Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Roots. © Liz Darling 2011. 
"The roots we have now are not those of trees and thicket. Sterilized and alienated as our culture has become  - we get meaning only through that moment when the hammer meets the pavement."
Justin Gilmore

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Collaboration. Watercolor, Ink, and Gouache on Paper. © Liz Darling  2011.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Self-Silhouette. © Liz Darling 2011. 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Pensive. © Liz Darling 2011. 
Papa. © Liz Darling 2011. 
Grandma. © Liz Darling 2011. 
High. © Liz Darling 2011. 
We took a vacation to Ohio to visit my grandparents. I always wish we could stay longer.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mother Nature. Watercolor on Paper. © Liz Darling  2011.
Vulva Studies. Watercolor on Paper. © Liz Darling  2011.
Rinse. © Liz Darling 2011.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

In progress...
I recently painted a Jagermeister logo at a local bar called The Jungle. It was excruciatingly hot outside, and I only got three hundred dollars for maybe 5 days of work. C'est la vie. I'm not really into projects like this, but I guess it was easy money. I drew the line (pun intended) at painting signs on the front and side of the bar, though. Scaffolding is not for me. I will not risk my life for 300 bucks, especially if I'm getting a sunburn to do it.

This is me modeling the Jagermeister logo in action. Clearly it is being appreciated. Lots of patrons are flocking to The Jungle just to be blown away by my handiwork. I didn't even have to move those trash cans to the side or anything.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mammatus Clouds. © Liz Darling  2011. 
A tornado ravaged the city of Joplin, MO on May 22, 2011. The storm system passed through my town shortly before the tornado formed in Joplin, leaving these eerie clouds lingering behind.

Safe. © Liz Darling  2011. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

Inaugural Art in the Park deemed a success - Article by Nikki Patrick in The Morning Sun

PITTSBURG    The first Art in the Park organized by Shandra Bicknell and Jordaine Pollard was held Saturday, but to artist Marianne Evans-Lombe the event at Lincoln Park seemed almost nostalgic.
“This reminds me of the old Little Balkans Days, before everything was moved downtown,” she said. “It’s just a nice community event.”
“It’s very laid back,” noted Peter Mayo, who browsed the festival area with his wife, Cheryl. “It’s good, I like it.”
Evans-Lombe, who had samples of her artwork available, shared a booth with Lorraine Achey, who had mandalas available, along with poems written to order on the buyer’s choice of topic.
“I haven’t sold a poem yet,” Achey said during the early afternoon. “But that’s all right, because today is going to be a day off and fun day for me.”
Vendors included several other artists, including Liz Darling.
“That young woman is very talented,” said Mary Wilson. “Her pictures are just beautiful. I want to get one of her cards.”
Jude Messner of Relaxation Station dispensed free pineapple iced tea and offered a variety of items  for sale. She said one of her biggest sellers was incense.
“It’s good to get people out to the park, and this is a great opportunity for me to meet the public,” Messner said. “There are still people who don’t know the Relaxation Station is around.  I paid a $35 fee to be here, and I think the amount was more than generous for the exposure. I’d paid it again any time.”
Other vendors offered food, jewelry and tie-dyed clothing. Liz Darling’s toddler daughter, Eden, found a pastel tie-dye dress.
“She loves her dress,” Darling said. “It’s about time someone organized an event like this.”
There were several activities for children, and the Southeast Kansas Humane Society did face painting at its booth.
“This has been a very popular place,” said Leslie Harris as she painted a youngster’s face.
“My little girl Rosa has had so much fun,” Evans-Lombe said. “She had her face painted, ate a snow cone and pizza. I’ve seen a lot of teens here, too, and I didn’t quite think we’d see that demographic out here.”
“There’s been a decent crowd, and this is a good spot for it,” said Kris Hartley, photographer.
In addition to the vendors, the event featured live entertainment by the Jody Phillips Dance Company, Team Big Red Drum Duo, Jeff Simpson on harmonica, J-Love and the Galactic Fund, Cousin Eddie and Rusty and the Thrusters.
“I think people really had fun,” Bicknell said.
“Some people have asked me to be sure and save them a place for next year,” Pollard added.
One of those returning will probably be Hartley.
“I’ll definitely do it next year,” she said.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Whiplash. Watercolor on Paper. © Liz Darling  2011.
Another watercolor. Less thinking, more painting. Seeing what comes out of my creative consciousness without constantly nitpicking and censoring everything.
 Watercolor. © Liz Darling  2011. 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Goddess Apparition. © Liz Darling  2011. 
I noticed this apparition while sitting outside, vising with some friends. She found me. I think this must be Ana Mendieta's spirit, reincarnated into a tree.

Friday, March 11, 2011

My mixed media painting "Cycles" won first place in the mixed media category at the Bourbon County Arts Council's 19th Annual Fine Arts Exhibit.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Stratified. © Liz Darling 2011.