I thought I would share what my paintings first start out looking like. They’re not too pretty. Mostly just a bunch of color. I use a brush or my fingers and spread the color around. I’m working intuitively and not thinking too much about it…it’s rather fun and messy.
Then I use a rag from one of those white muscle man t-shirts and dab the paint around and create some texture from the ribbed pattern on the t-shirt. It’s hard to explain in writing. If you want to watch a video of me doing a demo of how I start a painting, you can check out my youtube channel where I show how it’s done.
I know that I want to paint more of my aspen/birch tree paintings. So that is what I’m thinking about as I start these.
I like to put in some black pattern as an under layer so it is at this point that I add the black line.
I’m working on a large one as well as the two smaller ones.
I’m not sure I like the larger one. There might be too many trees in it. It’s feeling a little busy but maybe I just need to keep working on it. I think more layers of paint and pattern will soften it…atleast that’s what I’m hoping.
My paintings almost always go through a phase where they look really ugly! It’s the early stages before more layers are added. They often look stark and rough. I’ve learned it’s a phase and if I keep working through it, the painting gets to a point that it starts looking like what I’m aiming for.
Isn’t that true of so many things? How if we just stick with something, we will be rewarded? It is often hard to see it when we’re right in the middle of something. Sometimes we just want to give up. I’ve learned that what is on the surface is not always what it appears in the end. Sometimes we need to sit still and let the Universe reveal whatever it may be to us. Or in this case, with my painting, I need to keep moving with it, working on it, to see what is to come.
I love that about painting. The process, and how it can feel like a mystery. The “I wonder how this is going to turn out” feeling. Sometimes the painting feels like it is painting itself, easy and flowing, and other times, it is a struggle, a push to reveal itself. I don’t know why one may feel one way and another, the other way. But I do know, I have to go through the rough undercoats before I am rewarded with the final layers of beauty.
After these paintings are finished, I’ll show you the end results. Stay tuned.
This continues my 5 part series about my Artist Journey. Part 5 is between the years 2000-2010.
I took another inspiring Peggy Zehring Experimental Drawing and Painting Workshop in the San Juan Islands before moving to Portland in 1999. It was so awesome! 5 days of painting in the coolest place ever! I always get really jazzed after taking one of Peggy’s workshops!
My paintings from the class explored the light that you see/feel during each part of the day. There were 6 in this abstract “Light” series, 38″ x 40″, acrylic on canvas. “Sunset” and “Morning” are below. I would end up showing these paintings later in 2000 at the Talisman Gallery in Portland.
I moved to Portland just in time for Y2K. I had great expectations for the new year! I thought I would freelance doing graphic production work as I had in NYC and Seattle but it was a hard gig to break into! Everyone already had their freelancers lined up. I was a little bummed because it meant I would have to look for fulltime work! I did do some freelance for Wieden + Kennedy and a few others before I got a job at an ad agency in Beaverton. Working full time makes it hard to find time to paint! Although I did love my job.
But Art always prevails so I would paint in the evenings after work.
The first series I worked on in Portland were the “Purple Spirit Tree” paintings, I had started doing some small studies of the trees while I was in Seattle preparing to move. And then I worked on my whimsical “Chair” Series. These two series were about putting down roots. Planting myself on the ground and staying put. I was ready to settle down, buy a house, get married, stay in Portland for awhile and that is exactly what happened. It’s funny how once you get some of your lessons learned and you decide in your heart what you want, the Universe provides.
I continued painting my whimsical paintings. I also was going to school at Marylhurst University and taking Art Therapy courses. As I recall, I was getting spread pretty thin. Working full time, going to school part time and finding time to paint and have a relationship! Something had to go! I decided to give up the Art Therapy studies. It was okay though. I decided I could do volunteer work if I wanted to work with people doing art. What I really wanted was to paint! More time for painting makes me happy!
I answered a Call for Artists and started showing my work at the Talisman Gallery on Alberta Street. That was a great gallery for me, and I made some wonderful friendships there. It felt good to be showing my work again and settling into my new Portland life.
I loved Portland…except for one little bad thing that happened…someone stole one of my paintings! It was titled, “One Learned to Spin”. I was showing it in an exhibit near the gallery in a public area of a small shopping mall. And someone took it! So if you see it somewhere, it’s mine! My poor missing baby.
In 2002, I found out about painted floorcloths. The floorcloth below is one I made and donated to a Habitat For Humanity fundraiser. I made a bunch of them. My favorite was one I had under my dining room table for years till it wore out, otherwise I’d show it to you. I made all different sizes and designs on my floorcloths. You can learn more about floorcloths at Kathy Cooper’s Floorcloth website. Hers are really gorgeous and helped inspire me to create mine!
In 2003, I married Peter Hanson and we moved to Bend where Peter had family. Life was good.
Susan Luckey Higdon, an artist putting together an Artist Collective in Bend, discovered my work hanging at an exhibit at the Sage Cafe. She invited me to start showing my work at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery. And that is what I started doing and I’m still showing there today.
I’m sad to say that Peter died from colon cancer in 2005. He was 45.
And here I would like to stop, and mention, the importance I feel in everyone getting checked for colon cancer! I’m a real advocate for early detection! Please go have that colonoscopy! Just do it because it could save your life! Peter had stage 4 cancer which means it had metastasized. It spread to his liver and lungs. Early detection is crucial to survival from this horrible disease! But that is another story.
Then I started working on my Door painting. It was a solid mahogany door. Peter had helped me finish it and prepare it for painting. I knew I wanted to paint a tree with birds on it. Pete and I had discussed what it would look like. He even made a sketch of what he thought I should paint. That makes me smile. His idea was different from mine. I began the painting and it evolved into a beautiful enchanted world. It sold to someone who lived back East.
I painted more enchanted worlds with my Tulip series of paintings.
And more whimsical worlds.
I’ve continued expanding my love of art and the creative process. I’ve won some awards and in 2007 was chosen as the Deschutes Brewery Jubelale artist. Getting this national exposure has been a great experience and I’m grateful for the publicity. My artwork for the Jubelale painting was inspired by the mountains and snow surrounding this area.
I started doing my bird paintings when we moved to Bend. In our yard, we have lots of birdhouses in trees and on the side of the garage, and I love putting bird feeders out in the fall and winter. In the summer, I hang hummingbird feeders off the back deck. I love watching the antics of these little creatures as they flit and flutter about.
The next series I worked on was my Native American Symbolic paintings. In 2006, I purchased a tipi. I’ve been interested in the Native American culture for as long as I can remember. My friend was sewing tipi’s for Nomadics, tipi makers near Sisters, Oregon. I went with her one day to deliver her sewn tipis. We spend about 45 minutes sitting in the most beautiful tipis that Nomadics had on their property. They were gorgeous inside. I felt like I was in a womb…so comforting and warm. It felt healing to my spirit. I bought one and had a tipi raising party for my birthday. I painted the outside of it with dancing horses and a protective warrior spirit.
And then came the paintings.
In Oct. 2007 I met Greg. In Oct. of 2008 we traveled to Costa Rica for an inspiring adventure.
My sweet man and I decided we would go to Baja, Mexico in Nov. 2008 for 6 months for even more adventure! I quit my full-time job at an ad agency in Bend. We left in Nov. 2008 and came home in May 2009. I know, this is the short version.
(You’ll have to look through my old blog for more about Baja life, art and photos.)
We had so much fun in Baja! And we hope to go back there in the near future.
In Baja, I was able to paint lots! I learned a lot too! I learned how to make art videos. I became very involved in the online world. I started this Blog, joined Twitter and Facebook and when I came home, I opened my Etsy Shop.
In Baja, I painted whimsical worlds and birds…and a few palm trees.
While in Baja, I started putting white dots into my paintings which to me represents connectivity and energy.
Today I’m working on more bird paintings and my Dream Garden series which I’m really loving. It feels very healing and spiritual to paint these images.
I did a recent small series of Metaphysical Landscapes which I enjoyed doing because they combine my whimsical worlds with the dot patterns and symbolic shapes which I love. I call them Mindscapes.
And that pretty much takes me up to today. I hope this wasn’t too long to read. I had a lot to cover so it might sound a little dry. We all have a story to tell and I love reading other people’s stories and how they got to where they are. I hope you’ll share a bit of your story with me in the comments.
This continues my 5 part series about my artist journey.
Part 4 is between the years 1989-1999. It will be a long post because a lot happened in that decade!
I’m glad I kept an art journal during this time because there were so many paintings and series that it would be difficult to keep track of the order if not for my writings. I had a hard time choosing which paintings I wanted to share. I took slides of all my work so I have quite a few to choose from.
Around the time I was creating art furniture (you can read about that in Part 3), I begun painting large acrylic cactus paintings which lasted through about 1991. They were very graphic looking with straight lines and shapes which is no surprise coming from a graphic design background.
I painted quite a few of these large paintings and did a few commissions. I had a love of the southwest and wanted to someday live near Santa Fe, New Mexico. That never happened but that comes later in the story.
This is what I wrote in my journal about creating the cactus paintings.
“I liked doing them but they seemed time consuming and costly with all the paint I used. The cactus and it’s triangle spikes I really love. The desert is a special, beautiful place.”
My 30’s were about figuring out what life was about. Most of my friends were getting married and having children. I hadn’t met the “one” yet. I knew I would meet him someday but I had to be patient. One of my painting series was titled, “What’s it all about? They were acrylic and collage and I often would paint the frame as well. The triangles and spirals were oil pastel on paper cut into shapes. I used these same triangle shapes in my art furniture.
I had every intention of painting twelve in this series. I completed eight when one night I discovered a new way of painting.
“That night was incredibly exciting for me. I had a piece of wax paper with loads of paint on it. Mixed. It looked beautiful in itself. So I decided to use it. I scraped into it, I put the triangle shapes in it. Then pressed it onto a sheet of paper. I peeled it away to find a gorgeous painting but still with too much paint on it. So I pressed another sheet onto that sheet. Which absorbed more paint. I pulled it away to find an image very exciting and pleasing to me. I added swirls and cut outs to it. Then I did more.”
This was the start of a new series and the use of wax paper as a painting tool.
This technique started a new series where I would paint or draw into the paint on wax paper and then press it down and lift it back up to reveal a print that I would then manipulate with more paint or collage images.
I was making monoprints. As I look at them now, they look quite crude. But I remember my excitement and how I loved experimenting with my new printing method.
I did many paintings using this technique and I sold a few at the artist run gallery, Art/Not Terminal Gallery, where I started showing my work. It was my first venture into exhibiting. I loved the camaraderie of the gallery and meeting new people who liked to talk about art!
About this time I was introduced to Peggy Zehring when I took one of her art workshops at the community college. I would continue to take her workshops over the years and she was instrumental in teaching me experimental ways of drawing and painting. She was the first person to tell me that I had a “visual language” and that it was important for me to record my mark making.
Then I started creating some paintings using whimsical black dancing figures. This is where my printing technique of black pattern started showing up in the backgrounds of my paintings. I was learning to create depth in my work.
I loved these earthy tribal characters. I liked the way the figures danced and did yoga and had their own magical world.
I’ve always thought maybe I would paint more of these paintings but I haven’t. Maybe I will again someday.
It was around this time that I wanted to meet some more artists. So I started an Art Group in January of ’93. People came and went in the group but there were about six of us that met once a month for about 2 years. Part of our meeting time was spent experimenting with different media and then doing an art critique afterwards. I think this helped open me up to experimenting with my own art.
I begun painting abstracts. I made my first international sale, “Forward Motion” to a man in Germany. In 1994, I had my first solo show at Post Art in downtown Seattle.
I kept painting the abstracts but I tried adding collage to them. These I called my “White Series”.
In 1994 I started painting my Blue Mountain series. My painting style was beginning to form.
That same year I decided I wanted to travel to Europe. I was feeling a need to expand my world.
It took me about a year to save so I could do it but in May of 1995 I went to Europe for 3 months by myself. Backpacking and staying in youth hostels. I met and traveled with many wonderful people. It was an amazing experience and I can say it changed my life. It made me realize what a great big world we live in! I wanted to experience more of that when I got home. Adventure and travel!
I decided again I would save my money to be able to move to another city. I threw the names of 3 cities in a hat and chose New York City. The other cities being Albuquerque, NM…they had an art therapy program there I was interested in because I was thinking of changing my career, and San Diego, a city of sun and fun.
I knew New York was the right choice because I felt so good about it. I couldn’t see moving to New Mexico first because I would never want to leave. But I could see myself moving to New York City, getting tired of it and moving to New Mexico.
So I moved to New York City in December of 1996. I had visited it before and had some friends there so it felt right. Everything fell into place. I got an apartment and started freelancing 3 days a week as a graphic production artist for the same company I had worked for in Seattle. On my other days, I was painting.
My first New York pieces were rather dark. My color palette had changed. I thought I had to paint small because there was little room in my apartment. I began painting on 8″ x 10″ paper and small postcard sized pieces. Soon though I felt the cards calling out to each other and I started to put them together like pieces of a puzzle. I called this my “Whimsical World” Series.
I was able to get some art studio space on 14th Street and became involved with a group of artists called the 14th Street Painters. We all shared studio space run by Craig Killy. Craig put together annual exhibitions and open studio events which were very popular.
I continued working on my Whimsical Worlds series and also a Vessel series. It was during this time, that my painting style really developed. My colors became more vivid.
I had many fantastic experiences while living in New York City. But soon I knew it was time for me to leave.
While I was in NYC, I enrolled in an Art Therapy certificate program at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. I loved the program and was doing volunteer work with pregnant teenage girls making art. I thought I wanted to be an art therapist. I had been talking about becoming an art therapist for about 10 years so I was thrilled to actually be doing something about it.
But I missed the Northwest lifestyle. Hiking and camping and wearing hiking boots and fleece!
I knew of a Masters program in art therapy at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon so I decided to apply. It took a lot of work, taking psych prerequisites and doing volunteer work, but I was able to get into the program. So I moved to Portland, Oregon.
I was in New York City for 2-1/2 years. I made some life long friends who I cherish. I developed a style of painting that I use to this day. I was able to make a living as an artist in the Big Apple, show and sell my work there. I will be forever grateful for those experiences.
But while living there I missed being around “my people”. I missed my friends and family in Seattle. And where were the nature loving, mountain climbing, granola chewing, down to earth folk in New York City? I did meet a few, but they were not in large supply. So in the fall of 1999, I was happy to be moving to Portland, Oregon.
This is me at 13, I dug a big hole at the beach and put a great big log into it. I can’t remember now what I was building but I remember everyone was pretty supportive. I was pretty lucky growing up. Most of my creative endeavors had my family’s support.
Can you tell I grew up in the 70’s from these paintings? I loved creating art in junior high and high school. I graduated in 1977.
We had lots of art books around our house. The big coffee table kind. We would flip through them and see amazing art! I was impressed by all the great art masters. I liked colorful art. I liked the abstract and surreal art.
I mostly loved making fantasy art! I made my first set of greeting card designs when I was 19. I didn’t know how to market them back then though but a lot of my relatives bought them. Thank goodness for family.
I had a vivid imagination. I liked to think up characters and draw them. I used pen and ink, graphite pencil, watercolor, sometimes acrylics. Looks like I had a fascination with aliens.
Maybe it was the stories I had heard about flying saucers and alien abductions. I remember there was talk about that back then. Maybe I was feeling a little alien myself as a teenager.
I also kept small sketch books and filled them up with line drawings. In fact, I had journals of all kinds.
I started my dream journal in 1977. I still have it! It’s a pretty big, thick, green notebook. I would record my dreams and sometimes try to interpret them with what I called my “day notes”, trying to see if I could tie what happened during the day with my dreams. I was trying to make sense of life. Isn’t that what one’s teens are all about? Figuring stuff out. It would be what spurred my interest in studying psychology and dream work when I got older.
I also was given my first “empty book” during this time. It was 1975. Inscribed on the front inside cover, my parents wrote, “This book of blank pages is given to our daughter….we know that her creativity will make it a thing of beauty and inspiration.” I thought it was a pretty cool idea. A book of blank pages, that I was going to fill up!
I’ve collected 6 of these books over the years. I filled them with writings, collected quotes and sayings, line drawings, cool song lyrics, collage, sketches, painting titles, anything that inspired me. I still have one going to this day. If you have a creative child, I totally recommend giving them an “empty” book.
In later years, I would start a “grateful” journal. Sarah Ban Breathnach who wrote the Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude says, “if you give thanks for five gifts every day, in two months you may not look at your life in the same way as you might now.” I love the idea of transformation and being grateful. I like to take pause and remember what happened during my day that I am grateful for and give thanks!
I’m in love with this idea about nurturing the creative spirit. Finding ways to improve myself and also be inspired and create! I heard someone say though, they don’t like to be inspired because when that happens they’re distracted and not creating. They were saying, being inspired is overrated. When you’re too busy being inspired, you’re not creating. I disagree, for me, I love being inspired and I think I create best when I have books and photos and art around me that bring me joy and beauty and inspiration.
I also started some larger sketchbook journals during my teens. You could call me a journal geek. Do you have a journal? What kind is it and what do you put into it?
I remember winning an award as a senior in high school for one of my paintings. A landscape of ocean dunes. I was thrilled to have my art acknowledged by more than my family and friends. I thought maybe I wanted to be an illustrator or maybe a graphic designer. I was sure I wanted to be some kind of an artist and go to college. And I did. I’ll write more about my college years and my twenties in Part 3 of my Artist Journey series.
I was approached by Regina Callahan, the director of the Central Oregon Wellness Connection (COWC), if one of my paintings, titled “One Looked to Another”, could be used on the cover of the new Central Oregon Wellness directory. She explained to me what the Wellness Directory and their new website was about and I new it was a good thing. I felt honored and said yes.
“Central Oregon Wellness Connections is THE resource for practitioners, services and products that support the wellness of your mind, body, spirit, heart, and home.
Holding the highest intention for wholeness of the individual, families, community and the planet, it is the vision of Central Oregon Wellness Connection to make the steps toward wellness more accessible through education, information and resources.”
The below info was taken from a COWC newsletter.
What is Central Oregon Wellness Connection?
COWC is an opportunity for you as a provider of wellness services or products to educate and inform the community about who you are, the services you provide, and your unique gifts and talents.
COWC is an eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing, high quality printed directory dedicated to the wellness community.
COWC is also a website directory with the additional benefit of a Community Calendar where you can post events, classes and workshops as well as a Classified page.
COWCis a reference tool and a natural health resource guide. Readers will find listings and descriptions on all aspects of natural and holistic health including: alternative/complementary therapies, personal growth, nutrition, green living, organics, fitness, natural beauty, sustainability, retreats, family health, healthy pets and much more.
COWC will be published two times a year and available at places where health conscious people gather: fitness centers, gyms, spas, restaurants, juice and coffee bars, health food stores, retail stores, health practitioner and veterinary clinics, hospitals, the college, and businesses from Madras to La Pine.
I thought it would be fun to pair some of my art with some photos from 2009. I made 12 images, one for each month and then 3 more to send you some Happy New Year wishes.
The year started off before 2009 even began, in December 2008 we traveled by car to Todos Santos in Baja, Mexico. It was an exciting trip with lots of adventure. We lived in Baja for 6 months!
I painted lots and we worked a lot on our casita. We worked a lot in the garden too. Soon the roses were blooming! My art was blooming as well! I took the SmARTist Telesummit in February and learned tons about my art career! I spent time with online marketing, joined the social networking craze and learned how to make youtube videos!
We loved living an outdoor lifestyle! One day I awoke at 5 a.m. and captured this full moon (below) setting over the horizon. It was beautiful! My art was soon filled with twilight dreams as we became more in touch with the star and moon cycles. I started creating Moonheadmama paintings and begun writing the Moonheadmama story!
I loved my outdoor art studio on top of the garage under a palapa roof. We had lots of fun times with the doggies at the beach too!
In April I flew back to Seattle to help my Mom after her double knee surgery. When I got back to T.S. it was time to celebrate my 50th birthday! Our friends from Bend, rented a house in T.S. for 2 months and we had lots of fun hanging out with them. Greg learned to surf! I got inspired by the colors in our world. And although painting palm trees was fun, my colorful, whimsical paintings started to take over.
We made many a trip down to the ocean to watch the sunset, although the view from the patio wasn’t so bad either….a well practiced margarita recipe, fresh homemade salsa and chips became our fav! As the months passed, our spanish improved, we acquired some new friends and fell in love with our Mexican environment.
Six months passed all too quickly and soon it was the end of May! We packed to head home with great memories from the past 6 months. We had family and friends we missed in the states, and a garden and house in Bend to tend to. Summer found me getting ready for a show at the Tumalo Art Co. gallery and painting a Peace Pole for a Peace Bridge dedication. My Art e-Newsletter became a regular mailing on the 15th of each month. And I opened my Etsy Shop with success! I started using 12 seconds TV to talk about my art.
We learned we really did enjoy living a simple lifestyle like we had in Baja. So we started a regular thrift store pile to unload and simplify. We had fun during the summer with camping and hiking, and going to a family reunion in Seattle. I started painting mini paintings. Summer faded into Fall.
We had a final garage sale but it was so cold, I think we didn’t make more than a few dollars. In October we celebrated G’s 50th Birthday with friends at a Pizza and Pool party at Grover’s Pub.
In November we went up to Seattle for Thanksgiving. We enjoyed family and friends and were grateful for another year! I made Christmas ornaments for the Tumalo Art Co. gallery. I designed a Christmas card with my “Angel Guide The Way” art and made bookmarks to sell, made from images of my mini paintings. In December we had family stay with us and we hosted Christmas day at our house.
We rang in the New Year with a little gathering of some friends, with great music, food and dancing!
And now it is 2010, another year of great hopes and dreams to be fulfilled. I wish you happiness and strength in all that you do. I wish for peace on earth!
I hope that 2010 is the year you take that leap of faith and work on accomplishing all your goals! I hope you achieve all that you hope for and create the life you are meant to live!
Dream you can! For without vision, there is no hope.
There is something about miniature art that I love. Just saying “tiny art” makes me want to either buy some, see some or paint some. It’s probably goes way back to my childhood when I liked small things such as stuffed animals and tiny dolls. I remember collecting miniature glass animals with my sister, rearranging them, displaying them, playing with them and adoring their tiny size.
I’ve been looking at ACEO paintings on Etsy and Ebay. ACEO is an art format the size of trading cards…2.5 x 3.5 inches. This smaller format has a wide collector base of people who enjoy looking at and collecting tiny art. Because the size is the same size as typical trading cards, there are different plastic holders and ways of displaying ACEO art (which stands for Art Card, Editions, Originals).
I think one of my goals for 2010 is to create some original tiny paintings in the ACEO size. But until I do, lately I’ve been painting on a 5″ x 5″ mini canvas and having a lot of fun with that! The painting image wraps around the edge, onto 1.5″ sides so there is no need for framing. I put bumpers on the back corners too so they’ll protect the wall. You can see the mini paintings for sale on my website.
I have different themes I’ve been playing with from garden scenes, to miscellaneous raven and angel paintings. They’re a lot of fun to do because I can finish one in a relatively short period of time and I get the satisfaction of finishing a complete painting! And then I love the way they look displayed in a grouping. I’m really enjoying using the dot pattern too which to me symbolizes connectivity.
It is so cold outside! I am grateful to be inside and have a wood stove sending toasty warmth into our home. I did get outside though to take a few photos and play with the dogs. It is beautiful with the light dusting of snow. Below are a few photos.
Calling all artists with a whimsical style of painting and those who love to collect and view colorful, whimsical art! We need you, the artist, on our website at http://www.whimsicalpaintings.com and we need you, the collector and art enthusiast, to stop by, browse and partake in the beauty that these fine artists are creating! As the website says, it is “a collection of fine artists who are making their art accessible to enthusiasts and collectors with a love of colorful, whimsical fine art.”
How does it work? The website will have links to each of the artists websites where you can view the artists work and contact them for art purchases. As you know, I paint in a whimsical style and for me, it has been hard to find other artists who also have a whimsical style of painting. I’m not only a painter but I’m an art collector as well and I like to collect this type of art but it is hard to find. So I decided to create a website that features whimsical art so others don’t have to have as hard a time as I did in finding them.
So far the website has 4 artists but check back because the whimsicalpaintings.com website will be adding more artists soon. We are selective and the artists will be those that we feel are a good fit.
The website by Jeanne Williamson titled SmallArtShowcase.com which features small, affordable art pieces, helped inspire our website! We have linked to their site and also a site titled The Fine Art Department which is another website that features artists all in one spot.
I know our whimsical paintings website will fill up with artists soon! If you’re reading this, please retweet and also spread the word via your other social networks! Thanks!
When was the last time you painted rocks? It always reminds me of my childhood. We had a family beach cabin and in the summer time once in awhile we would collect beach rocks and sit and wile away the afternoon painting rocks. I always remember it as being fun! So that is what I did yesterday. Paint rocks. When they’re finished, I’m going to put them in what we are calling the “circle garden”. See below. This is an old cement container that people would throw garbage in and burn. It sits right off the road in front of our property. But since we put a palapa roof right above it on the garage, we don’t want anyone burning because it could catch the palapa on fire. So we decided to turn it from an eye sore into something pretty! A garden. We put a few desert plants that don’t need much water in it. And I’m going to paint the sides soon with something colorful. Hopefully it will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood as people drive by.
This is where we’re staying. I’ve uploaded photos of the garden and the casita. We’re working on projects and will be painting the outside of the house and garage in the near future as well as working on all kinds of other projects!
We’re nearing Christmas but with the nice weather here in Baja it doesn’t quite feel like it. But on Tues. night we’re going to The Secret Garden restaurant for their Christmas dinner celebration which will get us in the spirit. They call it the Posada (means inn) and it celebrates Joseph and Mary’s search for a place to stay at the inn. The dinner guests participate by lighting candles in a procession and all of us reenacting going to the inn and being turned away until we’re told we can stay in the manger. We’re looking forward to the dinner.
Greg is building me a work table for me to use for my paintings. It will have shelves and places to put my supplies. I’m glad he is so handy and likes to build things. Yesterday he built a gate for the property that has a sun ray pattern on it. We’re going to paint it yellow and orange. It will look pretty cool when it’s done. I’ll try to post some more photos a bit later.
I’ve been painting tonight. I’m working on another commission as well as some new work inspired from my travels to Costa Rica. I like the idea of fire flies and dragon flies. I saw both on my trip. I’m going to put some in my paintings.
I’ve also been working on getting some Christmas cards designed as well as some others and put on my online Greeting Card Store at http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/lgrugercardstore I used the snowflake art from my 2007 Jubelale painting I did for the Deschutes Brewery. I love those festive snowflakes! I think they make a very happy holiday card. Hope you do too and maybe you’ll purchase a few to send to your friends and family. I’m going to. If you have any ideas for greeting cards that you would like me to make, let me know and I’ll work on getting them into my store.