Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I have submitted a couple of images to Allied Arts for their Juried Art Show...we'll see if the juror opts for any to be included in the show!
I submitted Cheat Grass Hills and The River at Pepper Bridge...
I am working on shows for 2009. So far I have a solo show at La Chateau Winery. They are a new winery at airport complex in Walla Walla. They occupy the old home of Clay in Motion across the road from the airport terminal. It is wonderful bright space. Expect to see a few large pieces in the show! The show is open for the months of April and May. We will probably due the artist reception right around the time of spring release, the first part of May.
I will participate in the Joseph Festival of Arts first weekend in June. It is a large show and exhibits some really good art, both 2 and 3D.
There will be new work at Whitman Cellars soon. Changing out wintery/fall paintings for some with the greens of spring! I am a residence artist there and always have 5-6 pieces hanging. Thank you Sally, Larry, John, et al.
I just picked up a small set of the pan pastels. I haven't stuck my paws in them yet, but they look amazing. The set came with all these sponges and applicators. It's almost like a cosmetic counter with lush colors of eyeshadow. Once I try some, I will let it be known how they seem.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

It was a productive weekend! Two paintings to post...One has been sitting waiting for some touch up for a few weeks. The painting I did this weekend is of a local road that heads up into the mountains...this is the beginnings of a beautiful drive. The other painting is "Heading to Summer Pasture". I have wanted to paint this for a long time. The painting is of my Mom riding "Jackpot" moving some of the cows and calves to a summer pasture. And anyone who knows cows...knows that when the grass is fresh and green and full of flavor in the spring, to get those animals moving is a chore....they want to graze and enjoy the feed along the way...Her neighbor is sitting on his horse along the horizon and along the fence to make sure all the "pairs" get through the gate into the new pasture. My Mom was a rancher and probably one of the best horsewomen I knew. She was a pro and I am happy to say that I am pleased with how this painting evolved. Only she deserved to see herself in art!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Lewistown, Mt
Main St.Creekside in
OR check out the book "The NEW Creative Artist" by Nita Leland. It is a great source of inspiration and makes you thin outside your comfy little box. I have long been an admirer of hers and this book is a great asset to you library.
It's a cold and gray day in Walla Walla; not the promised sunny and 50. But with some good CD's and a cozy work space, one can create and never feel the damp, bone chill of the outside.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

As a quick followup to the Hospice fund raiser onthe was a big success and ever much as in previous years...a heartwarming note in the economic times of today. My piece was a the top selling piece of art for the event. It always does my heart good to have a grand sale at such an event for a stellar cause.
I have committed to a show at LaChateau Winery for the months of April and May, 2009. We are working on an artist's reception date and are leaning toward the weekend of Spring Wine Release - first part of May.
Images of painting are now online at for selling giclee prints and on for selling greeting cards. You can access my store by my name. GCU is very interesting - card buyers can access this website, chose an image and create a card for less than $3. A nice 5x7 card. Check out the sites. Etsy is an artsy site where lots of stores/artists sell their wares.
Soon the daily paintings will start again...they may be sketches some days; pastels another!

Friday, February 6, 2009

There are always fund raisers that are asking for art for their auctions. One that I will nearly always give a piece of art to for auction is the Hospice fundraiser in Walla Walla. It happens in February and this year's event is scheduled for tomorrow night at the Whitman. This organization does wonderful things for families and they deserve what we can give to the cause. Here's hoping for a ever successful event! I will see you there!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The begining of February...for me it is sort of the turning point from winter to spring...after all the days are lengthening (yea!) and there it is a little warmer. Maybe I am grasping at straws, but what the heck.
I am working on a couple of pieces. Finishing touchs on "The Gate to Summer Pasture" and "Save the Last Dance". "Save..." will be my donation to the Hospice of Walla Walla fund raising event. next weekend. I am working on plans for some show pieces for this year as well.

Just in the negotiations for a show at La Chateau Winery. Wonderful wall space that will show my work well. I am excited about the space.

It is sad for me that Luscious By Nature is closing. They were a fabulous dining spot and they graciously showed my work two times this year with good sales. They were the kindest people to work with and wish them well with new ventures. Daman made the BEST drinks, ever...

Have Kate home recuperating after surgery. She is doing good, but 3 abdominal surgeries in 3 months is major, laproscopic or not. She goes back to school March 1...hopefully well and full of energy once again.

February should be filled with activity around here...Hospice fundraiser, then Little Theater is doing "On Golden Pond" with our friend Jeff in a lead role. Planning a little trip to Portland with Kate as well.

I am excited to have registered for a monotype workshop at Crow's Shadow Institute in March. I am looking forward to learning something from Frank as he is my hero when it comes to his stuff.

FaceBook is a spot to keep track of my whereabouts as well...It has grown quite large, starting as a way to get photos easily of my kids in MT...lot of friends on that as well....