Everywhere in Crested Butte, one see bikes. Sun, rain, sleet, snow; -they are like the postman, out in all weather. This little gem was outside the courthouse, and so pretty in the sunlight, that I knew I had to paint it.
These little guys are actually a soft light grey, with brown stripes on their backs. They appear as hummingbirds as they flit around the flowers and as giant moths when still. I think the reference photo for this was taken outside of JC Leacock's Gallery in Crested Butte.
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When we eventually build our home in Crested Butte, this will be our view at dusk. How wonderful. I expect this will one of the highlights of living there.
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It seems that, everywhere you go in Crested Butte in summertime, you find poppies. They're so big and friendly and noticeable.
Whenever I travel over Monarch Pass, it is either early morning or early evening, at the beginning or end of a journey. This was an exceptional morning, with the clouds hanging low over the valley.
Yay! I've got my website up and running. Now I just need to populate it with images. A tedious task, since I lost everything this last year to a series of unfortunate computer, laptop, iPad and iPhone events. The question is, do I move forward, just painting more, or do I try to take paintings out of frames to photograph them.? ...I think it's time to move forward and let the past stay in the past.
Wow! You know it's the right decision when you feel energized and ready to move on after you've made it.
Next step... Start painting again!
Wow... The last few months have been a whirlwind of decision making and activity. I haven't spent a lot of time with a paintbrush in hand, but have made crazy amounts of changes.
Moon Ridge Studio & Gallery now exists as an actual brick and mortar. The opportunity came last fall, when the In-AWE gallery decided to close its doors. The current leaser, Crested Butte Music Festival said I could take over, ...so I did. It is a perfect space for me.
I have a dedicated time to work, away from the home studio. I have an outlet for all my work with a window on Elk Avenue in downtown Crested Butte. And, I'm making friends with all the local knitters who come in to buy my yarn. There is just enough space for my drum carder and spinning wheel, so while I wait for paint to dry, or when I need to rest my mind with a repetitive task, I can hop on the wheel and recharge.
Mary Schmidt, wonderful photographer and lovely person shares the space with me. It is marvelous to bounce ideas off each other.
And today, I focused on getting my sites up and running.
More to come, soon.
The following are from Michael Reardon's workshop with Southwestern Watercolor Society in Dallas. Thanks Michael.
Here are a couple of the watercolors I finished in his class.
This is terra cotta and painted faux bronze. I did not work from a model, but rather clipped images from several Arabian horse magazines. I was very happy with the results.
Another apple, years later, with me working on the planes and brushstrokes. I prefer the value study to the finished peice, which I feel is overworked. You can see my still-life setup in the upper left.
Another apple study. I guess I will be original and call it "Apple Study 3". It is another oil of course. I hadn't rounded up enough courage to paint in watercolor when I painted this last summer.
It's about the same size as the others, 12 inches or so. That brown back drop does not appeal to me.
This was done in a class I took years ago. I had painted throughout high school and college, but was never satisfied with my work. This little apple demonstrated to me, that I could paint something I actually liked.