Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bits 'N' Pieces

As I was looking over photographs from my recent trip up to Sedona, AZ it occurred to me that my focus can be on just one bit or piece of the whole picture. When I take pictures it is not always about capturing the view. When you are in a place like Sedona it is hard not to find a great view.

I looked at the color of the sky yesterday and really wanted my good camera with a polarizing lens. I only had my phone, which takes nice pictures. It could not capture the variety of blue shades in the afternoon sky or the intense glow of the red rocks at sunset. Not that the camera can capture everything but I would have had more options to play around documenting that moment. I made mental notes, I hope the photos will help me recall those colors, as I use the references for a bit or piece in future works.

Friday, April 24, 2015

All About Trees

"Friendship is a sheltering tree" Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Happy Arbor Day - 1872
J. Sterling Morton, State Broad of Agriculture said, 
"to set aside one day to plant trees, both forest and fruit."

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Every Day

Every day is Earth Day but today we take and make it special to remind us all of this.

"Friendship is a sheltering tree" - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher" - William Wordsworth

"Rooted" charcoal on paper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Take Care

If you have ever received a email from me you recognize, take care. When I say, take care, I am not just saying to take care of oneself but to take care of others and everything around you.

Today is John Muir's birthday, 1838-1914, he is known as the Father of our National Parks. He has written many books, "Yosemite", "Our National Parks" and was the founder of The Sierra Club. To learn more about this man you can go to:

April is a month that celebrates our earth, April 22 is Earth Day. Which was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, promote respect for life on the planet...

Today, tomorrow, go outside, take a walk, if possible in the woods, plant a tree, plants, seeds, and take care.

"Seasons" pastel on paper, currently on exhibit at the Sedona Art Center

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Batter Up

Took a walk this morning through the park. As I was walking I heard the tiny tots coach call Batter-Up. It made me smile seeing little ones hitting coach pitched ball or well trying. 
It was a nice walk in a nice park, tennis courts with young men hitting with all their power. Volleyball sand pits were active with groups, two by two teams and tiny ones hanging on the jungle jim. 
Cactus are still blooming, along with flowering trees and bees are happily collecting pollen for nectar all in this little park. 
It was a nice walk after a hard day of pastel painting on Saturday. I may just need to take another walk tomorrow, after all it is Earth Week.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Surprise Ending

Marilu and Dwight are on their way back east. This morning we had a nice surprise to end their stay here. We saw male and female quails, the surprise was the little fuzz ball babies. Like their parents they are fast runners. We both got a couple photos to document the end of the visit to AZ.

I will keep my eyes on the look out in hopes to get more pictures as they grow. I have an idea for a oil painting of the quail parents and babies in a long format. 
Seems this has been a week of quails and hummingbirds.

Baby quail, photo by linda

Female Anna Hummingbird, photo by linda

Mom Quail and babies, photo by Marilu

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

One More Time

This Saturday, will do it, one more time this year. A public mural at the Desert Ridge Marketplace. I will be there from 10:00 - 5:00 creating an environmental work reflecting the wildlife of Arizona. If you are in the area come on by and see all the artist working their magic.

Doing this type of art is interesting. You need to be focused so that you can complete the piece in one day. Yet, you need to be engage with the public as this is in it's way a performance piece. You are entertaining the public, educating them about pastel, art, design, environment and more.

You need to be prepared, the artists have to submit their ideas for the mural in advance. I bring the original sketch, print out reference photos, extra pastels, pastel pencils, and blending tools. The SAACA does provide materials but there are always a few extra special tools that each artists likes to use while creating.

Make sure you have protection for your knees, lots of water, lunch, snacks, a hat to protect you from the sun and light weight long sleeve shirt - again sun. Being mindful of your body as you work is important. Take breaks, get up walk around, always good to step back from your work. Have business cards, postcards and additional images of your work. You never know what opportunities may come your way.

Next week I will post the latest mural. Until then maybe a few reference photos as a tease.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Ride Or The Journey

Sometimes it is both, this week has been busy and yesterdays journey was taking a moment to enjoy that ride. Friday the art show opened at the botanical gardens. Today is the last day for the show and it has been a great show/ride. Saturday, Marilu, Dwight and I went north to the Verde Valley and road the train that runs along the river where the copper minds once produced ore. We celebrated their 51st anniversary on the train.

We enjoyed the ride but the journey will leave Marilu and I with a few extra memories. We saw a black hawk, one neither of us had seen before. There were cows, a horse, flowers in bloom, greening of trees along the river and to end our ride a bald eagle sitting on a tree limb.

Today doesn't slow down I head out to give a presentation at the Pastel Society and then make a dash to the gardens to take down, what ever may be left of the art from the show! Like I said, it has been a great show!!

through the valley we go

Ending our journey with the grand bald eagle

Can you find the hark?

Another toast on the train - to 51 years!

Verde Canyon Train


Verde Valley

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Free Bird

Linda's Quail pastel and ink 4x6

Today is National Draw A Bird Day. Marilu is in AZ for a visit and we thought we should do a drawing since it is National Draw A Bird Day! 

Here are our birds from this morning sitting out on the back porch. These are quick draw pieces, Marilu used pastel pencils and I have a pastel background with pen and ink as the main drawing.

Here is were the Free Bird comes in, if you would like either of these drawing it is yours for FREE. The only catch is you must do a bird drawing in exchange. It does not need to be anything fancy this is a project meant to be shared and enjoyed. The first people that request will receive one of the drawings. Send an email to
We will exchange address information and once we receive your work of art, we will mail ours to you. 
Marilu's Cardinal 5x7 pastel

To hear more about this day you can go to the web site:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Little Bit

There is just a little bit going on in April. I was looking over my calendar trying to get my ducks in a row before company gets into town this evening. Welcome, Marilu, my art bud and her hubby, Dwight. They get to experience lots of art activities while they are here plus a few other adventures.

Yesterday, finished the last of the framing for this weekends show. Opening Friday at the Desert Botanical Gardens are the artists who painted in the gardens for the month of March from the Scottsdale Artists League. The show runs April 10-11-12th from 9:00 - 5:00. I will be there Friday from 1:30 - 5:00.

Sunday April 12th I am giving a talk for the AZ Pastel Artists Associate (APAA) about PR:Self Publishing. The talk will start about 2:00 ending about 3:00. It is open to the public and a free event. If you are interested in pastels you can attend the earlier part of the meeting starting at 1:00. Located at the AZ Artists Guild (AAG) building, 18411 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ. 

Once the talk is over I head back over to the DBG to wrap up the SAL show. Which by the way is located at 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ. There is a fee to get into the DBG but it is well worth the money. Come in and see all the wildflowers and cactus in bloom. It is truly breath taking and if you are lucky you might see the baby road runner and Mom. Don't forget to come by and check out the art!

Okay, that takes care of the weekend, not counting some fun things that I am sure will be in the blog soon.

Next on the list of shows is the Chalk Festival II April 18th at Desert Ridge Marketplace Tatum Blvd, off the 101, Scottsdale, AZ from 10-5. I had so much fun doing the one in Tucson, thought I would do it again!

I know it is a lot to take in but if you need to check on dates and times you can always go to my web site. Plus, I just updated it with new images.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nice Ending

Saturday was the last day for the Paint Out at the Desert Botanical Gardens. I took my camera and did a walk about. I have been focused on small areas to paint in the garden and have not had a chance to take in all the beauty of the season.

The ending of my taking pictures of the cactus, the trees and flowering plants was roadrunners. I have seen the roadrunners babies in their nest in the past. Not easy to see or take pictures. The nest is build in the middle of a large cactus cluster. This time I was in the right place at the right time. The baby is out of it's nest. Mom is still feeding him/her which I was able to catch with my camera.

What a nice way to end my day at the garden paint out. Did not paint much, but so happy to have future references for new paintings.

Next weekend is the show and sale at the gardens. More on that tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

No Fooling

Back east April meant showers and May brought flowers. Here in the west rains come in the winter and flowers bloom most anytime but March the wildflowers start popping and April the cactus follow suit. This year the flowering has been earlier and plentiful. I have already seen saguaro blooming. The prickly pear in my back year is popping out all over too.
No fooling this year it is a great time to see the flowers and cactus. 

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