Spring Showcase is now a part of google earth
What could be better than spending a Spring weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas! The bluebonnets are in full bloom, the peach trees will be soon, and the weather is great. R.S. Hanna Gallery is celebrating Spring Showcase featuring work by the Women Artists of the West. I have five paintings in the show and had a blast during last month's art walk. I'll be there again for the next art walk April 7 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
I got sidetracked by some other projects so I just finished this watercolor recently. It does remind me of our many trips to our beautiful national parks. When we lived in Idaho we were just about two hours from our driveway to Old Faithful. How great it was to be able to load up the kids in the van and spend the day at Yellowstone. We would walk along the boardwalk at Old Faithful and count how many different languages we could hear. The diversity of the landscape and of the people enjoying it makes it such a special place. May we always protect our public lands and all the people from around the world who may come through our gates.
We just returned from a trip to the Davis Mountains in far west Texas. Who says Texas is flat? These beautiful mountains are near Big Bend National Park and are mountain islands in the Chihuahuan Desert. While on one of our many hikes, we came upon this lone yucca which contrasts nicely with the distant mountains. The grass seed heads glitter golden white in the Autumn.
View from the McDonald Observatory and Old Fort Davis. The trail led us around the hoodoos and down the face of the cliff behind the old fort.
My art studio away from home and the trail down to old Fort Davis. Quite a view
CCC built watch tower in the Davis Mountains and CCC built Indian Lodge. I love this room!
I just completed two watercolors of summer rainstorms in New Mexico. It took me longer than usual because I got side tracked by another project that I'll post later. Anyway, the one pictured above is a rainstorm near Abiquiu. What a beautiful area! No wonder Georgia O'Keefe planted herself there. Some day I would love to visit her studio. So far I have just been to her museum in Santa Fe and seen the replica of her studio there.
This summer we went to Chaco Culture, also in New Mexico. Wow! It's remote, other-worldly, and somewhat difficult to get to. The last few miles are hard pan washboard so I was thankful to be in the Yukon rather than the Prius. For 1250 years, various Native American peoples have used this canyon, which is now a World Heritage Site, as a special meeting place. They built stone "houses" which are actually cities, all along the canyon.
They also created pictographs and petroglyphs for miles along the canyon cliffs. (Facebook for the ancients) We hiked for miles until the heat finally got to me and our water supply was getting a bit low. I would love to go back with the Casita during a cooler season and spend more than just one day there.
As we left we stopped at the Fajada Butte overlook. The desert sky was clear but then within a few minutes a storm cloud gathered over the butte. I love the desert - the colors, the sky, the surprises.
I'm looking forward to a busy weekend. My watercolor, "Mule Ears Mountain at Big Bend" will be one of the works of art featured at Breckenridge Art Center 25th Anniversary Juried Art Show in Breckenridge, Texas. The show runs through September 3, and the juror is Bill Ryan, owner of Weiler House Galleries in Ft. Worth. The artists' reception is this Saturday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Everyone is invited!
I recently completed this watercolor of the California coastline as seen from our Amtrak window. Below are more photos from the window and most likely many of those will also become watercolors in the future.
I like to look at other artists' websites especially if the artist's style is different from my own. What grabs that person's attention? What's in her soul?
Yesterday I came across a website that featured high color intensity, highly expressionistic figures. The work was very alive with movement and emotion. Even though I love that style, (Fauvism is one of my favorite art movements) my own work is rarely that painterly or brightly colored. So that always makes me wonder why I'm always drawn to small detail and more realistic detail.
For me focusing on a small detail that eventually becomes a whole is the way I get to know a subject, not just how it looks but also how it makes me feel. Every time I have been to the Grand Canyon I have been amazed by the variety of color, but it isn't until I start painting that I really "get it". Each small detail and brushstroke eventually creates a whole picture that I have been fortunate to experience at a deeper level. That seems rather miraculous since I'm doing nothing more than just staining a sheet of paper with colored water.
The banana tree painting depicts the trees in my parents' backyard. I tried to make every line, negative space, and hue tell a story about how it felt to play among the trees so many years ago and watch the leaves flutter in the breeze. The big challenge is how to do that without being sappy or sentimental. Focusing on the color and structure helps. I hope when I really connect with and experience an image, that the viewer can too. My favorite paintings from other artists make me connect to their vision and create my own along the way.
The Ozarks - What a beautiful place to spend Spring Break. The weather was perfect. The redbuds and other flowering trees were in full bloom, and the local farm houses were colorful with forsythia, daffodils, and other flowers. The photos above are of White Mountain and surrounding area. The pictures below are Devil's Den State Park.
I am an artist who specializes in watercolors. I also love to travel and find inspiration in those special places and with the interesting people I meet along the way.