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Betty Goodwin

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I first saw her work today and was drawn to the figure….the fragility, the emotion.

Her work —Moved me.

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BETTY GOODWIN (1923 – 2008)

Born in Montreal, Betty Goodwin (1923 – 2008) is regarded as one of Canada’s premier contemporary artists. Concerned with the fragility and ephemeral quality of life, Goodwin created haunting and mysterious images of solitude and mourning. Read more.


Betty Roodish Goodwin, OC was a Canadian printmaker, sculptor, painter, and installation artist. Her work is represented in many public collections, including the City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection, … Wikipedia

BornMarch 19, 1923, Montreal, Canada
DiedDecember 1, 2008, Montreal, Canada

Judith Godwin

I absolutely love the way this artist controls space by the use of strong darks and light elements.
Judith Godwin is an American abstract painter, associated with the Expressionist movement. Wikipedia
Born1930 (age 88 years), Suffolk, VA
A powerful and creative expression for all humanity.
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Norman Kanter – Sea Gull #2

His gestural works from the 1950s and early 60s personify the exuberance and beauty of the Abstract Expressionist movement. 

NORMAN KANTER. Norman Kanter was an abstractionist of unusual strength who worked from his Tribeca loft for over fifty years. His gestural works from the 1950s and early 60s personify the exuberance and beauty of the Abstract Expressionist movement.

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If you want to see a great site and be inspired. Go to VVFM and check out the flip Catalog. 

Vincent Vallarino Fine Art – Norman Kanter

Norman Kanter catalog from Vincent Vallarino Fine Art.

Felrath Hines

New artist for me.  I love the simplicity of this piece and the space and placement. I love how clean his work is. Wonderful African American artist.

Felrath Hines is an abstract painter whose harmony and balance come from introspection and a search for beauty. In the 80’s and 90’s, Felrath Hines painted geometric abstractions. Felrath Hines was a founding member of Spiral. Felrath HInes began experimenting with cubism, then moved into abstract expressionism …readmore


As artists how we deal with the removal of recognizable objects and move to shape and form or color is a challenge and a reward.

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"Open End", 52" x 58", 1990
"Tropic Night", 26" x 26", 1989
"Untitled", 66" x 78", 1971


Yet I Do Marvel

I have seen Sam Gilliam’s work in museums and I must admit. I walked up and looked at his work, first because it was drapped hanging canvas and I thought how wonderful that is. Then, secondly, because I liked what I saw. Next time go look at who the artist is when you see something you like. Take the time to learn more.

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As an artist, I am constantly looking and learning from other artists. I somewhere in all of my searching have been looking for my own voice and hoping to hear familiar words and sounds in other artists work so I might join their tribe. I joined the Abstract Expressionists because I like the language they speak.

I love his titles: “Yet do I marvel,” “The Music of Color.”  I hear you Sam. Thank you for inspiring me.


Go look at Sam Gilliam again, now in his eighties, his work is getting more recognition. How wonderful is that? Gilliam’s career is long “and it has been successful. I pray one day they say that about my work. 

Go read more about him:

At Age 84, Living Legend Sam Gilliam Is Enjoying His Greatest Renaissance Yet

“Whatever you call it, Gilliam has been enjoying an unprecedented level of attention in recent years. The 84-year-old artist represented the US at the Venice Biennale way back in 1972; he was the first African American artist to do so. But his market has been slow to catch up—until now.”

A Long Time Coming

Gilliam’s late-breaking commercial success comes despite—or perhaps because—he eschewed a conventional path for most of his life.

He did things his own way, Binstock says, “by not signing on with a gallery; by selling out of the studio; by making abstract art when abstract painting was unfashionable; and by making abstract painting when black artists were being called upon by other culturally influential people in the black community to make art that was in line with the political cause. In other words, he actually did nothing that he needed to do in order to become successful.”


Take the time to learn more about Sam Gilliam you will marvel.

At Smithsonian African American Museum, A Washington Painter Gets His Due

“Most painters are better when they’re older,” he says. “They’re mature. Single-minded. And they have something to say because they practiced, made a lot of mistakes, and they’re cultured.” Sam Gilliam

Sam am I old enough yet? Cheryl Johnson Artist


Morning with – Lisa Brunetti

For some reason, I have a fascination with and for squirrels.  I happened across a photo on Zebra Site...and thought…ah this site is familiar. How fun is that. Today I was inspired by a woman who apparently likes squirrels and has a number of sites, that are an inspiration. Lisa Brunetti.

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I came across her site that you will enjoy if you love squirrels, honesty, photography, spiral art and more.

Go read it is worth the journey.  https://playamart.wordpress.com/

I think I should say more about this site Playamart. Take the time to read this ladies journey.  Her thoughts and writing will move and inspire you. And isn’t that what life is all about.

She creates art inspired by the spiral.

Zeebra Designs & Destinations

~ An Artist’s Eyes Never Rest

This note caught my eye

“A friend says that he loves my stories, but it’s a shame that I’m in an institution in Mississippi and making this all up!” Lisa Brunetti

(What do you think?)  Made me smile. Thank you, Lisa Brunetti.  


Read more about this interesting artist

“We all leave traces of ourselves; tiny bits of our soul linger behind and continue to touch others. By having others help with a group painting, those energies will forever be embedded in that work.” Lisa Brunetti

With such a philosophy, it is no wonder she has created workshops centering on group painting called,  “I Can Do This!”  In these workshops held in Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, she calls for even more involvement, with a view to creating artists as well as art.  

For more on Brunetti’s Mola Series, along with painting names and an in-depth look at how each work evolved, go to PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES.  To connect with the artist herself and read more about her on-going projects, go to her award-winning blog: Zeebra Designs and Destinations. 

PRECOLUMBIAN MOLA SERIES Watercolors by Lisa Brunetti – tzeebra@yahoo.com (Detail: “Mariposa” original watercolor by Lisa


Be sure not to miss her other site. This Little-Blue Bird site will be on extended vacation now that Friends Helping Other Friends site is ready to connect like-minded people, especially those who are interested in protecting Ecuador’s cloud and rain forests.

Read more about her here.  Thank you Lisa for the inspiration. Live Loud!

The Totalmente Zen Art of Lisa Brunetti 

Cesare Lucchini

Why write about Cesare Luchini?  I came across his work first on Artsy when I did a search for Abstract Expressionism and asked myself  this question. “I wonder who I would like to emulate?  ”

Today my answer was-

Cesare Lucchini ( Bellinzona , 10 July 1941 [1] [2] ) is a painter SwissItalian .

What did I love.  The transparent softness and feel of his work.

I was drawn to this piece because of the space, something I want to learn to put into my work more.

quel che rimane, 2011
oil on canvas
194 x 180 cm



See more of his work: 

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