January 29, 2015

the things that happen

They are the things that make us more beautiful and open and loving. 

     photo credit: Matt Polson                                                                           

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

     photo credit: Matt Polson

    photo credit: Matt Polson


                                           photo credit: Matt Polson

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January 20, 2015


I cant even express how hard it was for me. 
and how amazing it is that you can do anything to try to do. if you try really hard. 
and if you accept that it will be crappy for a lot of the journey. 

one day a friend of mine from high school showed up in an email and offered answers to questions and eventually. she helped me make exactly what I wanted. She is a giving. selfless. smarty. 

You guys. I have been working on it for so long. 
I would say that I can rest now, 

BUT I HAVE A SHOW to set up tomorrow!

school started. 

and I am one of those students who gets consumed in the work. 

everything is insane. 

I think thats the consistency I am going to get. 

Im down. 

hey. did you look at my website yet?

January 9, 2015

January 5, 2015

today starts today.

my dear friend (and seriously wonderful artist)- Claire Hill- introduced me to water mixable oils. 

It gave me more life. 

I think when I started painting with them I told strangers even... in a store. Hi. I am now able to paint in oils ANYWHERE. 

and not be swimming in toxic chemicals.

( DO NOT SWIM IN TURPENTINE. that was just an exaggeration. and I speak largely in superlatives.) 

People who chase a fast heartbeat understand what it is like... to be empowered and charged.

acrylic paint dries very fast. it feels a certain way.
oil dries very slow. can be manipulated more. and pushed.
to me, oil is more sculptural. it is what I love to use. 

so this new avenue has been a gift. 

Thanks Claire. 


I have also been staring at books. 

a lot. 

and speeches. and sermons. and poetry. 

I feel so lucky to be fascinated and affected by words and ideas.

I was reading one of Winston Churchill's speeches this morning. 

and it was talking about imagination. and how it can be a burden because those of us who imagine- 
we have a lot more to carry in our minds. 

it's a responsibility.

we carry more things in our minds than will actually happen. 

and that can be scary and heavy.

and we need to pray to have the strength to handle it. 

I completely understand that. 

and I would rather need that strength than to be less burdened.

It is a gift. to feel deeply and want richness. 
and invent.

to only settle for such richness. 

and to believe in the potential of our reality.


Today starts today. 

OIL. on canvas (thrilled.)

2' x 2' $500.00

and magic. 

it is a responsibility.


January 2, 2015

2015 and available paintings.

Slightly anticlimactic because I have been accidentally writing 2015 as the date for a while now. 


This year is particularly frightening because I am starting school soon. 

I paid my tuition so. theres that. 

and I have two shows happening this year that I know about. 

One with LIVE ART. a theatrical spectacular- LIVE ART: SOUL-  JUNE 7. 

and one with a couple other artists - A gallery exhibition- at HILL GALLERY. JULY 2015. 

expect creatures and things. 

The kids in Live Art already have their wings. Literally. 

and before we start dancing I wink at my nine year old neighbor and she winks back. 

and thats the epitome of what I am looking for this year.

a wink back. 


whew. 2015.

here are some new paintings available now. 

descriptions are below each. 

If interested email Abernathy.Parade@gmail.com
and if that piece is still available, it is yours. 


I kind of always knew I wasnt by myself.

2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00


Directly around yourself.

2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00



2' x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00


Sometimes what is in my head is actually less amazing than what is actual.

2'x 2' acrylic on canvas $500.00


Always move a little bit too fast.

10" x 10" acrylic on canvas $250.00


Tall Bird

10" x 10" acrylic on canvas $250.00


abernathy.parade@gmail.com for orders.

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