February 24, 2015

Architectural Runway-Oscar 2015 red carpet

Architecture on the red carpet.
Ladies on a red pedestal, molded of alabaster and marble, a draped detail, pearl molding, a croset structure, a banded column, and a fleuron.

All Caryatids [sculpted female figures] ready for the podium.

Pastel, 10x8, $150.
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February 10, 2015

Box of Hearts

In February I wear a heart everyday. My collection is nestled in empty velvet chocolate boxes and each represents people or things that I love. See grid.
1. Steuben glass heart- It all started as a teen when I bought a glass heart made by Corning Glass. A teardrop was suspended within- how could I resist? The original was three times the size but it was stolen and replaced by this one. 
2. Ballet pink sparkly heart- for my love of ballet, music & dance. I wear it to ballet class.
3. Swarovski red crystal heart- from my loved husband.
4. Tiffany silver heart- from loved stepdaughter Robin.
5. Purple heart- for all of life's wars I've bravely fought.
6. Vintage pink stone & pearl heart - from my loved sister.
7. Black Jet Mourning heart- for all those lost that I loved.
8. Swirl black & white heart- for my swirl of loved friends & family.
9. Copper engraved heart- my favorite metal- for my health.
10. Green Malachite heart- for my love of nature.
11. Painted sunflower heart- from loved stepdaughter Kim.
12. Sea shell heart- a gift from the sea.
13. Leopard heart- for my loved animals.
14. Antique Art Nouveau heart- for my love of antiques & the arts.
15. Porcelain Rose heart- for my love of roses & flowers.
16. Amber heart- from my honeymoon in Dominican Republic.
17. Italian Murano heart- for my love of travel, esp Italy.
18. Aquamarine glass heart- for my favorite color.
19. White cut out lace heart- for my love of lace and all things hand made. Full circle back to Corning Glass who made the heart.

And I have more. 

Pastel, 9 x 11.5, NFS

January 21, 2015

Chicago Shades of Grey

Leaving Chicago, outside the window, revealed a gradation of greys reaching for the sky. Misty grey. Shades of grey. Grey steel disappearing into the fog. 
No sun but for a spark of life in a window on Lake Shore Drive. 
"Chicago, Chicago that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago I will show you around
Bet your bottom dollar you will lose the blues in Chicago..."

Pastel, 10x8, $125.

December 16, 2014

First Snow

Painting commissioned as a gift for a woman who as a young girl had never seen snow before coming to our country from Malaysia. Her response is captured here in its purity.

"Suat's First Snow" pastel, 20x16, ©Johanna Bohoy, 2008  SOLD- Malaysia

November 24, 2014

Cranberry Bog

Seeing things? 
Red water? 
Yes, cranberries floating in a bog of blue. 
Native Americans named the red berries Sassamanash, and introduced them to the starving Pilgrims in Massachusetts, who then used them in their first Thanksgiving feast. 
Now they are ours. Little red pearls of tartness that add color and sweetness to our plates and palates. 
Thank you Mother Earth.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Pastel, 10 x 8, $150.

November 5, 2014

Good Swan

The good swan. As fragile as crystal. As pure as the white she wore. Lia Cirio of Boston Ballet, who performed last weekend, was the best swan I have ever seen dance the parts of Odette and Odile. 
As delicate as her white swan was- her black swan was fiery, 
look-you-in-the-eye passionate, athletic, and energetic. 
A standing ovation well deserved. 
Feathers aloft.

Pastel, 7 x 5 SOLD-Pennsylvania

October 20, 2014

Surprise Glacier, Alaska, watercolor, Bohoy

It's a glacier.
An ice sculpture framed by the mountains. Groaning, cracking, spouting, melting- calving into the sound. Baby blue reflected from the sky above.
Chunks of ice swim over to greet us. Little ships built by hundreds of years of compressed snow- now set sail.
A wonder of nature before our eyes.
[Surprise Glacier, Alaska].

Watercolor, 20 x 16, unframed  $500.

October 1, 2014

Alaska watch

Out come the cameras and phones. Almost tipping the boat into waves. Capturing mountains and glaciers ahead. And a humpback? an otter? an Orca? a seal?
Sights to see and send home.
Heading to Surprise Glacier, Alaska

Pastel, 10 x 8, $175. 

September 17, 2014

Hatcher Pass, Alaska, pastel Bohoy

"There's gold in them thar hills." 
Hatcher Pass, Alaska. Through the rolling hills and roiling mist a shrouded vestige of the past appears. Peaks of red that sheltered the miners of the Alaska Pacific Mining Company dot the velvety green pass. Ghostly mists and fog and clouds hover above, all secretly holding the stories of the men seeking their fortunes that came to a halt during WWII. Eerily beautiful.

Pastel board, 16 x 20, $400.

August 19, 2014

Lavender Fields, Sequim, Bohoy pastel

Lavender Fields forever.
A little bit of Provence on an island off of Seattle- a town called Sequim.
Mounds of purple, lavender, blues and violets line up on the farms like soldiers ready for battle to clean and permeate the air with its herbal, sweet scent. 
[The name comes from lavandus a Latin word that means to wash and its aromatherapy properties soothe one's head, body and soul.]
It did.

Pastel, 8x10, $150.