My Favorite Place

My Favorite Place

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Do you have a favorite place? Perhaps there are more than one. How lucky one is to find a spot that inspires and rejuvenates. A place that brings renewal and peace.
We all know the state of affairs in the world. Well, the very young are spared the drama.
Oh to be that young again….. As my young adult son claims, “Growing up is hard.”
I agree. I’ve done my time in the trenches of life. Now I am so lucky to be on the other side of that growth and struggle. Now, I find myself in growth without the struggle.
Sure aging has it’s challenges, and I am lucky to have good health, but I am talking about feeling like one has a place in the world….a sense of belonging.
It took me well into my fourth decade of life to have that sense of belonging…and it began when I started a family of my own. So to my young adult son I say…”Thank you for anchoring my life and giving it purpose…don’t worry , it will all be ok…you have a place always..in my heart.”

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New Brighton Beach

New Brighton Beach

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Investing in art materials is just that , an investment Living in beautiful Santa Cruz California calls for painting outdoors. So I invested in the product most plein air pastelists buy ….a fancy Heilman pastel box The fun part is loading the box with my personal selection of favorite sticks. I then created my “art bag”…hat, paper, gloves, towels, apron , support to put paper on , etc. For days now, I have been driving by this spot on a cliff overlooking the beach nearest my home and imagining setting up there and painting. This painting is the result of that dream. My first outing with my plein air set up.

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Revisiting an Older Piece of Work

Revisiting an Older Piece of Work

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Preparing for an upcoming Open Studio , I am building my original art inventory . Referring to previous original works I have completed, I am reinventing the image . Using a larger piece of high quality archival sanded paper by Pastelmat
( 15.5″ x 12″), I am finding this a most rewarding practice. Improving upon already existing work builds skills and most of all confidence. It helps me to see the pastel marks that I made on the previous piece versus working from a photo. It’s a more direct instructional experience for me. To reproduce a piece of art relieves me of the interpretation needed to paint from a photo. To practice what one has already accomplished with a measurable bit of success is confidence building. As an artist , half of the challenge is having such confidence. Confidence to even claim my place in the world as a creative person…an artist … to me that takes some moxie, some gumption, some confidence!

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Off Season

Off Season

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Summer greens can get a bit monotonous….Why not paint the colors of autumn in summer? Or the springtime lovelies…. exercising my artistic license….off season.

I prefer off season for most things but mostly for travel. The magic of winter in Yosemite coupled with the absence of the throngs of people make for a desirable winter getaway. Venice in the winter, I hear, is also very magical…so why not paint off season? How about a paint/ travel adventure in the off season?? I’m packing my bags and my pastels!!

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Hello Again! Memories from Europe….

Hello Again! Memories from Europe….

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Four countries, four people, eight locations, walked 130 miles….trains, planes, stinky buses, gliding gondolas….Europe. Travel is intense living. Three and a half weeks is an ambitious time frame to fit it all in. My family and I landed in Munich…first impression…the neo-gothic town hall in Marienplatz…an enormous building dripping with gargoyles and spires…bells ringing…this, our first sight up from the subway into the light of Germany. We were speechless…there are no buildings even remotely close to that first impression here on the west coast of California…Munich, Bavaria, Venezia, Slovenia, Croatia, Istria…..

We hiked the alps in southern Germany…a grueling 4 mile descent…my knees are still cranky after nearly 6 weeks…the breathtaking panorama view from the top of Nebelhorn…

Lovely honey colored cows each with it’s own bell filling the airwaves with old world song. We brought a miniature bell home for one of our cats…she’s a bit of a cow…we love her.

Venice…everyone needs to go to Venice and if art is your passion…it’s mandatory. The light is turquoise. I tried to stare at the light so as to imbed it into my memory, so as not to forget, so as maybe to capture it in a painting…we’ll soon see…

The jewel that is Slovenia…a best kept secret with it’s quaint capitol Ljublijana…(lyooblyana)…the birthplace of marionette puppetry, who knew?

Onto Croatia and engrossed with the history of the once war torn Yugoslavia seeing remnants of buildings that were victim to the violence. Imagine the people then. It’s a long story that continues.

This story will continue as well….. stay tuned…so glad to be back at my easel.

~Ciao for now.

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