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Objectification Bree 5.4.16 Collage made from a single photograph of a shooting target on Paint.

okay, so here is what has been up….our Governor Bevin took Kentucky’s healthcare which was being used as a model in other states because KY had the least amount of uninsured citizens….and it was working….but he turned it on its head. alas, i lost my healthcare, and have been rowing upwards ever since.

i have time to time drawn and made collages. i will post them here.

this Saturday, June 18th i have an art show- my first in KY! and will also be singing with my newly formed band Affluenza, at 6th and Main Coffee Shop and as part of 6th Street Live.

i have plenty of canvas for the art show, and will bring them all, although many are nude studies. i will only hang what the venue likes, and do not expect all of them to be in the gallery month-long. there is no tellin’ what will fly.

after this weekend i intend to buckle down and get back to business. still plenty of time to meet booksellers and otherwise solicit venues for my project finale in November. meanwhile, i can see how the procedures and medicines had enabled me to function awfully well, considering. without them i draw from the bottom of my diaphragm, and exhale longer than i ever inhale.

Wood Nymph Bree 5.17.16 Drawn on Paint
Love is Shy Bree 6.15.16 Collage made from a single photograph of wood doors, made on Paint.
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Ghost Town of Terlingua, TX Bree 6.16.16 Collage made from two photographs of tree lichen bark and a mail box in Cropper, KY, made on Paint.
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Selfie as Toad Bree 5.12.16 Totem animal drawn on Paint, enhanced with Fotor.
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Bull’s Eye Bree 5.4.16 Collage self-portrait made from a single photograph of a shooting target on Paint.

Stutter in My Step

Women Bree 3.4.16 Drawn on Paint, enhanced with Fotor

last i posted, id begun contacting venues to solicit their participation in my Artist Enrichment grant project.

it brought back the days of handling events and PR when i worked at an independent bookstore in Cleveland, OH. managers are not always at the store, and have much to worry about besides events slated in the far future.

and i got sidetracked by my chronic illness, even while taking on a side-project of helping my sister edit her spiritual memoir/call to community she is self-publishing, about life after reading Eckhart Tolle.

in fact, while i have not read Tolle, reading her book while sick has kept the pain’s counterpart—anxiety, to a decent low, and i have so absorbed myself in the editing.

i continue when i feel well to produce drawings–or it should seem collages, mainly, of late. but i will resume my solicitations presently.

the event part of my project is not until November 4th &5th.
i am on-track, with 18 canvas printed, a press release written, and a couple of contacts made. i have sold a couple of the canvas, and replaced them (for the project). for the time being i expect some stuttered steps, as i reach buyers and managers one by one, until i have a number i like to pull this thing off.

Tolle says we each have a pain body. it is the sum of our emotional pain. when we sit with the pain and transmute it, we become more present, and live more fully in the now. when you are in physical pain–quite different from the pain body, which is composed of emotions–living in the now is vital! one must be present and cannot think very much ahead. i am allowing myself to eke my way thru a bad spell, and expect to come out more focused and alive than i was when the pain became intractable.

for now, i will share some recent collages:

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We Are All Great Apes Bree 2.23.16 Collage made from a single photograph (pictured below) of a house in Pleasureville, KY made on Paint
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Dont Be Sunken Bree 2.23.16 Photograph of a house in Pleasureville, KY
House Bree 3.12.16 Collage made from images that came up in the google search: ‘colored paper’, cut and pasted with a mouse on Paint, enhanced with Fotor

Soliciting Smiles

Sunny (Self-Portrait) Bree 8.2.15 Drawn on Paint, Enhanced with Fotor

Day 1 and already Two bookstores have signed on to participate. They will have my book available for sale, on display with a piece of my art on canvas, Nov. 4th & 5th of this year. i have contacted 4 more, and will be following up with them.

Also spoke with a local librarian. it may be the case with all libraries–they can have the book and art on display, but not for sale. so i will furthur investigate whether this is the case across the board.

My point is to forge lasting relationships with venues, so that I can collaborate with them on festivals, poetry readings, benefits and other events in the future. And to get my art out there, and my book in eager hands.

If you are unfamiliar with the project, I lay it out here.

I feel like if I contact a few venues each day, I will reach my goal of 24 participating venues. 24 is a large number, but is feasible if I stick to my budget. The biggest cost, it would seem, is shipping the art to and fro…however perhaps some of the canvas will sell, and therefore not need be shipped back?

wink wink

xoxo Bree

My Spring Animus

Koma Kōryū Hawk Animus Bree 2.21.16 Collage from a single photograph (pictured below) made on Paint

“Inrō with Hawks on Perches”, Koma Kōryū (d.1796). – Black lacquer ground with gold and silver togidashi, takamaki-e and hiramaki-e, red lacquer, and applied gold and silver foil Netsuke: gourd; guri lacquer, silver ring and stopper in chrysanthemum shape Ojime: butterfly and flower; cloisonné bead. – An inrō (印籠) is a traditional box used to hold small objects, like medicine or perfume vials. It is generally hanged on the belt (waist sash) of the kimono. [Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY]
i sent books to many special patrons, and this week i will compose an email to solicit bookstores and libraries to participate in the event for my project (several regional venues will have my book Do Well of Must for sale, on display with one of my works on canvas, for one Friday-Saturday).

the hardest thing is to select which weekend. i will follow up each email with a personal phone call. i will also need to design and print business cards, as well as posters,to give to venues in preparation of the event. my goodness, such a lot to do.

you can ask your local bookseller or librarian to order Do Well of Must, and see what i managed to pull off–a book i am truly happy with–personal narrative and tons of drawings inside, a kind of evolution.

in the meantime, Chinese New Year has come and gone; Kentucky enjoyed a spring day which really sparked my animus. leave you with one recent commission:

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Year of the Monkey Bree 2.20.16 Drawn on Paint for commission.

if you have something you would like me to draw, portraits, landscapes, or a collage, say, made from one of your favorite photographs—click on the CONTACT link for further info.

Book Alas it is Finished

Brigid Bree 2.15.16. Collage made on Paint, Brigid is the goddess of early spring.

My art book Do Well of Must (Least Bittern Books 2016) is complete, and sent off to the printer for proofing…wow, that was a huge leg of the race. i am on-track.

BUY the book here! 

or, send $25 check/cash to
Bree 147 Marcus St. #4
Pleasureville, KY 40057
or, paypal to leastbitternbooks@gmail.com

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Seein Orifices Where Orifices Aint

This is a photo i took of a gnarled, fallen tree trunk in Eastern Kentucky. From it, i produced the collage below, by cutting and pasting on the program Paint.
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Atalanta and the Calydonian Boar Bree 2.2.16 Collage made from a single photograph on Paint, Atalanta was a supporter of Diana, while the boar was sent by Diana to wreak havoc on the king who failed to honor the gods, in Calydon of Aetolia.


There has been an interest in my process of collage. Essentially, when a photo grabs me i often find in it countenances. Then i have some fun with body shapes and sizes, and design clothes in a whimsical, imaginative style. Most collages are couples, some of them i theme with ancient mythology, some are simply my take on couplehood–not necessarily romantic in nature, for in my life some of my best friends are male, and cherish these, as my brothers. –Bree

Canvasing the Sky for Change

groundhog predicts early Spring like a fact, i canvas the sky for a change.

canvases have been arriving in fine quality. i have stuck with one company in particular, simply because the quality was great on first two canvases, and i dont want to take any chances–there was a company i ordered from provided disgraceful quality and service, alas. the BBB came to my aid! go BBB!

i will post here the nine i have available. the backdrop is some pretty fancy wallpaper, eh? in this quaint old hotel in this quiet farm town, Pleasureville, KY.

you know what else is really quaint?
there are no overhead lights in the place. so, i do apologize about the lighting!

i am only ever going to produce two canvases of any drawing i make. the sizes available widely range. this is the only ‘Turtle’ for sale, because i already sold one to the people who commissioned a copy.  and one ‘Echo’ has been sold, so this is also the last.

contact me for pricing. generally 45-145, the price i make depends on the size/therefore the cost to me, to produce the canvas. my work is meant to be accessible, and is priced accordingly. greenpandapress@gmail.com

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Yuchi Wind Bree 11.30.15 16×16″ Drawn on Paint, enhanced with Fotor, based on a stone gorget from 1000 AD by a tribal people who respected the sun and revered the pileated woodpecker, this is the first copy made.
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The Feen Bree 11.30.15 16×16″ Drawn on Paint, based on an imaginary people who ween eaglets, first copy made.
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Turtle Bree 1.13.16 12×12″ Drawn for commission, asked for a Chinese art-inspired turtle, this is the second copy made.
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House of the Rising Sun Bree 12.29.15 12×12″ Drawn on Paint, based on quilt motif spread over a field i saw during a Pleasureville sunrise, this is the first copy made.
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Echo Bree 8.1.15 11×14″ Drawn on paint, a representation of Echo and Narcissus, that with love giving pleasure is as gratifying as receiving, this is the first copy made.
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Maldives Bree 12.19.15 16×20″ Drawn on paint, color changed with Fotor, a play on tribal pinball erotica, this is the first copy made.
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Easter Bree 12.19.15 16×20″ Drawn with Paint, a play on tribal, pinball erotica, this is the first copy made.
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Diana Bree 7.15.15 8×10″ Drawn on Paint, enhanced with Fotor, a look at the goddess as prone and vulnerable, as each woman is even as she is mighty and strong, this is the first copy made.
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Pleasureville Bree 12.5.15 11×14″ Drawn with Paint, a self-portrait American Gothic style, tongue very much in cheek, this is the first copy made.

i am also making 10 copies of each of my drawings as prints on fine paper. if you see any drawing or collage you like, prints are $25, and deals are made if ordering multiple.

Pressing On

Chris Brooke, editor of Henry County Local wrote a thoughtful article about my project here.

i am glad he took interest in the project, and the Kentucky Foundation for Women. it is not all the time that you are glad you sat for an interview…

speaking of, i drew this turkey vulture on Monday. i was thinking about a trip i took to the southern tip of TX. i have been playing with a lot of pastels lately, seduced by the soft plays of texture. turkey vultures are gentle creatures–when you walk past them, they may give a glance at you, but most likely they wont start at all. once i picked up a small bone one of them dropped. i am a bone collector. turkey and black vultures are so common in Pleasureville, KY, i almost forget what magnificent creatures they are.

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Turkey Vulture Bree 1.18.16 Drawn on Paint, the bird represents expert use of energy, a higher vision and insight, as totem animal. (Modeled off of a hawk screen from 18th century Japan.)

Here is the Japanese screen of a hawk which i used as a kind of stimuli for my drawing.


The Culls

Steph Bree 6.12.14 Drawn on Paint, enhanced with Fotor

when i worked at a healthy grocery chain as a chef one of my jobs was to keep up with the culls–food that made it to the back sanctum, to be cooked and sold, or donated to churches and hot food lines, or, if not so rescued, composted.

i would take a bunch of challah burger buns, and a case of too-ripe tomatoes, with milk that had two days left on it to sell, and so forth, and create a tomato-basil-mozzarella bread pudding.

right now, the text for Do Well of Must  (the book for my grant project) is complete. i am culling thru hundreds of drawings for which to include in the book. i must show my progress, which means i need to feature early roughs. in my culling, i came across portraits i made of my best friend Stephanie King, who shot herself dead with a gun in March of 2014.

King befriended me, having read my memoirs. we were attached at the hip. she wanted to write, so i asked her to write something, didnt matter what–and show it to me. what she handed over was some of the most raw, poignant, poetic prose i have read. i had a visceral reaction to it. her grammar was on a sixth-grade level, at best. as an editor, i decided to leave the grammar alone. there are writers who strive for the dialect she naturally inclined towards. she was going to go to school to learn how to write….alas.

here are some portraits i made of my good friend, who never had a bad word to say about anyone. i believe her capacity for love and joy was an equal match for her endurance of pain, but in a moment one can have a snap in judgement. she will be recalled for the love she gave.

Geometric Steph Bree 7.13.14 Drawn on Paint

Home is Where the Art Is

Chinese-Inspired Turtle Bree 1.13.16 Drawn on Paint for sale of commission.

today i drew a Chinese-inspired turtle for commission for my aunt and uncle. tho the turtle is tenacious and strong, their love is sweet, so i pictured her among wild strawberries.

anyone may hire me to draw–i just need to talk to you a little bit, to know what you are after. then i will get creative.

i will keep in mind the turtle, guardian of the earth, what kind of guest am i, today?