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Desert Run


So today I decided to paint after my morning run on Tabeguache Trail.
Painting outside really feels good! I love how the watercolor dries so quickly, it keeps you on your toes!
And it’s so bright with that big glowing sun that my colors have to try to compete.  I really had fun with leaving lots of white and capturing the bright sun on the rocks that way.

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This watercolor was done by Adina, my recently turned 6 year old, in between throwing rocks in the river and filtering sand through her fingers….she’s such an inspiration!

This one I did, while watching Adina out of the corner of my eye, throw rocks in the river….

We had so much fun and it was so relaxing, we decided to do this again very soon.  I’ll keep you posted….

Almost done…Just waiting for the paint to dry so I can tone down a few colors.

 

I’ve presently got two pieces in the Goddess Show @ Planet Earth & the Four Directions Gallery here in Grand Junction, Colorado.   Here’s one of them, this one is titled All One.  I learned that the word Alone comes from the two words All One.  This was so inspiring to me.  We are really not alone ever, because we are all one.  I had to paint this is really express how deeply this affected my outlook.

Spring

I feel like this year we skipped Spring? This collage I created in January sitting at my desk looking out into my back yard, with my toes on the heater. It was cold and I was looking forward to seeing the little signs of Spring. By March we already had record high tempartures in the 70’s and now 80’s here in April. Even my youngest daughter feels that something is out of balance. She said to me the other day: “If it is this hot now mommy, what is summer going to be like?” I’m not sure…
But here is my token to Spring however brief it was this year.

Often I start a painting with a certain idea, and it sort of evolves into something different, letting go and letting it happen is the most important lesson I’ve learned as an artist. Here another peek at my work in progress……

New painting…

I’m always so excited when I start a new painting….here’s a peek…

Birth Art Show


I had to share this photo. I just love seeing my three beautiful girls with my belly casts in the background. I made one for each of them, knowing that one day they would become part of an exhibit.

The four years after becoming a mom, I barely did any art. I sketched every now and then and that was about it.  Here are a couple of those quick sketches capturing moments, like gestures.

        
With two young ones, there really wasn’t much time for art, except coloring with them.  I made sure they always had crayons and paper available, and I enjoyed seeing the girls fall in love with colors, and the motion of their hand holding the crayon. They were all about process, not product, although they did like to see their art hung up on the fridge.

The girls inspired the artist in me, in a way that no college class or workshop ever has. The pure joy they colored with, rubbed off on me and soon I was coloring along with them, on scrap pieces of paper and in coloring books.

Having studied art in college I had become so focused on the end result that I had forgotten to enjoy the process. My girls helped me find that joy.

With the pregancy of my third daughter, I started to paint again.

I set up my easel in a little corner in our dinning area, where I could back up far from my paintings to get a good look at it from a distance (I like to work big) and I set out my paint brushes and a basket for all my paint. I had always loved to paint with oil and discovered a waterbased oil paint that did not have all the toxic fumes, but that same buttery feel to paint with.  So when my babies napped I painted.

I painted for about two hours a day, and the result was the series on motherhood; pregancy, birth and the nurturing of my three little girls. Caring for and nurturing my girls was an all encompassing task for a while, but with great rewards; not only did my daughters remind me to paint with joy and pure color, they inpsired a whole new series of work based on the amazing experience of becoming a mother.

My first motherhood painting was Giving Birth which I painted at the end of my pregnancy with my youngest daughter. It is a very personal and intimate portrayal of the experience of birth. I wanted to convey the feeling of this incredible strength that came over me, from a place hidden deep within. There is pain but also beauty and elation.

This exhibit was a dream of mine for several years. Working with the local nonprofit BirthSmart the first obstacle was finding a space that was receptive to having a show as intimate as this. When I approached Caole Lowry at Planet Earth she welcomed the idea with open arms. Caole Lowry owns and operates Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery here in Grand Junction where she sells vintage and curious items from around the world, as well as provides an alternative space to show art.
If you are local and would like to come and check out the show, it will be open for the First Friday Art Hop tomorrow night, and the show will be up until April 17th.  Please feel free to leave us comments about the show here or in our guest book at the gallery.

Thank you BirthSmart, Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, as well as the artists who contributed and helped with the exhibit.