Friday, May 15, 2009

Two years ago on this day I was painting away in Italy! Dale and flew to Florence and I celebrated my birthday in Florence. Is that a great thing for an artist or what?
Here we are in front
of our fattoria, Italian farm house, one of thirteen houses owned by a Contessa who was 94 years old and had the most amazing and frightening German Shepherd! He was called Princey and we were well warned never to feed Princey in case we ended up part of the food.

What a Memory!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Back at work, busy, busy

January on the Cache La Poudre, Fort Collins

Life has been one really busy whirl lately. I have been teaching painting, teaching marketing, evaluating galleries (cleaning, painting and redoing our Art on Mountain gallery) and jurying a show. Since my knee surgeon decided it was time to inject my knees that has slowed me down more than I ever thought possible, also.

I was really excited to receive an Honorable Mention on my San Jose Mission Arches painting at our Celebration of Color Show last week. Also, I have put 17 paintings in the Western State Bank in North Fort Collins and 9 paintings in the Reader's Cover BookStore. Next week we rehang a new show in Art on Mountain for which I have five paintings ready.

One of these, January on the Poudre is featured on this post. I painted this as a sample painting and a study for my Quick Draw at the Cheyenne Spirit of the West Show. It turned out pretty well and I love the area just down from our house a couple of miles where I have painted this scene many times.

In December, Dale and I did a quick trip through Minnesota and this painting is from a photograph I took while we were driving through a blizzard to visit Dale's parents. Very interesting drive...NOT. But I do like the painting!