Barbara Torke: Blog http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog en-us (C) Barbara Torke cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:01:00 GMT Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:01:00 GMT http://barbaratorkeart.com/img/s/v-5/u286996380-o781269595-50.jpg Barbara Torke: Blog http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog 96 120 Ice Breaking is available http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/4/ice-breaking-is-available Ice Breaking is the children's book Kyle Torke and Barbara Torke have, written, illustrated and published. This collaboration is being published, by Loving Healing Press, and is available in hardcover and soft-cover from Amazon. 

we're really excited by the way the book turned out, and feel we have a publisher who wants the best for kids and their support systems. I couldn't be happier. 

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Please check out the latest posts on the other sites. 

www.barbtorkeinsights.blogspot.com   

www.barbtorkepoetry.blogspot.com            with a picture!

www.eighthtribecedaredge.blogspot.com       catch up with what they're up to

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/4/ice-breaking-is-available Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:01:27 GMT
Happy New Year http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year We have a new year. A new season like none before. Let’s start the year with good intentions,

or resolutions, and keep on making good art, good friends and positive additions to the world with our own talents, and strengths. BARN IN LATE LIGHTBARN IN LATE LIGHTstudy of light on an old New Mexico barn

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:00:54 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 9 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-9 Yes. As you know, it worked out all right.

Mrs. Claus gave Santa some ear buds to listen to the GPS directions, so Rudolf never knew he was being helped. Mrs. Claus also made chicken gingerbread soup for Donner and he perked right up and hurried to the sleigh. 

She recorded GORT and promised Cupid when he got back he could have popcorn, too. 

She did get a little worried when Santa came home very late.

It seems when Mr. Carbuncle and his son Wally crept down to the living room as the sun came up, Santa was still there. It was almost noon before Wally got his presents.

And Santa had still not figured out a use of Wally's new fidget spinner. He drove home very relaxed in the bright snow and sun. 5. WHAT DOES IT  DO ?5. WHAT DOES IT DO ?

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas fidget spinner merry christmas reindeer santa http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-9 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 8 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-8 Santa rushed through the workroom. The new robot was putting the last packages in the sleigh. The elves had nothing to do. Santa thought he'd better think about that a little when he got back - if he ever started his trip. IMG_6743IMG_6743

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas christmas eve elves presents robot santa http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-8 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 7 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-7 Then, it was Christmas Eve. 

Cupid wouldn't fly.

He was not going to miss the last episode of GORT. (GameOf Reindeer Thrones.)

 

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas cupid reindeer santa tv http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-7 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 6 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-6 "What next?" Santa groaned. 

There it was. A very official notice from the Government calling for transparency.

But, Mrs. Claus found an old document stating that Santa could do darn well do what he liked. It was signed by Peter the Great.

So Santa didn't worry anymore.

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) antlers christmas female reindeer santa transparency http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-6 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 23:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 5 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-5 Rudolf was still feeling left out. Every morning he was right there 

at Santa's pillow. Santa remembered having a dog that licked him in the face every morning. 6. AND YOU HAVE A DOG ?6. AND YOU HAVE A DOG ?Wake up, Santa.

That was nothing compared to a wet, snotty, reindeer nose!

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas reindeer rudolf santa snotty nose http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-5 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 4 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-4 Blitzen was unhappy with Donner. "He forgot to get his flu shot. And..."

3. DONDER FORGOT HIS FLU SHOT3. DONDER FORGOT HIS FLU SHOT

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) blitzen christmas donner flu reindeer santa sick http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-4 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:45:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 3 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-3  

Rudolf felt un-needed, of course.

Santa hid his GPS in his pocket.

But that Rudolf had his nose out of joint 2. RUDOLF'S JEALOUS _20171210_0001 copy2. RUDOLF'S JEALOUS _20171210_0001 copy was the least of his problems. With Christmas one day away, Blitzen came tattling. 

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas gps rudolf santa http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-3 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:45:00 GMT
Santa's new-fangled Christmas 2 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-2 Santa began to worry. He couldn't remember all the addresses he had to deliver presents to in Cincinnati. 

Santa grumbled. He hemmed and hawed. After a few weeks of brain games he remembered Cincinnati, but had forgotten Little Rock.

Mrs. Claus gave him a new phone with a GPS.

4. SANTA'S BRAIN TRAINING4. SANTA'S BRAIN TRAINING

Rudolf was not happy about that.

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) brain brain games christmas forgetfulness games luminosity santa http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-2 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:30:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas Santa was feeling poorly this summer so he went to his doctor. Dr. North recommended exercise and smaller portions.

Santa took his doctor's advice very seriously. He wore out the reindeer practicing his driving. He wore out the elves wanting more and more toys. Finally Mrs. Claus baked him two dozen chocolate chip cookies, three dozen frosted gingerbread cookies and a suite of fruit cakes.

 

Every thing is back to normal now. SANTA TOOK HIS DOCTOR SERIOUSLYSANTA TOOK HIS DOCTOR SERIOUSLY

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas elves gym health reindeer santa http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:05:12 GMT
MOAB IN NOVEMBER http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/moab-in-november  

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A promise is a promise, and I promised we'd go on a plein aire trip this year. Finally it came together in middle November. We stayed at the Adventure inn in Moab - my favorite motel in Moab, and painted for three days. The weather was perfect - until the wind came up the last day. Everyone worked hard and created lively and great paintings. We had a ball, ate a lot of good food, and saw the sites.

Arches National Monument is one of my favorites. We spent the day there; in the morning at Double Arches, and in the afternoon at Balanced Rock.

Balanced Rock is one of my favorite land forms to paint. I've done it before and I never tire of its grace and endurance. 

Following  are photos of the painters at work, and some of my balanced rock paintings. TERESSA_6483TERESSA_6483 Teressa Carlton

 

BARBARA ALLEN_6482BARBARA ALLEN_6482 Barbara Allen AMY _6485AMY _6485 Amy Daniels

 

BALANCED ROCK IN THE SNOWBALANCED ROCK IN THE SNOWBalanced Rock in a snow storm. You never know what the weather will be when painting plein aire Balanced Rock in the Snow

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Balanced Rock- fugue setting

 

BALANCED ROCKBALANCED ROCKPainted in pastel in three values. Light orange, medium blue, and dark navy. Arches National Monument The assignment was to use three pastels  (plus colored paper) to create a composition. Light, middle and dark values. A challenge but I had fun teaching it - and doing it. Atmospheric conditions let us see the La Sals behind the rock.

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) arches national monument art moab painting pastel plein aire rock formations rocks utah http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/moab-in-november Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:30:00 GMT
FROGGY WENT A COURTING AND HE DID RIDE http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/miss-mousie-et-al 3. “O Miss Mousie are you within?”

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“O Miss Mousie are you within?”

“I just sat down to weave and spin.”

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4. He took Miss Mousie on his knee

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He took Miss mouse on his knee

He said “Miss Mousie will you marry me?”

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5. “Without my Uncle Rat’s consent”

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“Without my Uncle Rat’s consent

I would not marry the President.”

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6. Uncle Rat laughed till he bust his side

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Uncle Rat laughed till he bust his side

To think his niece would be a bride

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7. Where shall the wedding supper be? 

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Where shall the wedding supper be? 

Way down yonder in a hollow tree,

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8. The first guest was a bumble bee

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The first guest was a bumble bee

who played her fiddle on her knee

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9. The second guest was a purple moth

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The second guest was a purple moth

She spread out the table cloth

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10. Third guest was the black and white cow

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Third guest was the black and white cow

She tried to dance but she didn’t know how

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The next guest was a big gray cat

The party didn’t last long after that

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12. There’s bread and jam upon the shelf

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There’s bread and jam upon the shelf

If you want any more you can sing it yourself

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art folksong froggy went a courting illustrated play silly tombow pens http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/miss-mousie-et-al Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:04:15 GMT
FROGGY WENT A COURTING AND HE DID RIDE http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/10/froggy-went-a-courting-and-he-did-ride FROG HE WENT A COURTING 1 _4537FROG HE WENT A COURTING 1 _4537 Froggy went a courting and he did ride

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Sword and Pistol by his side.

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Rode up to Miss Mousie's Door

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) folk song froggie went a-courting illustrated silly http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/10/froggy-went-a-courting-and-he-did-ride Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Is it Mother's Day yet? http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/10/is-it-mothers-day-yet It isn't that things haven't been happening in my part of the world. Nothing drastic, just time consuming, and complicated. I will try to get back into the blog business. I have all kinds of tips and ideas to share.

My quote of the day is from M.C. Escher:

"We adore chaos because we love to create order."

I can create chaos. Order is another order...

This spring and summer have been busy with projects. One was to make progress with a deal I have with my son, Kyle Torke, a writer, professor and poet, to illustrate the children's book he wrote. Another was to do all new watercolors for my 2018 calendar. Still not busy enough we did a little traveling. Several of the Eighth Tribe went to Alburquerque for the international Association of Pastel Artists.

The Eighth Tribe are showing their art  again:

BARBARA ALLEN BOAT_1667BARBARA ALLEN BOAT_1667 "Red Boat" by Barbara Allen

The Eighth Tribe, my artist friends and I, are showing at the Gunnison Gallery in Gunnison, Colorado through November. Anne Michel is the owner-artist of the gallery. Her enthusiasm and support are inspiring, and greatly appreciated. The opening is on the First Friday Walk, November 3, 2018, in the afternoon and early evening. I believe 5-8. A section of the tribe will be in attendance. If there is any way you can get there, please do join us. There's music as well. More information at wwwgunnisongallery.net

124 N. Main Street
Gunnison, CO 81230
970-641-6111

CAROL ANN_6193CAROL ANN_6193  "Yellow Poppies" Carol Ann Rasmussen

AMY DANIELS FIELD OF SNOW_5032AMY DANIELS FIELD OF SNOW_5032 "Snowy Field" Amy Daniels

LAURAE WELCH_8560LAURAE WELCH_8560

"Pawnee Buttes" Laurae Fortner Welch

 

LINDA PALMER_8578LINDA PALMER_8578

"School's Out" Lindy Palmer

 

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 "Thistle" Maryellen Miller

See you there.

Thanks for reading - and looking

Barb

 

 

 

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) amy daniels art barbara allen barbara torke carol ann rasmussen eighth tribe gunnison gallery laurae fortner welch lindy palmer maryellen miller painting pastel http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/10/is-it-mothers-day-yet Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:30:00 GMT
2017 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/3/2017 So much to do. So far to go. Even as I write this I realize I am behind in writing this blog, and might always be so. I am best at keeping caught up at Facebook, Barbara Torke Art, (I can post from my phone in a quick heartbeat). I am next best at www.barbtorkeinsights.blogspot.com (tips and art suggestions and information), and on to www.eighthtribecedaredge.blogspot.com (which is art of students and friends who show and work with me) and my poetry blog www.barbtorkepoetry.blogspot.com (sometimes with art, but mostly my second love - the written word). 

This website has more paintings and more information. You can buy prints here. You can find my history here in art work. You can get in touch with me here (which I enjoy immensely). I love to share. I want you to enjoy my work.

My art is not all kittens and warm puppies. Hidden below the surface is a real desire to keep our planet alive, and our society healthy - emotionally and physically. Does it show? I'm not sure. Look for it, though. It's subtle.

I don't want to go back to the traditional painting of the fifties (my 1950s), or the abstractions of the sixties - or anything between. You are welcome to join me on this journey. Maybe - little by little - We'll figure it out. 

Let's fight the good fight.

45. COLLAGE LAWRENCE FERENGHETTI QUOTES00245. COLLAGE LAWRENCE FERENGHETTI QUOTEScollage with references to artist Lawrence Ferenghetti

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art ideology links http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/3/2017 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:10:19 GMT
The Twelve Days of Christmas.-12 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas--12 On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Twelve Drummers Drumming. The red headed woodpecker I remember as a kid. Not a lot of them but there they were, like that toothpick picker. Now the red-headed woodpecker is focused in the woodlands of the Tennessee area, or the middle Appalachian area. They are struggling like the rest of the bird species. A moment for a plea to take care of our planet. The Downy, the Pilated. We see these more, and the Flicker. If you've ever had one try to get to the inside of the metal sheeting on your roof or in the eaves, you know they are real drummers.

My true love marched to a different drummer, not the little drummer boy, or other drummers we know, but these red-headed woodpeckers, who are my favorite.

On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me;

Twelve drummers drumming,

12 DRUMMERS DRUMMING12 DRUMMERS DRUMMINGnumber 12 of the 12 days of Christmas Eleven pipers piping,

11 PIPERS PIPING11 PIPERS PIPINGeleventh of the twelve days of Christmas Ten lords a leaping,

10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING Nine ladies dancing,

9. NINE LADIES DANCING9. NINE LADIES DANCING Eight maids a milking,

8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING Seven swans a swimming,

7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING Six Geese a laying,

6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING Five Golden Rings,

5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS Four Calling Birds,

4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS Three French hens,

3. THREE FRENCH HENS3. THREE FRENCH HENS Two turtle doves,

2.TWO TURTLE DOVES2.TWO TURTLE DOVES And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) Christmas birds days illustrations partridge pear twelve http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas--12 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:30:00 GMT
The Twelve Days of Christmas 11 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-11 ON the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me;

Eleven pipers piping. Of Course they are sandpipers. Although I enjoy bagpipers, they take up a lot of room, and he is keeping with the bird theme. 

Sandpipers are native of Europe, and Britain and Asia. The spotted sandpiper is the American relative. Sandpipers migrate but always live on beaches, or near water. When the sandpiper flies he flies quite low and noisily. He pipes a shrill 'twee-twee-twee' and therefore my true love gave to me

Eleven pipers piping

11 PIPERS PIPING11 PIPERS PIPINGeleventh of the twelve days of Christmas

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) 12 Christmas days sandpipers twelve http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas-11 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:45:00 GMT
The Twelve Days of Christmas -10 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas--10 On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Ten lords a leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

There si a part of the twelve days of Christmas that has a theory that includes the ten lords a leaping as symbolizing the ten commandments. I would have gone for the Lords of Flatbush but there weren't ten of them. I found ten leapers, though. 10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING10. TEN LORDS A-LEAPING

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) leaping lords the twelve days of Christmas http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/the-twelve-days-of-christmas--10 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Te Twelve Days of Christmas - 9 http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/te-twelve-days-of-christmas---9 The bird theme seems to have taken a dive around day eight.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

And just what kind of dancing did they do in the 1800s? I'm afraid my true love is going to get in trouble with the authorities.

9. NINE LADIES DANCING9. NINE LADIES DANCING

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) dance dancing ladies nine http://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/1/te-twelve-days-of-christmas---9 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT