Archive for July, 2011

A WESTERN ART DEBUT – MINE

After nearly two years of non-intentional ART IDLENESS, a result of our relocation from EAST to WEST, I have recently been reawakened to the wonderful world and pleasures of creating original ART.

It was two years ago, July 1, 2009, that I suspended my ART activities in PA as we began preparation for our relocation west – An exciting time into the unkown for sure.

Since arriving in Southern California in late November 2009 we have spent most of our time settling in to our new home. My post-settlement creative time has been spent photographing everything and anything to learn more about the wonderful natural world in our new location. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve (SRP), just 5 minutes from our home, has been of particular interest.

The SRP hosts an annual Art Show each summer so in April I decided that it was time to put down the camera for a while and start creating some original ART again. The studio space, until now neglected, was put into full operation. It was great to get back to using brushes, pencils, paints, and paper again.

I will be showing my recent works at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve 14th Annual Art Show, July 9 – August 20, 2011. The beautiful Santa Rosa Plateau provided the subject matter for the work which will include watercolors, mixed-media, and photographs.

California Towhee - watercolor (15 x 22)

SRP Bridge Seasons - mixed-media (12 x 24)

Vista Grande Trail Rockscapes -01 & 02 (each watercolor - 11 x 15 inches)

SRP Wildflowers - Columbine & Poppy (watercolors - 7.5 x 11 inches)

While cleaning out some portfolios so I could use them to transport the new artwork to the SRP I came across an item that stopped my task and warranted my immediate attention.

It was a piece of mat board that I had pasted some items on years earlier. Since this item was so appropriate and timely, I had to stop what I was doing to provide the deserved attention. I found an empty frame that was worthy and proceeded to mat and frame the item so I could hang it in a prominent place in the studio where it belonged.

On Christmas 1994 I received a wonderful gift from our son Jason. It was an assortment of art supplies that was accompanied with a special note.

Dad

Here is some paint’in stuff. You should really start painting again you’re really good at it. It wouldn’t take a lot of time to start dabbling and then painting. I think it would relieve a lot of stress and be very beneficial. Look at Uncle Bernie with his wood carvings. You just have to set aside some time. I know it’s hard to find time but there is no time like the present. I think you need to hear this to give you a little push. I hope you start painting again. It would be a terrible waste if you didn’t.

Love, Jason

The item in question was the collection of Jason’s original note scrawled on four 5×7 yellow note pad sheets which now hangs proudly in the new studio.

We are looking forward to the Art Opening this weekend and enjoying Jason and Rita’s company when they come down for the weekend to enjoy the festivities.

Jim

Travel is fatal to bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and prejudice.  Mark Twain