Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
I am 1 of 11 local artists to have work at Kreuser Gallery, here in Colorado Springs, in their "Horizons, the Hope & Possibilities" landscape show. To prepare for the show I painted dozens of small pieces (3 shown here). From there I painted 6 large paintings and submitted the 2 above for my gallery wall.
The skies in Colorado, and the entire western US, are always spectacular. They're large, vast, open, dramatic, colorful. The colors are ever changing. Every time I'm outside there's another potential painting floating by over head. I often feel that our skies are visual music. Many of the titles for this series were musically inspired.
"Evening Chorale" 24"x30", on the left above sold. "Grace" 4"x8", bottom/middle also sold. "Like Music" 5"x7" in the middle/middle and "Billowing Sails" 7"x5" top/middle have both also been painted as large pieces. "Evening Symphony" 24"x48", on the right, is one of my all time favorite paintings. It's our view from our mountain property.
The show is hanging until January 22nd. If you live here in the Springs I hope that you can attend the show in person. If you live elsewhere, check out the show online.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
I recently had a commission that was a Christmas gift. A friend from high school told me about the trip her daughter and a group of friends had taken to the Caribbean for her 40th birthday. The trip was in February, just before the Pandemic. How lucky was that! Anyway, she sent me this picture and asked if I would paint it for her daughter.
This photo shows how I painted this commission. The painting is 8" x 10". I blew the photo that she'd emailed up to that exact size. (Was lucky there; didn't have to deal with size conversions.) That photo was taped to a board for easy holding. I put a clear plastic over it and gridded it so that the women would all be in the correct proportion. I also blew the picture up on my computer to help with details.
The colors of the water in this piece were so much fun to use..quite a bit different than my normal western palette.
Here's the happy young woman on Christmas morning. (I didn't ask her if I could use this picture, so I clouded her eyes a bit. I think I'll text her and get permission. She's really quite attractive.)
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
It's kind of an unusual time right now.....not only with the Covid19, but with this program. No matter what I do, it won't un-underline in the part that I see! The button doesn't work! And, the photos are perfectly lined up from my side. But not when I look at "preview". You probably thought that I just arranged them in a creative way! Who knows what this will look like when I click "publish." Oh well; it's always something!!Anyway, we've all been quarantined for quite some time. The first 2 weeks of the quarantine I happily painted away everyday. Then, I needed a bit more to do. I started sewing masks. These are just a few of the masks that I made. They all went to friends, family and donations.This was actually a lot of fun for me. Maybe I'm a bit of a fabric scrap hoarder, but I had all of these scraps in a huge box. Most of the scraps are from things that the kids and I made through the years. Flannel pajamas that our son made in junior high; shorts that I made for our daughter in pre-school; fabrics that used to be on the family room pillows that were chosen by the kids when they were small; on and on. It became somewhat of a nostalgic project. Also, I might be an elastic hoarder. I had enough elastic to make 45 masks! (Making ties is really time consuming. I didn't like that! And at that point started to lose interest; although I persevered for quite sometime.)I'm now back to painting (and reading, going for walks, and watching Netflix.) I've been working on landscapes for an upcoming show. I have work in two virtual shows this weekend. But, more about that in my next post.
Monday, December 23, 2019
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
This Friday, November 22nd, 5-9, is the Opening of the Annual G44 Gallery Holiday Show. If you live in the Springs, I hope that you'll stop by for the Opening or any time until Christmas. There are 70 artists and artisans participating in the exhibit this year!
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Friday, November 8, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
As the wind kept up, my palette had leaves in it, the sun disappeared, and I was gritty and dusty. However, I loved the painting. I thought of the many babies that had been pushed in this buggy; how their mothers had held and loved them just as I had pushed, held and loved my babies.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Day 3 of the Paint The Town Plein Air Event in Florence, CO had a rule: paint within 6 blocks of the center of town. Day 3 for me was Friday of last week, the 5th day of the event. Even early, the day was overcast and windy. I drove around the designated area for about 45 minutes looking for something that jumped out and called "paint me, paint me!" Finally, my friend Dottie Lirette and I parked by the old Depot and decided we would paint something right there. Sometimes, that's easier.
I had painted a series of alley doors in a plein air event in Walsenburg, CO in May, so knew that I could make this door work. I set up across a small, dried out creek and painted away. After just a short time I had to create a wind block. I turned my car around, opened the back hood, and used that as a wind break. Even still, I often had to hold on to my easel. It was really windy!
I moved some of the architectural features around to include them in the painting. Artistic license is great. When setting up a still life, you move the objects around until you create what you want. The same can be done in a plein air piece. You take what's in front of you and make it work compositonally.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
On day 2 afternoon of the Paint The Town Plein Air Event in Florence, CO I painted the hay bales that I'd found on day 1 but couldn't paint due to the wind. I hoped that the bales hadn't yet been loaded and hauled away. I was in luck! And hoped that the wind wouldn't pick up again! More luck!
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Last week I painted in the "Paint The Town" Plein Air Event in Florence, CO. Florence is about 35 miles south of Colorado Springs. It is most known for its' antique stores and multiple prisons: both state and federal (Super Max serial killers live their lives out here.)
Anyway, in my life it is also where I paint in the annual event. The week was very windy and made painting challenging. My painting from Day 1 was my least favorite of the 5 I painted in my 3 days down there. Artists submit 4 framed pieces at the end of the week. Day 1 barn didn't make the cut, and I have since wiped it out. Day 1 afternoon was too windy to paint.
Day 2 I was drawn to the light and angles of the Perlite Factory (the small, white granules found in gardening soil). I set up on the edge of the parking lot and painted away. You can see that by the time I finished the painting there were no longer any window shadows on the building walls. I do a sketch before I start painting and stick to the darks and lights of the sketch.
I was pretty pleased with how the windows turned out. I lightened the shadows on the window panes on the right just a bit to show the rusted metal and called it done!
Sunday, September 29, 2019
plein air oil
9" x 12"
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$395.00 + $10. s/h
Glen Eyrie is the former home of William Palmer, one of the founders of Colorado Springs. Like many big, old, beautiful homes around the country, it is now no longer a home. In this case it is a retreat center. My plein air group paints there almost every year. This building was a carriage house, now it's a book store and location of a group meeting room.
I was drawn to the strong shadows and fun reflection in the window. As well as the fact that there was shade to stand in while I painted! Always a plus!
Thursday, September 26, 2019
The 3rd day of the South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration is a "free" day, ie: you can paint any where in Park County. I wanted to paint the South Platte River from an over look. But, I had to peak through the trees. This kept me moving back and forth in front of my easel. The painting sold during the opening Friday evening.
Monday, September 23, 2019
plein air oil 12" x 9"
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$395.00 + $10. s/h
Day 2 of the South Park Plein Air Arts Celebration was another great day! We painted at DM Ranch. Here is information from their site:
"The DM Ranch contains three miles of the South Fork of the South Platte River and associated riparian corridor, a globally rare plant community, and large meadows that support livestock and hay crops. A historic survey revealed that 17 structures on the property qualify for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The ranch is now available for public fly-fishing, by reservation only, at South Park Fly Fishers (DM Ranch).
Funding for the conservation easement was provided by Great Outdoors Colorado, NAWCA, the Colorado Wetlands Initiative Program, and the Park County Land and Water Trust Fund."
My first painting was along the South Platte River. I loved the bends and curves of the blue against the willows.
(I might have to re-photo this one..the colors are just a bit too light.)