SOLITUDE

SIERRA FALLS

Sierra Falls  14″ X 11″ acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

There is nothing better than sitting by a forest falls, water rushing into a silent pool, Jays squawking and sun sparkling on the water.  To me this is a reflection of solitude, and oneness with God.

As I get older I spend more time on spiritual endeavors and less on worldly thoughts. Peace and tranquility is what I yearn for and seek out. A few close friends and love of family is all I need. Solitude becomes my friend.

Alone with my thoughts, one painting at a time…

WHAT COLOR AM I, or another way to define who I am.

FAR AWAY LANDS

Far away Lands  24″ X 24″ ON Gallery Wrap Canvas

Any of you who use Facebook are familiar with those quizzes that alway pop up on your feed.  One in particular is what color are you.  As if they can really tell you this with a five question quiz.  Then in an artists group that I belong to we were asked to describe ourselves by color, scent, taste, and sound in other words by our senses. But it did get me thinking that there are many ways to describe oneself, and to better understand oneself.

So here goes… I am going to describe myself in a way that you may see me, understand me, and see what feeds the inspiration for my art.

I am the color Turquoise, grounded in the Southwest, calm in spirit but full of positive energy. A bit wild like a mustang, yet solid as the mesas that watch over this land. My soul is deep and those that meet me can feel it. Purple is my secondary color, I am deeply spiritual, a friend of justice. Mother Earth is where my energy comes from; in nature is where I would rather be. I am a loner at times, a deep thinker, a true friend, and honest to the fault. I am not to everyone’s liking, but loyal to those who are my tribe. I am spicy with lots of warmth, kind of like the spice Cumin. My scent is sage after a rain, earthy, friendly, someone who makes you feel at home. My melody would be an anthem, ringing out the praises of God. Lastly my touch is soft and free flowing like my art.

So there you have it. Can you see me now?  Creating beauty one painting at a time…

REFLECTIONS

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Reflecting Home  30″ X 30″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Today I am feeling quite melancholy, I think I am coming off the high of a great Open Studio Tour, some unexpected sales and a successful talk.  Exhaustion has settled in and I am sharing my vulnerable self.  The studio has become a working place more than a creative space. I have several pet portraits in various stages of development for customers, but I have not found time to create for me.

When I begin to feel overloaded like I do today I turn toward reflection. A time to look back and ponder how I got to this place. It is not always easy to consistently be up to the task of growing a business. Especially at my age, people say why haven’t you retired. The answer to that is simply, I like what I do. I find purpose in my mission of spreading joy and happiness to those who stumble upon my work. I love spreading positive energy through my workshops, talks, and paintings.  I love collaborating with other positive people and bringing something new and different into the world. I thrive on that spark of creativity.

It becomes more difficult each year as my energy drains faster than my ideas. So I have learned to pace myself, say NO when I have to, and pick what is important and let the rest slide.  Now is the time to nurture my soul and talk to my kids and let them know how much I love them and go on a much-needed date with my husband.

Journeying  through the ups and downs of life one painting at a time…

ASPENS

ASPENS

Aspens 14″ X 11″  Acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

Just down the street is a beautiful clump of Aspens, they are the first in the neighborhood to turn brilliant yellow. They herald in the passage of time and the dance of Autumn. The riotous colors of the pears and ash were cued to bring forth there graduar and I got a quick step to my gait. Yes Fall is my favorite season of the year; no wonder that my first demo of the Artist Studio Tour was this little gem.

This is nowhere in particular but it was nestled in my heart and spewed out on Friday last. Reminicent of Granite Mountain and the meadows of Aspen that grow in Flagstaff.  It appears to be a composite of beautiful memories of Northern Arizona.  God’s tapestry that brings me joy.

Enjoying the beauty of Autumn on painting at a time…

ASPENS 14″T X 11″W, Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas

Beautiful fall scene. Original one of a kind art, sides painted, and ready to hang. UV coating to protect the colors from fading. Shipping Free in the United States

$230.00

FAR AWAY LANDS

FAR AWAY LANDS

“Far Away Lands”  24″ X 24″ Acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

This last weekend was the Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour which I was honored to have participated in. This was my demo for Saturday and Sunday.  It is so full of energy brought in by all the visitors to the studio. The positive vibes along with feelings of love, swelled my heart and I created some place different and new, a far away place sheltered by everyone’s love and good wishes.

I love the chance to meet new friends and fellow travelers of life. It is an opportunity to share my story and to hear theirs. It is amazing how often we have things in common, or from the same area; It seems like a divine introduction, with God saying you will really like this person.  I always do and the circle keeps getting bigger and better.

Thanks to all who shared my studio this weekend, you brought a piece of happiness and blessed this place with abundance.

Meeting new friends one painting at a time…

 

RIVER’S BEND

RIVERS BEND

“River’s Bend”  20″ X 20″ acrylic on 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas

This painting reminds me of so many things: fishing with my dad, camping with my brother, tubing with my kids. Cold mountain rivers are a favorite of mine, especially after a long day of hiking. I love to take my boots off and wade in the water, replenish my thirst and relax on the shore. They restore my soul too. Nature in all it’s forms brings me closer to the divine and gives me a pathway to mindfulness. I have come to understand that this is why I paint, to bring me closer to the light of God and to share that joy with others.

I will be sharing my Journey To Faith Through Art, at the “Friday Project” at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott, AZ on October 13th. If you are local and want an inspiring evening join me for dinner and fellowship before the service. Learn about the Friday Project here.

MISTY MORNING

MISTY MORNING

“Misty Morning” 8″ X 8″ acrylic on gallery wrap canvas

I love fall mornings when the mist begins to rise off the desert and it is indistinguishable between the sky and earth. A coolness settles in, shapes blur and dreams become real. This is how I felt this morning as I was sitting on the deck planning a day in the studio. A cool dampness settled in and I recalled this scene from long ago. So it became probable that I would paint that feeling and make dreams become real.

This is how all my paintings start, a feeling, an emotion, a memory, they come to life in my being and then show up on a canvas. It is how creativity works in me. I praise this experience and how it brings the light into my life.

This must be number 22 in my 30 in 30 challenge, I have lost count, but I have not lost the magic.

Creating magic one painting at a time…

 

 

TWO APPLES it’s harvest season…

TWO APPLES

“Two Apples”  9″ X 12″ acrylic on 150 lb. pressed paper

Today’s painting in my 30 in 30 challenge has broken all the rules.  I should have one tree or three trees but not TWO trees. But I snuck one in as your eye is leaving the paper.  Maybe that means there are a whole slew of other apple trees.  Maybe it is an orchard. If I step back I can envision it.  That is what I tell my students, paint till you are 80% done and let the viewer fill in the rest. Let them envision their own story.

I love this time of year, growing up in Michigan we had this great Cider Mill that I loved to go to in the fall. They have an apple press that was built in the 1800’s and is meticulously cared for.  They make the best fried donuts on the planet, perfectly paired with their cider. I remember as a kid running through their orchards and climbing the trees. Such happy memories I needed to paint an apple tree or maybe two.

Remembering my childhood one painting at a time…

MARCH OF THE TREES, or marching along in the studio.

MARCH OF THE TREES

“March of the Trees”   9″ X 12″on 150 lb. pressed paper

Today is #19 in my 30 in 30 challenge, you may have notices that this isn’t going very well. I have 5 days till the end of the month and 11 paintings to go. So I think I already lost the battle but not the war. The success of the whole exercise is keep marching along. I had decided long ago that for my own mental health that I needed to take weekends off. So that is what I do, I walk out of the studio on weekends and devote time to family and friends.

Just yesterday at church someone introduced me as a REAL ARTIST to one of her friends. She explained that I did all the sets for Park Avenue Theater. That got me thinking, working all day in the studio and running an art business for the last 10 years does not qualify me as an artist but designing sets twice a year for 6 years does. I guess it is all in the perspective of the beholder so I will just keep marching along with those trees.

Marching along painting one tree, one set, and one painting at a time.

AUTUMN, I am thinking Fall

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“Autumn” 9″ X 12″ acrylic on 150 lb. pressed paper

Finally the autumnal equinox has arrived and I for one am thrilled.  It is my favorite time of year. So out come the fall colors and switching out my wardrobe to cozy and warm sweaters, jeans and boots. It was natural that yesterday’s painting would have me gravitating to the above colors.  Yet I did not paint them in the traditional way with colorful leaves. I instead chose to make the sky and water brilliant orange and yellow, a juxtaposition of what you might normally see.  I like it, it makes the painting more dramatic, bold and screaming for you to look at it.

I am sure that in the coming days I will use more of this color combination and you may see me painting in oranges, purples, red and golds during the Studio Tour the first weekend in October.  I paint the seasons, and moods of my life here in the Southwest, and that will demand this color pallet.

Creating  a world of Autumn, one painting at a time…