My work is in Carbondale, CO at the Village Smithy Restaurant, 3rd and Main, during the month of May. If you’re in Carbondale, grab a bite to eat from 7-2 and check out my paintings. Its a pretty setting and very vital and happening. And the baked goods are yummy!
Q: When is a tattoo parlor an Art Gallery?
A: When its an empty retail space in Paonia.
The former tattoo parlor at 237 Grand Ave has been unoccupied for a while as are several other retail locations in our town’s two block downtown. They look like missing teeth from an otherwise beautiful smile. I approached the property owner and requested permission to hang some of my paintings in the front window until he rents the space. He graciously said yes to my idea of an alternative exhibition space. I got this idea from my friend Charlie when he told me what the town of Helper, UT did to its vacant storefronts.
I didn’t want to overstep any boundaries so I decided not to use any electricity for lighting. The front windows are west facing and pretty bright. I measured and graphed out the window space to display my paintings. I framed lots of really good ones. Allen & I got the supplies we needed to hang them with minimal expense and work. Then we set to work putting up the exhibit.
I am glad to have my paintings up and able to be viewed by lots of people. Paonia is a busy little town and people were walking by as we were hanging the paintings. I also hope to sell some of the paintings as every artist wants to be able to pay for their supplies sooner than later. I am happy that people will be able to understand what I do all day when they walk by and see the products of my labor of love. And my paintings are a lot happier being in the light than wrapped up in the “Vault” (that is what we jokingly call the shelves in the garage where I store art).
So stop by when you are in Paonia to 237 Grand Avenue and take a look at some of my paintings. You can go across the street to the Blue Sage Center for the Arts after next week and see a couple more of my paintings. I also have 2 in Grand Junction at the Art Center there. I hope to be hearing from some of you soon!
Hooray! I got two pieces accepted into the Art Unleashed Exhibit in Grand Junction.
It runs October 7 to 29, 2016 and is at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts
1803 N. 7th Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Plan to attend the First Friday reception Oct. 7, 7-9pm to see all the artwork and maybe buy a piece or two.
The Art Center is definitely going to the dogs … and cats and other four-legged friends this October. They are excited to be teaming up with Roice-Hurst Humane Society to bring art patrons and animal lovers together for a fun First Friday evening, a fabulous exhibit, and a celebration of National Shelter Dog month.Artwork will be for sale, with proceeds going to support both The Art Center and Roice-Hurst Humane Society. A few priceless pieces from the permanent collection will also be sprinkled about for the eye and heart to enjoy.
The day after we got together with the McKelvy family, I got to do some painting! Tova and I hiked out into a field with a great view of Silver Peak.
Tova has a certain distinct style of assisting me when I’m painting. I am documenting it.
On our way through Oregon, we camped at Malheur National Forest on the South Fork of the Burnt River. So did a whole town of people on OHV’s and in RV’s with loud generators. I did a little sketching of the trees as lots were over 100 feet tall.
In the morning we headed out to look for a quiet spot where I could paint and a wide shoulder where Allen could ride his bicycle. I managed a nice painting of some cows in a flower filled field and a creek in the morning.
After an early lunch, I did another painting of some young Douglas Fir trees. I even managed to rig up an auto sun shade on my Strada easel which worked very nicely.
Thanks to Kim Casebeer for the tips on that one! Tomorrow we are on our way to our friends house in Wenatchee, Washington and more Plein Air painting.
Today I went out plein air painting with Tova. Allen was riding a half-century in Cedaredge so I had the morning to paint. I drove out to some stunning adobe landforms southwest of town. I enjoyed painting out there. Some people pulled over where I was set up on the side of the road to tell me about how the man had grown up in that area over 70 years ago.
My dog Tova has it down, too. She camps out in the dirt until it gets too hot and the ants are too pesty. Then she shakes off and hops into the car, which is a lot cooler and more comfy!
I think this painting turned out well.
I have 3 paintings in the upcoming group show through the Hotchkiss Fine Arts Association. The exhibit will be from February 5 until March 14 of this year. It is being held at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia, CO. There will be a dozen artists featured in the 2D and 3D show.
I’m inviting you to attend the opening on February 5, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by, view some art and say hello to us artists.
With the sun streaming in on the floor next to my easel, my dog (a.k.a. my studio assistant) is taking a nap. I also look at her as my life model. Except for her collar she is a nude model if a bit hairier than most. I think it is better to paint something from real life. A photo is fine but most of the values and colors get washed out or pushed into a rather narrow spectrum.
I snapped a photo of my model just in case a cat or coyote walked by outside and she felt the need to spring awake and move from her position. She managed to stay asleep long enough (35 minutes) for me to get the values and colors in as well as her position. Then she moved and got up. I was able to keep painting using the rug and sofa side as is. They don’t move on their own so all I had to deal with was the changing light.
Painting from life lets me see the nuances that normally don’t come through in a photo. I had to wait to the next day to finish this painting as I did loose the light in the room I was in painting because we are very near the winter Solstice.
I think the painting turned out well.
This month I am on retreat at my friends house in the mountains on the Front Range. I’m about an hour from Denver and don’t feel like going into the hub bub of civilization if I can avoid it. I am house/dog/horse/cat sitting for them while they are on a family vacation. As you can see from the above painting, I take the dogs for a walk on a very scenic road every morning.
I am painting, both in the studio and plein air. The following painting is the plein air study for the one that follows. I went to Morrison with my friend before she left and met up with her plein air painting pals on a warm Sunday morning.
I also used this time to refine other plein air studies I did near my home in Paonia. This one is of the confluence of the North Fork and the Gunnison Rivers at a place named the Pleasure Park. Odd name for a riparian area in a desert environment but its a nice place to paint as well as a Gold Medal Stream for fishing.
I am still here for a little while longer, so I hope to be productive and creative. I always enjoy myself, especially while painting.
I just returned from a long weekend of camping in Utah with dogs and friends. My mountain rescue team I belong to held a training in the slot canyons of the San Rafael Swell. I opted to paint and hike rather than rappel and squeeze.
The break was great, I enjoyed the relaxed pace. The plein air sketches and exercises I did are going to provide ideas and inspiration for studio paintings for a long time. Little road trips like this to wild areas are a balm for my spirit. My internal battery needed the recharge.
It was a fun drive (translation = rough) on 4WD roads to our meeting point, but the Tacoma was a champ. Our training leader provided us with a highway map pdf, some directions off a website and GPS coordinates. The destination was about 5 hours from home.
We had a view of an area called Sinbad country from out campsite.
It was very remote but that was fine with us! We are a hardy group.
I hiked with my friend and our dogs before she set out on an explore of the canyons, with all the required gear and knowledge. I painted all day. She returned mid afternoon and joined the plein air fun with her watercolors.
The wind was pretty strong and even with extra tent stakes and lots of big rocks, the umbrella was not an option, so standing in the meager shade of a juniper was my plan. Seems like the dogs had the same idea. The rest of the team returned early evening after 18 miles or so of canyoneering and hiking.
The next day we drove around in the swell, which is an ancient reef and uplifted seabed, and caught some glyphs and hiked around Goblin Valley State park. We then traveled to Erby canyon and started a hike up it but the weather with rain clouds threatening a flash flood changed our minds for us. We drove out of the very sketchy road just in time for the downpour.
We ended our weekend at a whitewater rafters’ hang out in Green River UT for burgers and fries and headed back to cooler Colorado.