Friday, July 29, 2011

Discoveries

I am always amazed at Mother Nature and often surprised. Travels in OR took me to Bend not in the middle of the state but close. The Deschutes River runs through it with National Forest to the west. One of my discoveries was that near Bend is Lava Butte. I had not thought about lava flows being part of the landscape of OR. There are many waterfalls, lakes, trees snow covered mountains and the remains of volcanoes. Lava Butte is part of the Newberry Volcanic Monument. You can drive up to the Butte and walk around the red & black rocks of the cone volcano. The view is filled with Ponderosas Pine, Mt. Bachelor, Tumalo Mtn. & South Sister Mountain.


Friday, July 15, 2011

Time to Smell the Roses

Life gets in the way sometimes and we forget to take time to smell the roses. Being on the road a lot this year it has been hard to keep the creative spirit going. A friend reminded me to take a moment and smell the roses. I was in Portland, OR when she sent this note. I had the opportunity to go to the Chinese Gardens and do just that, smell the roses. The garden is small, tucked in the middle of Portland on the corner of China Town. It has little spaces to just sit and meditate. Giving you moments to just be, it was a good way to start to slow down.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hazy, lazy days of summer.....

It's July in the mid-Atlantic.  That means Hazy-Hot-Humid.  It doesn't bring on strong desires to hike in the woods.  At any rate, the wildlife is laying low too.  Very little activity except early morning and late evening.  Even the birds are quiet in the middle of the day. 
I guess this is what I take all those photographs for while on vacations in search of wildlife.  To work on during the hot days in the coolness of my studio.  I've been gravitating toward the images from Alaska, all the while remembering the cool breezes and icy glaciers.  Some of the eagle photos are high on my list.  I've sketched one out that I think will make a dramatic scratchboard.  But I'm also enamored with a photograph that a friend took while in Costa Rico.  It's a Blue and Gold Macaw.  He got a great head and shoulders shot and the blue colors are amazing.  He's given me permission to use it, and that's what I'm working on now. 
There are several exhibit opportunities coming up this Fall.  The Art at the Mill in northern Virginia is always a popular show; the miniture show will be held again this year at the Gallery at Fells Point in Baltimore; a two person show with my daughter in Frederick in September; several venues throughout the region that accept one or two pieces for a month; and the big event of Art-o-matic in Frederick running late September into early November.  Also, Linda and I will continue to collaborate on exhibits every chance we get.  Wow, I think I'd better get busy!!! 
These and other events will be listed on the Calendar pages on our websites as the dates are firmed up.  Check it often at http://www.marilutousignaut.com/ and http://www.lindaharrisonparsons.com/.   I've also recently joined the group of artists represented by The Artist Angle.  You can see those works and order fine art prints online at http://www.marilutousignaut.theartistangle.com/.  
                                                                                      marilu

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