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We survived the winter! It was one of the coldest I can remember, and hard to live with the seemingly never-ending subzero temps. In March, my husband and I enjoyed a reprieve — we went on a road-trip through Missouri, where we enjoyed a visit with family, and then to Florida, where we stayed with gracious friends and enjoyed the warmth of sun and sand. It was -30 the morning we left, and in the 70’s in Florida — over 100 degrees warmer! On the way home we went through New Orleans, spending a tourist day in the French Quarter. I’ll post a couple glimpses of our trip:

 

A scene at the beach we visited (several times)

A scene at the beach we visited (several times)

One of MANY birds we saw -- especially pelicans.

One of MANY birds we saw — especially pelicans.

One view from our day in New Orleans.

One view from our day in New Orleans.

We were welcomed home with 10 inches of new snow — but it has since melted, and we are hopeful that spring is truly here.

Art busy-ness started right in — hanging new shows at the RavenRock Gallery, entering the annual Hawley open judged show [I won a 2nd place!] and preparing for the annual Artists of Minnesota show, coming up in May. I also had a dog portrait commission to work on, which I completed this week. Here is a look at the finished painting:

Alaskan Malamute "Charlie"

Alaskan Malamute “Charlie”

I’ve been reading up and researching metal sculpture techniques. This year I plan to learn to work with copper, aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, and other metals in addition to the steel I already work with. I received a grant to help me with this goal. Should be fun [and lots of work, too]. I am excited to see what I can learn, and create this year.

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Whoa! Time has a way of getting away from me. So much has happened since my last post. I will catch up on the most memorable parts —

Right after finishing my High School class in April, my husband and I took a road trip out west to visit two of our kids, and some family and friends along the way. This is one big country! Lots of miles, lots of good times. I brought a pastel portrait of my son’s dog, Kuna and gave it to him as a surprise. He said it looks just like her, so that made me happy.

Kuna

These next two paintings were my entries in the Artists of Minnesota show this spring. The one titled “Be Alert” got a merit ribbon in the Super Gold category.

"Be Alert" 30"x30" Acrylic mixed/media on canvas. [There are 5 wolves hiding in the background - can you see them?]

“Be Alert” 30″x30″ Acrylic mixed/media on canvas. [There are 5 wolves hiding in the background – can you see them?]

"BFF" 20"x16" Acrylic/mixed media on canvas.

“BFF” 20″x16″ Acrylic/mixed media on canvas.

Right after returning from the trip, I attended a week-long workshop taught by Karen Knutson. It was so fun! Learned a lot and had good visits with fellow artists. Below is one of my paintings from the workshop, taken during the final critique.

Watercolor and collage painting at Karen Knutson workshop

Watercolor and collage painting at Karen Knutson workshop

That brings me up to the end of May, and I will have to continue in the next post from there. I am glad to report that the snow did finally melt and the leaves came out. [Of course, now we have mosquitoes, but that is a whole ‘nuther story!]

 

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I’ve been waiting for a slow-down after the holidays to get caught up on things — well that’s not going to happen so I’ll just have to jump in and do it. [I do have some unanticipated minutes to use today, as a snowstorm cancelled my board meeting this afternoon.]

As promised, I am going to post some photos from my pastel class that I taught last fall. I hope all my students are continuing to create, because they all did some beautiful work! [If you students see this post, write and tell me how you’re doing.]

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Our first exercise was a small portrait of an apple. They all looked good enough to eat!

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Next project was a still life. This picture shows the group’s work in progress at the end of the first class.

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We then worked on some landscapes, on Art Spectrum colourfix paper. This is Sue’s completed piece.

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Our final project was an animal portrait on velour paper. We have here Dee’s Kitty and a cute Burro by Michael. I had a fun time teaching this class, and hope to do more classes through the Bemidji Community Art Center this year. I am putting together a Black and White Media sampler [four mediums in four sessions] for this April. I am also teaching this class to High School kids from the local VEH charter school.

I took a trip out to Seattle to attend my niece Jessica’s wedding. It was a beautiful wedding and a fun time spent with family and friends. I came home to a huge snowstorm, which left nearly 18 inches of new snow on top of the 12-18 inches we already had. Lots of work involved in getting that plowed and removing snow from the roof!

Now I am putting together some upcoming exhibits here in Bemidji. My art group is hanging a new show at Brigid’s Pub for the First Friday Art Walk, which will be March 1st.  I am also helping line up artists to exhibit at the Sanford Medical Center. Keeps me busy.

Two paintings are awaiting my attention on my easels, so I hope to have some new things to post soon.

 

 

 

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A Glimpse of Mount McKinley -- aka Denali

Here we are at the close of summer, and what a summer it was! After the exhibit in June, I went on a wonderful trip with my 3 sisters, and 2 brothers-in-law to the land of the midnight sun — Alaska! It was a wonderful trip in every way. We flew to Anchorage, and rented a vehicle, then drove over 1700 miles seeing and experiencing the beautiful northland. Highlights included Denali Park, Chena Riverboat cruise, hiking on the Matanuska glacier, viewing whales and other wildlife on Resurrection Bay, and beachcombing on the Homer Spit.

Caribou seen in Denali Park

Fireweed patch

The Matanuska Glacier

Breaching Whale

The second big event of our summer was the wedding of our youngest son. He and his bride chose to have their ceremony on the shore of Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was a beautiful day, and two beautiful people committed themselves to each other in the presence of friends and family.  My other kids came from here and there, so we had a brief time of being all together before they all headed out their places around the country.

View from the wedding site.

Now it is back to work! Back to Art, back to kitchen remodel, back to teaching!

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I have returned from an enjoyable trip to the desert southwest: Tucson, Green Valley, and Tubac Arizona. I visited with my friends, Kari and Dave, and we squeezed in as many art activities as we could handle! It was a great time, with wonderful weather (80’s and 90’s felt so good after all the below zero’s we’ve had this winter!) delicious food, and great conversations.

I flew down with a turtle in my suitcase — a welded metal “Painted Turtle” to be exact. I brought it to the Feminine Mystique Art Gallery in Tubac, where it will reside for a while, looking for a new family to take it home.

Here is "Painted Turtle" at the gallery in Tubac

Also on site at the FM Gallery is my large gecko sculpture titled “Ancient Messenger”. It is on the exterior wall of the gallery.

"Ancient Messenger" at the Feminine Mystique gallery

We visited several galleries in Tubac, and also attended the Festival of arts, which is when visiting artists fill the town with their tent/booths up and down the streets, rather like the Art-in-the-Park festival we have here in Bemidji. A great chance to see a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Kari took me to her critique group meetings, where I met lots of friendly artists, and admired their works in progress. We spent part of one afternoon at the SRAL abstract competition exhibit, and a full day up in Tucson visiting the San Xavier mission and several more galleries.

I really enjoyed the visit to the mission. It was built in the early 1700’s, and is still active after all this time. There is a small museum on site which tells the history of the church and mission. I enjoyed seeing the elaborate carvings in the church as well as the beautiful buildings.

The San Xavier Mission

Interior of the San Xavier Church at the mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pyrrhuloxia

 

 

Other highlights of the trip included seeing the great variety of cacti and

unique plants that live in the desert areas, watching the wildlife and birds in Kari and Dave’s yard, (javelina, desert cottontail, quail, hawks, roadrunners, cardinals,  pyrrhuloxia, and several other birds species.) and soaking up a bit of sunshine.

I had two works accepted into the “Art Show at the Dog Show” exhibit in Wichita, Kansas. I shipped them last week. Then I got word that I had a painting accepted into the International “Animals in Art” Exhibit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I will be shipping that one tomorrow. (I hope) I am excited about getting my work into some juried shows!

Now it’s back to real life …  Hope to start work on a cat commission soon.

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