Thursday, January 11, 2018

Gallery/Museum Show Announcement - Red Cloud, Ne.

An art show "Unique Expressions" is ongoing at the
Willa Cather Museum/Red Cloud Opera House in Red Cloud NE.  
It runs Jan. 3, 2018 to Feb. 28, 2018 and is in the first floor gallery.  
If you have a chance and/or live close, you should go - 
our show promises to please the eye and spark the imagination.  
The museum itself is a wonderful venue - lots to see and learn.  
The artist's reception is Feb. 3rd at 6:30 PM with an acoustic/jazz concert 
upstairs at 8:00 by the Kellison Duo.  
Check it out by clicking on the following - 
(2 of my 5 pieces are in the Entrance Display - below)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Preparing for 30 in 30 with a Theme for 2018

After much brainstorming, dreaming and sleeping on it, thinking while traveling - 
the jury has made it's decision - (BTW, that's only a ''Jury of One").  

My theme for this year's Painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days will be 
"Wildlife Symbols That Define Us" .  
By us - I mean ALL of us.  

My paintings will be of familiar animals/creatures that are found in dreams, symbols, totems, and symbolism.  What brought this idea to my mind is the weekly, if not daily, concern I have for the future of our planet and most apparently how our leadership is allowing 'safety', 'preservation', 'conservation'  of our wild resources to fall away from any watchful group or agency and deteriorate or disappear for future generations.   

The medium and substrate I will use is still undecided as I have SOME materials available 
since moving, however, not all.  Many are still packed away in an enclosed trailer.
It sort of depends on how soon the studio gets near completion, whether or not I have
heat in that space. It's not super cold in my area of Colorado yet,
but I can only imagine that it will be soon.

So, stay tuned.  The '30 in 30' for 2018 hosted by Leslie Saeta will begin
Feb. 1st.  In the meantime, I am out in that studio space, helping DH get it
as close as we can to that deadline.  Either way, I will be painting.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

30 in 30 for 2018

It's posted!!  And I signed up for 30 in 30, Feb. 1 - March 2, 2018 - it works out perfect that Leslie Saeta is traveling Europe for Jan, I wasn't ready to paint yet, but I have a month to GET READY - new beginnings, fresh new pieces coming!  Check it out, hope to see you there!

(this will be my 6th year in a row!)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Imagining a Scene with Paint

"Next Gig - OZ"
12" x 12" oil on canvas

Every picture tells a story! A representational painting tries to, as well.

This wandering musician/traveler looks to the horizon with
a happy/hopeful heart.  I painted this several years ago, 
but have always liked the feeling it gave me, one of hope,
one of wonder and risk-taking.

You have to know that the Prairie Palace in the background 
was inspired by the Co-op I once worked for in Bellaire, Ks.

I dig this girls outfit, coat a little big, the guitar on the back and bell bottom jeans.
It could have been me at one time.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

In the Meantime

I know it's true and am reminded so often, if you aren't able to paint and have an artist's blog, post some of your older things..I have been sifting through and choose this one today.
This is my red dox, Chaco done in acrylic on board.  
He is my best friend.  I captured him smiling
as he slept in the RV on a trip.

I loved his little contented smile.
He smiles often.
Here we are, neither one of us smiling - but hugs all the same.

Friday, December 15, 2017

It's Not Possible..

...but then again, it is - life IS happening here in our new location.  Just LOTS to do.  The studio became 'on hold' until we could get some more pressing items sorted out.  

Energy is the biggest item we are tackling these days, seems just about all systems needed some updating and upgrading as we ventured into the cold winter. We are living OFF GRID with a solar system and generator backup.  It was amazing to us both - as we could picture ourselves living with ONE light on and then having to turn it off to use the next electrical thing, but it isn't like that at all.  

We actually prepared ourselves for the idea of how it all works by our years of RVing.  We 'boondocked' (stayed in the RVwithout plugging into 'shore power') many times so realize what our limits are. As they say, 'it ain't that bad!'  I never thought I would have the need to understand wattage and voltage, it was really a mystery all my life, but I am getting into it these days.  Luckily, we got moved without BAD weather and we continue to pass the days of working on our place without feet and feet of snow. Lots to look forward to, be thankful for and that is what I do everyday.  

And one of the nicest things is the beautiful view we have, pinching ourselves that we are NOW back where we belong, in Colorado, and the garnering the likelihood of staying warm by the comfort of our pellet stove.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Sneak Peak of the New Digs

Studio space about Day 10 - moving right along, 
the added bonus is a loft space for storage above 
this 450 square foot space - very cool!  Ready for walls and ceiling.  
Stay tuned.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Almost There

I have been thinking alot about this blog and whether or not I will keep it going.
For now, "the blog gods won".
We are in Westcliffe - much of the time these days.  I have a new motto -
We have been literally knocking ourselves out 
as we MOVE OURSELVES back to Colorado - no help,
just us and our vehicles and a couple of trailers.  
Been so busy getting a studio space ready - among many other
unexpected glitches and roadblocks but all the
while it's worth keeping our 'eye on the prize'.
We wanted so badly to make this move for a very
long time now.
Soon, I will move my myriad of supplies and tools here and begin using them 
again.  I have also been thinking about 'why I paint'.  I have come to realize
that more then anything, it's about the PROCESS of painting...
the ups and downs and thinking that goes into what I am trying to express
and how I am saying it - what mood, what emotion, what color, what feeling?
I am ready to crank it up and get going again. 
It may happen around the first of 2018 - if plans go accordingly.

If you have been checking in, thanks.  I will be back soon.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Moving Update

Scene from out my backdoor in my new house in Colorado.
Update - we are in the dark area of tossing, organizing, packing, you know the drill maybe.
It's going to be some time to get a studio space up and running.
In the meantime, maybe some sketching is on the agenda..have to remember that one, 
as I pack up the studio.  I expect to have a place about 1/2 the size of my current
750 square feet that is jam packed, so lots of tossing will possibly happen.

Sunday, July 30, 2017


Time out, while we make a life change and move back to where we belong - Colorado.
Slow move - but most adventurous and on hold, studio on hold, sort of - life on hold..big undertaking but it's now or never.  Visit back often, I will be back.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Happy Blogiversary

Yep - 10 years old today.  I started this blog as a way to keep family and friends
aware and up-to-date of what life had become as we moved from our beloved lifespace
in Colorado, retired from our jobs and took the chance of living in farm country
'middle of nowhere' Kansas. Not what it used to be, but still there and
still alive at times.

I remember a time waking up each day in those first few years and being excited 
about what to write or share.  That excitement
has waned...still WE look at this spot on the globe as 'home'..but see it more now
as a place where we can gather our sense of safety and sanity from
the rest of the world.

We are restlessly always looking for a place like it, in another climate..but
haven't found it yet, don't know if we ever will.
There is definitely something to that old saying -
"BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED'...and I think I have,
I try to bloom.  Each season is different from the one a year before.  At times it's hard to believe
it's been 10 years.  Time goes by, so fast.  In the meantime, life goes on.

If you visit here once in awhile, thanks.  At best, I share my art.
If you have been with me since those 10 years ago, you know how this blog has changed -
but me, I am the same person.  Busy, loving life and always creating.

T H A N K   Y O U

Thursday, May 4, 2017

More Practice

"Peaceful Feeling"
9" x 12"
watercolor texture with pastel
on Art Spectrum Colourfix

Just some practice...having to focus extra hard
having a new lid put on studio building, metal roof, oh so noisy.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Great Horned Owl in Pastel and Watercolor

pastel and watercolor on
Art Spectrum Colourfix sanded paper
mounted on gatorboard
9" x 13.5"

Had to force myself to stop before I covered up
all the great texture I created on the underpainting
with watercolor.  Sometimes I DON'T stop
and take it too far and then it is
impossible to return to that spot 
where I jumped in with too much zeal!

Calling it done. 
It will be framed and entered into the
ANAC Annual Traveling Show,
hopefully.  I'll let you know.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Work in Progress

Getting a start on a merged watercolor/pastel in my online class with Tonja Sell today.  I saw it right away yesterday, when the surface finally dried.  Had to get back to the studio today to get it going.  I get so caught up in art at times, it is all I think about.  Now that I've got it going, I can focus on other pressing things.  

Here is the start. Do you see the owl?

I saw other things too, but owl has been speaking to me lately. It is sometimes the last outdoor sound I hear when I let the dogs out for the last time..and then I can be awakened by that sound, through the bedroom walls in the middle of the night.  He penetrates my dreamworlds at times.  Would love it if it were a 'she'.  However, there are already two HOOTS in the night.

Stay tuned for more progress.
SIDE NOTE:  I try to use all my own source photos or borrow them from friends
or relatives,, the source for this one is from a stock photo company called Alamy.
I purchased the use of the photo from them.  
I would never copy an image from someone's photo without permission
these days.  It's only fair.  Photographers are artists too.

Working with Textures

Just off the easel..needing to be rephotographed..but this is my
iPhone photo.  I usually take my final photos with my Nikon,
it always gives me a better starting place when 
expecting to post a final piece.

Titled "Pacification" - pastel worked over watercolor 
texture on Art Spectrum 140 lb. natural Colourfix paper
(love that stuff)
adhered to gatorboard - 8.5" x 11".

Continuing to just love the outcomes
of these hidden subjects..getting really excited 
for the next one. 

Stay tuned.