Saturday, February 16, 2008

Vacation Time!

I'm off to find new inspiration for my art. It's a tough job but someone must do it. I'll be back from cruisin' the WARM Caribbean on February 25th and once I get my land legs back, I'll post something new! Meanwhile, take a look at our groups last art show. It was another great event!

This is Ginger Vogt's wonderfully colorful artwork. If you are interested in seeing more of her work check out her web site at

Let me introduce you to a beautiful lady named Lee Blackwell. She is a "cowgirl" that has perfected the endangered art of horse hair hitching. It is gorgeous work! If you are interested in seeing more of it check out her site at

This is one of our talented photographer's booths. Jerry Kencke is an amazing photographer that has photos hung in our Govenor's office! He is such a dedicated artist that he was at our show with a neck brace and cuts and bruises all over his face from a terrible automobile accident that luckily he survived but his truck did not. To see more of his fantastic work check out his site at .

There were plenty of booths with lots of varied artists! If you missed this show, you can always check out my web site at for upcoming opportunities or the Mountain Home Arts Councils site at for all art events in our area.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Are you afraid of color?

Maybe it's the gray days of winter or the death caused by our President's lies, I feel whatever colors make me smile I want them around me. I just completed a series of paintings using color that demands my attention away from the real life ugliness. If you like the idea of getting away from reality, look at art, surround yourself with art that takes you to another reality, cre8 art that makes YOU happy.

Last night I had 3 art students of mine go to a closing art reception at Boise State University. Out of 110 pieces of high school art we had 5 pieces chosen to go into a show that galleried 60 works. My students were so proud of themselves as they should be! Their work was very strong and I imagined they could bring home a prize of Best of Show or such. But subjectivity was not on our side and another student won. What I did get out of the show was that even though I appreciate the jurors opinion, I felt very confident that my student's work was among the very best at the show. So, remember, art is indeed subjective. What makes one person happy doesn't neccesarily make another one smile. My mom always has told me that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I am constantly reminded of that.

I'm very proud of my students and their artwork. I won't change the criteria I expect from my students even though it did cross my mind after the jurying process was over. I will however, emphasis to them that they need to find that happy place in their art. That is our journey as artists.