Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Everyone is due for an extended stay away from their daily life. It has been well over 10 years since I have had a sabbatical. During that time my dear friend Christi opened her home to me. For two months I experienced California and was away from everything that I knew. It was an important time.
I have some amazing people in my life. I honestly believe that we are put on this planet to become the best people that we can be. Part of achieving this requires being around genuinely good people that sincerely support and care for you and what you do.
I really feel that the time I am about to spend in Wyoming is an adventure that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and for that I am grateful beyond words. What makes this trip so special is how I am able to accomplish it. A lot of luck and countless hours of hard work allowed for the opportunity. But the reality of making it happen falls on the shoulders of my wonderful friends and family.
One of the projects during my artist residency is to paint a 4”x6” watercolor postcard for everyone that made my trip to the Ucross Foundation possible. They will receive the postcard during the month of April. Upon my return, I will collect all of the postcards and bring them together for an exhibition titled From Wyoming with Love.
Thanks to all the peeps that helped me…you know who you are!
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Liberty Wildlife's 17th Annual Wishes for Wildlife Benefit Event
SATURDAY APRIL 17, 2010 AT 6:00PM
FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE RESORT
FOR TICKET INFORMATION VISIT http://www.wishesforwildlife.org/
5 Burrowing Owls is one of the auction items that will be available on the evening of the event. Help support our wildlife!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Painting is out and the only pastels are colors I don't use, broken sticks, and colored pastel powder. No need to dispair! Okay, new game...make art with a very limited supply of art-making tools.
I give you exhibit A. A green apple (I've named her Annie the Apple) that my in-laws left behind after a recent visit. Challenging and delicious!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
2 burrowing owls that were being rehabilitated at Liberty were fit for freedom. I packed them in my truck and we were on our way. The outer perimeter of the Scottsdale Community College campus has large colonies of burrowing owls. So that's were we were headed. We pulled up to an open field and as I opened the box to wish them well and take a pic of the little guys, one busted out and took to the sky.
I gently grabbed the other one and he not so gently grabbed me back with his little talons, I took a pic, and released him to where he belongs. This is the time of year when they will scoping for little lady burrowing owls and will hopefully keep the population going. I told my dad that I released them on campus and he said they would be cruisin' for college chics. (No pun intended).
The weather right now is the reason why people love and live in Arizona. Wide open blue skies, 75 degrees, and ample sunshine. My dogs bathe like little lizards in the mid afternoon sun. The weather was so nice yesterday that I spent the day sprucing up the backyard.
We have mega-enormous agave plants and Mexican fan palms that have gone CRAZY! It was time for a trim. It was dangerous and painful but the garden is back under control. It didn't feel quite right cutting and snipping these beautiful plants but the poor pups have battle wounds from razor sharp points. To pay tribute to these living lovelies I drew a sketch of one of the agave tips I cut.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
This painting is 2.5'x4'8" - fairly large. One thing I enjoy is the Common Kestrel in the painting is about 4 times larger than he would be in real life. Kestrel-zilla!
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I not only gain inspiration from these books, I've also developed healthy respect for the designers. I thought it was about time that I paid tribute to two of my all time favorite wallpaper gurus.
William Morris is the rock star of wallpaper and fabric design. One of my favorites is Bird & Anemone. It is once again available for only $225 per roll. This design was used by Morris’ company prior to 1914.
One of the most controversial figures in the design industry was Florence Broadhurst. Her designs, if she designed them at all (this is one of the controversial parts), are insanely wonderful.
Of course one of my favs is The Cranes. It is once again back in production at a heftier price than Morris’ Bird & Anemone. Check out the book, Florence Broadhurst, Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives by Helen O’Neill. Scandalous!
As of right now I have about a dozen wallpaper designs, all on well worn sheets of tracing paper. It’s nice to have them on hand. One of my long term goals is to transfer these designs to something more permanent.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Papa (aka.Papa Boy, Freckle-foot (his feet are covered with them), Cardboard Ears (they look like someone cut triangles of cardboard and tacked them on his head, Whisker-face, and Rattlesnake Tail (when he receives non-direct attention just the tip of his tail shakes like a rattlesnake
It's a wonder I get any work done at all with these cute furry faces. The pups have a dog bed in the studio which Papa always inhabits when I am working. If Kona is not hanging out with us she will cruise in every hour or so just to check on us and get some pets. On her way out she usually licks Papa on the nose. Speaking of which, his snout totally matches the tile floor. Camo-style. They make my heart happy!