Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Plein Air Painting on the Colorado Trail

Yesterday I went with Tricia Bass and Lynne Milliken up to Breckenridge to paint on the Colorado Trail. We met up with their friend Amy who is also a wonderful painter and the 4 of us hiked up the trail a short way and set up our easels. A couple of furries went along too - Tricia's dogs Noelle and Raisin. We all got a bit muddy since we seemed be in the middle of the spring runoff. My new Sketchers took a bit of beating!

Off the Trail
11 x 14, oil on canvas panel

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Artists With Altitude Presents...."To Denver With Love"

My artist group "Artists With Altitude" is pleased to announce our first Denver art show down in the Santa Fe Arts District in Denver, CO. We will be hosted by Alpine Fine Arts Center (previously called The Standing Sun Gallery) at 826 Santa Fe Drive.

The opening is on Friday night, May 21st from 6 to 9 pm. Come join us for a glass of wine and view the art of 12 dedicated working artists. The show will hang from May 21st through May 30, 2010.

Join the Farm

I just joined the Grant Farms CSA. Community Supported Agriculture.

Did you know that you can buy organic produce, eggs, bread, meat and dairy directly from the farmers who grow and produce these things? And I'm not talking about going to the Farmers Market or joining a food coop. With a CSA you can purchase a share of the harvest and all year long you will receive whatever is in season. And even better for us, our pick-up location is about 3 minutes away! That's even closer than the local supermarket by about 5 miles!

I just purchased a share of produce and a half-share of eggs. So from June till December my husband and I will received all kinds of fresh produce and eggs from hens that aren't stuffed into a coop for their entire lives. We can even go visit the farm! So one of these days, we will take a trip to northern Colorado and visit the farm. Seems like a really wonderful way to support local agriculture, reduce shipping costs and greenhouse gases, eat organically and enjoy some new veggies too.

This should work out very well with our Meatless Monday commitment too!

Birthday Party in Breckenridge

My wonderful friend Debbie J has a beautiful ski getaway in Breckenridge. She just hosted a birthday party there for me and my friend Debbie K. Instead of shopping or skiing, it was a painting and cake eating birthday weekend.

I decided to keep it simple and just paint some things on hand at Debbie beautiful home. She had some nice floral arrangements that made for wonderful still life subjects. Both used the same palette, so they look nice together!

Floral Study with Pears
11x 14, Oil on Panel

Floral Study with Oranges
11x14 Oil on Canvas Panel

Why Meatless? (Join the Meatless Monday Movement)

Why Meatless?

I like anything with a face - especially if it's a furry face. Why should we eat our furry friends when there are so many other things to eat? Plus eating more plant based foods is so much better for your heart. So, be good to your heart and be good to the planet at the same time.

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