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I will post weekly (or nearly) some of my opinions, insights, ideas, and adventures about art, travel, plein aire, pastel, and whatever's happening. Join me, feel free to add comments, follow along as I paint and write and explore
I posted the recent work I've done. Valentine's Day is here and I can say I'm loving the art I'm making right now. It's more abstract and complex than I have done. I only posted a few of the recent, and none of the latest. Several of us have been taking classes with Judy Woods from New Zealand. On line, of course. Guess what? You can teach an old dog new tricks. It's good to take a few risks with art work, and after this couple of years of COVID it's time to get back to experimenting and exploring. I hope you enjoy these pieces. Back to the studio for me. collage and acrylic. This wasa fun piece. I love the way the collage papers add texture to the surface. Little secrets in the paint.
collage with acrylic, and ink for fun.
Not as much collage and stuff, but I had a great time with the chicks in this collage painting.
I've had an interesting summer here. My painting has been random and geared to my own interests, mostly.. I explored a lot of compositional study, knowing it's important to learn something new everyday. I took a couple of free classes on the internet with Judy Woods. I learned a lot. Maybe an old dog can learn new tricks. I also found some information on the web about neurographic art. This art style is a form of meditation and connection. it is fun to explore. With the COVID year or so we all need to breathe and relax. Here's a way to do that. There is a ton of information on YouTube.
My son's birthday was in June. I'm late, of course, but here's Ken's present, a picture of his cats, Tater and Patootie, in American Gothic. Painting should be fun.
Welcome to fall.
Kyle and I are in the process of publishing our third children's book, Clementine the Rescue Dog Series. Beachcombers takes Clem and her boys to the ocean. We hope to share the adventures soon.
After publishing The Missing Green Crayon and working on Beachcombers I have concentrated on some family paintings, i.e. for my daughter and her remodeled house. This was fun for me as I jumped back in history to my relatives in Denmark and their summer home. I used acrylic and textured canvases, and palette knife. I also did the grumpy sheep. It's 36" square and was a hoot to paint. I also did a lot of cartooning and other Covid retreat type painting. I needed a break. Now it's back to work. I hope you, too, have taken this time to reflect, breathe and pamper yourself. The world is not easy.
August 16th through September 27th, the Eighth Tribe, also know as Barbara Torke's friends and students; my tribe, will be showing at the Grand Mesa Arts and Entertainment Center in Cedaredge, Colorado. If you ar in the area I hope you come and visit, and maybe even join the opening August 19. Members clockwise from the top are Amy Daniels, Kathy LeVeck, Laurae Fortner Welch, Barbara Torke, and Barbara Allen. We managed to do Zoom classes during the worst of the pandemic, and now are back in the studio. It has been a rather trying experience, of course, but we have managed to paint and love what we're doing.
I have some new paintings in the Recents folder. Not all of them, but some. Enjoy and hope you are all well and surviving with flair.
I'm afraid 2020 was driven out of town like no other year before. I don't remember ever having a year so soundly accused of being Horrible. Being that what it is, here's wishing you and yours a very profitable and healthy new year.
a HAPPY NEW YEAR
Clementine is beginning a new adventure. It's just the beginning. Ice Breaking, and Hiking the Grand Mesa are the adventures already available for children on Amazon and LovingHealingPress. by Kyle Torke and illustrated by Barbara Torke.
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