Monthly Archives: January 2013

Oh what a wonderful feeling…

Scottsdale Artists' School Celebrating 30 Years Student ExhibitIt’s likely that most artists remember exhilaration of their first sale whether it was last week or many years ago. It’s an event that validates what you’ve always wanted…someone actually thinks your work is “good” and is willing to spend some of their money to prove it. Next to that feeling is the elation of having your first juried exhibition. In this case, several artists have judged your work worthy of being exhibited in a gallery displayed alongside other talented artists. I’ve been very fortunate to have experienced both of these milestones in my art career.

The most recent juried show where I’ve been selected to display my work is the Scottsdale Artists’ School “Celebrating 30 Years Student Exhibit”. My recently completed “San Juan River Big Horn” watercolor will be on display (shown at right along with the show’s logo). The show opens with an artists’ reception on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is being hosted by the Northern Trust Bank located at 2398 Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona, and runs through April 18. Click here for more information about Scottsdale Artists’ School.

I’d like to invite you and a guest to join me and the other artists at this event, enjoy some wine and hors d’oeuvres, and see some of the finest artwork produced by the students who’ve attended the Scottsdale Artists’ School. Click on the image at the right for full details and RSVP information. I look forward to meeting you there.

Wickenburg, Arizona Gold Rush Days

Sixty-five years ago Harry Truman was president, Ed Sullivan premiered his new TV show, and you could buy a brand new Ford 4-door sedan for about $1,200. And, the first annual Gold Rush Days celebration was held in Wickenburg, Arizona. It’s now a new century, and Wickenburg is continuing that tradition by hosting its 65th Annual Gold Rush Days on Friday, February 8 through Sunday, February 10. It’s a great event, and a wonderful time to visit small town Arizona at its liveliest.

As part of the celebration, the Wickenburg Art Club will be featuring an art show of local artists right on Wickenburg’s historic Valentine Street. As a juried member of the Art Club, I’ll be exhibiting for my first year, and look forward to seeing you there. I’ll be showing all three days and many of my new works will be featured. A great friend of mine, and a nearby Congress, Arizona resident, Terrie Grasse, will be in the booth with me.

Be sure to make the short trip to Wickenburg on one of the festival’s days. There’s something for everyone of all ages including the Senior Pro Rodeo, parade, food and drinks, stage entertainment and much more. Full details are here, and please visit Terrie Grasse’s web site to preview some of the exciting paintings she’ll be showing.

Studio Redo

While it was never a necessity, a comfortable place to paint has always been at the top of my “wish list”. Early in 2012 that wish came true.

I finally decided that my studio – a part-time den, part-time bedroom, part-time storage area – should be converted into my full-time studio. Unfortunately, my talents don’t include the nuts and bolts of interior design. I had a concept in my mind, and I knew what I wanted to have organized. And, it had to be a comfortable place for my cats as well as me!

So, I enlisted the help of an interior designer to give me some tips in turning my concepts into reality. Suzanne Lasky of S Interior Design in Scottsdale, AZ worked closely with me over the course of about 6 weeks. We basically emptied the old room, knocked out a couple of small room dividers, laid new floor tile to replace the old carpeting, put up some new window treatments, repainted the walls, and installed new furniture and wall-mounted cupboards. Oh yes, we also reupholstered two large cat climbers for my four feline studio mates. Whew, it was a lot of work, but well worth it.

Once completed, I have to say I’m thrilled. The room is airy and full of sunshine. The windows look out on the beautiful Sonoran desert, and my cats have each found their own special places for afternoon naps. It’s a wonderful, serene place to paint that’s all mine, just like I envisioned it. Here are a few photos of the finished result. (Click on a photo to display larger versions).