Friday, May 29, 2009


The morning

comes as quickly

as an excited lover.

Sleep deprived

unlike my love.

Nestled in and undercover

as passion greets the day.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Homage To A Hen

Homage To A Hen
acrylic collage
on paper
17 x 17

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New Unbalance

Here are just a few reasons as to why you haven't seen me around lately.
The lines between need and want are
just too blurry for me at the moment.
You see, I want to make jewelry and I need to paint.
So, bear with me.
I hope to strike a balance soon.
These are antique costume pieces that I have repurposed.
You can click on the collage to enlarge.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Daily I and II
Acrylic collage on paper
10 x 14 each

Monday, May 18, 2009


16 x 20 each
acrylic collage
on paper

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Closet of Friends

acrylic on found wood door
12 x 38

Her unconventionality never bothered me until we were around others. It was then that I bit my tongue and turned my head. Her lack of etiquette stung my very core.
There she sat at an elegant brunch with both elbows abruptly planted upon the crisp, white linen tablecloth. The clink, clink clinking as she stirred her tea with the tip of her knife echoed throughout the room. I noticed the hostess making a point to stir her tea with the designated spoon as a obvious example. My friend kept stirring, elbows and all.
But she is who she is and she makes no excuses. What I hate most is the shame I feel and the guilt that follows. Why can't I excuse her behavior?
The whole incident made me realize the different roles each of my friends play in my life. Like the clothes I wear, my friends possess all the unique qualities as my wardrobe. My closet of friends. The challenge was choosing what to wear or like that program,"What Not To Wear." Perhaps it wasn't appropriate to wear a sweatshirt to that elegant brunch. I should have chosen that cute sweater set and floral skirt.
On the other hand, that sweatshirt was just perfect for the camping trip.
I once invited a sweater set to a backyard barbecue. While she looked cute, as always, I could tell she felt out of place. My old sweatshirt would have been more comfortable.
I recently purchased a very colorful scarf. When I wrap that scarf around me, I feel alive.
I know it's unfair to compare my new scarf to my old sweatshirt or possibly the sweater set. I just need to be careful when to wear it. I am quite fond of it. It is
funny how a scarf can brighten up the drabbest of all outfits.
Although, I can't stop thinking about the sweatshirt.
I have had it for so many years; I don't know what I'd do if something happened to it.

Monday, May 11, 2009


acrylic on found wood panel
9 x 38

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Acrylic on found wood panel
9 x 38

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Bodies In the Heart

Mary Beth Thorngren will be participating in a new exhibit, "Bodies in the Heart." The exhibit, sponsored by the Heart of Centerville Business Association, will feature female torsos which each individual artist will respond to in his/her specific medium. The exhibit will culminate in a ticketed silent auction of the mannequin forms, and this event will be held on the night of June 13th at Miami Valley South Hospital, 2400 Miami Valley Drive, Centerville, OH 45459. All proceeds from the event will help fund Premier Heartworks, a public awareness program designed to prevent heart disease, the current # 1 leading cause of death in women. Please join us May 15th for an evening of fine shopping, art, music, and dining from 5 - 9 pm at the Gypsy Warehouse located at 21 W Franklin St. in Centerville, Ohio.