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.
Just 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.
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When I do a show, which I do a couple of times a year, it’s an opportunity to meet new people who may have never heard of me or seen my work. It is vitally important that they see my up to date work and my best presentation. So curating a show starts weeks and maybe months in advance.
- Create a body of work… Each January I set to work deciding what direction my art will go in the coming year. I have many customers that come back year after year and they need new and fresh images to look at. So I sit down and map out what I might be painting seasonally. This year I decided that I would do a Spring Collection that consisted mostly of floral paintings since I hadn’t created any in a few years. Now that summer has arrived I will be doing a series of new monsoon paintings, and as fall approaches I bring in a series of paintings that pop with reds and oranges and yellows.
- Paint in different sizes… When doing a show I want to have something in several price ranges from the seasoned collector to the new person just starting out collecting my work. So I have small painting 8″ X 8″ up to 30″ X 30″ or larger. I also provide cash and carry items to bring the collector to the display, note cards and small prints are easy ways to start a conversation about my art.
- Hang paintings in the same color palette together… This year I found that many of my paintings have cerulean blue in them, it is one of my favorite colors, and also blends well with my other favorite colors, purple and teal. When a person walks up to a display they want a cohesive feel and having a similar color palette will provide this.
- Have one large painting as the star… I make sure the painting is facing my audience. I need a focal point to draw in the viewer as they approach my space.. It maybe a jumping off place for conversation, or it may become the inspiration for a commission or help the viewer to see themselves with one of my paintings in their home.
- Make sure your paintings are ready to hang and displayed properly… I choose not to frame my pieces, instead I use 1 1/2″ gallery wrap canvas with sides painted in complimentary colors, and a UV coating to keep them archival. The are ready to hang with D rings and wire. I also include a “Certificate of Authenticity” giving the copyright and medium and title of each piece. I firmly believe that every inch of your painting, front and back, should shout “I am a professional”
I am currently in the process of doing these exact steps as I get ready for the
Les Femmes des Montage Art Show and Sale July 14th
At the Hassayampa Inn’s Marina Room
Today is a question and answer session. So I will try to answer the #1 question that people ask about my art and let you ask me some.
People always ask, “Why do I paint what I do?”
Short answer is that it makes me happy, but the long answer is more complicated. My previous career was in Social Work; twenty years working with families, with a Masters in Counseling Psychology .
I saw that people who had broken spirits rarely picked themselves up. A single reflection of hope, in many cases, could be the trigger to make all the difference. Art became my solace after a long day of helping others who were stuck in a mire of self-destruction and hopelessness. It brought normalcy and hope to my life, so why couldn’t it bring this to others? If I were able to help a person move into a positive direction simply by viewing my art or teaching them how to create their own art they could look at life differently and change their lives for the better.
It is little wonder I try to find that spark of hope in all I do. As an artist the themes of hope and positive energy carry through all my work. I choose to paint art that is full of movement, positive-energy, and color to uplift my spirit and the spirits of others. Through my workshops I teach others to find wholeness through art.
So there you have it… I paint to heal grief, disappointment, and failure. I paint to give hope to others. I paint to help people have a joyous life.
So ask away, and then let me ask you how my art can help? When it comes to picking art for your environment, what is your single greatest challenge?
Have a great day and continue enjoying life to its fullest.
One of my new students asked if I could show her how I create flowers, this is the demo I created during the lesson. Basically this is hundreds of random strokes. One layer upon the other, fluctuating between light and dark; building up one layer at a time to create color, energy and movement. In the process a lot of texture is laid on the canvas.
This technique is the underpinning of all my work, layer upon layer, color upon color. This leads to a loose contemporary feel. I love working with students. Teaching is really my superpower and moving an artist into their best creative self is a joy to me.
If you want to learn how to paint this way, in an intuitive style with lots of color energy and movement. I have a great workshop in April in the beautiful Ponderosa Pines of Prescott, AZ. Seats are filling up, but there are still one or two waiting for you. Check it out here
Two day acrylic workshop in the cool pines of Prescott. April 20-21 9-4 each day.
Just so you know I am an Arizona Artist and have never visited Bayou Country nor stepped foot in Louisiana. However, I do love all things water, and living on a lake in Michigan as a youth I did see my share of blue herons stopping for a bite to eat during their summer visit.
My talented student wanted to learn about painting with color, and movement so she suggested a bayou scene since she is from that part of the world. As for vegetation on the bayous I was remiss. I had to admit I didn’t know what trees grew there, nor anything about the low hanging mosses. She taught me a lot when she brought in a beautiful photo-book of spectacular pictures of the Bayou. I was hooked… and I had to paint that moss, and the heron and the cypress tree. This is why I love to teach, somedays I learn more from my students than they learn from me.
A total departure from my usual Southwestern landscapes. I hope you like it.
20" X 20" Acrylic on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Wow, this is my first post of 2018 because of six weeks working on a Wizard of Oz set for our local Youth Theater. As their set designer I have been busy down in the basement of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott, AZ creating a large, 7′ X 12′ story book that will be the backdrop (Center Stage) for the show. But more about that on a later post.
So you can image how exciting it was to finally paint for fun today. So I choose some of my favorite colors, purple and teal, and used their softest hue for each by adding white and formed a pastel palette. Then I took my favorite subject a desert mesa and added a river (always wanting to quench my thirst) then drew my inspiration from memories. A soft, dreamy painting of a sunrise, that mirrors my expectations for a new beginning to 2018; a year of possibilities in the studio for teaching, showing and selling art.
I am so glad to be back in the studio creating one panting at a time…
I love when the seasons change and right on schedule the temps are starting to dip as Christmas approaches. Now for a little snow to cap off the holiday events. However I don’t think that will happen this year. It has been dry, dry, dry in the West. I see my friends in California watch as their houses burn this past week and it saddens me.
Here in the mountains of Prescott we should be having snow, but all we get are the dreaded winds and more draught. I hold my breath hoping we do not suffer what California is going through right now.
So I go on with the season praying that Christmas cheer will abound and that winter snows will come and that I get all my commissions completed in time for gift giving. As an artist I can paint as much snow as I want and surround myself with paintings of snow, but I am dreaming of making snow angels and snow ball fights.
Musing about snow, one painting at a time…
March of the Trees
9″ X 12″ acrylic on vellum paper, matted in white to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.
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…
Here is a flash back from 2014 when I began to paint bigger and bolder with Color, Energy and Movement. At that time I was in an experimental stage with my art and not knowing where it would lead me. Little did I know that 2014 would be the pivotal year in defining my work and finding my voice.
It certainly didn’t happen all at once but with a conscious effort to dig deep into my inner self I discovered my “WHY” ( why do I paint). It took an extensive and intense workshop in North Carolina, and much soul-searching to find the Why of my art. Slowly my work became more cohesive, more me, and I was able to speak to its depth of meaning. It now defines who I am, and who my audience is. It has made all the difference in how successful I have become. As an artist who struggled I can only say you must know where your WHY comes from in order to be great at what you do. Art now defines my life, gives me a voice to speak about a future of abundance, and helps others find the happiness that I have found.
Finding my WHY one painting at a time…