Category Archives: abstract

Abstract watercolor

I learned of a new piece, titled “Abstract watercolor” that is being placed in exhibit at the  Below is a cropped image from the Sisters of Charity online update. It is low resolution, but it is a piece I have … Continue reading

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Blue Triumph 12/12

This large painting, which I call Blue Triumph, is part of the permanent collection at Clarke University. The date my aunt painted this is unknown, but it would be prior to her leaving to go to San Francisco in the … Continue reading

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A Justin Bieber toothbrush Groupon ad leads to a new art discovery

The amazing twists and turns of social networking, email, Twitter and eBay After seeing creative Groupon commercials at the 2011 Superbowl, I decided to take a look at the new Internet upstart and eventually signed up to receive notices of … Continue reading

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Urban Street Scene

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I’ve had this image for a while, shared with me in photo by Sr. Sara at Clarke. Time permits me to take another, closer look at some of her paintings and I am finding more to say about each as … Continue reading

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Salvaged Memories

Verna Friedman was one of my aunt’s students at Clarke College in the 1950s. She has been very generous sharing her memories of my aunt. Earlier this spring, she sent me some clippings and a piece of work my aunt … Continue reading

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Sister Mary Seraphia?

Gosh I love the Internet! Yesterday, out of the blue, I received the following email generated from the contact form of this blog from a G. Walker. It read: Comment: Hi, I happened across this work of art listed on … Continue reading

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Mid Century Iowa Art

I have to start checking my junk mail more regularly. Ever have a trusted name or domain slip into your junk mail for some reason? Well maybe it’s coincidence that the 13th discovery came to me in that manner- but … Continue reading

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Broken Ice 11/12

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Unfinished Dream 9/12

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Forgiveness 10/12

I called this Forgiveness because I see a figure kneeling in the middle of the painting, it’s hands outstretched and palms up. It faces a great white light and touches the light peripherally, as does one knee. Most of the … Continue reading

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Ethereal forest 8/12

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Intersection 7/12

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Red Jazz 6/12

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Blue fracture 5/12

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Night time in the city 4/12

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Huddled in the light 3/12

My aunt clearly, returned to themes of good vs. evil, light against dark. To the left I see at least three  faceless figures (with dark hair), and maybe more with lighter hair, huddled together, basking in the light, in protection … Continue reading

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Bridges 1/12

This is my favorite of the 12 images sent to me by Dr. Sara McAlpin, BVM.  The first word that came to me was bridges, so that is the working title. I screeched with delight when the CD she mailed … Continue reading

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Twelve new paintings at Clarke University are discovered!!

Due to the over the top kindness of Dr. Sara McAlpin, BVM, I am now in possession of an additional dozen photographs of paintings done by my aunt. Sr. Sara, words cannot convey my gratitude for you time in locating … Continue reading

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Psalm 82:15 discovered at UC-Boulder

I am delighted to have received a response from an inquiry to University of Colorado-Boulder where my aunt studied in 1965-66 for her M.F.A. After doing some digging around on my behalf, Valerie Albicker was able to uncover what is … Continue reading

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Clarke College – Archives

So many thanks go out to Sr. Sara McAlpin who has spent a good deal of time tracking down more of my aunt’s work. These are very abstract and modern, and I suspect were painted in the 1960s. Not sure … Continue reading

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New painting discovered – 1966!!!

My Craigslist contact came through! I am so excited! I’ve been corresponding with a woman in Dubuque whose father purchased this painting in 1966. He believes it was painted that year. He also told his daughter there was one similar … Continue reading

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More from Mt. Carmel

The following images were sent to me by the Sisters of Charity. The photographs are not good quality. The title is mine. It came without one. When I posted this on my Facebook for family and friends to see, many … Continue reading

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I’ve hit the jackpot with Craiglist!

Always follow your hunches!  When I found out my aunt had produced all this artwork 50 years ago, I had no idea how I might begin tracking it all down. On a lark, I posted an add in the Dubuqe … Continue reading

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