Sunday, July 31, 2016

totems and touchstones part 2

fort worth this week, with an unplanned overnight in denver.

i was sooooooo glad to get home.

and see friends- this local restaurant follows me on instagram, so i thought it would be fun to journal when we met friends there for dinner. these are the friends we met in paris, so it brought that back a little bit too.

we're hanging a gypsy gallery show on monday- we do this quarterly, switching off with a photography group. i wanted something new. first thought about printing some journal pages because even tho it seems odd to me people seem to love them and have told me that they'd hang 'em on their walls....

who am i to argue? but the good printer is low on ink and i can't buy those cartridges locally. so. plan b. 

plan b activated on sunday. i painted the owl and thought " well, that was fun and i learned some things, but amateurish and just no. so pam came in the studio and liked it. i was still skeptical (no dis to pam). then more positive reinforcement. so there ya go. 

i also completed these 2 this afternoon. i have long enjoyed the combination of words & visual art. i also think i can paint this raven forever. i love her crown and fluffiness and attitude. she looks a bit less melancholy here than she did in my valentine for aids piece.

and number 3. with the sepia background bc it was not a clean piece of paper otherwise.

i love having a place to hang to get me motivated and am so happy that i do have some new work to contribute. so much fun using techniques and mediums that i've learned to use in my journaling practice.

if you're in boise, stop by cw moore bldg. if not, thanks for stopping by-

Sunday, July 24, 2016

touchstones,totems and commonality

i was so happy to complete this piece and send it off as a thank you to my friends who were such wonderful hosts in memphis. it's like a journal page- background incorporates ephemera from my trip. carole and i have always enjoyed music together. especially guitar music. this was so much fun to do and it reminded me of the great visit we had and of the joy of communicating through art. 

i went to the boise blues fest and practiced people drawing. i need more practice. but i started. i drag books and pens with me everywhere. i always count it good when i actually use them. i bought this sketchbook to practice drawing people and fully expect to suck at it for a while (intellectually anyway- irrationally i expect to be good, now, damnit).

and- studio time. when i think about things that resonate in my life- touchstones- i think about music, friendship and nature.

on the nature front, the totem series progresses. these are all photos that i have taken which will become paintings.

liking the pronghorn buck, calling him done

next up: ms. owl

i am thinking about symbolism. myth and stories and things that touch our hearts- music, word, visual art. there are so many ways that we can connect- so much that we have in common vs. things that drive us apart. 

here's to the commonality-

Sunday, July 10, 2016

studio time!

this week's journey was to austin- where i got to see the bats fly out from the congress street bridge. so cool. other than being miserably hot & humid, it's a great town & i'd be happy to spend more time there.

 went to shoot the burrowing owls and had good light, but only one owl was out. 

i did get this amazing light the next morning, though......

then back to boise to meet a friend. i finally finished this painting for her. the one on the right, addie, died shortly after we lost molly. we used to hike with 7 dogs and only 3 of them are still with us. i painted molly to mark her passing and wanted to do the same for addie.  

and some art journaling while listening to music.....

then home and studio- rainy day today and studio time with the art crew was great-

i finished vixen

 and made great progress on the pronghorn, next in the totem series-

he's not quite done, but doesn't need a lot more work i don't think.

he'll be joining in the mule deer, fox and moose in search of a show when he's done and once i finish a few more pieces- an owl, raven, hawk and possibly bear and buffalo.

 it feels so great to be painting again! travel reductions coming at work, more studio time in sight- 

Monday, July 4, 2016


hiked through an area that was burned about 3 years ago this weekend. it's always fascinating for me to go into these places. this was a big fire, and burned a long time. the year after the burn we went into a different spot and it was hard to believe that anything would ever grow there again. there were floods and slides because there was no vegetation to hold the soil. but still life takes hold.

this weekend, we walked through a forest of charred trees, some like totem poles bearing witness.

the contrast between the burned trees and rampant vegetation beneath them is startling.

i see groupings of plants that i want to remember for my garden

and impossibly lush fields of flowers 

we walked through miles of lupine and penstemon growing in an old road bed. as the air warmed, the perfume of flowers filled the air.

i am reminded that in every end there is a beginning.

this is the summer of owls for me on the marsh. interestingly, owl symbolism includes "....the feminine and fertility, with the moon's cycles of renewal....."

i have been fortunate to find a short eared owl who is happy to pose for me. she has let me get amazingly close on several occasions (using a big lens & cropped sensor). very pleased with the opportunity to get better at using my equipment and the clarity of the photos.

i have also found a burrowing owl nest. the alfalfa was cut in the past few weeks, and i was glad to be able to see these guys in the field. hadn't seen the babies before, but as the adults were standing guard on a fence post nearby the last few times i was here i figured they were around. if these aren't the cutest things, i don't know what is. need to get back in the evening with better light before they're all gone.

 i have not had any studio time and am beginning to miss it. the owls want to be painted and i have a few other projects to finish.

i did get a page done in the travel journal for the yellowstone/beartooth/gtnp trip. so much fun going back and doing these- it's a great way to remember the trip. and makes me want to go again.

i've decided that it would be good to be able to draw people, so i bought a journal (because of course one must have a dedicated book for each project, right?) in menninger's when i was in colorado last week. i did want a slightly bigger book with smooth paper so i guess it made sense :) 

here's the first try, done at an extended family reunion party this weekend. didn't know many people. so this was an excellent project to have on hand. doesn't look much like the woman, but that's OK- it's all about practice, and daring to try. a beginning.