Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Cafe Sunday

On the seventh day
The coffee house is seen again
Over an easy egg or two

Flowers on the adobe wall
The white table cloth 
The neatly placed silverware
And the feel of Mediterranean-  
Arizona's sun

It matters not how
Water flees to the south
Along the banks of concrete
Not blue and big fish

Life is as good 
As a friend
Or two; two cups of coffee

©Li Mahalik

I painted this from a picture I took of flowers on the adobe wall at a breakfast place where my husband, father and brother-in-laws and I went in downtown Scottsdale. The place had a feel of romance and the food was nice. I remember it was in April when the sun was gentle. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Just Passing By"

I just finished this painting. The title I gave inspired me to write a poem. Here it is:

A world of colors, looking in
Wading through. Perhaps
With the first slit of sunlight, or amongst the busy rain
Slumbering still between
Two worlds, a crack
Will appear in the mesh

And you slip and glide through
That heavy story you create
What nonsense and opportunity! Now!

Oh, for heaven's sake
I'm just passing by
© Li Mahalik

I hope you like it. I'm sure it can be better and I'll work on it more.

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Large commissioned work on abstract oil welcomed. Please email me for quotes.

Monday, September 20, 2010

In Love With Grays

Oh, such lazy days staying in the comfortable, air conditioned home just goofing around and watching people buying international houses on the TV while the temperature here making record high of 109 in the late summer.

This painting transformed itself many times. Today I decided to just try a Joan Mitchell and call it good.

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Friday, September 10, 2010


Oil on Gessoed Masonite Panel, 11"x14"

I meant to paint this lady abstractly but ended up painting her this way. The intent, though, freed me up from being too careful like I often do when I paint real objects. The hands are the most difficult to paint. It took me a few hours to find out what I did wrong, but ended up learning a lot from the mistake. Looking at this now, I think I need to add just a touch of yellow orange to bring the right hand to life, which I'll do in the morning.

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Thank you so much for looking.