Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Day Away

Making my lists, checking them twice...sounds kind of holiday-ish but I need lists to keep on track. I keep appointments and deadlines on my phone/computer calendar. Sometimes, I need to write them out in a list so I can check them off. With calendars if you don't transfer from the day before it can be forgotten.

Right now I am a day away from my schedule. I am working on the last painting for shows in Maryland. If it is dry enough this afternoon it might be finished tonight but thinking more like tomorrow. 

I will start posting pictures of the finished works soon. Most of the oil painting will be at NOMA gallery in July. An exhibit and workshop in pastel will be on display June 26 - 30 at Rice Gallery for Common Ground on the Hill.

Here are the links for more information on the shows and workshop. http://www.commongroundonthehill.org

Monday, May 30, 2016


Red - White - Blue, our colors, our flag. While visiting the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, AZ, we had an opportunity to not only see some of our past but to talk to a survivor. Richard B. Bushong, Colonel USAF Retired, he flew B-17's from WWII to Viet Nam. He spoke of the different planes he had flown, the missions he had been on and the friends he had lost in battle. He recalled times when he was the lone survivor. He shared a time when he and his crew had leave, while others flew their plane and did not come back. Colonel Bushong, wrote a book documenting his life and losses while he served our country. Today we honor our colors and remember those we have to thank for preserving the flag.

Here are a few pictures from this special building honoring those fallen men and women of the 390th Bombardment Group.

Building 390 at the Pima Air and Space Museum

Rick talking with Colonel Bushong
inside a B-17

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Artistic Remembrance

When Rick and I go to Tucson we have several things we like to do but we try to add something new to each visit. This time we went to Pima Air and Space Museum. It is the largest non-government  aerospace museum. It did not occur to us until we were walking around that it was a timely place to be to honor those in our memories for Memorial Day.

There was a special exhibit of old forgotten planes. Those planes that had gone to the boneyard in the desert. A place planes are left to the elements of the desert heat. The Boneyard Project was started by Eric Firestone. The first debut was "Nose Jobs" the nose cone of planes were painted by artist and went on display the summer of 2011.

Nose cone art is not new. Fighter planes were decorated with words and pictures. These images were ways of identifying friendly fliers. The paintings became personal to the crews, the lovely ladies that often adored the nose cones were memories of home, life, happiness and future.

The Boneyard Project moved from nose cones to the whole plane. These included DC 3, C 97 and C 45 planes. Artists came to honor these fallen planes, giving them a new life and keeping memories alive. Three  painted planes are on exhibit at the Pima Air and Space Museum. On another trip we will go to the actual boneyard for airplanes. Tomorrow, a conversation from a survivor of the 390th.

To find out more about The Boneyard Project or Pima Art and Space Museum here are the links:

The Boneyard Projects

The Boneyard Projects at Pima Art and Space Museum

Detail The Boneyard Projects

Friday, May 27, 2016

Pushing The Point

The International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA for short) is at the Ironwood Gallery in Tucson till the 29th of May. For those that may not know much about scratchboard it is generally done on a ink coated clay board surface, scratching through the generally black surface to expose the white. The artist in ISSA take this simple explanation to a whole different level. They are pushing the point of this art form.

The show is beautiful and I would have a hard time saying which work was my favorite. If you love details in your art, you will love some of these images. To find out more about this art form and the organization here is the web site: http://www.scratchboardsociety.com 

Cathy Sheeter "At The End Of The Rainbow"

Melissa Mason "Our Wild Brother"

Lorna Hannett "After The Rain"

Ironwood Gallery

Diana Lee "Birds Of A Feather" (note: background is white)

Judith Edwards-White "Waiting By The Window"

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

P.J.'S And Cold Coffee

Working hard on wrapping up oil paintings for the show at NOMA gallery in July. Seems like there is still a fair amount of time. If I were not in Arizona and need to ship the works to Virginia to drive them to Maryland. 

Here I sit in my p.j.'s letting my coffee go cold and working on feathers. At least I did not confuse my coffee mug with the container to clean my brushes.

Back to work...

Details of blue heron - work in progress 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Keeping Secrets

I know I have not been writing as many posts this year. It has been a very busy year. I have been focusing on doing more art and teaching more classes. So far, so good! 

I am keeping the new works under cover. Why not share them? I will soon but I have two exhibits coming up and want to keep them a secret for a little longer. 

I will be teaching at Common Ground on the Hill June 26 - July 1st with an exhibit of my work at the Rice Gallery, Westminister, MD. More on opening reception and artist talk soon. Right behind is a two woman show at NOMA gallery, Frederick, MD. The show opens July 1st with reception on July 2nd 5:00-9:00. This show will feature lots of new works in oils and inspired by our National Parks and what you might see. 

As it gets closer to the dates I will post a few images or details of paintings so you can guess what National Park inspired the work. 

For more information on pastel workshop go to www.commongroundonthehill.com and for July show www.nomagalleryfrederick.com

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Mocking Me

High above on the Mesquite tree, the mocking bird is having a conversation. The quail sits on the fence calling for his family. The love birds make their funny squeaky toy sounds. All the while the hummingbirds wonder why one of their feeders is empty.

Sunday sounds and coffee.

Mourning Dove nested in cactus

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Coffee - Mocha and Wild Horses

It is Sunday and Mother's Day which means extra coffee in my big purple Coyote Caffeine mug. Plus, needed a little extra to make coffee stained paper. After coffee and mocha, I stained some paper for a few upcoming projects. While it was drying I went for a hike in Tonto National Forest along the Lower Salt River. It is a place the wild horses can be found. I did not see any close to the main parking area. I took the high road, and hiked along the river. It is a rocky path but not too hard. Rounding the bend I saw an older horse, he watched as canoes floated along.

On my return trip home, tucked in between the trees and cactus more wild horses. I did not stop to take photos of them. Leaving them to graze in peace. I thanked them for the pleasure of seeing them and for a lovely day for a hike. A little more inspiration to bring to the drawing table.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Coffee And The Mountains

Back in Arizona sitting outside this morning with my coffee, watching the sun come up from behind the mountains. I do understand how Georgia O'Keefe felt about her mountain in New Mexico. If she painted it often enough it would be hers. I photograph and paint my mountains on a pretty regular basis. They are not mine but they do bring me peace and joy.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

High Praise

This week I had the pleasure to meet and work along side many talented artists in Colorado. I do not take many workshops, I am usually the one teaching. When I do it is with fore thought of what I want to come away with from the experience. 

Getting to know the instructors better, Robert Caldwell, my instructor, and Julie Bender, wood & paper burning. Talking with them regarding the business of art and sharing stories of travel. 

What I take away from this week is a better understanding of the shading technique Robert uses in his work. I will not create in his style but take what I have learned and make it my own.

This is what I did in the class. I did not use the image provided and added my own inspiration. A little coffee stain please. In doing my own work I was pleased to have two people interested in purchasing my piece. What higher praise can one ask for, my new friend Cheryl ask first and the piece is hers. Julie and I discussed that I would create a similar piece for her and ship it to her before long. What a week it has been! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

How High The Snow

Last night went back into Rocky Mountain National Park in hopes of finding more wildlife. One of the roads that was closed that morning had re-opened. A couple weeks ago this area had a few feet of snow. I must admit I was a little concerned but the sun came out and the roads were clear. 

We did not find any new wildlife but saw some lovely vistas, a few snow-people and an impressive bank of snow.

Wrapping up the workshop today, hope to finish my piece by this evening. Will post the finished work in a couple days.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Difference In A Day

Woke up Monday morning to 16 degrees, snow on the trees, ice hanging from the windows. Tuesday it is already 55 degrees and some snow on the ground at higher elevations but pretty much gone from the tree branches. What a difference a day makes.

Drove through Rocky Mountain National Park this morning and will go back again this evening. Saw some wildlife: mule deer, elk, turkeys, magpies, ravens and other birds too quick to identify. One magpie photo will be a painting.

One more day for the workshop, continuing to work in graphite pencil on shading techniques with Robert Caldwell. Great group of people, wonderful art developing, artists talks on the business of art and ending tomorrow with the instructors cooking dinner for the students.

Here are a couple photos from yesterday to today.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Chance Of...

Rain - Wind - Snow. What does art have to do with weather? Actually a lot. When you are working in pastel outside the elements that surround you can destroy your work in minutes. Which was the case this past Saturday. There were a few sprinkles early on but was able to go back and repair those areas. I was just about done when darker clouds rolled in, just in case I packed up all but one small container of pastels. Shortly after the rains came, I did have some protection and a plastic tarp to throw over the work. With the help of several passer-bys got it cover with limited damage. 

These projects are never meant to have a long life but it is nice to know they were around for more then six hours. It was a little windy but I was lucky to be in a area that was centrally located with buildings all around. 

So, snow, well Arizona does get snow but I am taking art a little further north for a few days. Got my new hiking boots, layers of warm cloths, camera and art supplies. Heading to Colorado, pictures will be coming soon!

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