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Alligator Bliss

Hi all y’all!

We are having the most beautiful fall weather. Seems like it might be perfect for my first Pussyfooters parade next Saturday. I am looking forward to seeing what dancing in front of crowds is like, basically so the nightmares of being exposed in public stop. I feel compelled to do it because it has been a lifelong dream to be in a dance group. (note to parents: just let your kids live their childhood dreams in childhood. The dreams don’t just vanish with a “no”.) With the Pussyfooters, I met the requirements of having or living like I have vagina and being over 30. Yea me! I qualify. The Krewe of Jingle parade is on Canal Street.

Two more awesome reasons to join with the Pussyfooters are the service we do for the community, raising money to support and empower women, and for me to meet other women. Since I work at home now, I feel the need to get out and into the community for mental health.

I have two paintings to share today. I finished the La Virgen de Guadalupe. I just need to varnish her to protect her from dust and uv rays. I am also giving the person who commissioned her a chance to see her before I take her to be packaged and shipped. I painted the virgin how I think she would appear to the person I painted her for. I added the traditional saint card near the bottom of the canvas. 

La Virgen de Guadalupe

I am starting a new painting just for fun on a piece of reclaimed wood. It is just a scrap of wood that I am going to frame in old wood from an old house. It is called Alligator Bliss.

I have some safety glass from a broken car window. It looks like the scales on an alligator’s legs and shoulders. It looks really cool to see the paint through the broken glass. The trouble I am having is the glass is raised up higher than the rest of the gator. My plan is to just continue on with the plan, hoping that it all turns out. Maybe I could put a piece of glass over the whole painting when I frame it. (Insert here any of your good ideas.)

He is not much to see yet. (Why are my alligators always men?)

Alligator Bliss in Progress

I laid some glass on the painting so you can see how cool it looks. Maybe it will be OK just to have the glass parts a little higher. Hmmm.

Looking forward to feedback.

With unending love and gratitude,

Gator Girl



I paint to heal the world. If I fall short of that, I would like to make you smile. Gator Girl

8 thoughts on “Alligator Bliss

  1. Wow! La Virgen is so Amazing! I see you found your saint cards. Your commissioner is going to LOVE her!!! About the alligator… Not all are men.. “Under the Magnolia Moon” for instance. How about some tiles broken and re-placed into a bow, magnolia, or a stained glass dragonfly or moon to give 3-D somewhere else. The safety glass is absolutely awesomer than I imagined!

    You go, Gator Girl!!!!

    Love, jan

    1. I agree with Jan. Your virgin looks so serene and beautiful. She will be much loved by the lucky person who has comissioned her.

      You and Jan are so creative in the ways you use found things to make new beauty.

      You both are awsome artists!!

  2. I have been saving a box of broken window glass for years! My husband thinks I’m a little nuts, but I keep telling him when I get the right idea for a painting, that I’m gonna use it. Now I know I’m not the only one! Lol! Anyways, I love how you’re incorporating the glass as scales – brilliant! Seriously, that’s such a great idea! If it was me, I would glue them on somehow – test it first if possible, and just allow the scales to be raised off the painting. And I like Tracie’s idea as well, by just letting them float around inside the frame, as long as you have enough glass that they won’t just lay on the bottom. Then the work can be interactive, which is a huge plus. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out! =)

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