Barbara Torke: Blog https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog en-us (C) Barbara Torke cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:04:00 GMT Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:04:00 GMT https://barbaratorkeart.com/img/s/v-5/u286996380-o781269595-50.jpg Barbara Torke: Blog https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog 96 120 EVENTS OF AUGUST https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/8/events-for-august Living the Life Show is down. The current show at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center features Arleta Pech. .She is an amazing still-life painter in the Baroque style. Her opening is Saturday the 18th of August from 5-7. I hope you can drop by and see her showing in the Starr Family Gallery.

GMAEC KIDS DO FANCIFUL CREATURESGMAEC KIDS DO FANCIFUL CREATURES Young artists participated in the acrylic painting class at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center on August 15. What great fun we had painting fantastic creatures. What great kids, and so involved in their art. I was honored to be their instructor. GMAEC KIDS PAINT FANCIFUL CREATURESGMAEC KIDS PAINT FANCIFUL CREATURES Maryellen is finishing up in Cedaredge and soon to be on her way to Florida. A final yard sale this next week Friday Aug. 24 8-2, and Sat. 9-noon. She is getting rid of everything. Lots of great buys, since everything must go. 180 NE 4th St. Unit A, Cedaredge. Don't forget us. I won't forget her.

This year has been, so far, a year of beginnings and endings. The art center is a great addition to our little town, and blossoming increasingly. Maryellen leaves to continue her art in Florida, ending a twenty year friendship and business history that was great fun. Bittersweet, this passing of an era. I'll miss her.

The drought makes gardening a past activity. Being a farm girl makes this a hard one to let go. I guess I'll just paint cabbages.

New friends and activities are keeping me busy. I've been working on acrylic painting. I have books to illustrate.

Oh rats, I'm nostalgic.

So. I'll share HEREFORD CALFHEREFORD CALF MOON PONYMOON PONY

a couple of my acrylics, and get on with the next adventure. 

 

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) acrylic paintings Arleta Pech art Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center Maryellen Miller teaching https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/8/events-for-august Fri, 17 Aug 2018 00:03:33 GMT
Art Forum Wednesday August 8, 3-4:30 pm https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/8/art-forum-wednesday-august-8-3-4-30-pm From the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, a note from Deborah.

Please join us for the first in a series of Art Forums. We will be closing each gallery show with a conversation with the artists. We will cover art principles, design, process, techniques and some art  history. It will be an open format with lively discussion. Look forward to seeing you!!!

Deborah

Daphna and I will be discussing the process that became these particular  four sculptures and paintings. We welcome all questions. We welcome all feedback. Since she is a three-dimensional artist (sculptor), and I am a two-dimensional artist (painter), we will try to relate the process to either area. It should be interesting. Daphna and I have discussed art before, and we both have lots to say. I'm expecting an insightful and thought-provoking event.

please reply to cedarmesaart@gmail.com if you are attending. It is by invitation. Hope to see you there.

Barb

Angel with a Harp by Daphna Russell (porcelein) Angel with a harp porcelain by DAPHNA RUSSELLAngel with a harp porcelain by DAPHNA RUSSELL PEACOCKS EYEPEACOCKS EYEMixed media on canvas with oil paints Peacock's Eye by Barbara Torke (mixed media)

Sunday at the Lake by Barbara Torke (pastel)    Water Horse by Daphna Russell (sculpture)

SUNDAY AT THE LAKESUNDAY AT THE LAKEIn the 1920s Jackson Lake was a great place for a Sunday picnic Water Horse by DAPHNA RUSSELLWater Horse by DAPHNA RUSSELL

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art history art show Cedaredge discussion forum Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/8/art-forum-wednesday-august-8-3-4-30-pm Mon, 06 Aug 2018 22:25:32 GMT
Change https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/7/change  

With the retrospective show and opening of the new center, change surrounds me. It is so exciting to have the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center blooming. Main Street, Cedaredge, is hopping. There are new (and fairly new) galleries, restaurants, coffee shops and bustling activity on Grand Mesa Drive and Main Street. 

I'm thrilled to be a little part of it, as I show a cross-section of my work from the past, and a touch of the new. Plus, there is a hiccup of the past as I teach kids about art - again. That happens this next week. Then Daphna Russell and I will do a Forum on creating art. We each have our own way of approaching a piece. It will be an interesting glimpse into the artist's mind. More info to come.

The Center has concerts, party bookings, classes in art for kids, yoga, dance, song writing and a broad spectrum of community activities. I missed a bunch, so check out their website  

https://www.grandmesaartscenter.com/

It is poignant, this change. MaryEllen Miller is leaving this fall for Florida. Next week she'll be selling art supplies and equipment that she can't take back with her. She has some beautiful paintings, too. If you need art supplies and are in the area, check out my website for more information. The moving sale is July 20-21. I will miss her, again. 

 

 

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MaryEllen Miller - Collage Trees

 

Change.

It has made me restless. What do I do Next? Maybe I'm supposed to quit painting at my age? How many paintings do I have left in me? 100? A 1000?

Since I have projects lined up for quite a while, there is no way I'll retire. But I might start doing some different art. It always happens that I decide to get rid of some medium - and by the time I get it in the box I decide to do more - of whatever. I boxed up acrylics last month. Oops.

I have lots of art I've not framed, or marketed, or shown. I go through it occasionally and discard, or more likely, rearrange. I go back and re-work pieces. I worry about my kids having to deal with this stash, but recently I've decided they will have to. I'm not ready to delete all my work - yet. 

Here are two new pieces. 

 

'Horny Toad' a possible watercolor for one of two illustrating projects HORNY TOADHORNY TOADpossible illustration for a new book I'm illustrating

'Cat Tails' Acrylic and collage

CAT TAILSCAT TAILScollage and acrylic 18 x 14

Everything changes.

Nothing stays the same.

We only have today. Tomorrow never gets to be anything but today, and yesterday is over. So with that I'm off to explore the next painting I'll do, and the next, and the next.

You, too, take today and make Art. 

 

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) acrylic art barbara torke Cedaredge change Grand Messa Arts and Events Center MaryEllen Miller retrospective https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/7/change Fri, 13 Jul 2018 22:50:26 GMT
Opening Reception for Living the Life https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/6/opening-reception-for-living-the-life Living the Life

Saturday Evening, June 23, at 6 P.M. there will be an Artist's Reception at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center at 195 W. Main Street in Cedaredge, Colorado, for Barbara Torke and Daphna Russell. Their show Living the Life, will be at the new Art Center through July. They are honored to have this opportunity, and the community is so lucky to have this new venue. A gorgeous  job of restoring and transforming the building. It is truly a treasure.

The reception is by invitation. Please respond to cedarmesaart@gmail.com if you plan to attend. I will put you on the list. I will also have the list if you forget. Otherwise - print out the card. I really hope to see you there.


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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art artist barbara torke career cedaredge composition daphna russell gmaec painting pastel https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/6/opening-reception-for-living-the-life Sun, 17 Jun 2018 23:52:56 GMT
Daphna Russell and Barbara Torke at the GMAEC https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/6/daphna-russell-and-barbara-torke-at-the-gmaec Daphna and I will be at the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center from June 15 through July for our show Living the Life. We hope you can come to the events surrounding the show

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) and art arts barbara torke cedaredge center' colorado daphna events grand grand opening living the life mesa russell' ssculpture https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/6/daphna-russell-and-barbara-torke-at-the-gmaec Sun, 10 Jun 2018 15:04:22 GMT
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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art barbara torke cedaredge daphna russell grand mesas arts and events center music opening sculpture https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/6/grand-mesa-arts-and-events-center-grand-opening Sun, 10 Jun 2018 14:50:54 GMT
A Painting a Day https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/4/a-painting-a-day A month of skiesA month of skiescontrails and currents over the ridge. Pastel 6x9 In January I painted a sky a day. It was from an idea in Pastel Journal. What a great idea. In February I did a bird a day. March got out of hand but I did quite a few trees. When I get back from Italy I will try another month idea. 

Painting a little every day - even if it is a short study, or a small ATC card (artist trading card at 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 .) it is amazing at the difference it makes in skills, confidence, technique and most of all, pleasure. Try it. Pick a subject, medium, idea, project and do a piece every day. It is habit forming and inspiring.

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) art challenge painting pastel skies https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/4/a-painting-a-day Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:15:00 GMT
Ice Breaking is available https://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. 

FRONT COVER OF ICE BREAKINGFRONT COVER OF ICE BREAKING CLEM AND 8 BATS IN A CAVECLEM AND 8 BATS IN A CAVE

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) https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/4/ice-breaking-is-available Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:01:27 GMT
Happy New Year https://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) https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year Sun, 14 Jan 2018 14:00:54 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 9 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-9 Tue, 26 Dec 2017 00:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 8 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-8 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 7 https://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.)

 

1. CUPID REFUSES1. CUPID REFUSES

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cedarmesaart@gmail.com (Barbara Torke) christmas cupid reindeer santa tv https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-7 Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 6 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-6 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 23:15:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 5 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-5 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:00:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 4 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-4 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 22:45:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas 3 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-3 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:45:00 GMT
Santa's new-fangled Christmas 2 https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas-2 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:30:00 GMT
Santa's New-fangled Christmas https://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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/12/santas-new-fangled-christmas Sun, 17 Dec 2017 22:05:12 GMT
MOAB IN NOVEMBER https://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

 

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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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/moab-in-november Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:30:00 GMT
FROGGY WENT A COURTING AND HE DID RIDE https://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

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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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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 https://barbaratorkeart.com/blog/2017/11/miss-mousie-et-al Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:04:15 GMT