Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sneak Peak

Art in Frederick, MD - Friday I got a sneak peak of the International Scratchboard Exhibit at the Delaplaine on Carroll Street.

The official opening reception is July 11 but the exhibit is now open to the public. Marilu has been a driving force in bringing the works of some amazing artist to Frederick. 

Here are a few works to peak your interest. "Feeling Crabby" by Ginger Gehres, "Dark Intent" by Rikki Fisher, and "Peek-A-Boo" by Cathy Sheeter.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Just Show Up

I am not sure who said this, I read it in an article some time ago. I liked the thought so I put it under my To Do list on my phone.

All of the traveling we have been doing this year does make it a challenge to show up for work. Artists do have some flexibility in when, where they show up in their plein air space. We travel with our work, sketchbooks are generally with us or at least a pen/pencil and something to make a mark.

Arriving back east I am showing up for work but it is the business end at the moment. Getting frames out or ordered, preparing work for exhibitions and pulling together materials for workshops. I look longingly at my pastels and oil paints, soon, I repeat in my head, soon.

One of the many things I enjoy about teaching a workshop is doing demonstrations. I want it to be of interest to the class and benefit for myself. My first demo is showing students my style, my technique and allowing them to give it a try. I'll be at Common Ground on the Hill, Traditions Week Two, July 6-10th. Check out the web site for additional classes, artists talks, and concerts in the evening.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Getting Ready

For the Red-White & Blues. The colors of summer are the fruits from the flowers of spring. The heat of summer is here, thunderstorms have been rolling through and the beautiful berry's, cherries and wildflowers are popping.

There is something special about being out in the morning, just after the dew dries from the fruit. The air is still pleasant, not too hot and a gentle breeze helps keep the bugs at bay. Picking blueberries, cherries, and watching the progress of apples knowing they are the fruits of fall.

Mother Nature gives us some intense weather and intense colors in the rich fruits/berries we enjoy during the summer months.

Three cheers for the blueberries, red cherries and maybe a few white wildflowers.

Waiting Game

I started to go with the good ole "the early bird" for the title. As I am still sitting with my camera waiting for mommy robin to bring her four babies breakfast it has turned into a waiting game.

I am waiting to get better shots of her with her babies and she is waiting for me to go away. Good possibility she will win. The babies are getting big fast and I don't want to disturb their routine so I may have to live with the photos I got through the screen door.

Did a small pastel in AZ of a nest with eggs. Thinking this will be a nice companion piece - babies in the nest. 

Mom is still watching and waiting, guess I will try again later. Let these babies have their early bird worms, yum!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thinkin' Blue

It is the season for the blues - blueberries that is...they generally come about mid June going through part of July. Along with the blueberries there will be another Blue Moon in July. It is just a blue season.

I will be teaching at Common Ground coming up in July and there will be blues music. To find out more about the concerts or signing up for a class - "Tricks & Tips - pastel painting" and I will be using blue pastels in one of the demos. Here is the web site go to Traditions Weeks.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Green Envy

Until I spent a lot of my time in the Southwest I never thought about how green was the Mid-Atlantic. It is pretty green, enough to make most places envies. 
Flying in you see acres of tree tops, fields growing corn, soy, wheat and other crops. 
I had a long drive yesterday and was observing the shades of green. It is one of those paint/pastel colors that you can always have one more shade of or you are mixing just a little different value. 
But as always Mother Nature mixes her color best. A touch of yellow, blue, red and she has an array of depth within a plot of land that when trying to capture as an artist can become very flat. Keeping an eye on what nature does is a never ending education. Think I will go out and get a small lesson.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Welcome Back

Got back to Virginia late last night. Woke up to Blacksburg foggy morning but as the fog cleared we had a lovely welcome home surprise. A robins nest with babies on our front porch and the dogwood tree is in full bloom.
Plus, as I was going out to take a couple pictures a neighborhood orange tabby came by for some head rubs. Nice way to start my day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thousands Of Years Create Beauty

Hoodoos, the beauty of erosion. It takes thousands of years of erosion to create hoodoos. Wind and or water etch these strange formations.

Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah is known for these creatures of sandstone. They are always in a state of change as the elements carve the shapes. They can be standing for years, when a crack appears and they just let loose, slide down, changing the form. Wind turns the stone forms to sand over long, slow periods of time.

Light, sunrise, sunset, gently plays as the shadows move over, through the hoodoos. To sit, watch, or walk among them. These moments most certainly are a way of being one with nature, a form of meditation. Sharing a moment in time.

Photo taking by Rick Parsons - Queens' Garden & Navajo Loop

Monday, June 8, 2015

It Is A Wild Life

In our travels we ran across a few wild animals. Believe it or not I did not take pictures of all of them. I did not take a shot of mule deer but I did drive myself a little crazy trying to get a picture of the violet-green swallow. They are incredibly fast but at last one landed.
Twice we saw herds of Desert Bighorn Sheep. Horses on reservation land, on trail rides and in wait of a rodeo. 
There were sheep, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, blue jays, cows and I love that we see antelope out west. ,We did not see mountain lions or rattle snakes which is just fine. 
I do see Desert Bighorns coming in the near future pastel or oil, hmmm. I was hoping to see elk but not this time. We read that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon has a herd of buffalo 400 strong but we saw none. 
It is always a pleasure when we do see animals enjoying their wild life.

Desert Bighorns seen at Capitol Reef National Park

Pronghorn Antelope Bryce National Park

Violet-Green Swallow, Zion National Park at sunset

Horses roaming Indian Reservation Land, near Utah-AZ boarders

Sunday, June 7, 2015


While in the wilds of Utah I found myself taking groupings of photographs. One of these groups are wildflowers.

I have them spread throughout several folders. Spent some time researching the flowers I came upon while hiking in Kanab, Zion, Bryce and Arches.

I did discover Utah's State Flower is a Sego Lily. It is impressive to see these beautiful flowers growing in the dry, sandy soil of the desert. Nature always finds a way to survive.

Utah's State Flower - Sego Lily

Sego Lily

Pea Family of Flowers

Stonecrop Family - closest I could find to identify

Evening Primrose

Prickly Pear

Friday, June 5, 2015

Holes, Spaces, Gaps

We have seen a lot of unique shapes, holes, gaps and spaces on this trip. Just as we are leaving town there is a little touch of blue in-between the gray clouds. As we pass Arches Natuonal Park a sign to let us know there are still other Holes In The Walls to be explored. Until next time saying goodbye to Utah!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sweet Surprise

On our way to Moab to see Arches National Park we stopped for a picnic lunch at Capitol Reef National Park. What a sweet surprise this find was, or it was crazy beautiful! We stopped there for a lunch break and took the 10 mile drive back through the park. There are a couple roads that are a bit rough, recommended for high clearance vehicles. Luckily ours was high enough. We took one of these drives back through the cliffs, it was beautiful beyond words.

I must say that our country is so beautiful and so diverse. High mountains, rivers, valleys, hoo-doos, more on that another day, pine trees so high it is hard to see where they stop, juniper trees that twist, turn and even after death are beautiful - again more on that later.

Here are a few photograph from Capitol Reef National Park. A place I do believe I will return to, again and again.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Night Light

June 2 - Full Strawberry Moon, a night light over Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon, Utah. What a way to end our stay here. The name Strawberry Moon is common in the United States, not only for the color of the moon as it rises but for the harvest of the fruit. In Europe it is know as a Rose Moon.

Good - Night Moon - Good Morning Moab....more to come!

Morning Glow

Our last day in Bryce we drove up to Sunrise Point. Words are hard to find to describe the beauty we are seeing. The early morning light glows translucent through the formations. The colors of the sky, the mountains, the hoodoo's and even the bark on the trees will give me endless photos to pull inspiration from. I have not even touched on the evening light, moon rise or wildlife.

What's That Sound???

You know you are in Wyoming when you wake to the sound of horses. With limited wi-fi service it has been a lot harder to get blogs written a...