Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ending The Year With Changes

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction." Winston Churchill

We are about to enter into a new year, change, changes, changing. Closing down the facebook page for the Fine Arts in the Valley group. The web site is now more of a parking page. It does have links to each artists web site and/or their e-mail address. Just in case someone comes across it and realizes they did not make it to that last show in October, 2015. Maybe, they want to find one of the artists, see what new works they are creating or something they wanted to buy. The information is out there you just need to do a little search.

"Every time I've made a radical change it's help me feel buoyant as an artist." David Bowie

Changes, help us move forward, look for and take new challenges. As an artist letting go of one show, does not mean we won't be making art. It is part of us, what we do, it keeps us at peace. With the new year there will be new work, new shows, new venues and new opportunities.

Now to go work on some of those changes! See ya next year!! 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

A Walk In The Park

It is Christmas Day. Over the years it has been a busy day of running around. The last few years has been more relaxed. 

There are times when families all come together to celebrate the holidays. There are times when you come together as a family and celebrate those moments.

Celebrations, holidays, friends and family we each enjoy these days in our own way. Today after the gifts were opened, the coffee was gone and one movie down. We went for a walk in the park. It was a peaceful stroll. Not meant to be a hike or fall under the exercise category, just a lovely little walk. Tonight we will make warm drinks, sit by the fire pit and watch the full moon rise.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

In Preparation

The trees and plants are getting prepared for winter. Lightening the load of leaves to make room for buds that will bloom in the spring. 

I am kind of doing the same thing. Packing up art that will go to Arizona for winter and spring. Preparing work for spring shows on the east coast. You never know what work will get into what shows but you must decide and hold those works aside. These works lay dormant waiting to awaken - well be hung when the time comes. 

There are years when not a lot gets into juried shows and then there are the years when everything gets in plus you become featured artist. Not that this is a bad thing but it does keep you on your toes and working.

As I clean up the framing studio, ship off work here and there. It has a nice feeling of accomplishment. Now to get through the holidays and back in my studio to paint. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All The Leaves Are...

Brown, pretty much gone, there are a few leaves still hanging on but winter is drawing near. I do not love the cold and snow. I do love the complex shapes trees offer when they are barren of leaves. 

I look out my window it is grey, the clouds are hanging low playing peek-a-boo with the mountains. In my backyard is a lovely sycamore tree, just a few brown leaves hang on near the top. A good wind will soon remove the last of them. To the side is a ginkgo - all of it's leaves are long gone. They still keep me entertained, the rain intensifies the colors of the bark. A great time to take a few close up pictures for details. Sometimes done from my backdoor with a zoom lens. Not only protecting the digital camera from the elements but that way I don't have to put on shoes to go outside. 

Today's holiday special is "Deep Roots" mixed medium 5x15 images framed to 7x22 framed, gallery price $375 during December free shipping within the continental U.S. and discounted to $200.00 with $50.00 going to the Arbor Day Foundation or a charity of your choice. 

If you are interested in purchasing this piece or something else you might have seen please email me at: lhp5536@aol.com 

It is hard to photograph work that is under glass but here is "Deep Roots" matted & framed.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Art of Giving

Today is Giving Tuesday, yesterday was Cyber Monday, Shop Small Business was Saturday and of course there was Black Friday.

It is December 1st - it is the season of being thankful for all we have and a time to give forward. Give to someone you love, give to a cause you believe in, give to the school you attended and maybe even give a little something to yourself. By giving to yourself, it does not mean you are being selfish, maybe take that moment to share a cup of coffee with a friend or a stranger.

For the month of December I like to spread the giving around. My children are older, my husband and I don't need a lot. I give art, especially those pieces that have touched someone. I send cards, they usually contain a message that a donation has been made in their name. It is a small thing, given from the heart and hopefully will keep the giving forward a future.

I will have several pieces on sale this month plus a percentage will go towards charities. If you purchase something in December, within the U.S. I will cover shipping. You can select a charity or I will let you know who I selected for a donation.

Today's piece is "Yellowstone" image is 5x15 framed to 12x22 mixed medium painting. Gallery price $375.00 - on sale for $200 and $50 of that will go to charity. Email me at lhp5536@aol.com if you would like to purchase this work.

Happy Giving, linda

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