It's growing awesome!! These pictures were taken a few days ago in our garden - the sunflowers are starting to bloom and it's stunning. This will be our 20th year of gardening here and it has been amazing season so far. In general, gardening in the desert is extreme and there is a constant struggle against the elements and critters...but this year is being kind and the plants are flourishing. This is also one of the reasons I have not posted in so long, lol, I had to trade computer time for garden time.
I hope everyone is doing well out there...these have been some rough times lately. Sending out some positive vibes to all♥♥♥
Finally completed "Earth Song", a carved and painted gourd done in the style of Pueblo pottery. This piece turned out better than I anticipated and I'm so excited! I took photos of the process so I will share with you here how I did it.
After cleaning the gourd and cutting the top off to create the look of pottery, I drew in the design...
Once I was satisfied with the drawing, I had to determine which parts I wanted to carve out. Once this was decided it took me two days to complete the carving (not all day - 2 hours each day).
I probably spent at this point 2 or 3 days trying to visualize a color scheme. I loved how it was coming along and I didn't want to mess it up with the wrong colors. I finally chose earth tones and painted on the first color...
This was exciting - it was really starting to manifest a personality now...I was going to leave it basically with the natural gourd colors and others that saw it at this stage agreed but then I had a dream that night that…
"Escalante Pasture" 8x8 in. oil on canvas panel
I was super excited to get notified not just once but twice in the same day that my little painting of Escalante had first been accepted into the small works show at TwoTen Fine Art Gallery in San Antonio, TX, and then got notified that it won a Judge's pick in DPW's monthly contest - a big thank you to judge Diane Hoeptner!
Escalante, Utah, is one of my all time favorite places and loved painting this scene... So happy!!!