Gallery: Art Connections Gallery 908 Main Street, Bastrop Texas 512 581-1799 http://artconnectionsgallerybastrop.com/

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Surprise! Another Sketch

I sketched this morning before it warmed up enough to go for a walk.  I sat at the dining table with the sun on my back.  Ha.

I sketched in the same book with the same pen for Scavenger Hunt 413.  http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1383828

Number 12, works better when sharpened - these knives need a good sharpening, they are pretty bad.
Number 13, utensil collection - they have a good supply of utensils and silverware in this rental.

Some of you may not know we are in Angel Fire, even though we have been here the last few years in the summer.  You can read about it here:

Angel Fire Resort  http://www.angelfireresort.com/
Angel Fire on wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Fire,_New_Mexico
Vietnam Memorial State Park, one of the most special places  https://www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org/

It has been 45 - 50 degrees F in the mornings and about 70 - 75 in the afternoons with rain showers at some point.  Rain should be about over.  Come on up and enjoy the cool weather!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Did Sketch....

I sketched in the travel sketchbook with a Micron 01.  I sketched before we had company and again after they left today.  It was very, very quiet here.  Two of Gene's sisters were here.  Lots of laughs.

Number 6, current footwear - new hiking booths mauve and pink!  Shocking.
Number 7, snaps shut, draw two views - plastic container for my gluten free graham crackers. 

Number 8, item that casts an interesting shadow and the shadow - pine tree
Number 9, represents relaxation - Gene's lounge chair

Number 10, hangs up - hummingbird feeder
Number 11, tangled - extension cord
Showing the whole page for an idea of size, it is 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

Pia visited with us.  She was asleep on this small stool.  She looked like she was waiting for me to turn on the Open golf tournament.

We did some sightseeing.  I have posted photos of these areas before, but I imagine these are a bit different.

Philmont Scout Ranch

 The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

The Rio Grande Gorge

Byrd and Street in Colorado and Northern New Mexico

Our good friends and super duo, Byrd and Street,  will be in Colorado and northern New Mexico starting Friday.  Woohoo!  Lots of fun and good music.  We would like to go to all, but will probably only do a couple.  If you are in this part of the world, go see and hear them!

Friday, July 24 - House Concert. La Veta, Colorado
Saturday, July 25 - Francisco Fort Days, La Veta, Colorado
Sunday, July 26 - Thunderbird Inn, Florissant, Colorado
Thursday, July 30 - Larry's Guitar Store, Longmont, Colorado
Sunday, August 2 - Mary's Lake Lodge, Estes Park, Colorado

Wednesday, August 5 - Colfax Tavern, Cimarron, New Mexico
Friday, August 7 - House Concert, Taos, New Mexico
Saturday, August 8 - Cowgirl BBQ, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Thursday, August 13 - House Concert, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Friday, August 14 - Range Cafe, Bernalillo, New Mexico
Saturday, August 14 - Solid Grounds Coffee House, Albuquerque, New Mexico

You can learn more about Tommy and Kathy on their website, http://wwwbyrdandstreet.com and find times and more about the concerts at http://www.byrdandstreet.com/calendar.html

Kathy Street and Tommy  Byrd at our house at a concert.  Greg Whitfield http://www.gregwhitfield.net/home.html played with them.   Lots of fun!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hunting for 413 Sketches, Art Conference

It is lovely here in AXX.  (Airline code for Angel Fire.) The days have been up to about 75 degrees F and lows of around 46 degrees.  We haven't used the furnace this year, but use a heater in the bathroom for showers.  I have had a flannel shirt on most of the time!

I sketched in the living and dining area. I'm sketching in the small travel sketchbook and used a Micron 01 today.

Number 1, something that clicks off when done - toaster.  It is not that wonky.
Number 2, fingernails - mine 

Number 3, glows when on - key drive
Number 4, stretches for use - mini bungee cord
Number 5, loves the sun - trees and grass
I waited for the chipmunk that hangs around the wood box, but not enough sun to attract him as yet.

I turned on the British Open Golf to see how the Americans are doing.  I root for all of them, but of course Jordan Spieth is a favorite because he went to The University of Texas at Austin.  How could I not root for him? So, go USA!

Art Link:

Xanadu Gallery's current blog post deals with pricing on your website or not.  I go with putting the prices on your website.  What about you?


Jason Horejs is the owner and has so much good information on his blog and other publications.  He mentors an artist every year and then has a show for them in his gallery.  I have audited the class for the last two years.  He is generous and informative.  I learned a lot and met some new artist friends.

The Bastrop Fine Arts Guild is having a three day Regional Art Conference with classes, demonstrations and vendors in September 18 - 20.  Jason will be a keynote speaker.  I wish I could be there for that.  If you are near Bastrop you ought to attend the Conference.  Information here on their website. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sketches for Hunt 412

I'm still surprised when I see how many Scavenger Hunts we have done.  They last 9 days each.  We started back in 2006.  We were in Silver City, New Mexico, that year.  It has been fun and I have "met" many nice artists.  It has been good practice for me and nice that I can take part, no matter where we are.

I sketched in the living room with a Prismacolor pencil in the regular travel sketchbook.

For Scavenger Hunt 412 http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1383277
Number 3, inside - living room
Number 4, packed - my pastels are still packed in their  bag.

Gene working on his Terratrike

One of the views from the house, you can see the houses on the far mountain top that I sketched.

We Made it to New Mexico - Sketches

I managed a  couple of sketches out on the porch.  The porch is just a covered walkway but a porch none the less.  I sketched in my travel sketchbook which is a Canson, 5.5 x 8x5 inches.  A spiral of good size for quick sketches.  I used a Pilot ball point pen as I haven't unpacked art stuff and didn't want to look through my bag.  You remember I am lazy.

I don't have the scanner set up so used my camera. 
Number 1, green - all the trees, grass and weeds are green.
Number 2, high - a couple of houses across the highway.  I made them too large, they are way up high on the mountain.

Our trip was uneventful.  The countryside was green all the way, unusual. 

 There was even water in the Pedernales River as you leave the Austin area.

The oil country in west Texas was green and the cotton is flourishing.

 We stopped overnight in Roswell.  We had breakfast with cousin Lucy.  It is great to get together with her.

Regretfully we were a week late for the UFO Festival.  We did not see nor have ever seen any extra terrestials or UFOs there.

We traveled from Roswell on the back roads through Mora.

 The drive after you cross I-40 is very pretty through the mountains.

 The curve signs get very wavy.

This part of the road is narrow and has washed out on the shoulder from all the rain and probably from the winter snows as well.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sketches for Hunt 411

I decided to scan the whole page of sketches for Scavenger Hunt 411. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1382750 I usually crop them or do different days on one page.  I sketched with a Micron 05 in black and 005 in purple, freehand and quickly.

Number 8, ear buds
Number 9, starts with B - book
Number 10, something I love - Gene
Number 11, plant
Number 12, secret pleasure - dark chocolate Kisses

Salsa Stuff, Too in Acrylics

A friend and collector liked a painting I did a few years ago.  She asked if I could replicate it for her.  The original painting was a pastel.  She wanted it to have on her kitchen counter so preferred that it didn't have glass over the painting.

This is the painting in acrylic.  Not exactly the same, but hopefully I captured the rich feeling of the pastels that she liked in the first one.  She will pick it up at Art Connections this week and we will find out!

Salsa Stuff, Too
Acrylic on RayMar canvas panel, 10 x 8 inches

I took the photo before it was varnished so there would not be a glare.  It is a bit richer with the semi gloss varnish.  

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I Grew up in a small town , Magdalena, New Mexico. I enjoy art and the pleasure other people get from my work. I always donate some of my sales and art to charities, especially for children. That started in Bolivia with Para los NiƱos. (Link on sidebar) "I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns." -- Winston Churchill