Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Peace - Illustration Friday

Winged Woman With Sturdy Shoes - this is my submission for Illustration Friday's peace theme.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Good-bye Winged Woman With Sturdy Shoes

The good news is that I sold this work yesterday; the sad news is that I shall miss it very much as it's one of my favourites and enjoyed a prominent spot in my studio - it greeted and inspired me every time I entered the room; better news is that I am filled with inspiration to immediately set paint brush to canvas and fill that now vacant wall space.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Illustration Friday - HELP

Here's a painting I did earlier this year and it's my entry for Illustration Friday's Theme - "HELP". This work is entitled Community Advocate With Sturdy Shoes. The community advocate works to HELP those in the community who need assistance in caring for themselves and their families - those who may not be able to navigate their own way through the often complicated twists and turns of governmental bureaucracy. This advocate stands firmly centred in her sturdy shoes, embracing her clients; the rainbow of colours illustrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnic groups, philosophies, and mental and physical abilities of those in need; the advocate's hair is spiky like a porcupine = she's on the defensive for her clients in these days of government cutbacks to social programs; the fence is taller than the figure = she feels hemmed in by the daunting challenges she faces; on her apron above the housetops there is a little bit of blue sky = hope. The clients and the houses are in series of 7 = the days of the week and therefore everyday. Let's celebrate those who are proactive in helping those within our own communities and the global community who need a little HELP to get by.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Limited Edition Prints Now Available

Limited edition prints of these paintings are now available in a variety of sizes on-line through Art for All of Us: http://artforallofus.com/roden.php

A portion of all sales goes to charity - when you purchase a print you choose from Art For Us All's list of charities (my charity of choice from the list is Habitat for Humanity).

Monday, December 11, 2006


I've been busy preparing for Christmas and working on finishing up jewellery orders, so I have nothing new in the way of completed artwork to show you. I am working on paintings on wood for my South of France/Midi Canal show in February.