Storm Clouds Brewing

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“Storm Clouds Brewing” 12″ X 9″ Acrylic on Vellum matted to 16″ X 12″

August is here and my busiest and most exciting time of year is upon me as I head into the fall season. I am getting ready for the annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour with a whole new series on velum paper matted and ready to frame.

The above painting, “Storm Clouds Brewing” came about because this time of year my thoughts are on the Monsoon.  It was late coming and we all held our breath as the forest fires started popping up from the dry lightening. I love to paint the feeling of the storm; the energy of the storm ramps up and then immense release when the rain arrives. Visualizing this on paper is alway exciting. These go quickly so if you want this let me know. Otherwise it will be sold during the Studio Tour the first weekend in October.

Meanwhile, I am also preparing for two events in September you will want to know about.  On  September 23rd I will be speaking for the Prescott Art Docents. On September 29th I will be painting live during the two services at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Both are free to the public.  I invite you locals to attend.

Antelope Canyon

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“Weathered Sand” 9″ x 12″ acrylic on Vellum Paper,  matted to 12″ X 16″

A short road trip found me at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and then to Antelope Canyon.  If you are not familiar with this small slot canyon it is situated on the Navajo Reservation and you need permission from the tribe to visit it.

They took a group of us 3 1/2 miles  through a dusty plain in a  WWII deuce and a half with no seat belts and wide open to the elements; that meant hot beating sun and windy conditions.  As I spit out the sand lodged in my throat I will continue.

We came to this amazing slot canyon and the magic began.  Under the excellent guidance of our Navajo tour guide we proceeded into the canyon by foot, a bottle of water and my cell phone the only things I was allowed to carry in.  The water for survival and the cell phone for pictures.  Thus began the most beautiful images I have ever taken photos of.

The abstraction of the light streaming through the opening above and the unusual shapes made by eons of water running through the canyon created abstract forms of color and sensual movement that mesmerized me. It also gave me plenty of inspiration to start a new abstract collection of studies on vellum that will be ready for the open studio tour in October.

This is the first one and is ready for sale now. If you are into Southwest design you will love these.  If you are a lover of abstract art you will love these. If you love pink, orange, or purple and all the various shades that they come in you will love these.

Give me a shout out and let me know what you think…  More to come…

 

 

Magical Moment

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“Magical Moment 18″ X 14”

I am getting ready for the next Les Femmes Show on July 13th in the Marina Room at the Hassayampa Inn.  So I decided to paint an old favorite, Thumb Butte with a magical twist.  I see this butte every day as I gaze out my patio door. Some nights in the winter celestial sky the moon appears to be right over the butte, with a little imagination I can visualize that now in the midst of summer. When the moon would not reach this point until I was snuggly asleep. You know how much I love colors, this bold, high energy painting brings them all together.  I invite you to see more of my new works at Les Femmes des Montage.

PRAISE and PAINTING

H0215 24x24One of my morning rituals is meditation, prayer and praise. Thanking God for everything.  It steadies my life and makes each day flow in a perfect sequence. It does not mean my day is always perfect but it sure is a lot smoother than if I didn’t meditate. As an artist I have combined painting with this.

Each morning when I step into the studio I create a study on Vellum, usually about something that struck me during meditation.  I call them praise paintings. This year I am creating a series of  1/2 day Praise and Painting Workshops. These workshops will be for anyone, non-painter as well as artists who want to grow their practice of meditation and praise. All supplies will be provided the only thing to bring is your willingness to learn a new form of praise and thankfulness.

My favorite place to hang out besides my studio is at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott. So they are graciously hosting this event in the Ballard Learning Center.

630 PARK AVE. PRESCOTT, AZ

MAY 18  1PM-4PM

For more information or to register 

 

BLESSINGS ARE ON THE RISE

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“Blessings Rise”  12″ X 9″ acrylic on vellum paper

It seems everywhere I look now days I see blessings all around me. Even though things haven’t changed to any degree with my life, my way of thinking has. Each morning during my meditation time I ask for three things.

That I will always be surrounded by love.

That I will always have the most amazing and beautiful human experiences.

That I will always be learning and growing.

Than I give thanks for all that I all ready have, a loving family and friends. Good health and purpose to my life. I pray for blessing for all my family, friends and community. I stretch my thoughts to the universe and connect to the collective conscious of all nature, and I thank God.

This morning I couldn’t pick just on thing to be in praise about so I painted the energy of my life.  I do believe it is time to find my expression through abstraction once again. For those of you who liked my abstract paintings this will be a blessing. To those who love my bright colorful energy driven landscapes this may be a new way of looking at life.

My wish for all of you is this:

That you be surrounded by love

That you have the most beautiful and amazing human experiences

AND

That you continue to have many blessings

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Original Acrylic Painting “Blessings Rise”

12″ X 9″ acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted to 16″ X 12″ and ready to hang. A one of a kind original painting. Shipping is free in the United States.

$75.00

 

 

Thankful for Winter Snow

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“Snowfall”  12″ X 9″ original acrylic painting

Winter is upon us and we have had a beautiful season so far. Those of us living in the Southwest are very thankful for every bit of moisture that falls from the heavens. Living in a forested area if we get snow we are doubly grateful for this form of precipitation because it seeps into the ground with no runoff.

 

This week my praise painting is all about snow, and the blessing it becomes. A delight to the eye, the snow falls heavy with moisture and settles in the nettles of existence. At first seeming to suffocate but ultimately nurturing all life.

Praise paintings are early morning studies on vellum paper that I create after my meditation and journaling when I first step into the studio. Simple heartfelt quick studies of what is on my mind.

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“Snowfall” an original acrylic painting

9" X 12" acrylic on vellum paper, matted to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.

$75.00

Praising Winter Rain

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“Praising Winter Rain”  9″ X 12″  acrylic on vellum

Welcome to 2019 and the winter that we have been waiting for. Those of us who live in the Southwest pray for winter rains and those like myself who have the great fortune to live in the mountains of Arizona are thankful for snow falls.

Any moisture is a blessing…

This year is starting off with plenty of it so I created this praise painting to express my gratitude to God.

Praise paintings are early morning studies on vellum paper that I create after my meditation and journaling when I first step into the studio. Simple heartfelt quick studies of what is on my mind.

If you want to see more of my work, please visit here.

Praising Winter Rain, Original Acrylic Painting

9″ X 12″ acrylic painting on 100lb. vellum paper, matted to 12″ X 16″ and ready to frame. Shipping is free in the U.S.

$75.00

“Watchman”… a painting for an Advent Cantata

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“Watchman” 40″ X 30″ Original Acrylic painting on 1 3/4″ gallery wrap canvas

It’s that time of year when my thoughts turn to the Trinity Presbyterian’s Advent Cantata. I am busy rehearsing it and this year the music is especially beautiful with Joseph Martin’s and Heather Sorenson’s new Cantata “Christmas Dreams”. Some years the music just calls for an art piece and this year was one of those.  The Advent Cantata is being performed the first weekend in December which corresponds to the first weekend of Advent so I needed to paint the art piece early.

This last weekend was the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour and since I am asked to do a demo during those three days; I felt it was a great time to work on the Advent painting. Some of you who came to the Open Studio saw it in the process.

My original idea was a Child’s Dream where a small  Christmas Manger would be under a tree and the ornaments would consist of Magi, Shepards and the Christ Child. One of the guests during the tour said, “keep it simple”.  I took it to heart since I myself was not sure the first version would really tell the story I wanted it to.  So since I work very fluidly and intuituve, the “Watchman” came to be.

Now the symbolism gives a profound statement to the beautiful words in the song  The Promise and the Prayer, “Here the music of the stars, words of hope from ancient bards. People hear the glad Noel: God will come, Emanuel.”

If you want to know more about the Trinity Music Program visit their site here.

Come and enjoy this beautiful and free Cantata with full orchestra.

 Dec. 2, 2018 at 9:00am or 11:00am.

 Trinity Presbyterian Church

630 Park Ave. Prescott AZ.

The Studio Tour is almost here.

IMG_1914Just as the fall arrives, I know for certain that the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour is just around the corner.  In fact, less than two weeks; so my studio is in complete chaos and the busiest time of year for me has come.  I have counted over 60 plus original acrylic paintings to display for the enjoyment of guests. Original acrylics on vellum are being matted, cards are being printed and inventory is being done.

The creek-side is being cleared of the monsoon debris so that it will be flowing for your enjoyment and my two guest artists are planning their own displays. Patricia Tyser Carberry will be back with me this year. She is an amazing glass jewelry artist who creates outstanding glass beads combined with other natural druzes and pearls. If you have never seen her work now is your opportunity.  She also creates beautiful felted silk and wool scarves.  Here is where you can check her out

My other guest artist, Carla Woody, is here for the first time and will be on the deck creek-side. She does beautiful mix-media art and exquisite beading. Her work has an indigenous flare mirroring her work with indigenous cultures in South America and the Hopi Nation.  You can check her out here.

The 11th Annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour on Oct. 5-7 from 10:00 to 4:00 each day is a celebration of local art. It offers you a special opportunity to visit many of the Quad-City area’s talented artists. There are 50 studios, with 80 juried artists , plus 3 art centers. There is even a Gala Pre-Tour Reception at the Elks Theater and Performing Arts Center Oct. 3 from 5:00 to 7:00.

Hope to see you during the tour. Stop by Studio #17 that is where you will find us.

To find out more information

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My favorite time of year

LIQUID AMBERCan you feel it?  That crisp coolness in the morning, the rustle of the breeze, fall is settling in. Just like clockwork the Liquid Ambers over at the farmers market have started to turn and I am happy that summer is starting to say it’s adieu.

That is why I love the beginning of September a time of transition from the hot humid summer to the coolness of fall, and a new color pallet for me. Since the Liquid Amber is the first tree to herald in this time of year I thought it appropriate to paint it.  It is also the harbinger of the busiest time of year for me as a local artist.  Just one month from the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour. I am busy in the studio painting so you all have a fresh supply of beautiful art to see.

I love this new piece because of the beautiful contrast between the orange and purple, two complimentary colors.  You know me and my love of purple, it is my new neutral.  Purple goes with many of the colors I choose to paint with. A bit of purple in a painting is a wonderful thing…

I hope you are all out there enjoying this wonderful time of year. To find this painting and many more visit my Galleries.

Hope to see you at the Studio Tour Oct. 5, 6, & 7.

Pam