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I know this rabbit. His name is Eddie. He had a very slow spring, because of Covid.
Easter was disappointing. This winter he has been very restless.
He upset the snowman and his mom. He decided to run away from home.
When he found the North Pole he met a kind soul, Mrs. Santa, who cheered him up with hot chocolate and a warm bed. She even got him a job at Santa's workshop.
He really wanted to help.
Where did Santa go?
And why did only Eddie get sooty?
Eddie was so busy opening gifts, he didn't notice Suzy until she sniffled loudly.
"Oh. Are these your presents?"
It's more fun sharing anyway.
Comet says it's time to go.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Goldilocks and the three bears sing Noel for us as we wind down 2023. My daughter has been on a bear 'kick' and a lot of my 2023 year work revolved around bears and their foibles. They were my gift to her, her non-profit business where she works, and her friends and family.
I did work up ten new paintings for a calendar. Watercolors and a few idiosyncratic misfits.
The year has been different and a little confusing for me. Not sure what I'm doing and where I'm headed. I have put new work in the Apple Shed, which I've taken a new turn and done with collage and acrylic. I hope you like it. It's on the rambling path I'm taking. Cat Tails
Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center has been so active and I love to participate there whenever I can. The latest is a miniature sale and show for the holiday season, and I have enjoyed preparing and entering that. They do so much for our art community - the whole community.
They Said playing mud-pies with the little girl would be fun
Also painted some plein air this year. I started out late and unsure but it turned out to be just what I needed.
This was done by the Round Corral near Trickle Creek.
The year has turned out to be a loving and wonderful experiences. Lots of new friends, new ideas, Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?
I hope your year has been good as well, and happy and prosperous for you in 2024.
This is holiday season and I'm working on miniatures for a show at the Grand MesaArts and Events Center. I made a bunch of new watercolors for the 2024 calendar. Plein aire was spectacular this fall, and of course, I have been involved in working on abstracts and collage with Judy Woods in New Zealand - on line. It's a good thing to try new things. I still love the watercolors. I really enjoy pastels outside, and the exploration of new ways to do collage and abstract are a great bunch of fun. Enjoy the season, and check out some of my new stuff in the recents file. A watercolor for the 2024 calendar.
Abstract from working with Judy Woods
5x5 miniature watercolor.
Plein air in pastel on Surface Creek.
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.
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