Yesterday, I was feeling the "ho humdrums" of the times - went for a walk. After taking the first photo, I felt way better. I think I forget to take in the beauty that surrounds me at times. Anyway, it made those feelings drift away. It's drab and gray, but still, even in the prairie weeds and plants, it says 'beautiful high desert at the base of a mountain range'.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Monday, November 2, 2020
My studio is overrun with OLD art pieces. Most of these were done over 20 years ago..they are pastels so they lay flat in the flat file. The elephants have been sold and gone for that time. I recently found the elephant photos in a photo box Sad to say goodbye to some of them..when they are your favorites, but pushing myself to say goodbye to more of them.
In looking at these, I noticed I was MORE careful with edges and took more time in doing a piece. I would spend days and days on pieces. These days, if it's not done in a day, I usually lose interest unless it's a commission (which have become few and far between). It's good for my artist's soul to revisit these from time to time, maybe that is why I hoard them. It's also a reminder to maybe SLOW DOWN a little.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
Halloween, time change, an election, COVID, full moon, cold weather, what else can we put on the proverbial plate today? Lots going on in my world..just staying at home..working as hard as I can on my many projects. Right now - doing some organizing and tossing of old art. I acquired about half of a studio's worth of matboard, glass and a newer mat cutter from a closing business and although I probably didn't need any of it, it was an opportunity that arises only rarely. It just takes up precious space. Another issue I will need to deal with. Where is the best place to house it so I can readily use it? Time and 'try outs' will tell. My 'she shed' gets fuller and fuller. I feel like I am on a Merry Go Round, just shifting things in a circle. Do your days ever feel that way? It's like my own little amusement park. ha.
Local fireban is not as stringent as it was. A fair amount of snow has taken care of that, in the meantime, because we like a good campfire, we made one each night for the past few nights in the novelty fire ring that was left here by the previous owners. Listening to the coyotes, watching the full moon, dressing warm with a good chill in the air..watching the stars. Being one with the earth. It feels good. These times are used for adjusting to a new idea of 'how to live' and stay healthy ~ for the next year or so. I have to ask myself daily, "What expectation of normal 'can I let go of' - today?" This thought lives large in my mind.
Hope all is well with you?
Sunday, September 27, 2020
I used a photo reference on this one for the fox. It was in a cage at a wildlife park. I imagined it on the prairie. I have to force myself to use my imagination a little more. Wild animals - should be in the wild...right? Thanks to Deb Frank for use of the photo.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Our local artist's guild is doing it's best - during these times. As you can imagine, like any small business, Covid 19 really put a damper on ART activities and events in towns and cities. Ours is not alone. Each month, I am happy to be able to enter a show and display my art. (It's important to keep yourself out there.) These are the three that I am entering in a show titled "High Peaks" this next month. Interesting that you don't have to adhere to the theme. That's good, because I suck at painting 'peaks' and mountains. Animals it is - for me!
Friday, August 21, 2020
Right now - there are 10 fires burning in Colorado. None of them are very close to us, but the smoke - on any given day, can drift along the valleys and low spots and get to us. It does awesome things to the skies at sunrise and sunset. Our governor has banned ALL campfires and outdoor fires for now. Many of these blazes are being fought with little or NO containment.
DH and I recently took a short RV trip to Creede and Gunnison, Colorado. I noticed that the forests that we drove through were SO dry. I realize this whole state could go up in smoke in a snap.
Our first stop was Creede. Co (about 3 hours west from where we live). We met up with relatives and stayed at a lovely RV resort - Mtn. Views. Here are a few photos from there.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
During the pandemic - DH and I thought it would be a great time to get going on some major outdoor projects. I was right! We have accomplished a couple of those projects to the point of 'finish' work. It's ongoing. It takes time away from the studio, but it will be worth it in the winter to have these changes done. Not easy to give up studio time for me, not only is it my time to create and get things done, artwise, but it is my sanctuary and place where I continue to ponder and pull myself together, to be who I am - that meditative space..important for everyone.
Back in the studio though is where I long to be. Sharing a few paintings that I have entered into the latest 3rd Street Gallery show in town and a practice piece in pastel. I have to give credit to a few photographers that graciously share their photos to be used by artists on a group I belong to on Facebook..they are referred to as 'AR photo' (artist reference). Lots of birds in my mind right now. LOVE birds!
"Barn Owl" watercolor, (AR Nicole Jenkins)