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sunthingspecial_foryou
"For You", 5-1/2"x11-3/4" acrylic painting with found objects on stretched canvas, 2011, $30


sunthingspecial_katy

"Katy Goes Hawaiian", 11"x14" acrylic painting with found objects on stretched canvas, 2011


sunthingspecial_underthesea_R
Under the Sea, 20"x16" on stretched canvas, 2010, $95
This was my first FoUNd & Fresh piece. It started with goggles – I had had a couple pairs of broken ones for a while and couldn’t wait to paint someone to wear a pair! Then I just searched around for other things that I could turn into sea creatures. I wasn’t sure if this boy were under the sea himself, or if he were just a goofy kid with wild hair wearing goggles on the other side of a tank. I guess it doesn’t matter. I just think it’s fun!
 

 sunthingspecial_missedagain
Missed Again!, 20"x16" on stretched canvas, 2010, $95
No good game pieces go unused, that’s what I always say. This piece was inspired solely on the fact that this was the only good net left over from our “Elefun” game. I had just finished the piece “Under the Sea” and thought it would be fun to use the same boy trying to catch butterflies (do kids even do that anymore?). As I had the pieces laid out on the canvas, one of my daughters suggested I have a butterfly in the net. At first I thought it would be cute, then I realized that like the dog in A Friend of Mine I didn’t want this poor butterfly forever caught in a net.
 

sunthingspecial_surprised_r

"Surprise," 11"x14" on canvas board, framed, 2010, $65

Don't you hate when you are caught off-guard, not looking your best? And worse, when a photo is taken of you at that moment? And worse than that, your picture is put on the Internet? The omniprescence of cameras and camera phones doesn't allow anyone privacy anymore. 

sunthingspecial_madisonave
"Madison Avenue", 14"x11" acrylic painting with found objects on stretched canvas, 2011, $55
 

sunthingspecial_woman

"Woman", 16"x20" acrylic paint on stretched canvas, 2012, $85

sunthingspecial_hersmile
"Her Smile", 11"x14" on stretched canvas, 2011, $60 NOW $35

sunthingspecial_babylove
"Baby Love", 10"x8" on stretched canvas, 2010, $50

sunthingspecial_411overload
*"411 Overload", 8"x10" on canvas panel, framed, 2008, $75

sunthingspecial_femalefantasyno1
*"Female Fantasy No. 1," 8"x10" on canvas board, framed, 2008, $75

sunthingspecial_destinationanywhere_r
*"Destination Anywhere," 8"x10" on canvas board, framed, 2008, $75 NOW $45

sunthingspecial_natalie
*"Natalie", 11"x14" on canvas panel, framed, 2010, $80
sunthingspecial_thatgirl_r
"That Girl," 8"x10" on stretched canvas, 2010, $65


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  sunthingspecial_intheshelterofamothersarms 
"In the shelter of a mother's arms", 5"x7" on canvas panel, framed, 2010, SOLD
How safe, how loved a child feels beneath the shelter of his or her mother’s arms.

sunthingspecial_iris
"Iris", 8"x10" acrylic painting with found objects on stretched canvas, 2011

sunthingspecial_girl_red
"Girl, Red", 6"x6" on ceiling tile sample

sunthingspecial_girl_purple

"Girl, Purple", 6"x6" on ceiling tile sample, $18

 
sunthingspecial_springandsummerinfall
"Spring and Summer in Fall", 20"x16", stretched canvas.
I named it this because I used bright colors (spring and summer) in the background and under the woman's skin (which I overlayed with a sem-opaque paint) but the woman's hair is all gray, which shows she's in the "fall" of her life. A person may be be older, but all the past experiences of their life are always a part of them, and around them.


sunthingspecial_mama
*"Mama", 11x14 original acrylic painting on canvas board, 2009, Private Collection (prints only)
I love love love this painting. I modeled it on a photo my husband took of my older daughter hugging my belly while I was eight months pregnant with my youngest. To me, it perfectly captures the love between us and I always feel warm and fuzzy feelings when I look at it.

   Sunthingspecial_summertime
*"Summertime", 8x10 original acrylic painting on canvas board with painted frame, 2003, Private Collection (prints only)
This painting was a simple expression of how people, especially children, welcome summertime with open arms. Parts of the painting actually continue onto the frame, which added to the sense of fun.

sunthingspecial_motherandson_R
*"Mother and Son," 8"x10" on canvas board, framed, 2003

sunthingspecial_sisters
*"Sisters", 8"x10" on canvas panel, framed, 2003

SunthingSpecial_doll 
*"Doll", 8x10 original acrylic painting on wood art board, 2009, Private Collection (prints only)
This painting is based on a photo I took of my oldest daughter, nearly two at the time, holding her favorite doll (appropriately named “Green Doll”). The doll pretty much looks like she does in real life, but I changed my daughter to make her more universal. Because few things are as universal (and precious, and sweet) as a girl’s love for her favorite doll!
  

SunthingSpecial_truelove
*"True Love", 16x20 original acrylic painting on stretched canvas, 2010, Private Collection (prints only)
This painting is based on a photo of my husband and me. I decided to go a new direction with this piece, as you can tell! The piece spells out the word "True" and the letters "L-O-V-E" are hidden in the color blocks behind the outline (you have to use your imagination a bit!!)

sunthingspecial_atpeace
"At Peace", 8x10

sunthingspecial_girl_magenta

 

"Girl, Magenta", 6"x6" on ceiling tile sample,


sunthingspecial_writtenalloverherface
"Written All Over Her Face", 5"x7" acrylic painting with found objects on canvas board, framed, 2011

Sunthingspecial_inadream
"In a dream", 8"x10" acrylic painting with found object on stretched canvas,  2012