What to do in a blizzard

Paint! In between shoveling, building a snow ramp and drinking decent amounts of coffee I’m able to get a little work done on my triptych. I’m anxious to get to a stage where I can add some college material to these. 

A look at our blizzard in progress.


When in D.C….

… who does my hubby rub elbows with? The environmental artists’ Christo & Jeanne-Claude. It must be the redhair that attracts him. Their next project “Over The River” will suspend horizontally a total of 5.9 miles high above the Arkansas River along a 40-mile stretch between Salida and Canon City in Southwest Colorado. It will be on display for two weeks as soon as the summer of 2012. I’m looking forward to seeing this one in person.

Jeanne Claude and Christo were thrilled to have a fan recognize them in the bowels of D.C. 😉

Above is my illustration a tribute to their Gates project which took place in Central Park in 2005.

The Grass is Greener

I recently jumped ship and made the switch from QuarkXpress to Adobe InDesign. I’d been a loyal user to Quark for many years, they’re a local Denver company and had a good thing going. But sadly they haven’t kept up with the times and instead have stayed stagnant because they’ve had no real competition.
Looking for ways to help out at my son’s school while working full-time I offered up my skills designing their newsletter. I quickly realized that working at night after the kids went to bed designing a newsletter wasn’t all it was cracked up to be… So when my hubby purchased the CS4 Suite for me I enthusiastically made the leap. And to my surprise laying out this last newsletter was a much better experience, InDesign brought back the fun.

Artists Influence

As a painter, I’ve found the work of John Singer Sargent of influence to me. More than once I’ve I’ve caught myself staring at one of his paintings & finding something very familiar. This oil painting of his Pavement, Cairo 1891 caught my attention as I was flipping thru my desktop calendar. His color palette brought me back to my still life, oil on paper, that I produced under the influence of Ron Weaver- UW-Oshkosh. He highly encouraged us to study the styles of the great masters.