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Paintings by Virginia Simons

Abstract Orange

Watercolor, 14 x 6 inches,
unframed and unmatted, $40

One of the things about watercolor is it’s versatility and whimsy. Here curiosity took over as I concentrated on complementary and analogous colors to spatter and see what could become of that. The result is what the paint showed me.

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Bits and Pieces on the Beach

Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $75

The wet sand changes color in the shadows of the clouds. Even the small wet wood chip glimmers. All the shell pieces in their history and formation and destruction tell a story of life.

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Blue Hydrangeas

Watercolor, 12 x 16 inches
unframed and unmatted, $90.

Can you tell I like hydrangeas? They are both hardy and delicate. Here is a still life with Blue ones. One must “hurry” for hydrangeas slightly change shades over time.

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Blue Iris

Watercolor, 24 x 18 inches,
unframed and unmatted, $150

From the hours in my grandmother Browning’s garden to the images of Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers taking my breath away, the blending of colors and lacy edges of Irises amaze me. When I study them I see fluid movement in both shape and value. As a child I enjoyed just putting my face right up into the blooms.

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Buttercups in Blue Vase

Watercolor, 12 x 18 inches,
unframed and unmatted, $140

Buttercups remind me of springs and summers. The blue ceramics accent them.

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Canyon De Chelly – oil

Oil, 14 x 18 inches · NFS

This is the invaders best version of the Navajo name. “The name chelly (or Chelley) is a Spanish borrowing of the Navajo word Tséyiʼ, which means “canyon” (literally “inside the rock” < tsé “rock” + -yiʼ “inside of, within”). The Navajo pronunciation is [tséɣiʔ” Indegenous people use literal locations of places and pass this down though language and story. (more…)

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Celtic Cross, Ireland

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches,
unframed and unmatted, $70

The cemeteries of Ireland have these ancient Celtic Crosses. Before the average person could read, the carvers would put scenes from the Bible on the crosses to tell the stories. This one shows the Christ figure, Adam and Eve at the fruit tree, and Cain slaying Abel.

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Charli’s Passion Flowers

Watercolor, 14 x 23 inches, 21 x 29 inches framed
medium wood frame with gold speckles + dark blue matte. Sold.

Charli and Jill have the best garden! I had never seen passionflowers before. The complicated blooms are amazing especially as they move with the wind. And Charli takes wonderful photos of flowers.

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Chinle Spirits Formation

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches,
framed and matted, $70

Up on the mesa, not far from where we lived, there was this huge formation sometimes called “haystacks”. To myself I called them watchful spirits. Out of the flat sand rise these interlocking towers. As I painted this I imagined all the possible spirits there so I added the faces.

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Coming East into Window Rock at Dawn – oil

Oil, 30 x 38 inches
Dark wood frame, $300

I took this highway so many times, but one very early morning just as the sun was rising into full day it reflected off the mountain ridges and I counted seven. I pulled over, got out of my car to stare. I had never noticed them before.

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Coming Into Tsaile

Oil, 18 x 24 inches
stretched canvas, $350

There is a road north from Chinle to Tsaile where I took Dine’ College art classes. The views change with each trip—it is a favorite route.

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Connemara, Ireland

Watercolor, 12 x 16 inches from Dermot Cavanaugh template. unframed and unmatted, $45.

The colors and atmosphere of Connemara are unique. Maybe it is the proximity to the ocean, or the latitude, but the greens and sky colors are penetrating. Thanks to D. Cavanaugh for creating a template to then paint my own version.

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Desert Modern

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted. $40

This captures the many parts of beauty within the Navajo Reservation: the bluest of skies, the browns of the sand, the trees in the Chuska mountain mist, the use of turquoise in jewelry that has accents in the landscapes, to the beginnings of the starlit skies of dusk.

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Exotic Pause

Watercolor with pastel and silver paint accent
11.5 x 9 inches unframed and unmatted, $40

This portrait is from a photo of a dancer with a feather headdress after the end of a dance performance. Las Vegas or New Orleans or Brazil, I am not sure.

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Floral Vase

Watercolor, 5 x 5 inches
light grey double matted, 10 x 10 frame, $40

Fresh field cut flowers still life.

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Grandpa’s Farm

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches
unframed and unmatted, $40

Some of my best “picture memories” are spring days on Grandpa’s Tennessee farm. He always rose before the sun and the rising would accompany him to the barn for milking. I would stand at the fence a distance away and take in the whole scene. This is my memory.

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Grey Hills, Chinle

Watercolor, 14 x 20 inches
unframed and unmatted, $25

When living in the desert I used to say, “If you don’t like what you see, just drive a while and it all changes!” Near home, the stark changes in landscape amazed me. Yes there is a “moonscape” area of grey green hard-packed dirt sand hills. This was a sunset evening there.

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Gulf Shore of Alabama

Watercolor, 3.5 x 10 inches · Sold

Each day the ocean gulf presents differently. This day the long waves that curl across and fall making a clap type sound were fun to watch.

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Hawaii Beach

Watercolor 6 x 8 inches · NFS

Hawaii beaches are little pockets of beach tucked in among rocky shore.

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Here I Am by Virginia Simons

Here I Am

Ink on drawing board
Framed: 18 by 18 inches
$175.00 Framed and matted.

Portrait from the Our Child series of Immigrant children separated from their parents at the border and imprisoned throughout the U.S. from 2018 to the present. This series can be uncomfortable as it invokes a human natural response to protect our children.

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Immigrant Woman 1

Charcoal, pastel on grey, 8 x 10 inches
unframed and unmatted, $30

She has had her child taken at the U.S. Border.

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Iris Field by Virginia Simons

Iris Field

Watercolor, 23 x 15 inches framed
Commission, sold

Irises bloom in early summer with colors and variety that brighten any day.

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Leaves at Dusk

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $120

Even at dusk their colors can be seen, holding out through the dark.

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Leaves for Thankfulness

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $120

Fall is a beautiful time in Ohio with all the variety of trees. I am thankful for all the days of bright colors offered just before dark winter days.

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Leaves in a Puddle, Watercolor by Virginia Simons

Leaves in a Puddle

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $120

In Ohio the frost and rains of fall bring the leaves down too soon! The leaves fight back to hold onto their colors to the very last. The maples, oaks and Elms keep company while the cold comes.

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Leaves in Winter Frost

Watercolor, 10.25 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $120

I took leaves and dabbed them in a color and put them down on the dry paper to get the edges and veins of the leaves. This palette reminds me of crisp, icy winter days.

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Left Ashore

Watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. $75

I collected these and placed them in a cluster in the sand, as if hugging one another after being left there from the familiar sea.

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Lies Sideway – Crow Brave

Watercolor
from Edward Curtis photograph
unframed and unmatted. $70

Portrait from an Edward Curtis (c1908) photograph. His photographs and study are amazing. I just don’t know if any of the monies made from these photographs ever came back to help the Native American people. I only hope.

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Lone Bison

Watercolor, 12 x 14 inches · NFS

Lone Bison in first snow.

Male Bison range as much as 20-25 miles in a day and live mostly alone on the range. I am struck by this since all the other “buffalo” I have seen were behind barbed wire. (more…)

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Memorial Day

Watercolor, Plein Aire, 10 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $40

I was at this cemetery to paint outside just after Memorial Day. This was the veteran’s section. Having an uncle who died in war, a father who served in the military for 20 years, and four other uncles who served during WWII and now a son in the Navy, there was a lot to think about that day as I walked around and got the view I wanted. There is deep appreciation.

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Navajo Powwow Fancy Dancer by Virginia Simons

Navajo Powwow Fancy Dancer

Watercolor
Unframed, 11 x 15 inches · $150.00

Time at any indigenous Pow Wow of ancient dances and artistic symbolic dress inspires. Families pass down the art, and the meticulous care taken to costumes and the dance steps honoring ancestors.

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Nouveau

Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches
unframed and unmatted, $40

The intention was to take a design and make it one’s own in a nouveau style.

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Orange Beach

Watercolor, 10 x 7 inches · Sold

This day the wind was up and the waves came steadily swirling the water as it was pulled back off the sand. There was a distant little rain cloud on the horizon.

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Our Child 1

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches
unframed and unmatted, $50

Heartbreaking for children to be held in fenced cages away from parents and among strangers.

This is one of a series of four portraits painted from May to June of 2018 when our government took babies and children from their immigrant parents and housed them in cages. The numbers have since risen to 12,000. I am horrified by this inhumanity. I have worked with children and families my whole life and know the impact of such acts on children, parents, and future generations. They wait. When will the lesson be learned?

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Our Child 2

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches
unframed and unmatted, $50

This is one of four portraits painted from May to June of 2018 when our government took babies and children from their immigrant parents and housed them in cages. The numbers have since risen to 12,000. I am horrified by this inhumanity. I have worked with children and families my whole life and know the impact of such acts on children, their parents, and for their future generations. As a society we know this because we witness and have had experiences from Cambodia to Germany, from North Korea, to China and Japan. Here it is repeated again in present time. I hope to continue to capture the mixed emotions of trauma, disappointment, fear, waiting, and hope, in these portraits. They wait for us to DO something.

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Our Child 3

Watercolor, 8 x 10 inches
unframed and unmatted, $50

This is the third of immigrant children series. Is this a teen? What sexual identity? Is the emotion anger? But there are tears? Is this child watching and waiting for us to do something? I want us to have all these questions and feel both for the child and our own discomfort. (more…)

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