Thursday, August 30, 2012

Evolution

I started this painting a couple weeks ago and it is in full swing. As often as I can I have been spending time with it in my studio (as well as one or two others). It has changed quite a bit so far and I have no idea where it will go from here. The evolution of a painting is always amazing to me and the experience is unique to each piece. I will update as the piece inevitably evolves...




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Dream

I have had a dream for a while now of an offering I would like to create... Picture a beautiful mountain cabin by a stream or lake, amongst tall pines and aspen trees... or a warm, red rock, desert landscape as a back drop to a weekend retreat filled with art classes, yoga, delicious food, loving energy and connecting with friends, old and new.

I envision a place where women will gather to learn new art techniques and practice yoga, where women will be nurtured and grow in a supportive environment, where women will share their stories, where soul sisters will bond... I see it happening sometime in the not so distant future...

I want to make this dream, this intention, a Reality. I have attended many yoga retreats and teacher trainings and have loved the experiences, the personal transformations and the gathering of kindred spirits. To combine art workshops with yoga, journaling, nature walks, tasty food, good talks, alone time and all around goodness will be the ultimate retreat.

So my plan is to make a vision board and offer up my intention to the Universe and work to make this dream a reality. I'll be sending you the invite...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Experimentation




I wanted to share some shots from my new camera. I have been experimenting and playing with the different settings. There is really a lot to learn and some of what I am doing lacks much knowledge of how the camera works (beyond the basics). But, I am having fun testing it out around the house... My goal is to take quality photos of my paintings and have prints and cards made for my Etsy shop but I know that I will use it for other things too.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tashi's Prayer


I painted this piece last year and I have had it hanging in my house for a while not quite sure of how I felt about it. I have since grown to be happy with it and have decided to list it in my Etsy shop.

I decided to include it in my art show I recently had and I received some positive feedback. I think the main reason I was not sure about it was because it is a bit tighter than I like to paint. I prefer to have more physical energy, freedom, movement, visible brush strokes and mark making in my work than is in this one. The reason I do like it is because of the inspiration and story behind it... 

This piece is called Tashi's Prayer. I painted this after a visit one afternoon with my friend, Tashi, who visits every summer from Nepal. She was sitting with her strand of prayer beads (as she does every day). But that day she told me she was praying for her aunt who had passed away some time ago. Her aunt had come to her in a dream the night before and as is her belief, it was real and not just a dream. Her aunt needed her prayers and Tashi was honoring that need. I was touched by the deep respect and spirituality of her beliefs and intentions and inspired to paint about it. 



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Change

Things are changing. I can feel it all around. The air, the light, the animals, the weather.
I love this time of year when the stronger summer heat has lifted but it is still warm and sunny during the day. But the late nights and early mornings are cooler and crisper and our windows inch closer towards closed. Way up high the aspen leaves are starting to turn. Soon, the bright golden display of yellows will shimmer with the fall breezes. I'm never ready for winter. And while we could be in for a nice long warm Indian summer... the cold of winter and snow are never far away. I usually fight it for a short while but know that I must release my grasp on summer days gone by. I know I must let go.

Letting go is a constant practice. A lesson in change, of release, of not hanging on, of realizing that our expectations are just that and not always reality... of acceptance, of being with what is, of riding the current and being in the flow and with that comes the expansion of oneself, maybe a deeper, fuller self exists, maybe a quiet, inner strength grows. It can be difficult but with practice it gets easier and creates more space in our lives. Sometimes I forget and I hold on tight, too tight. And instead of maintaining my strength or solid ground I actually create the opposite. Instead of expanding and becoming more free there is a sense of closing in and of tension. But again, as soon as I do let go it's as if I have been holding my breath and a deep rush of oxygen fills my lungs and nourishes my entire being. Oh beautiful life and all of your lessons. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Growth and Mystery

Last week I started a few new paintings. One was close to being finished when I made the previous post. I still need to paint the sides but it is finished otherwise. I decided to call it "Growing". The little birdie is singing a song of growth and that is how I am feeling these days. The piece was making me feel like being inside of a growing garden full of flowers and leaves. The photo is not the best. I am not sure why the reds are always so reflective in my basic snap shots...? I have a lot to learn about photography (thanks to my new camera).Oh well, it does give the idea of the piece.

detail of "Growing"
As I have stepped away from the painting now that it is finished (besides the edges) I am also connecting more to the message of growth that showed up in the painting. I am amazed at how much we can learn about ourselves and about others everyday. I love this about life... there is always something to discover... whether pleasant or not so... each day is a lesson and a gift that we can grow from if we choose.

"Namaste" 18x18 acrylic on canvas

  On Saturday I finished a second out of the three pictured in the last post. I am quite happy with it. I am still obsessed with birds and flowers and I need to continue to work with and through the subject matter until something else creeps into my work.




These two pieces are in the beginning stages and where they will end up is a mystery to me... and I quite like it that way.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Post Art Show Happiness

Well... the show officially ended this past Saturday and it was a success on several levels: it was fun!- I loved seeing my work as a collection and visiting with guests and friends. My mom was there and that was super special. And I sold some work- 11 pieces to be exact... exciting since my goal is to be a full-time artist. And I know my work is going to good homes.

This show came at a good time since I have been so busy painting over the last year and I have created a number of pieces that were starting to stack up in my work space. The body of work I was able to display worked well together and I know this energy will continue to grow. 


In fact, I have three new paintings going right now (I think the one on the right is almost finished...) and I am in the flow. I am not sure how the other two will end up but that is part of the fun and the work. Here they are in progress.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Peace and Calm

On Tuesday, we took my mom back to the airport. She had been here for a week and we had a great time. She is very low maintenance so on days when I worked she just hung out, read books, took walks and relaxed. I took some time off so we could spend some time together and we had a really nice time. She does so much when she is home. I know she enjoys doing so since it is for my dad, my sisters and their kids/families. But I think she needs some time to herself to relax and not have any responsibility. I am so glad she was able to visit. I needed her mom-energy and to have her around. It gave me a sense of peace and calming.



After we dropped my mom off at the airport we did a little shopping and bought a new camera. I am really excited to have a new tool for my art business. I must admit I am not really camera savvy but my husband is and it seemed like a perfect camera (for me and for our budget) with all of its functions and capabilities . 

This Sunday I will take down my art show that has been up for a week and I will take some more photos with my new camera. It seems like just what I need right now and it has a lot of great features. I look forward to playing with it and learning how to use all of it's functions. My goal is to take good photos so that I can have prints made for my Etsy shop.
The show was a good success as of opening night. I am so glad my pieces are going to good home. Many of which I know...

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Radiating Joy

"Radiating Joy"
Pure excitement and joy! That is how I feel about this upcoming opportunity with the amazing Kelly Rae Roberts. I already have the book that goes with the course and it is full of incredible information. I look forward to diving deeper and learning and growing from her and making new connections.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Just Like Yesterday...

I am excited and proud to say that my husband and I just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on July 31st. We have grown in so many ways over the years, both as a couple and as individuals. We have actually been together for over 20 years. And yet in some ways it doesn't feel like that long. I absolutely adore him, appreciate him and admire him. Of course we have our moments, that's life, but it just gets better every day. I am truly grateful for him.

So to celebrate our anniversary we took a long weekend and got out of town. We went to another beautiful part of Colorado and did some exploring in our little 4x4 machine and then went into the adorable town of Breckenridge for the day. We had a great time. Here are some of the sights on our adventure...





Thursday, August 2, 2012

Art Show

About a month ago I ran into a friend who has a sweet little gallery in town and we got to talking about our art and running (we were at a race) and she offered up a First Friday to me for an art opening. I have been painting quite a bit over the last year and am so excited to be able to see it all together on display.




Here is the gallery before hanging my paintings and one corner after I hung the work. I love these events and the energy and fun they are filled with. It has been many years since I have had an art show and the timing couldn't be better. I look forward to it tomorrow night.