K is for Killing

K is for Killing, Mixed Media on Cradled Wooden Panel, 9″ x 12″, $500.00

I was raised a pacifist with a knee jerk dislike of guns.  Still, I prefer ethical hunting to factory farming and think it unlikely that the majority of humans will become vegetarians any time soon.  So I don’t have a problem with guns for hunting game/animals. The gun above, however, was designed for hunting people.

As I researched the AK47 and created the preliminary sketches and then the painting, I began to admire the beauty and power of the thing.  When my 7-year-old first saw the finished painting, he crooned, “Mommy, it’s so beautiful.”

You can click on the link below to learn more about the AK-47.

A history of the AK-47, the gun that made history

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This is an undated file photo of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein firing an AK-47 in Iraq.
This is an undated file photo of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein firing an AK-47 in Iraq. (AP)

J is for Junebug

J is for Junebug, $500.00
J is for Junebug, $500.00

Introducing J is for Junebug! I moved from Illinois to Texas when I was 14. My husband likes to say that you can tell when you’re getting close to Texas because all the flora and fauna either wants to mate with you or kill you. While junebugs are essentially harmless, it never feels that way when they’re hurtling their dry crackly, utterly disgusting bodies into your hair.

In researching this painting, I was surprised to find that ‘junebugs’ vary by region, i.e. the Texas junebug is not the same as the Virginia junebug. Also, the Texas junebug is in the same family as the Egyptian scarab. I tried to use this piece of information to mollify some of my horror for the creatures, but it didn’t work.