest-deep in water, the body is 80% weightless, bearing only 20% of its weight. This weightlessness helped me walk again after being paralyzed waist down from transverse myelitis. I celebrate the pool I exercise in.16" x 16". Acrylics.
Earth Fired Inside
I look at the ground and the floor to be safe. Looking at the ceramic tile, it occurred to me that ceramic tile is made of clay or earth. It is fired to a high temperatures and changes from soluble clay to hard insoluble ceramic to a dense watertight vitreous ceramic. Drains are often decorative, too. 16" x 16". Acrylics.
I See Random Acts of Beauty
I look down a lot to navigate our world. I found that beauty is everywhere. Even twigs and leaves blown down on a wet driveway are interesting in their random patterns. Look and you will find beauty everywhere. part of the "Groundscape" series. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"H x 16"W. available
Snow, Beautiful Snow
The first snowfall is so pure and sparkling. It is beautiful, but there is a sinister slippery side of snow. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Look down and see the textures of the ice on aggregate pavement. Subtle and Interesting. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
I see ice and feel panic. It is beautiful. But, I do not want to fall. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Paved in Gold
For what we spend on our roads and bridges, they might as well be "paved in gold." You can look at the lines and shapes in crumbling pavement and see interesting lines, shapes and textures. 14" x 14" including the frame. Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and bronze leaf on panel.
The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021. A lot of Gold! 12" x 12" Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and copper leaf on wrapped canvas. available
Tactile Paving 2
The "tunculateld domes and detectible warning pavers" are interesting to look at, especially with rust. These ground indicators are also known as braille paving. They signal changes in a path including a curb or a change in direction. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16'w x 20"h. "Groundscape" series.
An Interesting Landscape
I look down and see a landscape. Textures, surfaces, patterns, and colors are everywhere you look. My world is interesting indeed. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series. available.
The ground is our foundation - literally. I honor it. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas with gold leaf. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Even in decay and disintegration the pavement has interesting patterns and textures. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on Procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscapes" series. available.
A Cracked Groundscape-large file
This asphalt is full of cracks. Where will they lead? Fascinating. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"Hx16"W. "My World" series. available.
The "truncated domes and detectible warning pavers" are interesting to look at, especially with rust. These ground indicators are also known as braille paving. They signal changes in a path including a curb or a change in direction. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series.
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