Monday, August 27, 2012

Too much of a good thing...

What a wild weekend.  Sometimes, things just all happen at the same time....good things.  However, when that happens, I find that I can get overwhelmed from the 'too much of a good thing'.

Yesterday, I helped to give a shower for a dear friend.  It was so much fun to celebrate "joy" in shades of pink.  Really, it was not a baby shower....but a bridal shower.  How much fun we all had putting it together.  I was in charge of the cupcakes (which, I must confess, I do not make with my allergy to wheat).  I forged ahead and I had a lot of fun making them.  Of course, the recipe made lots more than mentioned, so there were oodles to share with guests and friends.

Now, we are preparing our kitchen for a remodel.  Yes, it is finally time, after years of wishing for it.  It will be a simple one, but....BUT....  I have to clean out the entire kitchen and box it all up, as they are taking out the cabinets.  Crazy, for sure, but we are going for it.  Sweet Hubby is helping at every turn, and we are getting it done.  The kitchen is a wreck and bare all over.  I plan to save a few dishes and pots for last minute cooking and eating, but most everything is either in boxes, or is being thrown out (how many plastic containers does one kitchen need??)or given away.  

So, I am taking a bit of time out and sharing more photos from our day at the Botanic Gardens.  I have never seen the lilies in the ponds quite so beautiful.  There were also a few sunflowers that were showing off....just a bit (sort of 'coy' sunflowers). I will show them next time I blog.

Thanks for your comments....  It keeps me coming back?

perfect day for the lily pond

Up close and personal
leaves and pod

Lush purples
(I don't know what that stuff is on the pad)

Pink, in all it's glory

Thursday, August 23, 2012

'Tis not a thistle

Working on an Artichoke
colored pencil

This one is going to take a while...

I'll keep you posted

Monday, August 20, 2012

DBG has done it again!!!

"This season’s signature exhibition, Kizuna: West Meets East, brings together two installation artists working in bamboo: Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. Through different working methods, both artists employed this versatile natural material to create large site-specific works for the Gardens." ( quote from the Denver Botanic Gardens Website).
We had the opportunity to head down to the Denver Botanic Gardens on a beautiful Sunday.  The crowd were large and two weddings were going on....delightful.  The exhibition, "Kizuna: East meets West", was spectacular.  If you get the chance and happen to be in Denver, please don't miss this one.  It's worth the admission!!

Installations at the lily pond
They floated and swirled in soft circles

Plantings and the installations
compliment each other

Up close, you can see the how it was put together
These were all installed "on site"
an amazing amount of work, but expressive in their beauty.

Plantings have been added to enhance
the exhibit

Every year, the Gardens are outdoing their
previous exhibits.

Also, there is a new Bonsai Garden
which is just spectacular in it's infancy.
DBG has done it again!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Feedback....very nice...

It has been wonderful to get some feedback on the blog.  As always, it is a spiritual lift, to know that there are people out there actually reading it.  I also found a few followers that I didn't know about.  I am still thinking about this whole sharing artwork on the web.  

For years, I had a great sight on the web that I could sign my work before putting it on the blog.  Not that you can't erase that and use it, but it just let people know that there was some level of ownership by me.  That lovely website 'sold out'to a much bigger source (google) and I haven't found a new one that allows me to print on top of the art work (without signing your work away to the that particular web base).  So, I pause to think.

I promise to let you know by the end of this month.  I am so glad that you all have enjoyed my work and are out there.  It does my heart good.

Okay, so I finished a few fun of which I shall share today:

"punkins'  Crr

Thinking about Fall...

I can feel it in the air on these
crisp mornings. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hello again....

Hello from my studio.  Yes, the cobwebs did form, during the Olympics.  I just glued myself to the television and enjoyed every moment of this peaceful joining of countries and athletics.

It gives me hope and faith that most people in the world are inherently good, and almost everyone wants to live in peace and harmony with each other. The Olympics (Para Olympics are coming up)also took away some of the light from the Politicians of the world ....who have been gnarly and irritating this year.  

So, please give me a shout out (that would be a comment, in blog language), if you are back with me.  I have been thinking of dropping out of blog land....but if I know that there is any kind of audience out there, I will continue.

Today, I went to class, and we had 'day camp', as our teacher called it.  We went outside and sketched trees with charcoal.  They were rough sketches from trees in the gardens...and we took only about a half hour to work on them.  I loved the immediate feedback of charcoal.  It was fresh and fun (and it had been a long time since I had worked in this medium).

I am working on a graphite project...actually several different projects.  I will share them in the next posts.  

Let me know if you are still out there.... please!

I don't do give aways...or I want to keep the blog simple and personal.  If that suits you, let me know.  If you would like something different, let me know that too.  This is a good time for change.

Charcoal Sketch (10x14)
alternate Graphite class
Denver Botanic Gardens

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Excuses, Excuses....

So, Sorry.....
I am absolutely hooked into the Olympic Games.
We have the television going all day (unheard of here)
and evenings are our highlighted events.

I love seeing all of the countries come together,
I love fair play, great athletes, great competition,
and the fun and excitement of great athletic events.

I am taking a graphite class now....
so promise to be back with some sharing...

Yeah, I know.... excuses, excuses....