Saturday, September 23, 2006

Phobia


No doubt someone who suffers from snake phobia (ophidiophobia) would be startled and terrified to find poisonous coral snakes in the bathroom. Even if they do happen to be imaginary.
I have always loves snakes, since I was a wee tyke. My parents tell me, that when I was about 7 or 8 and we lived in Maryland, I brought home a baby copperhead in my lunchbox. I don't really recall this very clearly but evidently I attempted to assure them that I knew how to handle poisonous snakes. Here I am as an enraptured schoolgirl gazing at my favorite reptile.

I tried to make this a black and white painting thinking I needed to try something other than the overly bright colors I normally use. But I couldn't finish it as b&w (it gave me a headache, like when you need caffeine), so gave in to my instincts and painted color over the black and white piece.



acrylic on a 6 by 8 inch board

26 Comments:

At September 24, 2006 5:36 PM, Blogger the enigma said...

eeeww, snakes..in the bathroom... please no. great painting! love the colors.

 
At September 24, 2006 6:19 PM, Blogger Michelle Lana said...

nice...love the colors!

 
At September 24, 2006 6:19 PM, Blogger Sally said...

7 or 8 and reading Dostovesky(sp)??! (That's what it looks like it says on the book you're holding.

Forget black and white, stick with your forte. Bright, vivid colors are your trademark.

Hope you had a nice weekend, slore.

 
At September 24, 2006 6:58 PM, Blogger Jeannette said...

I'd love a bathroom in those colors.

Where you ever scared of snakes coming up through the toliet while you're sitting on it?

I wasnt, of course. :)

 
At September 24, 2006 7:06 PM, Blogger Amy Zaleski said...

The citrus colors work well with the black and white. And I don't think I've ever heard ANYONE say that they like snakes...you're the first!

 
At September 24, 2006 7:28 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

ha! Sally, I wasn't 7 or 8 in that picture. I think I was in high school or my first year in college.

 
At September 24, 2006 8:10 PM, Blogger Toni said...

I tried to picture this as a black and white and just couldn't. I love your colors.
so you like snakes! I like to look at spiders. My husband doesn't. Makes things interesting at times.

 
At September 24, 2006 9:33 PM, Blogger murphy girl said...

i wish my bathroom looked like this one....without the snakes!

 
At September 25, 2006 8:41 AM, Blogger mrs. b. said...

fabulous color! i don't even mind the snakes!

 
At September 25, 2006 9:15 AM, Anonymous marisa said...

This is a great piccie! Don't fight against your natural desire to use such vibrant colours, they look fabbo!

 
At September 25, 2006 12:05 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

That is a wonderful picture of you in the woods! I'm glad you changed your mind about colour because you do it so well! This is a very cool piece and I love your story too!

 
At September 25, 2006 1:03 PM, Anonymous janey said...

Very startling. I live in Fl and snakes have been known to come up in the toilet. But I do love these colors. You use acrylics right? I bought some this past weekend and am going to give it a try.

 
At September 25, 2006 5:24 PM, Blogger Michelle Lana said...

Thanks for the message - take care!

 
At September 26, 2006 1:30 AM, Blogger Claudia said...

Love you colors...keep it up!

 
At September 26, 2006 10:38 AM, Anonymous the daughter said...

i love the fact that working without color gives you a headache. (i dont love that you get a headache but i love that this particular handicap exists.) just goes to show that some people couldnt possibly exist in a world solely dominated by "traditional country" or "classic vintage" decorating.

makes me think about the rainbow goblins book that you have that i used to pour over as a wee one.

xoxoxoxo

 
At September 26, 2006 6:56 PM, Blogger creative kismet said...

I think snakes in my bathroom would freak me out. Great take on the topic- your colors are so striking!

 
At September 27, 2006 4:01 PM, Blogger Franfou said...

wow , its so colorfull, I love it !

 
At September 27, 2006 5:41 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

Love your paintings. I stumbled across your blog by pure chance, and I've added it to my favourites.

I'm a poet rather than a visual artist but there are several poems just waiting to be written about each one of your paintings.

If I can do your work justice I'll send you some.

 
At September 28, 2006 1:51 PM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

I'm glad you finished this piece in your signature style-beautiful, and I love the idea of the snakes roaming the bathroom at will, especially the snake wrapping himself around the sink pedestal. A treat to look at!

 
At September 28, 2006 5:58 PM, Blogger Twisselman said...

Okay, I looked at the picture of you and the serpent... You don't appear to be inflicted with any sort of snake phobia. (note: just read other comments, and it appears I missed something in your text... you admit that you like snakes... good for you... The vast majority of them are very good creatures.)

Maybe you didn't use that trademark burnt orange that I'm used to seeing, so it seems like you really held back on the colors. But greens are very nice also... inviting to the slithery creatures, I think. Way cool.

 
At September 28, 2006 6:02 PM, Blogger Jaimie said...

Thank you, everyone for your inspiring comments. The encouragement and compliments really give me a lift and makes me eager to pick up my paint brushes.
And Roy, I am so honored that you have written some poems to go along with my paintings! (Change and Rain) Your writing, your imagery is lovely. Thank you so much.

 
At September 28, 2006 10:53 PM, Blogger michael dailey said...

glad u came to ur senses and made this color . ur not a B/W person. and after u have finished ur studio space in to such a wonderful looking place u sure u wanna splatter paint all over it?

 
At September 29, 2006 10:59 PM, Blogger dex mission said...

i really like how you kept the colors the way they are to make the reds stand out. very cool :)

sorry about the low rez scan of my book. i did it that way because some of the text was kinda heavy and i didnt wanna bother people with my problems lol. but thabk you so much for your kind words.

 
At October 01, 2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Roy Everitt said...

I don't know that I've done this one justice, but anyway...

Phobia

How joyfully they climb your every part,
ecstatically they coil around your forms,
add texture to the colours of your art,
scales and new dimensions to the norms:

Incongruous in Eden, they appear,
but bring their proper purpose to this world -
this world of your creation, where it’s clear
they add their own perspectives with a curl.

 
At October 05, 2006 3:40 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

ahhhhh! i hate snakes. great piece. (as usual) gives me serious creeps, the colors add to the surreal nature.

 
At October 29, 2006 1:05 AM, Blogger LDahl said...

This became a board game to me... the fixtures, giant playing pieces! I loved the picture of you with your snakey pal... I took a snake to school once... had it sold by lunch time, hehe!

The black and white does give you the op-art headache, glad you did it in color as it is one of my new favorites of yours.

 

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