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New ART Monday!

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”  -Ronald Dahl

Another FULL week!

The grass is greener, the trees are sprouting!  We are all celebrating the start of a beautiful, warm, spring in Bozeman, MT!  🙂 🙂 🙂  I can’t wait to get outside to paint!  I am almost set-up, so expect some paintings en plein air next blog!

This past week I started a few new paintings, finished one Monument, and had a great time collaborating with students at Hawthorne Elementary to paint their Cornhole boards for the Celebration of the Arts!  To top the week off, we had a sun-filled class at Dry Hills Distilleries’ Sip and Paint night (call them to sign up for our next one on June 1st)!

 

Enjoy the gallery!

Don’t forget to get your mini-artists signed up for summer camp!

Until next week!

A

 

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Contemplating Monuments, New Work Monday!

Contemplating Monuments

“Go outside…amidst the simple beauty of nature…and know that as long as places like this exist, there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.”  Anne Frank

My life has been a whirlwind of teaching, traveling, and art-business these last few weeks.  But I have finally found my way back to the easel.  Not nearly enough hours with paintbrush in hand, YET!  But space, time, and contemplation are a part of the painting journey.

What is a MONUMENT?!

 

Photo Credit to Blair Speed

 

I often need Webster’s help to dig up a simple definition…this one was illuminating for me.  Watching the sunset on these amazing sand structures has a mightiness that takes your breath away.  You can’t help but feel connected to both the land and the beautiful calmness that occurs when you’re in the presence of something bigger than you…something absolutly magical.  Peace through nature.  Everything is relative.  Get Outside! 🙂

A monument can be built by man, or nature.  Either way, it is a reflection of the past.  Both a gravestone and a powerful site like Monument Valley (that took nature 300 million years to create) highlight the steps it took to exist in a present moment of celebration.

Celebrating the lives that are no longer with us, and the ultimate power of nature over time.

In our culture of instant gratification, we oftentimes forget to give space to the slow and methodical.  Some things simply take TIME.  The importance of the slow and continuous work of sand, erosion, water, and weather is literally what MADE these amazing Monuments.

Paintings take time

Decisions take time

Grief takes time

Change takes time

Rivers take time

Healing takes time

Goals take time

 

May we all remember to give ourselves more time, more patience, more recovery while knowing that the beautiful Monument is on the other side.

ANYTHING is possible.  One step at a time.

Contemplating great people among the Monuments.

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

I am inspired by the entirety of life, therefore so are my paintings.  People, places, time, weather, movement, music; there is glowing inspiration in everyone and in everything.

Sit in the quiet and find your own way to shine.  Shine in a way that only you can.

Cheers to whatever that means for you!

For me, I’m off to paint (and to continue to contemplate MONUMENTS)!!

If you want a little more information about the formation of Monuments like those at Monument Valley, click here for a short video. 

Shine on,

A

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New Work Monday!

Monday Morning!

New Week, New Artwork is evolving!

This past week I returned from the amazing beaches of Hawaii to a beautiful, albeit chillier Montana Spring.

Back to the studio and my “Dear Universe” series of paintings…

My first markings on this painting, “Dear Universe, THANK YOU…”  There is so much to be thankful for and it is so nice to pause to do so.

This BLUE inspired ocean scene filled with gratitude is starting to come together.

I’m dreaming of the ocean waves and the warm, salty waters of Kauai where I was sitting at this moment one week ago!

Thankful for time to enjoy the powerful impact of the ocean.

“Going with the flow” seems to be a more fierce a statement while watching the ocean tides and roaring waves compared to sitting near a cool, calm stream.

Nevertheless, smoothly inspired  persistence and patience seems to be reigning at the top of my current life’s ponderings.

Cheers to another week filled with flow friends.  Crashing waves or spring melt…may we all find a pace that gets us where we’re going.  🙂

-A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” Dali Lama

New Week, New Artwork AND NEW Adventures!

This week is exceptionally exciting!

  • ~New Artwork filled with bright spring-inspired YELLOW (my favorite).
  • ~WILD new adventures (both inward and physically…I’ll very literally be taking one step at a time).

I am running my first 50k in Monument Valley, AZ THIS Saturday!

“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”  Dali Lama

I’m going!  New place (Monument Valley) and plenty of new adventures await…

I am overflowing with nervous excitement and anticipation…this painting filled with light and a dash of chaos feels like my inner self.

My honest reasons for taking on this challenge are layered, as are my paintings.

For me, it’s about being comfortable in the uncomfortable.  Patient throughout the journey.  Slow down to go further, simplify.  Don’t let your fears direct your focus.  Just breathe.  It’s okay to be terrified, just take it one step at a time and find beautiful things to celebrate along the way.  Be kind and reasonably selfish in goals and training…find and cultivate my own inner strength, mental fortitude… and I have no doubt that the journey itself will uncover many more learning opportunities.

Why a 50K?!  🙂  WHY NOT!

 Honestly the thought alone terrified me, mystified me, and challenged me in ways I have yet to fully comprehend.  If it scared me THAT much, I obviously had to do it.

 I have already grown in training, more personally and definitely endurance-wise.  I have an amazing support team of not only friends and family, but of the BEST PT at Lone Peak PT, unreal massage therapists, and the MOST inspirational BADASS running coach (and friend) a gal could ask for.  I’m dialed, I’ve done the work, I’ve put in hours and hours of miles…but more importantly, SO MUCH self-care.  These last few weeks have been slow.  Recovery based and time to feel good.  Crazy how difficult that is.

But!  May we all learn how to pause and how to slow down…in order to go further.

In a cool way, it feels like this journey (somewhat obviously) is paralleling my art and my life.  I’m excited to PAINT the blooming desert and to rumble with my own inner voice for a beautiful jog through the Valley.  Look for many, many new paintings coming soon!

Amarillo Sky

12×36 Original Oil on Wood

$750

Prints available