Just like anything that takes energy, focus and momentum, the energy to keep paining takes tremendous self care. One of the things that helps me continue to have the energy to work in the studio is my daily purple green smoothie. Here's a youtube link of my fabulous Functional Medicine Dr. demonstrating how to make it.
To your health!!!!!
* Dream Tending Three day/night workshop...
If you have the desire to bring to light the messages your dreams are providing you, I highly recommend the workshops and books of Stephen Aizenstat PH.D. After spending thee magical days at his workshop at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, I am taking notes of the stories and images that happen when my body goes to sleep and another part of me wakes up.
* Park City Utah Gallery....
9 paintings just shipped to Olive and Tweed on Main Street in Park City. The Park City Arts Festival is the first weekend in August.
* Cold Wax
I'm working with a new painting medium and it is pulling me to create in a more non-representational way. I spent years working with traditional Encaustic painting, before I found my way back to oil painting. The Cold Wax medium is a wonderful combination of the two. I am deeply inspired and full of ideas to explore. Here is a peek at what I'm doing.
12x12 inches mixed media
I have a very sweet old grandmother who was living in Apache Junction Az. She was 104 when I made the above painting. She is now almost 108. Here is a picture of her on her 100th birthday.
Geneva is still is a big baseball fan and has always followed the home team. Therefore she never missed a Diamondback game on television. We decided that it was time to go to a game in the stadium with her. So we pulled some strings with the team's corporate office and got the privilege of being on the field during warm up. The players, one by one, gallantly came over and shook my grandmothers hand and signed the ball she was holding. The expression on her face told me that she was meeting her heroes and she was delighted beyond measure. The team even had a jersey made in her size with the family name on the back. She wore it with pride.
So what does this have to do with the above mentioned painting? I took the below picture of the hotel swimming pool while walking to breakfast on the morning of the game. I knew I was going to make a painting of this composition. So now you have the back story of Apache Junction Breakfast.
The inspiration for my paintings come from moving through the world with my iPhone.
In August 2017 Grandma will be 108. wow
I planted this climbing rose outside my studio, in our backyard. I am not experienced in gardening, but I fell in love with this rose when I saw it at the local nursery. I hoped for the best. The first few years it did well, with the following years not so well. This year it burst into life. Here are some more images as well as the paintings' progression that was inspired by these heavy hanging beautiful pink flowers.
This is me...and the roses at their peak.