Recently, I've been creating quite a few time lapse videos of my artwork. So many people enjoy watching the time lapse videos that I've finally decided to create a YouTube channel as a specific place to share these.
Many of these will be 4 or 5 minutes videos that show the art taking place, with my hands doing the work edited out. So you will just get to watch the art "magically" appear on your screen in front of you.
As I grow, maybe we'll vary the format. I used to teach painting with acrylics, and I love seeing other folks develop their art skill and ability. So we'll see how it goes, but for now, I am getting to upload all those time lapse videos that are already done. So check it out! Come join me. And share with me what you'd like to see. I want to hear!
The mural of Picasso, the gorgeous mustang of northwestern Colorado, is complete!
My signature went on Friday afternoon.
We've been taking a time-lapse video of this piece because it is of such high interest to the local community, as well as to the online groups who follow the wild horses, and who have loved the mustang known as "Picasso" for years.
It is so fitting that he would be memorialized in Golden, Colorado.
Many thanks to the city of Golden and Todd and August Miller (the owners of the building) for making this amazing mural possible. And huge thanks to Scott Wilson, of WilsonAxpePhotography for the use of his incredible photo capture of Picasso. We have also released a video time-lapse of the mural coming together.
On the cold days, when I couldn't work on the mural (paint adhesion is not prime during temperatures below 50 degrees), I worked on a few images that I could do swiftly in a short video time lapse. One of these was "Mesmerized", shown above. A tiger's stare. Animals are one of my favorite things to paint, and this predator's brilliant fur was purrrrfect for brightening up the chilly autumn day.
The following day, I worked on "Drifter", a lone wolf in the snow. There are few things so lovely as the majestic wolves of North America.
Both images will be posted soon to my Gallery page. And time lapses will be shared as soon as they are edited. It's fun to see the art come together, even if not exactly in real time.
And a post about the completed Picasso mural will be coming soon! Yay!
Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with an incredibly gifted Denver photographer by the name of Scott Wilson. Scott has captured many amazing photos of the iconic Colorado mustang, Picasso. You've probably seen his work before, but if not, let me direct you to his website, wilsonaxpe.com. There you will find many inspiring images, including the picture that I am using for my painting above, called "Picasso: Spirit of the West".
Not only was I given permission by Scott to paint this beautiful image of one of Colorado's most well-known Sand Wash Basin mustangs, but I also get to recreate it as a mural along the main street of Golden, Colorado. This work will begin this month! I'm so excited. And to bring the incredible horse alive, I thought it would be neat to have him appear as though he is leaping out of the image from the building. Something like this:
So stay tuned, because this work begins next week. And if you're driving past on Washington Street as I work on it, feel free to honk and I'll wave back to say "Hi".
In the hopes of honoring the Native American tribe that once dwelt in this place I now call home, I came up with this concept utilizing the flora and fauna of this area of Colorado, and a Native American symbol for the Great Spirit. Locals will probably recognize prairie sunflowers, blue spruce and aspen leaves. Birdwatchers will be able to pick out a Western Tanager, Chickadee and Cedar Waxwing. Even the feathers I used for the smudge feathers were painted using references from local bird life.
I always love painting animals, but the added symbology made the creation of this painting an absolute joy. May we all pray for healing for our land.
This painting will be on display and available for sale at local Golden gallery, Wings of Eagles, this coming Saturday (September 19th), from 10 to 4. I will be set up outside, live painting a similar piece, based on the Wintu Tribe of Northern California.
The prairie sunflowers are in full bloom here in Colorado, and sometimes a quick, bright painting is so happiness inducing! A time-lapse of this painting being created will soon be available, but in the meantime, I thought I'd show off the final piece. It makes me happy. I hope it makes you happy, too!
I've had an itch to do overly saturated American Buffalo for a while now. Finally got it out of my system. My bet's on the guy on the left. He has a very determined look in his eye.
My guess is that every artist has a favorite kind of trope or subject matter that they run to as something that is easy and enjoyable. For me, that's my Native ponies.
There's something serene to me in them just...being: an idealistic moment in a make-believe world, where native horses with feather and war paint prance around in early morning light or in overly bright sunsets.
No, as far as I know, I have no Native American blood personally. But my husband claims Cherokee, on both sides in his family and therefore, I hope I have a small claim in loving Native American culture and art.
In fact, let me plug a wonderful little store in my town called "Wings of Eagles", which sells almost primarily Native made art by skilled Native artisans. Here's their site: https://wings-of-eagles.business.site
Sometimes, as an artist, I find that things are just too painful to express with words. And a picture comes that expresses better than I can, what I am feeling.
The painful story of Elijah McClain is expressed better elsewhere. If you are unfamiliar with it, I recommend reading The Cut's version of events entitled "The Killing of Elijah McClain". As you scroll down the story, you will see a photo of Elijah playing the violin for stray cats at a shelter.
This painting, "Where is Elijah?" is a tribute to his memory.
Rest in Power.
I've shared before how I will often be inspired by the people I meet in my art creation. This painting is definitely one of those.
I was working on Jack o' Mines, a bunny in miner's clothing, when I met a wonderful local in my town of Golden, named Judy Denison, who shared an incredible story. She told me how in the 1990's, Nike Corporation was interested in buying the gorgeous mesas that frame the background of our town, for a large corporation, unknown to most of the town's residents. Judy and another local named Don Parker, formed "Save The Mesas", a citizen group determined to inform the town to let Golden locals make this decision themselves, rather than the decision being made for them by the town counsel.
Long story short, the group ended up buying the mesas and donating the land as public open space. Now, every weekend, you can walk the wild mesas, sometimes meeting an elk or two, and if you're lucky you might see a fox or coyote. In summer, the rattlers sun themselves on the tops of the rocky cliffs. And suddenly, the germ of an idea for a painting was born, a tribute to the protestors of the 90's who saved our beautiful open space for current and future generations.
At first, I wanted to call the painting, "Judy Saves the Mesas" to give credit where it was due, but she objected, stating humbly, "There were many people involved in that. It wasn't all me." So, we decided on naming the snake "Suzy", but the bucket hat on Suzy is inspired by the style of the 90's, and this painting was definitely inspired by Judy and the protestors who devoted their time, money and determination so that everyone can still experience Golden's Table Mountains.