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Transforming my art studio

I was going to do a post about 2011 and my story about getting to where we are now in Prescott, AZ but then I decided nope, I’m going to start blogging about today, right now. Sorry the story is getting a skip in it since I haven’t been writing much lately. But just know that things are straightening themselves out and I’m getting back on track with my art. First thing up, getting my art studio ready to work…

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Our Backyard Garden in Bend, Oregon

A couple weeks ago we went on Bend’s Backyard Farm Tour. It was really fun. I think there were about 18 backyard gardens to go to. There was a handout and map to follow. We hit about 7 or 8 of them before we had to be somewhere else. Backyard farmers are a happy bunch. They love sharing their knowledge and the fruits of their labor. I got some great seeds from one farmer. We talked to a Master Gardner…

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The Art of Gardening

I am just in love with our garden this year. It’s bringing us lots of veggies and satisfaction in knowing we’re growing our own food. We’re planning on having an even bigger garden next year. We’re even talking about maybe building a greenhouse. Wouldn’t that be fun? Here’s a few pics I took the other day. Ever the artist, I decided to have fun arranging the carrots on the counter before I cut them into the salad. And then I…

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Seeing in all directions

I was up early this morning and went outside to take some pics. The light was so pretty. One Tree. So many views. I took some shots of this tree in our yard. From all sides. A 360 around this tree. It was a reminder. To remember that one has many directions to look at all sides to remember there are many paths, ideas, views to explore so go out and explore your views remember to see in all directions…

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Painting in the studio and other projects

Where does the time go? I meant to make more posts this week but have been busy with painting in the studio and working on our casita. We have a big project happening in our kitchen. We hired some help to create our new palido counter tops. It’s quite a project and takes a few days to complete. So things are a bit chaotic at our place. They’re doing a great job. I love the color of them. A yellowish…

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Part 5: One Artist’s Journey 40-50 yrs old

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.…

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Part 4: One Artist’s Journey – 30-40 yrs old

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…

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Part 3: One Artist’s Journey – 20-30 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my path as an artist. Part 3 is between the years 1979-1989. In 1981, I graduated from college with a Bachelors in Fine Art from Washington State University. There was a professor in college who sat me down and made me decide if I wanted to take the academic Fine Art route or go the way of Commercial Art. Thinking I needed a way to make a living, I chose the Graphic Design…

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Part 1: One Artist’s Journey – 0-10 yrs old

These are my parents, Audrey and Ed Gruger. Before I can talk about my artist journey. I have to give thanks to them for bringing me into this world! I was born in Seattle in 1959, the youngest of three children. My parents have always encouraged my creativity and inspired me with their passion for the arts! They were art collectors and had many pieces of art, especially abstract pieces, decorating our home. They were art lovers and often took…

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Jan. 8th An Artist's Day Notes

I TAKE A MOMENT to really look at nature outside my window I AM GRATEFUL to be making a living as an artist I AM FEELING the chill in the morning air I CAN SEE I burned the toast I AM HEARING NPR I AM CREATING a logo for my greeting cards I AM MISSING travel I AM HOPING to do some adventuring in 2010 I AM PLANNING to go to Italy and Greece PHOTO TO INSPIRE Imagine Peace

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2009 Life and Art in Review

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…

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