Sunday, October 23, 2016

new directions

Hi all,

There has been a lot of really cool stuff happening
the past several months:

I was chosen as Poster Artists for the Corrales Harvest Festival.
I went back to Weems Gallery Old Town.
I collaborated with twelve other wonderfully talented artists on a group show.
I took day trips to Chimayo, Truchas, Penasco, Dixon, Jemez, 
Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Christ in the Desert Monastery.
I painted at some great locations!
I also bought a new small paint box to use in my car.

Here is the Festival Poster:

A few of the paintings I have at Weems Old Town Gallery:

A few of the paintings from my plein air collaboration 
with my new artist friends:

I had such fun painting in Corrales, it's a beautiful village
and the people are so welcoming.

And here are just a few photos of my recent day trips!
Enough to keep me motivated during the winter if I have to paint from photos:

 Whew. Now is the time to step back and re-evaluate.
This is the time of year that I think about what I want to do next year.
What direction do I want to go?
What projects might I want to work on?

And this is what I have come up with:

~Have my "SOUP AND SANTA" event the first weekend in December.
~Just REALLY enjoy the holidays!
~Paint one large old-style acrylic each month for one of my galleries.
~Start a new small 6x8" series
~Work on a series of figures and nudes
~Do LOTS of plein air painting
~Enter a couple of shows
And last but certainly not least, get in shape for knee surgery!!!

That is the biggest one, because I now
realize just how much more I could do artwise if my knees were good.
More plein air painting, more hiking, more everything.

What are your plans for the coming year?
I would love to hear from everyone about their vision and goals, 
personally, artistically, and spiritually.

Here's to a great holiday season!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Balloon Blog

Hi all,

I didn't blog about balloons for a couple of days because 
when they went up, they drifted further north. Or south.

But they have been back for a couple of days now,
so I'm posting again.

Only two more days of mass ascension left!

 This one is really really bright.
Almost too much for my sleepy eyes to take first thing in the morning.

 Hiding in the trees
Going to land?

 Nope, back up for another few minutes.

 Okay, who or what is this?

 Nice view of the balloon under-carriage.

 Between the trees

 Almost touching down

 Uh-oh, is this another Mr. Creepy Eyes?

 No, she's a look-straight-ahead sweet little cow.
I will call her Lulu-Belle.

 Lulu Belle is headed this way....

 In the meantime, another balloon is going down next door.

 Whoa, Lulu Belle is directly overhead!

 There she goes, over the house.

 Floating away...

  I was out and about found this one landing on the street.

 This one landed in the Wagner cornfield in Corrales.
Lots of help there.

 Pumpkin fields in Corrales.
I couldn't find any more balloons, so I got distracted.

Soon Corrales will be full of them!

 Red chile ristras at Wagner Farms

 The pumpkins are ready for taking home.
These look perfect for carving.

 Saw these beautiful sunflowers at the local market.

 Red chile ristras.
Every home should have one of these hanging on the porch.

 Next day, more morning balloons

 Blurry through the trees

 Another between the trees
Not too many today.
Hope we have great ballooning this weekend.
This weekend will be the last mass ascension of 2016.

On another note, my little thorny tree is full of berries for the birds
and the leaves are turning this color.
Fall is here!