Signs of Life

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I spent much of last year studying and evaluating the business side of my art during my course with the Montana Artrepreneur Program.  This year I have chosen the word “discovery” as my go to focus for 2017.  I will definitely be utilizing that word over and over as I go forward into 2017 with my art and my personal journey.

Thrilling is an understatement of how excited I feel about this year already.  Almost one and half years ago my dear friend and fellow artist, Lynn Silbernagel and I wrote proposals to  the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery.   We both love this small art guild and gallery, located a little over an hour from our home base.  It’s nestled in the beautiful mountains of Montana and is a hot spot year round for outdoor enthusiasts. The gallery itself is located in an old train depot, making it quaint and rustic.  It is rich in the heritage of how we live our lives in Montana.  A perfect setting for Montana art.

Our proposals were granted and we were placed on the calendar in June of 2017 to exhibit our work together in the Main Gallery.  At the time it seemed like that was forever!  But here it is and we are so honored and privileged to have this opportunity to display our works.   This means we have a bit of work ahead of us as we create art to fill the Main Gallery.  The task at first seemed daunting to me but as I put my mind in the mode to create, ideas starting forming.  I experienced a flood of ideas at once and well, that’s not possible to entertain so I began to narrow down and “discover” what my heart was pointing me towards for this exhibit.

Above is a painting,  possibly an assemblage if you will, of a symbol or amulet of the hamsa hand.  I get a little emotional when I think about how symbols reflect different periods in my life.  In childhood there was my first “orange” rabbit foot on a chain that I carefully carried everywhere for protection.   I felt safe and comforted at all times with my little rabbit’s foot by my side.  This  symbol goes back as far as the seventh century BCE, originating in Celtic Europe.  And as a talismanic symbol in Africa.  A portion of my exhibit in June this year will be a series of paintings/assemblages representing symbolism.  I am discovering so much as I research the symbols that followed me throughout my life.  As I start this creative process I am struck by how many symbols there are present in our every day life.  We relate with emotion to many of these and they give us a voice to express ourselves, such as the peace symbol or the pink ribbon representing hope for breast cancer.  I am so ready to discover more about this enormous influence in our lives.

I hope to complete six 8×10 paintings for my Symbol Series to display in June.  I will not be posting the series until after the exhibit so stay tuned!  And those locals, I hope you find time to stop into the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery to view the exhibit this June.  There will be an opening reception, date to be announced.  What an amazing start to 2017…just full of discovery!

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New Happy Hangers

 

 

I am working on four new Happy Hangers.

This little bird along with three others will be heading over to Toucan Gallery for sale.

I have the best time creating these sweet little hanging art pieces.

Thanks you for visiting my blog, comments are always welcome.

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First Art Journal Class!

 

First Art Journal Class – October Page

This was so exciting for me as teaching is something I enjoy so very much.  Sharing my passion for art is important to me.  My first art journaling class simply unfolded without a glitch.  These six women were so creative and energized.  Their enthusiasm was very comforting to me!!  One of my students decided the group needed a name so she suggested Little Sprouts since my art page is Green Grass Art.  Everyone loved the idea.   So Little Sprouts is my art journaling groups name and I am so thrilled!  We will be meeting once a month as this class will be ongoing.  Two of the Little Sprouts were not able to attend so next month the group will be eight!  Oh, I can hardly wait!

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Another new portrait…

copydreamgirlWorking on some new portraits and so, so enjoying the process.  This piece has so many layers, but loved it all.  I am still working on some of the elements of the face and shadowing but pleased with this piece.  I have not decided a title for her.  Hoping to submit this piece as well as a few others to a new gallery for an exhibit in 2015.

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Let the art journaling begin!!

  

In October I will begin a monthly art journaling class.  I am so excited!  I have five wonderful women signed up and we will be meeting every month in my art studio.  Teaching is so rewarding for me.  Seeing others create and learn about art and the process brings me joy.  This particular class gets my creative juices flowing as I get to lead these women not just with art but also exploring what is meaningful in their lives.  Hoping to post a few photos along the way.

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Summer Art Journal Challenge

 

DSCN3431 DSCN3433Two additional pages for the summer art journal challenge.  I’ve finished 21 pages thus far and have decided to take a break once I reach 25 pages.  The goal is 50 pages in the journal over the summer.  The challenge has truly been a great way to connect with my art and my heart!  Learning as well as I’ve let down some of those walls of perfectionism and began to embrace art outside the lines!!  Happy Day Everyone!

Art Journal Summer Challenge

 

 

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A few more pages from the summer art journal challenge…thus far I’ve completed 15 pages!  I love the variety of the pages.  When I’ve completed the art work in the journal it will be used as a place to write quotes and thoughts.  The challenge is to complete 50 pages over the summer.  Summer always seems to fly by and I”m hoping with this challenge I will focus on my art a bit more.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by my blog.  Comments are always welcome!

Summer Art Journal Challenge

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I’ve started a summer challenge.  50 pages in my art journal over the summer!  I’ve challenged other artists to join me on my Facebook page and thus far I have two other artists sharing their art journal pages.  It’s a great way to create and experiment with some new art techniques.  Thus far I have created eight pages.  A great start to my summer challenge.  Hope your summer is beginning to give you joy, fun and many new adventures!

My first three pages!!

Art Reception Saturday, April 26th!!

Another piece for the Faces of Montana series.  Join me tomorrow at Bailiwick on Grand (1730 Grand Avenue) for my art reception.  I will be there from 11 to 3 p.m.  Stop by and say hello…refreshments and a sweet door prize!

This piece, Willow and Poppy.  It will be for sale as a print along with two other paintings from the series in print!  Hope to see some of you!!

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