Friday, January 24, 2014

Upcoming Show Opening and Artfeast

Serenade  oil/panel  14"x18"

It's officially one month before my solo show "Alight" at Sage Creek Gallery in Santa Fe.  I've been concentrating on still life for several months now and am getting excited for the opening.  I will have fifteen new paintings for the show.  The opening coincides with a weekend of festivities celebrating food and art in Santa Fe called ArtFeast.  ArtFeast is an annual fundraiser by Artsmart in Santa Fe featuring prominent restaurants, chefs and caterers along with galleries and artists for several days of delicious events.  The Edible Art Tour (EAT) kicks off the weekend.  Forty galleries pair up with local restaurants for a special evening tour of art openings and parties with sweet and savory gourmet treats at each stop.  My gallery teams up with Pizzeria Da Lino.  Other events over the weekend include a fashion show, art of home tour, gourmet plated dinner and an artists brunch.   There are several different art auctions taking place including wonderful artwork, paintings and pottery made by students in the Santa Fe school district.  These kids have talent!  Which is wonderful because the proceeds from the event go to the local schools for art programs and art supplies.  It's an awesome event with a very awesome cause.

Edible Art Tour, February 21 from 5-8 pm 

Tickets and information for all the events are available here.  I hope to see you there!

Check out a great blog post about the event from Chasing Santa Fe.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Savoring the Quiet

 "Night Visit"  oil/panel  14"x18

"Balancing Act"  oil/panel  12"x12"

I am really enjoying January, to be honest it's one of my favorite months.  I love being enveloped in quiet moments, which there seem to be many of this time of year.  It's the interlude between the holidays and bursting of new life and activity in Spring.  I know some people suffer from the winter 'blahs' around this time of year. I am quite the opposite, my least favorite months are during the height of summer when we get the most sun out here in the Southwest.  Right now I am enjoying peace, quiet and a lapse of activity.  I am savoring every moment because I know before long the season will turn and life will resume at it's full speed once again.  Give me January and February!  A cup of hot tea, a fire in the fireplace and cozy evenings with my family together make feel content and satisfied.  I know these quiet times together are to be treasured.  But do catch me again when the buds begin to green and the birds return, gardens will be planted and the sun will warm the earth and I'm sure I'll (along with my feathered friends) be singing a different tune.  But for now, Happy January all!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

New painting

Warbler and Nest  14"x18" oil/panel

Here is the first painting completed in 2014.  This is the time of year I spend quietly organizing my studio, cleaning and going through old sketches and paintings from the previous year.  I reflect upon my progress and make plans for the future.  I love fresh starts, am a dedicated list maker and make my own monthly calendars that I constantly scribble new goals, thoughts and ideas on.  I post them in a prominent place in my studio.  I'd be lost without them, they remind me of my painting goals and also manage all the family's activities.  These handmade calendars are fun to review at the years end.  It's amazing to see how every week fills with activity.  As for my own creativity, I rarely reach my monthly goals--but carry them over to the next month only to add more to my ever growing list.

Friday, January 03, 2014

~*Happy New Year*~

I wanted to share this beautiful and inspiring video for the New Year.  Gratitude, a beautiful way to start 2014.