Though I am in my studio every day, this time of year most of what I am doing must remain a secret, to be revealed as Hostess Gifts, or on Christmas Day.
What I can show you is some of the other creativity that takes place around here.
A good friend (I have know her for over 40 years!) invites her friends in to construct gingerbread houses. She has been doing this for over 30 years, and either makes them herself or helps others make the houses. She creates about 75 houses each year! Talk about a gift!
When you arrive, all the necessary 'stuff' is there from the gingerbread walls and roofs to the candy to the decorative items.
She is a whiz with the pastry bag, pipping the snow and ice. With minimal instructions she oversees your efforts.
And before you know it, you have a beautifully sweet, holiday centerpiece.
This year I was lucky enough to be invited over with two other friends and as we stuck on Cookies, Candies, Santas, Snowmen, Trees, Packages and other goodies we laughed and loved. Thank you Linda.
May you and yours laugh and love your way through the next week.
so much power in just feeling our own insignificance when we are surrounded by nature....
Indifferent Majesty 48" x 30" 2500.
...just thinking about trees and their indifferent majesty and our love for them teaches us how ridiculous we are and at the same time how deserving of life we can be, when we can honor this beauty that owes us nothing. Muriel Barbery
Framed pine cone art brings a touch of the holidays into your home.
Mt. Hemlock Horizontal
Giclee Print 12x16" $150.
6 Note Cards $25.
A bundle of pine cone note cards, tied with a festive ribbon, makes an appreciated hostess gift, or a delightful holiday table decoration.
Two Jeffrey Cones
Giclee Print 12 x 16" $150.
6 Note Cards $25.
Or place a note card on a small easel and add it to your holiday decorations.
Pine Cone II
6 Note Cards $25.
Mt. Hemlock Vertical
Giclee Print 16x12" $150.
6 Note Cards $25.
And remember to have cards on hand for invitations and thank you notes.
Pine Cone I
Giclee Print 12x16" $150
6 Note Cards $25
6 Note Cards $25.
You may also order mixed bundles of the pine cone note cards.
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I follow several other bogs. One of them had a post the other day with photographs of interesting ways to use pine cones for the holidays. I hope you will visit the blog and take a look at the photos as they are beautiful as well as inspirational. Click on this link to journey over to the site: La Dolfina .
If you know my work, you are aware that Nature is my muse.
Looking West Across Lake Tahoe
Anything and everything in our outdoor surroundings catches my attention.
Rock Arch in Joshua Tree National Park
Big or small, powerful or fragile. The overall picture and the smallest detail.
Lichen on Granite
What is a muse?
A muse is someone or something that has such an influence on another that he, she, or it becomes the focus and inspiration for that person's creative work. In Greek Mythology they are the goddesses, spirits, or real persons who inspire the creation of literature and the arts.
White Tank Granite in Joshua Tree National Park
Who is Mother Nature? Mother Nature (sometimes known as Mother Earth) is a common personification of nature that focuses on the life-giving and nurturing features of nature by embodying it in the form of the mother. Images of women representing mother earth, and mother nature, are timeless. In prehistoric times, goddesses were worshipped for their association with fertility, fecundity and agricultural bounty.
A View From the Farm
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas with photograph
And who is Pachamama?
Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. Pachamama is usually translated as "Mother Earth" but a more literal translation would be "Mother World".
Barrels and Fenceposts
48" x 48"
Acrylic on Canvas
Every time I step outdoors, I see inspiration that influences my work.
Take the time to look around you. You might find you are inspired as well.
If you have never been to or seen Lake Tahoe it would be difficult to imagine the spectacular clarity of the water. It is so clean you can see to a depth of 70 ft. And this is the time of the year the lake is at highest clarity, so imagine how fabulous it is to take my rowing shell out to glide over the mirror smooth, glass like surface, looking down through the transparent blues to the granite boulders below.
This is part of what inspires me to paint Lake Tahoe.
The blues range in color from turquoise to deep cobalt. And while the sky's reflection contributes a bit to the blue appearance, these vivid blues arise from the depths. The color of Tahoe's water has been studied and the findings are that pure water has a natural light blue color that becomes a deeper blue to the observer as the thickness of the water sample increases. The blue color is caused by the weak absorption in the red part of the light spectrum visible to the human eye. The lake water appears blue in color as other colors in the light spectrum are absorbed and blue light is scattered back. It is an artist's delight.
And so here it is. Caught Rock Diptych. Inspired by the magnificent clear, clean water of Lake Tahoe. It is made up of two canvases, each 60" x 48", and hung with about 2" between the two canvases. It is powerful and commanding in size and composition.
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I needed a break from the diptych, and I happened to see plump figs at a Farmers' Market which I could not resist, for painting and for eating.
Three Figs 8"x6" Acrylic on Canvas Board
Then I was driving past trees loaded with juicy looking, flame red pomegranates. And a friend was talking about the pomegranate jelly she was making.....
8" x 6"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
So I was drawn into the studio to create a couple small alla prima paintings. These are paintings that are done all at once. Alla prima is a style of painting. It comes from Italian, literally meaning 'at once'. It is a painting that would be started and finished in one painting session, however the term is also more loosely applied to any painting done in a direct, expressive style, with minimal preparation.
The two paintings pictured here were created alla prima...all at once, in one session, start to finish. This was a great diversion from the demands of the large canvases of the diptych, but it was just that, a diversion. Now it is back to the life size boulders.
Overall this painting is approximately 10' x 4'. That is a large work. And because of the size there are a few extra challenges, such as the photography of the entire piece, working the two canvases independently, and then needing to put them together for further work. My studio does not have a wall that accommodates this height, so I will take it to another area and hang it so I can continue with the detail work. This means a bit of ladder time, another challenge. And draping the floor to catch paint drips since this new area is not in my studio space which is prepared for drips, drops, and messes. Challenges aside, it is rewarding and a great deal of fun to create a large work.
Thanks to all who looked and shopped during my Autumn Celebration. Your purchases are shipping, so be on the lookout for their arrival.
Aspen Mountain 30" x 15" Acrylic on Canvas Regular Price: 800. Celebration Price: 400.
As the Autumn leaves continue to fall, the ground is covered with colorful confetti and we find ourselves in the last week of the month. For most of us the weather has changed to cooler temps and winter seems to be edging in.
Aspen Colors III 20" x 16" Acrylic on Canvas Regular Price: 500. Celebration Price: 250.
And this is the final week to purchase any of my Fall Leaf paintings and prints at 50% reduced prices.
Aspen Colors I 16" x 20" Regular Price: 500. Fall Celebration Price: 250.
Take a look at the web page of Leaves, by clicking HERE