New beginnings. It’s been four weeks since I haven’t had the motivation or the energy to create a new pick up card art. So I’m a few weeks behind, and I plan on making up the weeks as soon as I can!
I recently moved into a new studio space, here in Longmont. I’m very excited about this new opportunity and while my old studio was a great launching point, it was eventually not the right fit for me.
So this weeks card represents new life, new beginnings, new beauty, new art. The inspiration comes from my husband’s cousins family who raises monarch butterflies. They always share a photo when a new one hatches, so I choose one of these wonderful photos as my inspiration for this weeks pick up art.
Snow Day in May You Say? No problem! It’s a great way to spend the afternoon painting tiny liquor bottles into my painting. There’s even a mini painting within this painting and a painting of bottles in there as well. Whew.
I’ve been working on this painting from my trip to Ireland in 2009 for a few months now. People who have seen me paint know that I am a fast painter, usually done with my paintings in 3 sessions. This one, however, is a labor of love. And SO worth it! I still have a ways to go, but here’s a close up of the liquor bottles sitting in a window. Yes, I used a tiny brush!
I’m actually in the process of moving my studio to a new location. So getting my weekly pickup art done is more challenging. But I am still taking classes at Rick Stoners studio and the past couple of weeks have been drawing and still life.
I’m trying really hard to learn pastel painting. To me it’s like drawing on a sidewalk with chalk. But I know that it’s all about patience, good paper and technique. This week’s painit was a pitcher full of cut tulips. I was really frustrated at first and almost gave up, but I pushed through and here is my result. Like most of my work, there is a strong contrast between the subject and the background. I guess that’s just how I roll!
I’m super excited that “Cactus Love” has been accepted in to the HUMANITY exhibit in at the DARKROOM @ Bin 46 in Downtown Longmont. Special thanks to Kevin Brezler for encouraging me to enter this photo!
Exhibition Opens on Friday, June 9th and 6-9pm will be the artist reception. Show runs through July 29th
DARKROOM is located @ Bin46 , 600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501
All entries were juried by Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Executive Juror and Award-Winning Documentary Photographer – and Julie Cardinal, – Juror and Director/Curator – The DARKROOM @ Bin 46
Check out the gallery of entries below. Woot!
Humanity Photography Contest
Still feeling unmotivated. This week’s card is another “mood piece” where my overall mood seems to come into the work. Dark, brooding and blue. Yep, that’s how I’m feeling. Come on Summer! I need me some sunshine and warmer weather!
In addition to being a painter, I was first a photographer for 3 decades. I still love photography, and I recently acquired a new macro lens for my Olympus OM-D micro 4:3 camera.
This lens is a Lumix G Macro 30/F2.8. The focal length is a fixed 30mm which is equivalent to 60mm for a standard camera.
Enough geek-speak. here are a couple of close up photos of my cat Addison. Needless to say, she does not appreciate a camera lens 2 inches from her face. I did get 3 usable photos though.
No patience. That is how I’m feeling today. Last week we did Zentangles and doodles with the Longmont artist group member meeting. I drew a wonderful zentangle that day, but could not find inspiration the rest of the week. I attempted to draw one today however, and it turned out really crappy. But here it is and this is my drawing for last week. I will work on something better for this week, however i’m not really feeling all of that inspired today. And then to top it off I just found two of my old posts that were scheduled to post but didn’t post so there are three posts for today, technology!
OK, so this is a cart full of dots. The inspiration for this card came from a meeting I had today with Lisa Ruby Johnson and Lisa Larsen. We’re coaching each other to help with our businesses. Lisa Ruby Johnson does these amazing dot art paintings. She is considering offering workshops on how to do these paintings. So today I decided that I would just give it a “dot shot.” Obviously this is my first try, and there is no way I can be compared to Lisa’s work. But it was fun, and different, and I’m looking forward to her workshops when she gets them scheduled!