The work of Pepper Reed

Posts tagged “mixed media

A Horse of a Different Color

Previously, my work has largely been in shades of blues and purples. Not exclusively, by any means, but significantly. This piece is in a color I have rarely used on it’s own: White.

This is my newest piece. The photo isn’t the best. That is something I’m going to work on in the new year: good photographs of my paintings. Anyway, this piece came from a rediscovered song. It danced in my head for several days before it became this. Overall, I’m rather pleased.

Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps. 24"X36"

Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps. 24″X36″


Project update

Haven’t posted in a while. Several projects where in the works. Finished a new painting tonight. Will varnish it tomorrow & hopefully get a decent photo to post. The others are still top secret, but I’m proud of my work.

They’re Playing Our Song

I’ve always been a huge fan of music. A song will get under my skin and I can’t stop listening to it over and over again. I can’t stop singing it as I’m doing other tasks. Occasionally, I’ll find myself so into a song that I just have to paint it.

I posted last month about a song by Gotye called “Somebody That I Used to Know.” I’ve finally completed the painting that it inspired.

Shadows of Somebody I Used to Know

24″X24″ Acrylic on Canvas with Adhesive.

Thanks Goyte for the inspiration.

A Bit of Hope

 Love Takes Flight 

This isn’t a great photo. I need to look into some decent lights and remember to use my tripod, but it is a new piece. In any case, it is a new painting. It’s small, only 10″x10″, but it just a bit of hope to hang on my bedroom wall. I don’t think this one will be for sale. I think I need to hang onto it for a while. (Acrylic on canvas with Scrabble pieces, lace, card stock, & a key).

Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope that you all have a little bit more love in your life today.

A Little Show

Three of my paintings will be available for viewing and sale tomorrow, Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Multnomah Monthly Meeting Holiday Fair in Portland. The Art & Craft Fair will be from Noon to 3pm. There will be lots of local Portland artists and crafters from within the Meeting.

The three paintings available are

Portland Nights

The Mean Reds

The Means Reds

Darning A Life

Starlight Rain

Portland Nights

I have always loved the rain. The sound in makes on the roof or in the trees. The way it cools everything.

In Oklahoma, it either rains, or it doesn’t, but here in Portland it is totally different. It can be raining and not raining at the exact same time.

This piece is 24″X36″ Acrylic on Canvas with Bottle Caps

Taking Flight



This piece was inspired by two pieces of writing. The first is a quote by Ray Bradbury who said, ” Jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.” The other is a well known poem by Emily Dickinson.


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune–without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

It was a challenge to build the wings, but I’m really proud of them. The wings are made of wire with paper feathers which were dye cut from old maps and teal card stock.