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Guymon, Oklahoma, United States
I am blessed to live where my grandfather homesteaded, to have three beautiful daughters who are my best friends, to have six delightful grandchildren who live nearby, to be married to my sweetheart of 35 years and to thrill to the special magic of creating my own works of art. I'll never cease to thrill to witnessing new ideas and images come to life from the point of a pencil or splash of a brush. I am blessed.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

NEW MEXICO ART SHOW CONCLUSION

What's Down the Road?

I just returned from taking down my art show in Taos, New Mexico.  This was an awesome experience for me and I was thrilled when the owner of the Trading Post Cafe and Gallery invited me to show again in a year.

The question for me now is - What's Next?  I still have quite a bit of inventory left from the kitchen counter series and I am really wanting to explore some new, more challenging subject matter so I'm not sure what I'm doing next.  Thanks to weeks of physical therapy (and three more weeks to go) I am feeling like tackling a new, artistic pursuit.  Right now, however, I'm not exactly sure what's ahead.

Graham's Grille - Taos, NM

This trip to Taos, NM included eating at a different restaurant.  We got reservations at Graham's Grille located just off the historic plaza.  It has been there for years but we've only walked by.  We had a great meal and fabulous conversation with locals.  Michael and I met and visited with the Taos artist, Bill Arms and local realtor, Paul Johnson most of the evening.

Single Pump Gas Station in Truchas, NM

Thanks to good friends who loan us a place to stay in Santa Fe, we left Taos on what is known as the High Road to spend a few days in the "city different."  We have a few favorite spots on the High Road.  One is the bizarre town of Truchas teetering on the edge of a ravine.  It's filled with art studios and one, tiny, single pump gas station.

Miracle Dirt at the Chimayo Chapel

Our next stop is usually Chimayo where we have visited the Sanctuary de Chimayo for years.  It's been fascinating to watch the changes surrounding this ancient mission known for it's miracle, healing dirt.  The congregation has built up the area with all kinds of monuments and outdoor worship sights but the church itself is still the same. 

We arrived right in the midst of Sunday Mass and enjoyed listening to the priest as he prayed for rain for the drought stricken region.  We then peeked into the adjoining room where the miracle dirt is found.  I love this tiny room.  The walls are lined with crutches and canes and all sorts of discarded medical equipment from the faithful who claim miraculous healing.  I was tempted to add my cane to the display but I'm still not at the point I'd claim to be healed.

"Chimayo Chapel"
6" x 8" Colored Pencil

I've created three different paintings of the Chimayo and only have this small, colored pencil still in my inventory.  Who knows.  Maybe I'll work on another one since this place has such a special appeal and primitive beauty or maybe I'll build something out of my stacks of photos or resource files filled with images. 

The easel is set up, the paints are out.  All I need now is some direction.


KIP GABRIEL WATERCOLOR


"Kip Gabriel"
16" x 8" Watercolor on 200 lb Arches Paper

I am fortunate to work with some fabulous teachers at Guymon High School.  Just next door is a great friend who teaches U.S. History and her husband is the 3-D Art Teacher.  I had the added joy of teaching art to their daughter who now is expecting their first grandchild.  This is a baby gift for this wonderful family. 

The family loves to hunt and fish so the baby theme they requested was to feature all of the things they enjoy hunting - turkeys, pheasant, deer and their love of fishing.  They also asked that I include their treasured black lab.

Kip Gabriel was supposed to arrive August 8th but he has yet to make an appearance.  As always, I hope the family enjoys my gift.

STUMP CARICATURE

"Grandpa Stump and His Grandsons"
8.5" x 11" Ink on Card Stock

A friend requested a cartoon/caricature of him and his three grandsons to screen on T-shirts. It was fun to tackle this simple little project during my recovery.  Years ago I seemed to be doing tons of cartoon images but not so much lately.  At one point, I even set up a booth at local events or special occasions and drew caricatures all day long.  It's always a challenge to caricature females and children....I find it's best to "cute-a-phy" rather than exaggerate features on these subjects.  These three little boys were all pretty darn cute to start with.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

MY HAPPY PLACE

"My Happy Place"
6.5" x 10"
Watercolor on 200 lb Arches Paper

This is the first piece I have completed since my total knee replacement a month ago.  I decided to concentrate on a watercolor I started a couple of years ago which was a demo for my students.  The reason this subject seemed to beckon me is that it portrays one of my favorite places on the planet.  It is a window seat at the Plaza Bakery right on the corner of the historic and busy Santa Fe Plaza.  My husband and I love to sit in this window and people watch on one of the busiest and most interesting corners in Santa Fe.  You can always count on seeing some bizarre, colorful and one-of-a-kind folks stroll by.  We have even seen close friends walk by.  I think a lot of Santa Fe visitors love to "dress the part" when they are in town so it's fun to watch tourists and locals alike.  We have sat in this location enough to even know some of the local characters who frequent the plaza such as docents from the Georgia O'Keeffe museum and some of the area street musicians and panhandlers. 

My husband is holding his GPS in the painting.  One of our hobbies is to geocache while we travel.  It involves using a GPS to hunt for hidden logs that are scattered all over the world.  Santa Fe is a great place to geocache with hundreds of these little logs hidden in parks and public walkways.  If you want to learn more about how to join us and thousands of others who use million dollar satellites to find Tupperware containers in the woods visit www.geocaching.com

So as I continue to recover (which at this stage involves some very agonizing physical therapy sessions three times a week) I am dreaming of my happy place in Santa Fe.  Fortunately we head that way in a week.  I am taking down my Taos, NM art show on July 10th and we are going on to Santa Fe to enjoy a few days away from the attacks of my aggressive little physical therapist.

If you are in Santa Fe next week - look for me enjoying a cup of coffee and a decadent pastry in the window of the Plaza Bakery.  And if you are there - treat yourself to the unique atmosphere of the "City Different" through one of the best spots in town.