Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Over the Edge

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Here are two things that remind me of Bren: sunflowers and polka dots. Polka dots because she has them all over the house - on bowls, cups, paintings, etc. And sunflowers because they are planted en mass behind her house. What a lovely combination!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Goatee

I snuck in another goat. Love painting these guys. This one looks kind of wise. I like his 'inner glow.' Here's some great painting music to get lost in.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6" SOLD

Monday, February 2, 2015

Hitchin' a Ride

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Fergsuon) Bren and I have the exact same pig! But we both do very different interpretations of him. : )
Oil on panel, 6"x6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I'm Late! I'm Late! I'm Late!

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) It's no wonder Bren and I get along so well - we paint so many of the same things! Cups are high on that list.
Oil on panel, 6"x6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

I'm Tickled

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) I've gotten a lot of gifts from Bren over the years, and almost every time she has included in the box a small, beautiful feather that she picked up somewhere (I have saved them all!). Bren is a lover of nature. And she immortalized these feathers in paintings, which I love, and especially these with the tiny eggs.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 (with free display easel) + shipping

Friday, January 9, 2015

I Miss Your Kiss

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Bren is so good at painting foil! I just adore all the reflected color in these guys. She and I share a passion for chocolate. Yum!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6" SOLD

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Where Have You Been?

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Here's what Bren said the first time around: 'At first I thought of calling this Arm in Arm...a nice gentle title. Maybe it's the perspective or the sort of dramatic lighting, but the more I looked at it, I couldn't help but see two parents looming large over their errant teen, hands on hips, asking, "Where have you been?"'
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Friday Art Show

Brenda Ferguson
First Friday Art Show
While Brenda was home in the north, down south on
January 2, 2014, 5-8 pm
at the Dathan Hunter Salon
4 Milk Street, Portland, Maine
this exhibition opened with 
hosts: Bren friends Heather Alvarez and Susan Blier

 
Inside there was a mix of oils and pastels and refreshments.



Brenda's former teacher colleague Alice Kuz,
with her purchases, and host Sue


The hair salon became an art salon.
There was an overflow of oil paintings
hiding the hair care products.

Daughter and Father in matching outfits
Marianne Ferguson and Brenda's brother-in-law Rob Ferguson

"My hat has horns." (And it's the year of the goat.)
Grandson of Carol and Jim behind with their son.



The Year of the Goat calendars were on sale,
along with some of the goats.

Linda, Sue and grandparent friends, Carol and Jim.



Brenda's gull friends were in attendance.

Former colleague Librarian Linda Vanags and Uldis Vanags shopping.
They brought home a beautiful feather painting 
with touches of gold leaf.
How did we know the spirit of Brenda up in Dixmont
was visiting here in Portland at the Salon? While we had
this photo taken the music playing in the gallery was
THIS (really).
We were all laughing. Art Gallery Music?
But you never know what
Bren music might be painting with,
she's always full of musical surprises.
Ms. Music Painter was here. Oh, Brenda.
It was a steady stream of people, and these are just some of them.
I spy Sue, Heather, Carol, Jim, Rob, Marianne, Bruce,
Linda, Uldis, Heather's friends, and more.

Finally it was time to go.

 But not before photographer Bruce McMillan snapped
one last shot of Brenda's fine art at the Salon while
Marianne, Linda, Rob and Uldis said their goodbyes.
"I'll have a trim and a painting." 
It was a successful evening of double digit paintings sales,
with Brenda stories, and stories, and stories, and laughter
and laughter, and laughter. Oh, Brenda, you touch people
in the best way, and as Maya Angelou said, "People will
never forget how you made them feel."

Many paintings are still available at the continuing show,
through January 2015 at least, and always online here.

Could Bruce leave without adding another original
Brenda Ferguson to his art collection? No way.
My 18th Brenda original is Gold Leafing
on this blog HERE.
I love the abstract quality and
the color combination.
Such a fine artist.

Photos and text and posting of this opening
for Bren is by her friend
Bruce McMillan,

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Porcelain Daisy

These are some of my favorite mugs and cups. I'm not a coffee drinker,  but I do enjoy a big mug of creamy steamy cocoa in the morning, a big scoop (or three) of ice cream in the blue cup...and of course a big ole mug of wine at the end of a satisfying painting day. Ahhh...life is sweet. The title is more about how the handles all look coming together from above.
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Risk to Bloom

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) When Bren posted this the first time she included this quote, by Anais Nin, "And the day came when the risk to remain in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom."
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Monday, December 22, 2014

All Together Now

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) I love this series that Bren did in 2011 of what she called "fractured fruit." I was so inspired I copied the idea and did a few of my own. Thanks for the idea my friend!
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Blue Goose

Loved trying to capture the strong sunlight in this one. 
Oil on panel, 6" x 6"
SOLD

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hard to Get

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Speaking of goats, here's one Bren did back in 2011 that I particularly like. In her original post Bren said she had a pile of brown she was hoping to use up, but didn't end up using any of it, except for the background. Too funny! : )
Oil on panel, 6" x 6",
SOLD

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Art Calendars!


(Posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Bren's 2015 calendars are IN, while supplies last. This year the theme is goats. Each calendar is 4x8 inches and self-standing. They make great stocking stuffers, for others or yourself!
($14 with domestic shipping)












Monday, December 8, 2014

Memories

(Re-posted by Carol Marine on behalf of Brenda Ferguson) Here's what Bren said the first time around: "I remember bringing in fists full of dandelions that my mom kindly displayed in jars like they were the most beautiful thing...and doing the same with the fists full my kids brought to me. To this day I love a field filled with dandelions and sort of hate having them mowed down in our yard/field. "
Oil on panel, 6" x 6", $100 + $10 domestic shipping