Wednesday, August 01, 2012
No. 1 Tyger
College friend Mary Bullington won 1st place in the Bath County art show "mixed media" category for "Dancing around the Big Red Tyger." ("Tyger, Tyger," frolicking in the forests of Mary's quick and colorful mind.) The award was judged by Steve Cushner of The Corcoran Gallery's art school.
Mary is a marvelous collagist and painter, and I have a silly little hope that somebody who is wonderfully rich and dripping with jewels will read this post and give her a car big enough to transport paintings--selfishly, so that I don't have to ride in the Bumbling Deathtrap the next time I go to Roanoke, and generously, so that she doesn't have to ride in the Deathtrap the next time she needs paints or groceries. She lives in a wonderful bungalow with cats (but not so many as to make her a Cat Lady) and paints like a wondrous madwoman.
You may find Mary Boxley Bullington on her public facebook page. It's a great place to look at her images, both finished versions and at different points of composition. And that's especially interesting for her collages. Her mode of work and her two studios are wild! She is the messiest artist I've known, and I mean that in a good way--one has the delightful impression of a dervish, wildly spinning in the throes of creation. And you may find her on her blogger site, which she needs to update. I have seen lots of pictures that are not here yet...