My New Favorite Subject: Me!

First let me say: Wooo Hooo!!! New photos!

Yes, I finally have taken some photos of more-recent paintings. They aren’t perfect photos, but they are close approximations of my work. And I just can’t wait any longer to publish. (This whole photos of the paintings thing is pretty much driving me crazy…but then it’s a short trip.)

So, here are some of my recent photos. I’ve discovered a new subject: me. Or, more like, my life. I haven’t tried the serious artist self-portrait yet, but I’ve used old photos to revisit the story of me childhood, important, formative and fun.

Here are a few selected works:

The Artist As Cowgirl

The Artist As Cowgirl
The Artist As Cowgirl

This was, I think, my fifth birthday and I’m loving being a cowgirl. In the background my mother is cracking up and my then-teenaged cousin Pete is bored out of his mind.

Here’s a painting of me at about age four with my first cat, Peanut, crawling on my shoulder. This image pretty much sets the stage for why I now paint so many cat paintings.

A Man and His Tractor
A Man and His Tractor
A Man and His Tractor

And here’s a real classic. This painting is based on a photo of my Dad with his old International Harvester caterpillar tractor. I’d say the photo is circa 1960s. I’m working on a second version of this painting as a Christmas gift for my youngest sister.

Licking The Bowl
Licking The Bowl
Licking The Bowl

This painting is from an old, fuzzy black-and-white photo of me standing at the kitchen table licking the bowl. I’d guess I’m no more than 3 years old in this photo. And it reminds me of all the hours I spent in the kitchen with my Mom. So cute!

And now I probably have to tackle the really hard one: me as a middle-aged painter. Probably not as cute, but probably important for me to tackle. Stay tuned.

Categorized as Art Tagged

By Joanne

Joanne Taeuffer is an expressive painter. She lives in the Berkeley Hills and Healdsburg, CA, with her husband and their black cats, Oscar Wild and Percy.


  1. Nancy,

    Thanks so much. I’m pretty fond of this image of myself. Maybe I should ask for a cowgirl outfit for Christmas. (Actually, I saw some slippers that look like cowboy boots…really cute. Jerry: are you listening.)


  2. You are amazing! You bring so much to your paintings and our painting time together!!! And first place in the John Muir Show! WOW….congratulations! I love that you are the subject for this month. Keep it up!

  3. Jeanette,

    You are too good. Thank YOU for talking through the mods I did on the “Man and His Tractor” painting, which is now going to live with my dear, old friend, Lorelei…the girl who taught me to tie my shoes in kindergarten…and one of my father’s many, many female fans.


  4. Hi Joanne,

    Just trying your blog. Nice paintings!

    BTW your painting of the GGB hangs over my office at home.



  5. Hi Stephane,

    Thanks for checking out the blog. I ALSO have a GGB painting (same image, actually) above our mantle in the new house in Healdsburg…I did a new version of it for that house, since I miss that view when I’m in the Burg.


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