Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Untitled - mountain lion demo

The Mountain Lion is finished, for the most part. For now it is done and moving onto the falcon. That was last weeks demo at the Biltmore Gallery. Should have that finished by end of week.

I am getting better at blocking out studio day's on my calendar. The art of business can get in the way some days, deadlines for shows and applying to galleries are never ending. But, to apply for shows you need new work, same with galleries, so it is a balancing act.

Little things like picking out the name for a new piece of work - untitled is not a name - I like titles, it tells a little about the art, the history, or the inspiration for the piece. Today it is untitled - will think on it and see what we come up with, suggestions are always welcome.


Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Saguaros Are Blooming...

Just about everything has bloomed a bit early this year. The wild flowers gave a beautiful show. The prickly pear & chollas have been flowering for this past month. The Saguaros are not to be left behind, they too are in flower. They will continue to bloom through May and at higher elevation through June, maybe even July. They are hardy, tall, strong and are a benefit to so many animals. The birds build nests in them, the bees & bats love the flowers.The fruit should arrive sometime in late May, early June.

We have a mourning dove in our saguaros and she has babies. There are always cactus wren & gila woodpeckers hanging out. The flowers come out of the top and end of the arms. It is a different kind of beauty. I do love different!





Saturday, April 27, 2013

Leaping Lizards

The weather is warming up here in AZ. On the news they are starting to predicted the first triple digit day, apparently coming soon. With this warm weather I have seen an increase in lizard activity.

I will often take my easel and set it up outside. I have a protected area to sit and work. Plus, the benefit of natural light. When I am out, my cats are allowed in the backyard with me. Our little lady, Granite, has discovered the lizards as they run from plant to plant. She gets in her hunter stance and chases them. For our other cat, Whisper, the big brother, he sees his sister running, which can only mean one thing. He must chase her. It has been interesting watching this chain of events.

As I sit and observe I wonder should I try to draw some of these lizards?

May be in the Collared Lizard family



 Sand or Lesser Earless lizard

From the Spiny Family

Friday, April 26, 2013

By The Light of the Pink Moon

Did another demonstration last night at the Biltmore Gallery in Scottsdale by the light of the pink moon. I learn something new all the time - a pink moon is the first full moon of the spring season. I know that every full moon has a name. Just a surprise sometimes at those names. A pink moon?? It was not pink here but it was bright.

After I finished with the demonstration last night, which went very well...started a falcon coming in for a landing. Pretty sure it will be called "Cleared For Landing" but after packing up the car I pulled out the camera. Put on the long lens and took a few pictures of the pink moon.

While I was at the gallery last night, Betty Carr, stopped in to check out the show. She is wrapping up a watercolor class she is teaching at the Scottsdale Artists School. She has a book titled "Seeing The Light - An Artists Guide" and is an amazing watercolorist. Had a nice talk with her and her husband.

It was a wonderful way to spend the evening, painting, talking to artists, talking to families and full moon to wrap up the evening.




Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sly little visitor

Over the last few months I've seen our resident fox once in a while.  He would sniff through the tall winter grasses in the field near our house and then I saw him several times in the snow.  But last week my imaginings of him changed when he appeared with a plump, fluffy little kit.  So 'he' is a 'she'.  I have gotten quite a few photographs of her and now with her little one.  They are still skittish when they see me, but stay close enough for my camera range.  Hope to have her/them show up in one of my scratchboards soon....
stay tuned,
marilu

National Parks Week

Since, I was just in Sedona thought this a good follow up. This week is National Parks Week 20th - 28th. There are 401 National Parks, every state has at least 1 National Park. If you want to see what special events might be going on in your state check the web site.
http://www.nps.gov/npweek

Volunteer Day at the Parks is the 27th. So, if you have a chance go out, walk in a park.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day In The Gallery

Spent the day at the Sedona Art Center Special Exhibits Gallery. The show is beautiful. If you are in Sedona come on by and see what pastel artists create!
I worked on the mountain lion a little. The space to set up was a bit odd, had my back to the door so as people came in had to turn away from the work. So set up a little gila woodpecker piece on the desk. It worked ok and started lots of discussion with the people that came to visit.







Tuesday, April 23, 2013

On My Way

Heading to Sedona, 15 Art Barn Road for the juried pastel show.

I will continue to work on the mountain lion(s). Yes there are two - one coming out of a cave, the other is a close up of mountain lions face & paw.

More to come...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Kind of like St. Patty's Day - today is a day to be green...plant a tree, go for a walk in a park, the woods, outside somewhere, recycle, re-use and re-new.

"Just Doing"

"Flowing from the mountain to the sea, the stream touches every stone in its path. Rain wets where it falls; from highest to lowest, from hardest to softest, from dryest to wetest.

Indiscriminate water. It moistens and nourishes everything. Beyond accepting and rejecting, it is even beyond choosing. No will. No struggle. Just Doing."  Tao

                     Without water there would be no trees....without trees where would we be?


 






Sunday, April 21, 2013

Sunday Time

In my organizing yesterday I found two little tiny canvases. One I had a quick sketch of the mountains out back and a tree with no leaves. Not sure when I did it must had to have been a few months ago. Since it was getting close to sunset, I played around with the one and this morning worked on the other. Just for fun.

You know it is going to be a good creative day if you start painting before you have your first cup of coffee!

I walked around the yard last night and took a few photos of new blooms. The bottle tree is in flower. I found a mourning dove in the cactus sitting on her nest. I saw her a week ago and she must have eggs in there because she did not move when I came up and took a few pictures.

Watched the Sunday Morning show, got a newspaper, studio is pretty clean, office organized, blog almost done - ready to head outside with my pastels and the mountain lion piece I started on Thursday. It is a Sunday kind of day.

Bottle Tree in bloom

Just for fun - watercolor on canvas

Mourning Dove

Purple Prickly Pear

Cholla

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mission accomplished

Today I wanted to clean up my office. My desk top was covered will the usual piles of papers, magazines, articles, etc.

So Mission accomplished, I not only found my desk again but did not miss any deadlines for shows and even found my floor!

At the end of too much going on it is nice to clear a path for future piles.

I even have a little time to pay with a little tiny canvas and watercor.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Long Night Good Night

Last night I was at the gallery from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. The demonstration went well, maybe 1/3 of the way done with the work. It is a mountain lion and I did get a couple of photos and will continue to take some while I work on this piece. May take it up to Sedona and work on it while I am at the Sedona Art Center next Tuesday.

Meet lots of nice people but you could see that Art Walk was slowing down. All in all a good night.

Here are the two small pieces I worked on this week. One is a close up, bit of a strange angle of a mountain lions head. It's what happens when you have your long lens on your camera and the mountain lion is too close. The other is from the Desert Botanical Gardens Butterfly Exhibit and it is an acrylic painting.



Thursday, April 18, 2013

End of the Season

Art Walk in Old Scottsdale is every Thursday all year long. The high season for art is January through April, maybe end of May. By June it is getting hot and people still come down for Art Walk but most of the winter visitors have left till next year.

I enjoy going to Art Walk seeing what changes have been made, what new works are in town. There is often music being played and artists doing demonstrations. Tonight I get to be one of those artists.

Doing demonstrations falls into several areas:
Educating the public in how art is created.
Giving artists new tricks and tips.
Entertainment/Sales value for the gallery & you.
Creating work in a block of time on demand.

I will try to remember to take some in process pictures this evening. The hope is that there will be people coming into the gallery to see what the artist is doing. Watch and talk a bit, get them to look at more of your art and maybe with some good karma make a sale. But, if nothing else I will get to work which for me is always fun and make some new connections. So, if you are in the area stop on in, say hi and enjoy the end of the season Art Walk.

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Yellow & Blue make...

Arizona, bright and full of flowers, plus lots of green too. With the winter having some rain this year and even a few spring showers, the yellow has just filled the hill sides and the clear blue skies make for a beautiful spring.

Trying to keep my focus on art this week. Life still gets in the way but I look out on the field of flowers, take a deep breath, count to 10 and move forward.

I did get a little mountain lion pastel done and worked on a small zebra butterfly yesterday. Plan to finish it this afternoon. I think my demo for Thursday evening might be a mountain lion...at least that is what I am planning. Sometimes as I get the papers that I tone out they often tell me something different - so we shall see.

Until then I will enjoy the yellow flowers and the green leaves of the palo verde, the brittlebush and the prickly pear.






Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Open Book

I was not sure what I wanted to write about today. There is a lot of sadness public and private this week. I picked up a poetry book that belong to my Mom. I opened it and this is the first poem I read. It said it all, so I am sharing it with you.

The World Needs

A little more kindness and a little less creed,
A little more giving and a little less greed;
A little more smile and a little less frown,
A little more "we" and a little less "I",
A little more laugh and a little less cry;
A few more flowers on the pathway of life,
And fewer on graves at the end of the strife.

Author Unknown
(Found in Poems That Touch the Heart, A.L. Alexander)




Monday, April 15, 2013

Location - location - location

Trying to keep track of where my art is and where I need to be over the next month. I will be locating myself at the Biltmore Gallery, 7113 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ, this Thursday evening starting at 5:00 p.m. to do a demonstration with soft pastel on Rives BFK paper. Not sure yet if I will be working outside but most likely will be inside somewhere. The gallery is divide into 2 rooms, the main section features older works. The second room is where the new artists are displayed, I am in there.

Marilu & I have work in the Historic Mill Juried Spring Show, it is near Berryville, VA. I won't be there for the artists reception this year. It is a nice show, they turn the old mill into a salon style gallery twice a year. The location is picture prefect, with a general store across the street, antique shops near by, a nice day trip.

If you happen to be in Sedona, stop by the Art Center, Art Barn Road and come see me in the gallery behind the main center. I will be gallery sitting and will have a demonstration piece to work on while I am there for the day, April 23 from 10 - 5. By 5:00 the sun starts to make those red rock mountains glow, always a good way to end the day.

That is enough for now, shortly I will locate myself in my studio need to prepare my paper for a couple demonstrations. But, then I will work on something new, something fun, something just because...

I know - nice hat!


Marilu & I had the Historic Mill

Some of my work at the Biltmore Gallery

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