Sometimes it's hard to sell paintings when you really like them. This one is one of those. I love the colors, the birds, the positive images of the peaches and flowers, and the imagery of the birds flying off into the distance. I did sell this at the last Horseshoe Market and hope the owners like it as much as I do.
I'm so excited about these little mini paintings. They are about 5 x 5 and they have given me a place to try new things or expand on the good things that have happened in some of my larger works. I've been trying florals and trees as well as experimenting with water and cloud designs. I have some larger pieces of wood cut out in squares that are just waiting to be painted. I feel free to make mistakes on these little pieces and it has been fun to have no pressure because it's just a little piece wood anyway, so who cares!
This painting was inspired by a bright yellow trailer that we stayed in near Taos NM. We saw a jackrabbit out the window and we wondered about rattlesnakes while the red tailed hawks soared overhead.
This is a 6 foot Day of the Dead Catrina on paper for the Firehouse Art Gallery in Longmont, Colorado. They have a Catrina painting exhibit every October. I don't usually do political art, and I don't plan to start doing it, but I couldn't help putting in Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland and Tamir Rice into this Day of the Dead painting. It's so good to see people finally talking openly about police killing black people. It has been happening for so long without anyone doing anything about it and it is time for a change. I am really glad that we are at least talking about it openly now and that is what this painting is about.
Sometimes things work out, and sometimes they don't ... you can be the judge.
It was so much fun to be out at the Fall Firefly Handmade Market this past weekend. You never know who you might meet, and everyone I met was so nice! This was my first experience doing live painting at a show. The painting wasn't stellar, but I learned a lot and maybe next time I will be able to paint and talk to people at the same time a little better. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting local artists and craftspeople.
I had the pleasure to work on a charming children's story proposal about a mouse who needs a home.
This weekend, I took my children to Astronomy Day at CU in Boulder. It was really nice to visit Fiske Planetarium. We watched a show about constellations and then walked up to look at the telescopes. The next morning, when I woke up - in my first few seconds of consciousness I thought about how huge the universe is and how small my own life is. Instead of being upset by this thought, it was actually very relaxing and put everything into perspective.
This weekend was filled with lots of egg decorating. Evelyn and Kiran enjoyed seeing all the eggs turning different colors. There are many more colors than when I was a kid. I think we had about 9 different cups and all the vinegar in my house is gone now. We had lots and lots of fun. Later on in the weekend I made deviled eggs out of all of those beautifully colored eggs and they were delicious!