This will be about my views on what it takes to put a three dimensional world onto a two dimensional surface. With a lot of digressing.
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Mar 20, 2010


I met Pat when we showed together at The Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY.
"Twenty Women Artists" was Part Nine in their series called "Artists of Suffolk County" It was 1975, and was declared International Woman's Year. The United Nations officially pronounced 1976-1985 as the Decade for Women, and March 8th as International Women's' Day.
Bet you didn't know that did you?
Does Hallmark have a card? Is there a minute of reverence on March 8?
Those in charge assumed that we would then disappear, go back to the kitchen-but we were outed. I'm digressing.
Pat lived in Centerport, I lived in Watermill, geographically not close, and we traveled in different circles. Like cogs though, occasionally coming together in a gallery, or a show. Pat was known for her landscapes, so her figurative paintings were a revelation to me. Strong and gutsy enough to paint herself examining a tick.
AT THE END of THE HARBOR 26x26 Oil on Linen

YOPAH AND STAR 72x48 Oil on Linen
DOUBLE PORTRAIT 20x20 Oil on Linen

Lots more on her website http://www.patralph.com


  1. Wow, these are great. Thanks for showing them. You don't suppose she actually LEFT THE TICK ON during the entire self-portrait painting? Oh god. I'm shuddering.

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  3. Dear Jala,
    Margery Caggiano forwarded your reply to her blog. Thought I'd let you know. The image was what I saw in the mirror one night after taking a bouquet of roses from our garden to a friend's house. We live on Long Island where ticks are abundant, but not thought to be in our particular area. I removed it, had it analyzed and found it was indeed a deer tick and got antibiotics soon after. But the image stayed with me. I added the tick, trying to make it as small as possible, yet recognizable, after the rest of the painting was finished.
    Thanks for the nice compliment.
    Pat Ralph