Tuesday, March 22, 2016


This is how I keep track of what art is where. With spring comes art shows. There is an overlap going into April, things are slowing down in AZ and picking up on the east coast. At the moment both east and west shows are opening.

I have tried several system of keeping track of what work is where and nothing is 100% prefect. Juried shows, those you have to submit to before being accepted allow me to set up folders on my computer with the images and information.

So, this is what we have so far...

The Manheim Gallery, Cottonwood, AZ currently showing "Art and Science" followed by "Birds in Art" which coordinates with the Bird Festival in the Verde Valley ending April 24th.

Desert Botanical Gardens showing the Scottsdale Artist League April 8-9-10th Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ. (There is a fee to enter the gardens with the amazing display of wildflowers and cactus blooming it is well worth going to see what the artists have created from all this inspriation).

Mural  Projects, I am one of the featured artists for this Tucson event April 9-10th.

AZ Pastel Artists Association juried spring show, Art Center, Sedona opening April 13th - 25th. I will be there on the 14th doing a demonstration.

Burwell-Morgan Art at the Mill juried show, opens in mid April through Mothers Day in May, Berryville, VA.

Phoenix Mural Project, April 30th Desert Ridge.

There will be some careful planning that goes along with the DBG show and the mural in Tucson. I will drop off work on the 8th of April and volunteer that day at the show. On the 9th I will drive down to Tucson, work on the mural till late afternoon and plan to stay down there overnight. Get up Sunday finish the mural and head back to the DBG to take down the remainder of the show around 5:00 p.m. It should all come together, it does on paper!

Here are a few works you will see here and there.

The Historic Burwell-Morgan Mill Show
"Just Looking" pastel

AZ Pastel Artists Association, Sedona Art Center
"Silently" pastel

The Manhiem Gallery Art and Science Show
"Fibonacci 1+1" oil

Monday, March 21, 2016


Today, March 21st, is International Day of Forest. It comes in-between Happiness Day and World Water Day on the 22nd.

So, what does this have to do with Biophilia? According to Britannica.com "humans are innately attracted to nature". A walk in the woods, along the ocean shore, or hiking through the mountains is a form of meditation, healing, makes us more mindful and promotes creativity.

The United National declared International Day of Forest in 2012. A day to honor the trees, all that is provided: shade, shelter, food, oxygen, stabilizing the ground, healing our mind and bodies. I think today would be a good day to go for a walk with my sketch book. This year, for me, has been about trees and those animals that share the space, mostly birds.

Arbor Day is around the corner, in AZ it is the last Friday of the month. I am offering a tree drawing/painting class that day from 9-noon. A percentage of the class fee will be donated to the Arbor Day Foundation. If you are interested in learning more about the structure, texture and color of trees check my web-site: http://www.lindaharrisonparsons.com or e-mail me at: lindahp@lindaharrisonparsons.com

Enjoy your walk, remember to hug a tree or at least say thank you for all they provide.

Under a Cottonwood in Sedona
Cottonwood Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix, AZ
Cottonwood leaves monotype
Acacia Tree

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Happiness In Art

Today is International Happiness Day! Coming on the end of National Wildlife Week. I am about to get things set up for the workshop on Marbling-Intro to Printmaking Workshop, which makes me happy. Yesterday, I spent the day at the Desert Botanical Gardens,waking around, painting owls, taking pictures of hummingbirds - Moms and their babies. It was a good day.

I leave you with a few of the bird photos from yesterday, hope they make you happy.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Early Art

It is 6:00 a.m. the early morning sky is creating it's own painting. I am almost done with my second cup of coffee. Made pumpkin muffins this morning and getting organized for the Intro to Printmaking - Marbling workshop today. 

It is going to be a busy weekend! I have been going back to my roots with some of my favorite things to do, make paper, make prints and will finish up in April making books from the previous two workshops. 

In-between - literally - in between I am still painting in pastels and oils. Tomorrow I will be at the Desert Botanical Gardens again. Follow by another workshop Sunday. Monday will kind of be a day off, catch up for email and PR computer stuff.

Next week will post more on upcoming shows. Today will enjoy the company of other artists while we teach each other a few new artsy tricks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

An Artists Perspective

This weekend Rick and I went up to Bartlett Lake. We drove to several areas, walked uphill to capture a nice perspective of the lake. We walked along the road, down a few paths and waterways.

I did not go out thinking of the class I am teaching at the end of June for Common Ground on the Hill in MD. Yet, as I was looking I started seeing images that would make good references for the workshop: Abstract to Realism in Pastels. Some of my students ask for more information on perspective, foreshortening and dealing with large abstract shapes.

Taking pictures at Bartlett Lake I started seeing things from different perspectives. In landscape one of the most popular formats is one point perspective. Think of railroad tracks, if you were standing on them looking straight down the tracks. Magically, they come to a point on the horizon. This is one point perspective. Now think animation, trees that reach out for you but they do not move. The limb of the tree to the front of the tree body. How do you make that appear to be in the front? That is foreshortening.

I work and teach a technique that uses a abstract beginning. Toning the paper with one or more colors but not dealing with an image, sometimes not even shapes, just color placement. Once this abstract background is in place, I take it to a realistic image. It can continue in an abstract or non objective form, the finished painting is up to the individual artist. I will put together a demonstration with step by step directions as it gets closer to June's workshop. For now here are a few images that might just be part of the upcoming workshop. http://www.commongroundonthehill.org (Traditions Week 1 June 27th - July1st)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Art Of Spring

I know it is not by the numbers Spring yet. The birds, bees and blossoms seem to see it a little differently. Having a fair amount of rain this winter, cooler temperatures and now warmer than normal weather has brought trees, flowers in full bloom. The pollinators are happy.

Spending time at the botanical gardens each Saturday for the next few weeks I see something new blooming each time. Inspiration is everywhere, I like walking around early to catch the morning light. I do a second walk around before I head out for the day for those flowers that open only to the sun. I am focusing on birds and trees, no surprise there. I will post some of the art work soon. Until then here are a few photos of what's in the gardens this week.

Prickly Pear Cactus

Yucca Flower

hummingbird building her nest in a Palo Verde

Ground Squirrel snacking in the Palo

Saturday, March 12, 2016


Yesterday was filled with lots of art. The Scottsdale Arts Festival usually comes around my birthday. A good excuse to go  buy myself a gift or something for others. Talk to artists about techniques and just enjoy the day.
Here are a few pictures of art we saw at the festival.
B. Jamin Metal Art
Theodore T. Gall sculpture 
Malen Pierson sculpture
Hmmm, guest I was impressed with the sculptures this year. We did purchase one of B. Jamin's tree pieces along with a few other things!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Today's Women Making History

Making History – Women Artists Today

March is National Women’s History Month, the 8th marked 105 years of the International Women’s Day.
Being an artist, having many friends and associates that are female and artists I was inspired to write about some of those women who are making history today.  We may be someone’s inspiration and yet I want to honor some of those women in our history that have inspired us to become artists. 

Thinking back, on some of the women artists that I studied, admired, and still inspired me to keep creating.
Here are a few that made history and help inspire upcoming artists to make a history of their own.
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899) Known for her animal painting’s, awarded the Legion of Honor for her works.
Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) She, was a powerful printmaker, painter & sculpture. Kollwitz created art during both World Wars.
Friederum Friedericks (1944) Artists Books: incorporating glass, metal, wood and paper into her creations.
Anni Albers (1899-1994) She, was married to Josef Albers, which is how I discovered her work. She was a textile designer, taking weaving in art school as this was the only field offered to women students.

                                    Kathe Kollwitz   Rosa Bonheur   Friederum Friederichs Anni Albers
These inspirational women of yesterday allow me to share some of the current women working in the fields of printmaking, mixed medium, painting, glass, digital photography and fiber. I spoke to a few artists from NOMA gallery, Frederick, MD. I ask them to share a paragraph or two about themselves and their work.

Starting with fiber artist Karin Birch, glass artist Cleo Dunsmore Buchanan, printmaker/installation artist Andrea McCluckey, digital imagery/sculpture Lisa Louise Sheirer and Linda Harrison-Parsons, nature works on paper.

Karin Birch
Before I started school, my, mother taught me how to hand sew clothes for my doll. That moment is crystal clear. From a very early age I was attracted to making and drawing. A few years later I started figure skating, spending hours and hours a day immersed in speed, flying through the air, and drawing perfect circle patterns on the ice using the blades on my feet. Later I went to art school, the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, concentrating on painting, sculpture and, oddly, paper-making. Also along the way I studied, in various places, ceramics and silver-smithing. I was a traveler and I picked up what I needed as I went. Growing up, my family traveled the U.S. a lot, moving most years, experiencing driving through and camping in vast landscapes and flying over amazing space, particularly in Alaska where I was born. Later in my life I took up backpacking, learning to read topographic maps and following them on foot through wilderness. These very meaningful experiences of space, landscape, movement, making and creating are the underpinnings of how I think in my work.

At age 15, I decided I would be an artist. I am still trying to figure out what that means after some 4 decades of working. After leaving art school, I found myself in my studio with a two-year-old, who was not content to play quietly in the corner while I spent uninterrupted hours painting wall-size paintings, following in the great male canon of art history. It became impossible in fact, and in desperation I took up hand sewing a baby dress which I embroidered with a landscape scene of my new Appalachian mountain surroundings. This act was an epiphany, opening up the direction I have taken ever since, creating my own medium combining stitching and painting, pulling together aspects of 2D and 3D, and Art and Craft. Combining these two mediums, stitching adds the articulation of drawing to the power of painting. This direction gave me an incredible, albeit time consuming, range to work in while building an abstract visual language that is expressive and deeply meaningful.

I am currently working on a solo show entitled “Weather” for NOMA Gallery opening this May.http://karinbirch.blogspot.com
Parallel in Tandom
Intersecting Bliss

Cleo Dunsmore Buchanan
Cleo studied fine art at Carnegie Mellon. She grew up creating creatures in clay in her mother’s ceramic studio. Cleo created and drove her own art car, wrote eight novels, and has designed jewelry and beads since 1991. In 2003, Cleo bought a hot head and some glass rods, and that was that. She happily tossed aside all other interests in order to devote herself to the glass studio. Cleo has taught at the International Glass Bead Society Gathering in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Something Phishy Studio in Massachusetts.  Her wildlife beads have appeared in books and in periodicals like Bead and Button Magazine, BeadStyle, SodaLime Times, The Bead Release, Bead Design Studio, and Lammaga. 


Andrea McCluskey
I have been influenced by so many female artists; Eva Hesse, Ana Mendieta, Nancy Spero, Bridget Riley, the Guerilla Girls, Marina Abramovic, Louise Bourgeois,  Kiki Smith, Agnes Martin, Susan Rothenberg, Kara Walker and many more, but I don’t consider myself a female artist. I am standing on their shoulders looking out at the world. Sometimes my work confronts activities that are largely considered to be female. “Sunnyland” is comprised of a washboard with fibers caught from the rinse cycle of a washing machine. I work in series to create bodies of work that may seem unconnected because the work is strung together by ideas rather than technique or materials. Sunnyland was done when my daughter was born and I was struggling with the added workload of cloth diapers. The Marabout Series: Enough Flowers, The Law of Silence, Two Courages, and the others are relatively small works. I downsized so I could complete work in the limited studio time I had when my daughter was small. I liked that the work could be arranged to fit many gallery configurations. They were reactions to the political climate. Katrina Series is one house whirling through the muddy waters of a different politic. The Fluency series is part installation that puts the viewer into a very tight space, a closet surrounded by mirrors watching a video of a woman reading a text on the sacredness of the environment in pig latin while surrounded by the lushness of the local watershed. Language is important to me. Mark making is my language. I enjoy moving the words around, the marks around to have them take up different spaces in the composition. The compositions are repeated, the marks change.

            Sunneyland                        Katrina III                      The Law of Silence              Fluency-moonlight 1

Lisa Sheirer
 A native of far Western Maryland, Lisa Sheirer is an Associate Professor and Program Manager of Computer Graphics & Photography at Frederick Community College, Frederick, Maryland. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from West Virginia University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from The University of Notre Dame. Ms. Sheirer is known primarily as a digital printmaker - photographer - ceramic sculptor.  Her public art projects include a ceramic mural at Baltimore Washington International Airport commissioned by the MD Department of Transportation and a glass mural installed in the new Western MD Health System lobby. The reddish image is: "Entropic Mandala Series - God's Arc of Safety" 38" x 38" The treeish image with turquoise skulls is: "Entropic Mandala Series - For Keith"
Lisa pushes her work beyond the natural, exploring the energy, lines, and shadow. The play of sun on water is nature’s pixilation. Lisa dissects the scene, creating line which represents energy.
Entropic Mandala Series - For Keith
Entropic Mandale Series-God's Arc of Safety

Linda Harrison-Parsons
A wildlife and nature artist, working to document what is seen today as it may be gone tomorrow. Creating recycled handmade papers working in pastels and oil paints. Observing nature, animals, trees and the land putting these images down on paper is my way of honoring the connection of all life. I travel to observe animals in their natural habitat. I have had the opportunity to go to Africa twice and hope to return again. Being able to teach paper-making to artists and high school students in Zambia was a memory I will hold near. Although I have a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts, studying, learning new things and creating every day is part of my history making.
Teaching paper making at Mukuni Village, Zambia

Blue Rocks, Eagle Feather


These women: past and present work as Artists, creating for today, in hopes of inspiring for tomorrow. To see more of these artists of today you can visit NOMA gallery, 437 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. The web NOMA web site will link you to the individual artist’s sites. http://www.nomagalleryfrederick.com or email us at nomagallery2@gmail.com
Information on historical references and artworks came from www.thehistoryplace.com, www.wikipedia.org, www.nmwa.org, and  www.brevardartnews.com

Written by Linda Harrison-Parsons, with permission from Karin Birch, Cleon Dunsmore Buchanan, Andrea McCluskey and Lisa Louise Sheirer to reproduce their words and images.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Honoring Women

Today March 8th is International Women's Day, celebrating the achievements of women. International Women's Day has been observed since early 1900's. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." Gloria Steinam This day is not meant for any one cause but a gender parity.

Here is a brief time line:
1908 The year my mother was born. 15,000 women marched in New York City for shorter work hours, better pay and the right to vote.

1913-1914 Eve of World War I Russian women observed their 1st International Women's Day Feb. 1913. Europe rallies against the war 1914, March 8th, 1914 support of women's suffrage.

2011 100 years - International Women's Day - 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland

2016 - Make everyday International Women's Day, make a difference and ensure the future.

information found from http://www.internationalwomensdays.org/aboout

Honoring the memory of my Mom who taught me to be strong

Monday, March 7, 2016

Abstract Nature

I recently saw a demonstration of abstract painting in pastel by Debora Stewart. I related too many of the things she was saying and the way she works. Even the surface she works on, Rives BFK paper. This got me thinking about how I work within the concept of abstract. Applying layers bringing my work into the realism of my vision of the natural world.

According to Dictionary.com here is what is said about  the word abstract.
1.expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object...
Fine Arts
2.of or relating to the formal aspect of art, emphasizing lines, colors, generalized or  geometrical forms, etc., especially with reference to their relationship to one  another.
Noun: an idea or term considered apart from some material basis or object.
Verb: to consider as a general quality or characteristic apart from specific
objects or instances.

The definitions in themselves seem a bit abstract. What I am taking from this information and the demonstration is art and life has at some point abstractness. An  unknown, what will it be when it is finished. We may start with one idea and it abstracts into another. What we see in life or through the camera lens may not work. We the artist, abstract the colors, line, form, or concept to create our art work. Just as in life, if the path we are on isn't working, we adjust, alter or abstract the situation. 

Marbling with inks on starch based surface

Pulp painting with recycled handmade paper

Debora Stewart demonstration at AZ Pastel Artists Association 

Japanese Garden, Phoenix, AZ photograph of reflections

Friday, March 4, 2016

Walk About

The other day I drove up to Cottonwood which is not far from Sedona. I needed to deliver art for show coming up at The Manheim Gallery. It takes about 2 hours to get there and since it pretty much will be my day of travel thought why not take a little break and walk about.
I have been looking through magazines and tourist info for places to take friends and family. I was reminded of Montezuma's Well, near Cottonwood. Why not go explore a little, it has been several years since I was last there. So I did! 
It is a lot of up and down rock stairway path. Easy if you take it slow. The well is a spring feed pond. But it does not host fish. The Native American tribe that once lived here disappeared but their dwellings remain. It is a bit of history, mystery and nature. 
http://www.nps.gov/moca/planyourvisit/exploring-montezuma-well.htm Here's the link if you would like to read about some of the mystery-history of Montezuma's Well.

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