Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Day of Beginnings and Transitions

Giving a value study demo for the class (photo courtesy of Clement Scott)

So, not only was the day of March 20th the first day of Spring, the new moon, AND a solar eclipse, it was also my first day of teaching a class and giving a demo! Of course it was a very nervous day for me, and I'm pretty sure I drove my family and close friends a little nuts with all that nervousness, but it was also a very exciting day that ended up being such a great experience. For one thing, I learned that I actually enjoy teaching, and even more so, giving a demo!

A progression of my black and white value study (photo courtesy of Louise Walden)

This class was part of the Art 130 course at the Cochise College in Benson, Arizona, taught by friend and fellow artist Clement Scott. He had invited me to be guest instructor for the introductory day of landscape painting. I am very grateful for the opportunity and so happy I was talked into it! The students were great too! There is something about being around that eager excitement to learn that is so inspiring. That I can share techniques and advice, and help them to better their painting experience in some way, was such a good feeling!
So I guess that March 20th was a day of beginnings and transitions, not only in the case of an Equinox or celestial event, but also in the facing of challenges, learning, and the continuation of placing one foot in front of the other down this path with art.  :)
Follow your heart! Do what you love!

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Laozi


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Recap Of Events

"Old Practice" 6x12 in. oil painting, one of three pieces that was accepted and sold at the 
Albuquerque Museum Miniatures and More Exhibition Fundraiser in November 2014

So, I came to realize that it had been 5 months since I wrote a blog post! It is shocking how time is flying by these days. It just so happens that those past 5 months contained some very post-worthy events that I am going to do my best to recap and get us up to date here.
I was deeply honored and thrilled when I received the acceptance notice that I was juried into the 2014 Miniatures and More Exhibition fundraiser at the Albuquerque Museum of Art. I may have unleashed some squeals of excitement upon finding out. The show started at the end of October and ran through November. I entered three pastoral/landscape pieces and only two returned home...  the above painting had sold during the show!

Also in November was the Heather Green Studio's Annual Anniversary Show. The theme was flowers (yay!) and I was currently having a fascination with lily ponds, so guess what I entered in the show? Yup...

"Pond Blossoms" 8x8 in. oil painting currently available through 55 Main Gallery

In December ( I wish I had some photos to share for this), I was invited to be the Judge for the Christmas Fine Art Show in Willcox, AZ.  That was a first for me, and how challenging it was to be in that position! The one to say which work of art stands above the rest - not an easy task!! I had a blast though.

"Fragile Friends" 2.5x3.5 in. miniature oil painting

February 2015 was the month of miniature paintings! The Sulfur Springs 18th International Miniature and Small Works show was on display for the month of February, and two of my pieces sold from the show.  The show was a success this year for sure!

 Also in February I was asked to be guest speaker on miniature painting at the San Pedro River Arts Council monthly lunch and learn meeting. I spoke to a full room for an hour and 15 min. and apparently the consensus is that it was a great presentation, everyone learned a lot and enjoyed it. I'm glad to hear it! I was so nervous!! lol

This month (March) is the Celebrate The Arts Fine Art Show going on all month. The reception on the 7th was a blast and one of my paintings received a special cash award. I was a happy girl!! Here are some highlights from that...

With the award winning painting...

Great turnout!...

Clement Scott giving his painting Demo with a live model...

There was a flutist providing a nice atmosphere during the reception.

Now last but not least, on March 20th which is this week, I was invited to be guest instructor on landscape painting for Clement Scott's Art 130 class at the Cochise College Benson Center. Yeah, really excited about this! Hoping it goes well.

So I think that brings us up to date, and I fully intend to do a better job posting on here. I still can't believe it's been 5 months!...


Monday, October 6, 2014

Escalante Canyons Art Festival 2014

Macario Pascual and myself painting the Escalante River at the Kiva KoffeeHouse

I have just returned from yet another magical painting adventure in Escalante, Utah. It was my second year attending the Escalante Canyons Art Festival plein air competition.  Although I received no ribbons this year, I was, however, rewarded with beautiful scenery, new friendships, and wonderful hospitality. The people of Escalante, and the people volunteering and attending this festival, are largely the appeal for me going.
The artwork produced and entered in this year's competition was truly incredible!

View of the show

It was challenging this year, with the wet weather, and some nagging health issues - however, I remained focused and excited throughout the experience! I painted several pieces, at several locations during the week long event, and here is a sampling of three of my favorites...

"Backbone Bonsai" 10x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Backbone Bonsai" along Hell's Backbone Road
during Wednesday's paint out.

"Metate Arch" 10x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Metate Arch" at Devil's Garden
"Through the Hoodoos" 8x8 in.
oil on linen panel

Painting "Through the Hoodoos" at Devil's Garden

 I love this art festival! Once you go, the beauty of the land gets in your blood, and the community and fellow artists become family. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Ol' Egg Room

 "The Ol' Egg Room"      8" x 10" oil on canvas panel

 Contact me for pricing and availability

When painting pal Clement Scott and I, discovered an old barn to plein air paint in Pomerene, Arizona, we didn't realize the history that would be revealed about it after asking permission of the land owner to paint in his yard. This old dilapidated structure, tucked away amongst a grove of pecan trees and knee high weeds, had once been an important egg sorting room, where special lighting allowed them to reveal whether the eggs were keepers or not. It was a main supplier of eggs to many nearby towns. Who would of known??! Hearing a story such as this can help breathe life into a painting.  I added the chicken later on, as a sort of homage to the place and our experience.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Unexpected Friend

"Unexpected Friend" - Framed 6" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Available through 55 Main Gallery

A friend of mine had this beautiful cat show up at her house one day, she was so purrfect! As it turned out, this cat had been in a car accident and was later reunited with it's owners. My friend had bonded with with the cat, and was sad to see her go. I had taken a photo of the kitty at one point, as I often do with cats I meet, and here it is years later, I ran across the photo and decided to paint from it. What a joy!
This is a small, framed and ready to hang on your wall, 6" x 8" oil painting.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Blackstone Sunflowers - En Plein Air!

"Blackstone Sunflowers" 10" x 8" oil on canvas panel
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During a recent trip to one of my favorite places on Earth - The Blackstone Hotsprings Hotel, I was struck by grounds keeper Dorthy's amazing sunflowers that were growing there. Having brought my painting gear along, I set up and produced this plein air piece. I am always deeply inspired whenever I stay there!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Happening!?

Okay, so I have a bit to catch up on here - it's been a while since I've posted...

Biggest news would be winning Best of Show at this year's Ann Boyd Wade Fine Art & Photography Show in April!! Very excited, and deeply honored by this! 

I did a solo plein air event for my gallery for the April artwalk...

It was so much fun, and one of the paintings sold!

There was another plein air event in the month of May, again during the artwalk weekend.
This was a group event, which included a wet canvas sale and show.  We all had such a blast!

Diane Hayes, Clement Scott, Kaia Thomas, and Michelle Cook

One of the pieces created during the weekend...
"Off Main" 8" x 8" oil on canvas panel
Available through 55 Main Gallery

Well I think that about covers it for now...there will be more news to come :)