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Changing my format...

I looked at a lot of my posted art work and realized that it said, "On Hold." Well the reason is that I am fortunate to be in several upcoming shows in the region and throughout the west.
So I re-organized my work that says it is on hold, into a new Category--Work for Shows in 2014. HOWEVER, if you are interested in any of these pieces, just contact me and I can either reserve it or sell it and replace the painting (in most cases. If a painting is already in a promotional brochure, I will need to reserve it.).
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I just got a call yesterday inviting me back to Borrego Springs for my fourth year at the Borrego Plein Air Invitational. 2015 here I come!!!!
There are all the reasons in the world to be happy about this, but here are soe:

--the artists chosen are really excellent. I find that one of the biggest benefits is being around people whose work challenges me to do my best;
--the show is very well run and the show is always a success
--starting plein air this early in the year (March) when up here only the committed folk paint (in the snow) really sets me up for not just the year's plein air, but also gives me that time I need to improve my studio skills
--OK, and there is nothing wrong about painting when it is 70-85 degrees in what is our winter!!!
--the desert areas around Borrego really speak to me as an artist
--the town is small and not spoiled by an infusion of tee shirt stores and "faux western" stuff
So, I am really pleased and want to thank the folks in Borrego for this great invitation.
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Not all art can be serious....

I have been working very hard preparing for several shows. But yesterday I just needed to take a break from those paintings that challenge all my knowledge and skill...I needed to, how better than a little abandoned trailer, vintage 1950's with wings....poor thing...abandoned near Hardman (I think...hard to keep track of thousands of photos...always snapping away) here it is.
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Back in the Studio...

After traveling it is always wonderful to get back to the studio. I like traveling but home is home and a regular schedule of painting seems to work for me.
Into the studio by 9:00 AM and paint until noon or one.
Of course, there are good days (today was one) and then days when I wonder how quickly the "escalator" of skill can run backwards!

Just finished this work for a show in May.
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Back from Arizona

Back from the Cowgirl Up Show in Arizona. And of course I am way behind on work for upcoming shows. But here is one I just finished. It will be entered into a show (again in Arizona) later this year.
Arizona offers so much in terms of physical beauty for a person who loves painting the desert.
Now on to other works...
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Back in the Studio....

I have been invited to participate in a regional artist show this fall at the Favell Museum. I am extremely excited as after visiting the museum I am just captivated by their Native American exhibits. I think I will enter this piece and the show focuses on the west, and what is more west than cattle?

I call it Mix and Match...while I have seen mixed herds of Long Horns and other cattle, I have never seen (before) a Long Horn, a Herford and a Black Angus. What a trio!
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The Palms at Indian Head

We just got back from the Plein Air Invitational at Borrego Springs. I painted 9 painatings in 4 1/2 days...whew! (You can see the other 8 on my site.)

This to me is the quintessential Borrego Springs. I painted this in the shade on the road to The Palms at Indian Head, a vintage resort in Borrego. Over the years I have learned that there are two types of palms in Borrego, the native ones which are sort of squat with what looks like a huge hula skirt and these tall ones. Both have their own beauty, but these majestic palms looked like sentinels marching to or away from the resort.
The paintings will be at the Art Institute until the end of March, so do visit if you are in the area.
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Cleaning out the Studio...

Once again, Tumalo Art Co. artists are holding a huge sale. It will open 9:00 AM Saturday the 15th on the second floor right above the gallery in the Old Mill District in Bend Oregon. You can see more information on the Tumalo Art Co. web site.
If you are a prolific artist...perhaps an artist who paints a lot to become a better and better artist you start getting a lot of inventory. This is a chance to get some space back and maybe even some $'s for more supplies (so you can fill your space up again!)....Hope to see lots of you there.
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It is snowing today...but there is little chance of any sunshine. This painting, just completed was of another day when most of the snow had melted and in the distance the Three Sisters were backlit...Today I will just stay in!
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Idle Hands and all of that.

About a year ago I was early for a plein air event. Light was just coming over the jagged peaks of Smith Rock. With my easil set up I still had two hours until the event started (why they start plein air events after the prime painting time, I will never understand!) so I took lots of pictures. This larger studio painting is a result of that free time.
Glad I listened to my grandmother when she warned about idle time spent photographing had better results than my plein air that day.
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