Ohio Art League Thumb Box

The Thumb Box show is an exhibit of small, reasonably priced works made by Ohio Art League members for the holiday season.  I bought a quantity of tiny wooden frames from Target 10 years ago and have used them for this annual show ever since.  This year marks the end of the frames and perhaps the beginning of something new in 2016.

In the meantime, here are the three Russian-looking-folk-art things I finished as a swan song to my small frame stash.

It’s unusual for me to paint things so outrightly decorative and conventional, but when ideas spring forth, I try not to edit them out.  Who knows why these things come in the form they do?  If they don’t sell, I can always use them to fill out the Jung Haus show.

Thumb Box is being held during the entire month of December at ROY G BIV gallery, 997 North High Street, Columbus Ohio, 43201.   An opening reception is slated for December 5th, 7-10:00pm, which is the official Holiday Hop night in the Short North.  Come one, come all!



Puffin West Grant Progress

I have completed the centerpiece for the 2016 Jung Haus show funded by the Puffin West Foundation grant:  “Oak Tree With Cow.”

“Oak Tree With Cow” by Lynda McClanahan

The piece is a visual contemplation on whether sovereignty of the body is culturally available to women.  When two or more interests are in competition and hard choices must be made, who or what wins and what loses: the acorn or the tree?

At 47″H x 37″W, “Oak Tree With Cow” is the largest painting I’ve done to date.  It certainly stretched the limits of my workspace and technique.  My hands are dry and sore and the drywall in the little dormer studio is covered with dings and splashes of paint.  Hipster hubby Joel says the image is inscrutable, which has left me a bit flummoxed.  I try to make my paintings open to interpretation but also capable of being read like a book by those who look carefully.

Laurel Wreath Detail,

Laurel Wreath Detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

The queenly central figure is rendered in an ultra feminine style and crowned with a laurel wreath.

Acorn badge detail,

Acorn badge detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

The  royal sash is adorned with badges depicting an acorn…

Don't Tread on Me Badge detail,

Don’t Tread on Me Badge detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

and the “Don’t Tread on Me” symbol of freedom prized by libertarians.

Oak Tree silhouette detail,

Oak Tree silhouette detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

To the left of the figure is the silhouette of an oak tree….

Oak Tree Sprig with Acorns detail from

Oak Tree Sprig with Acorns detail from “Oak Tree and

…and a sprig of leaves with acorns.

Holy Cow detail from

Holy Cow detail from “Oak Tree With Cow”

To the right is the Holy Cow of Hinduism with a hand-print of ownership….

Milk Pot detail,

Milk Pot detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

…..and the milk pot used by village women all over India.

I wonder if anyone will notice the similarity between the decoration used on the pot and the Queen’s lace skirt.

Lace skirt detail,

Lace skirt detail, “Oak Tree With Cow”

Taken as a whole, is this painting really so mysterious?  I worry I’ve overstepped myself but, in the end, it’s a work of art.  We can throw out a net, but what is captured is anybody’s guess.


Waiting and Watching

I am awaiting news of the publication of “River of Karma” in “Hinduism Today Magazine” with great anticipation.

Paramacharya Sadasivanatha Palaniswami, Editor-in-chief of

Paramacharya Sadasivanatha Palaniswami, Editor-in-chief of “Hinduism Today Magazine.”

Paramacharya Sadasivanatha Palaniswami, the editor-in-chief of “Hinduism Today Magazine” who commissioned the project sent along a photo of the painting’s arrival on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

“River of Karma” graphic beneath Gurudeva

The painting is leaning against a lovely portrait of Gurudeva, founder of the Kauai Aadheenam, holding up a copy of the magazine.  “River of Karma” is 36 inches wide, which gives an idea of the size of Gurudeva’s portrait.  Gurudeva started the monastery, established the magazine and founded the beautiful, hand-carved Iraivan Temple currently being established a short distance away from the town of Kapa’a.  The temple is in process, but when finished will facilitate Saivite worship via a large crystal Siva Lingam from Arkansas.

Drawing of Iraivan Temple Crystal Lingam

Drawing of Iraivan Temple Crystal Lingam

I’m impatient for news but until the next issue of “Hinduism Today,” there’s nothing to do but watch and wait.