Passions of an Odd Chick

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sharing some bull today.

"Lyles' Hereford Bull", Acrylic on canvas 16X20
I don't know why I especially love Hereford cattle. Maybe it's because of their white faces, curly hair, the deep contrast of the auburn red, and that perfect combo against the green grass.  Their faces are soft, but their stance is strong and powerful. They are a bit more docile than most beef cattle. Their baby calves are adorable. Maybe I fell in love with them when I was a young married girl, living on a ranch outside of Van Horn, Texas watching while they peacefully grazed on the mountainside outside my kitchen window. I always wanted to paint a Hereford bull for as long as I can remember. It was only a distant dream then. It feels good to bring this bull to life on canvas.
It feels good to make your dreams come true.
You realize you must keep on dreaming.
Dreaming plants thoughts, and thoughts plant actions into your life.
It may take years for the dream to manifest.
But it will if we persist.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sometimes the best things are right in front of you.
I went to The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art in Roswell, New Mexico. They told me I could take pictures as long as I didn't use a flash and that I could post them to my blog. Isn't that cool?
We have an artist by the name of Don Anderson (yes, the museum is named after him) who paints the most fantastic, majestic paintings and many of his works can be seen at this museum. I've seen them many times but I can never get enough.
Mr. Anderson, who is also a businessman, an engineer and an artist conceived a program called the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. His vision was to enhance the cultural environment of Roswell and southeastern New Mexico by bringing artists of national importance to live and work in the tranquility of the high plains. They are given the gift of time to create art while the Anderson museum provides ample living space, a studio, and a monthly stipend for a year to the artist!
Their works make up more than 300 diverse works seen in the 7 galleries, including Mr. Anderson's.
He is the most humble and quiet, unassuming brilliant man you would ever hope to meet.
Oh, and for all those who think you have to use watercolors or oils to make really incredible pricey art- this man only uses acrylics!! That gives me hope.
These are huge canvases. For instance, those you see right above go from ceiling to floor and those are probably 16 foot ceilings or more, and cover an entire wall for about 40 feet.
They are stark and precise, yet the colors (which I could do not do them justice) are soft, and strangely luminous, some are even sparkly.
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Come to See It. Read the reviews. Everyone gives it 5♥, STARs!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Things Are Looking Up!

"Things are Looking Up"
Original Acrylic on canvas 24x36

I love this piece. It was one of the first paintings I finished after trying new techniques I learned in Flora Bowley's class.
This painting was absolute intuition and gut reading. If I felt like doing it, I did it with no fear. I only told myself, if I didn't like it I could paint over it and that it wasn't the last canvas in the world.
Those simple mantras kept the critic silent and let me just enjoy adding shapes, colors, and drawing. Tying it all together was sheer joy.
I am still the baby bird looking up to so many of you for inspiration!

This has been an amazing summer. We got a new airplane and have been taking traveling adventures to exciting places. Sweet Farmer wants me to start another blog about our airplane trips. Stay tuned for that

Fredricksburg, Texas

This was on the door of an art gallery!

Sounds like my kind of business.

Have a great summer!