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New Pastel/watercolor

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 Several years back, I studied this technique online, with artist Tonja Sell   Using handmade stencils and materials that lend themselves to awesome textures in watercolor I worked them into a collage-like arrangement on sanded Uart paper.   After a day or so of drying, I played around with the orientation. In this case, turning it 180 degrees made it more receptive to my wolf idea.  Then added the beginnings of the face...after these first few beginning strokes, something in me said - leave it this way, but that was too easy.  Going to carry on and see what transpires.

A Blogiversary to Recognize!

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It's hard to imagine that I engaged in a 'blogging' space on this date 15 years ago. A MILESTONE in and of itself!  Lots of water under the bridge, changes, and growth since those long ago days.   We were Kansas residents, at the time I began this blog.  I started it as I wanted a space to communicate with my 'left behind' friends and family to be able to read about our adventure of living in farm country on a farmstead.  I also had a desire to write about and publish my ART PROCESS. And - blogging became a special occasion to JOURNAL.  Blogging was ONCE a 'have to' for me. Perhaps you have noticed, I am not as active on this space as I once was.  NOW living back in Colorado and family changes - the necessity for blogging much of the time - has waned - click for more... The ART PROCESS is still a happening event.    It was and IS a way to connect with the 'like minded'  - however, many of those like-mindeds have set their sails and traveled off into

52 Years Old

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 Click on post to see entire quote... Dr. Seuss said it right.   "Unless someone LIKE YOU CARES   a whole awful lot , Nothing is going to get better. It's NOT."  

Spring Cleaning

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 Each year the Sangres Art Guild's local art space, 3rd Street Gallery, in Westcliffe has a seasonal schedule.  Our first show is in May and our last show ends in December. The building that the gallery is situated in, is currently for sale.  So this year, we just don't know what will happen to the space which is currently being graciously donated.  Each year we have a 'spring clean' day and today was the day.  From top to bottom the two gallery floors were made 'spic and span' by the crew in the following photo. It was a work of love and care for our space.  Photo - here it is - do you know which one I am? The first show, the 2023 Calendar Show, will have it's official artist's reception on May 7th.     

Lots of LEARNING

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  Since the beginning of COVID, I have been immersing myself in 'learning online' with art courses offered of ALL KINDS.  Determined to revisit, practice and refine a multiplicity of mediums and techniques.  I feel it has been a winner of an undertaking.  These courses have kept me busy in the studio and pushed my nose to the grindstone.  The gains in comfort and ease with materials has me open to DOING LOTS of new and refreshing/replenishing artwork. This piece was done under the guidance of Robert Kelley who is teaching under karabullockart.com .  This is the 6th course I have been absorbed in.  Kara offers stellar and substantial learning opportunities.   "Frank'" - the above canine - was done in willow and vine charcoal, kneaded eraser (which makes the best marks!), blenders, and cotton balls with charcoal dust.  I have lots of experience with these materials - when I began my art journey (so many years ago), this was pretty much all I used, so this part of m

Staying with the Process II

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 An update on the 'wolves' painting, If you have followed my blog at all, you know that wolves are my favorite wild animal.  More on that one later.  This is a large painting in oil. Detail:

Baking the Pie

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Being a part of an online watercolor community 'sets a lofty bar' - however, the learning curve is sky high. ( Aligator Watercolor Community with Ali Cavanaugh on Patreon ) The bi-weekly challenges are worth the work. They are truly challenging and perhaps in the realm of 'painting I wouldn't normally do'. I am committed and devoting my time to it, all the same. Proficiency with subject and materials is my goal and in the meantime, getting to know others of like-mindedness is refreshing. Challenge for this 2 weeks is "Women in History". I chose Gloria Steinem. Growing up in the days when her activism and message were tenacious, it was a true gift. She was and IS greatly influential to my growth and raising a daughter. "Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman, It's about making life more fair for women everywhere. It's not about a piece of the existing pie, there are too many of us for that. It's about baking a new pie.&qu