New Painting- Rebellion


Rebellion by HMBT 2009 oils
Rebellion by HMBT 2009 oils



close up
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18″ x 24″


painted sides, needs no frame, comes ready to hang

Here is the quote that was so ugly, I had to instantly defy it:

Anybody who paints and sees a sky green and pastures blue ought to be sterilized. ~Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945)

So, I of course needed to paint a blue tree, I’ve never painted an all blue tree before so it’s a good thing. I never in a million years would have thought that a quote from the Evil Adolph, would inspire me to create, but here it is. Just goes to show that you don’t know, what you don’t know.

Then I read this quote:

A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

Source: Letter to James Madison, 1787

and I knew I was on the right path. Being in the studio and working like I do is an active act of rebellion! I will work my day job and do my very best to be my personal best at it, but art is my life. It is my talisman, my touchstone. It is my life line in a dark world. So…take that (BAM!) social standards, I am the BAD! Kitty and I have a mighty rebel yell, oh yeah, and I’m not afraid to use it.

I think a blue tree is just what I needed to take the edge off this sepia tinted reality. The lighter shades you see on the tree is really silver not white, it’s sparkly but only a little bit, not too much. My ability to take pictures of my work is not as good as my skills at creating the art itself.  Such is life, and that means that all my patrons say the same thing when they get their new art…”It’s so much BETTER in person!” yes, that’s because I suck at picture taking. Sheesh.


 I only paint trees when I am thinking about something internally, really hard. I don’t know why this is true, it just is. This tree is representational of my inner conversations with my soul.  The world I was born into, well it wasn’t that into me, you know….so, being that I am who and what I am….

I just created my own world, instead. Put that in your little red wagon. My work is not about solving problems or answering big questions or being the smartest or the most perfect….it’s about the moment, it IS the big questions, it is also my revelations and rebellions. Maybe that will mean something to you too, and if so, that’s just wonderful. Hello kindred soul, nice to meet you. If it means nothing to you, that’s no skin off my back. I refuse to continue to treat my art business as just a money- making enterprise. It is my life’s work, if it resonates with you (or maybe just matches your decor) take out your wallet and buy it. I am letting go of making money, I am embracing my real self, and that person may not sell a lot of art, maybe she will, who knows? I don’t care any more; my intellectual freedom and talents are not up for sale, just the artworks that will come from that magical place. If I make money, great, if I don’t, it does not mean I am not a successful artist, it means my kids will make a ton of cash when I am dead. 🙂

I feel so much better, letting this years sales and numbers go…I feel free again, I feel like me again. I paint because I have too. it’s just that simple. If you like it, I have made it super easy to own original art, so… I guess if you like what you see…just do it.

I hope that everyone is having a great week. We just had our first salad greens harvest from our modest garden, and that was wonderful!  Keep on keeping on, and I’ll see you all in the funny pages.

Raw & Radiant,


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