Friday, November 30, 2012

Get Your Motor Running...

The last couple of nights watching the moon, the sunsets and this morning's sunrise is so inspirational. Even thou I get my inspiration from nature. I need deadlines to get my self in gear, to literally get my artistic motor running.

There are challenges to being on one side of the country and wanting to continue to do shows on the other side of the country. Not letting go of those friends and connections. For the past several years Marilu & I have done a Holiday Show hosted by Anne Gibson Snyder - "Homemade for the Holidays". Each year she presents a theme to create your art from, this year it is the animals among us. This would seem a no-brainer for artists that do animals all the time. Yet, I kept procrastinating on how and what to create. Do I do original pastels, do I make prints of them, do I do both, what animals give you the feeling of winter or the holidays?

Watching the sunrise this morning, thinking of the skies I have seen, got me thinking of patterns, abstractions in nature. How can I use some of this as background to create small works with animals. I have my inspiration, I have my motivation, I have a direction to move forward - so today I work. Hopefully by this weekend I will have a few preview images to post. Until then here are some of the inspirations in the skies.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

End of Season

Woke this morning thinking about the Mariposa Monarca Monarch Butterfly - I did a little research as I tend to do and this is what I found. That Monarch's have 4 life cycles in one year. They lay eggs in the spring in the northern parts of the country around March. These caterpillars are found on milkweed plants, they form their chrysalis and emerge as butterflies to live about 6 weeks. Starting the next cycle around May and again in July.

The fourth cycle of eggs hatching is around September. This group of butterflies is the exception, they go through the same process to become a butterfly but they have about a 6 month life span. They fly south to warmer climate in Mexico and California. When spring comes to the north they return to lay eggs and start all over again.

If you would like to see a butterfly breaking free of it's chrysalis or read more about them check out this web site.

Nature continues to amaze me, what a wonderful way to end a season.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's a texture thing

I am intrigued and amazed at how a tree will grow out the side of a mountain or along the side of a river/creek bed. As the leaves have been falling I find myself studying the forms of trees. The texture of the bark, the branches and root system. When you walk through the woods in the fall and winter you experience all the senses: visual, sound, smell, touch and even taste.

Experiencing the smell of the woods, the pines, the dried leaves, the sound of the leaves as they crunch beneath your feet. This time of year, the animals are tucking away acorns and apples are harvested, these are the tastes of fall. The touch of the bark  and the visual is everywhere, the sky is different, the colors crisper, the air clearer, the constant change in colors from greens moving into reds, oranges, yellows, burnt sienna and burnt umber.

Winter is less then a month away, take time to enjoy each season no matter how small the changes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Walk with Friends

As the weekend was coming to a close Rick & I drove up to Sedona area with friends John & Kim. It is warmer this season making it very comfortable in Sedona. We took a walk by Oak Creek, in the sun it was lovely, in the shade it felt like it dropped a good 20 degrees. So, it was good to keep moving. I had camera in hand and found some lovely trees and roots that I just had to have photos of, the sun was hitting the canyon walls and reflecting into the creek. It was a wonderful way to spend the day.

Tomorrow I plan to take some of this inspiration and work on some sketches of roots and trees for a future project. Until then here are some photos from yesterday walk in the woods.

Rooted along the cliffs

Sedona, AZ

Along Oak Creek

Sunday, November 25, 2012

As Time Goes Bye

Today, Sunday, end of Thanksgiving week. I am thankful for Time. The time I had to spend with family, thankful for the bounty we received, thankful for the beautiful weather here in AZ.Thankful that travel across country was not too unbearable. Thankful for all my friends that I email and FB with that keep me up on their lives no matter where we are in this country or world.

For a short visit we had some time to relax, some time to do a little site seeing, we went to the Desert Botanical Gardens one of my favorite places in Phoenix. Yesterday, Rick & I drove around Cave Creek area for an artists tour and I even got a little sketching time. I am very thankful for all that I have and all that I can share.

Good-bye for the time being, safe travels and Happy Left-overs!

Philip Haas - "The Four Seasona" on display at the Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ
Carolina Escobar - Whispers of a New World
Philip Haas - The Four Seasons

Carolina Escobar - Whispers of a New World

Thanksgiving Day 
The Four Seasons
Philip Haas

Pepper Plants - Herb Garden at DBG

Mariposa Monarca Monarch - Butterfly

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black is Black

Black Friday, I am thankful today, not to be out shopping with the masses. Did you know the phrase Black Friday started in Philadelphia around 1961? I didn't, it was used to describe heavy traffic after Thanksgiving Day. Later, it was known by retailers as black ink, when the shoppers came out and the stores showed a profit, that Friday they were in the black!

My Black Friday I plan to get a little sketching in, work on a few graphite pencil or charcoal drawings. Working on some small items for holiday shows. I have started a new site for selling prints of my work. So, check it out see if there is a little something you might want to buy for yourself or others, I know shameless Black Friday sales plug! But, what's a girl to do? Here's the link, I will have more works very soon.

Shop local, shop with creative passion...

"Just Looking" 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hand to Hand

Hands to hold you child, grandchild, husband or friend. Hands to hold you pets, that too are part of your family. Hands to create a wonderful meal that we all will sit down to today with our family and friends.

Hold hands today, join together and be thankful for all we have...Happy Thanksgiving.


my husband

my son
my friend
my gift

A Mother's hands


capturing memories


A loaf of bread a jug of wine and thou...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Simple Simon

I pulled out my trusty Thesaurus to see what interesting words it gave me for Simply and Quite. Always an unique experiment. Simply: see just - Simple: see natural - Quite: see quotidian, now that caught my eye. Quotidian: see daily, ordinary, natural, normal and familiar...

Natural: see artless, again caught my eye, artless: natural, free, relaxed, trusting, forthright...

Okay, so the lesson from these words is Nature. At least that is what I am taking from it, the simple, quite, free, ordinary and familiar thing you can experience every day if you just take a moment to relax and trust in yourself to just see.

Be thankful for the sunrise, sunset, the clouds, stars, moon, mountains, desert, oceans, seas and forest. All those creature large and small that share this planet. Simply be thankful.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

little things

Today I am thankful for so many little things in my life. I love that I go into my backyard and discover a new flower in bloom. That I see new birds coming and going. That Gila Woodpeckers have a sweet tooth. That dragonflies come in different colors.

Life is filled with little things and little moments. Enjoy each moment.

Dragonfly pastel on sanded paper

November in AZ and there is always something new blooming

Monday, November 19, 2012

Being Thankful

I thought I would write this week about those things for which I am thankful. Staying within the theme of art, nature and travel, I am thankful for safe travels. Be gentle and careful as you all travel. I am back in AZ and thankful for a smooth flight.

Got to experience two lovely sunsets one on the each coast, the other towards the west. Driving to NC the night before our flight, to catch a direct early flight, we had a lovely sky to end our long drive.

Once in AZ after a day of running around, preparing for Thanksgiving Day, settled down for a few moments to sit and watch the sun set with my husband Rick. Lovely way to end the day. I am thankful for those moments.

Driving through North Carolina
Sunset from Scottsdale, AZ
AZ Sunset

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Rooted in Friendship

"Friendship is a sheltering tree" quote by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Marilu & I got together for a little art talk. Since, we now live over 4 hours away from each other, we have made Staunton, VA a half way meeting point.

I wrote about Staunton a couple weeks ago. A nice little town with friendly people, nice coffee shops, good restaurants, artsy stores here and there. It was a good but quick visit. We talked of trees. We often talk of trees. Marilu & I have a connection to trees, our first art show together was called "Sticks & Stones" with a focus on trees. We will continue to draw trees and create new project. Which is one of the things we were talking about how to find a space for this creation we have in mind. It is kind of like the chicken or the egg - do we do the project and then see if we can find a space or find the space and build the project to fit the space?

But, until then we will work out the rough edges, do preliminary sketches and see where it takes us.

Here are some works of our that include trees...and a few birds...

Marilu's scratchboard

Marilu's scratchboard
Marilu's scratchboard
Linda's graphite & white charcoal

Linda's pastel

Linda's graphite on cork paper

"All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man...the air shares it spirit with all the life it supports." Chief Seattle

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