Me and my artist friend Christine Fontenot
First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe in Denver with Christine Fontenot
We had a great time showing and selling our art during the busy first Friday art walks in Denver on Santa Fe. Who knew an art walk could last well past 11pm? Well, now we all know. What fun times! :)
A big thanks to everyone who came out to support me and the many other local artists at the 2011 Art Student's League of Denver Summer Art Mart. This was only my second year exhibiting at the market and my first year having my own booth! I'm so glad I took the jump as it was a beautiful weekend and I sold many paintings. I am so happy to know my art will be inspiring and illuminating people's daily lives around Colorado.
(in picture - me and my friend's puppy Salem, the cutest little golden-doodle ever!)
While hiking or taking walks my favorite thing is to look down and try to find the little things of interest. Sometimes I find interesting rocks or insects but those don't always make for inspiring pictures. Here is a little glimpse into the world of the tiny yellow wildflowers with the beautiful hills in the background. So small, yet so full of beauty and warmth, these flowers just make me smile.
Walking down the rainy streets of Hoi An, Vietnam, just before lunch time and the little 'shop' keepers are setting up shop. This was a typical breakfast/lunch set-up where locals could gather on the little stools to eat a quick bite.
While walking down the street on my recent trip to Vietnam, I couldn't help but spot this young woman, walking down the street with this GIANT pink umbrella. She walked calmly, slowly and contently down the street, not caring that her umbrella, which she was using just for herself, was 4 times larger that any other umbrella on the street. Such a strong woman, not afraid to walk down the street, showing off her pink umbrella! If only I could have found where she bought it.
Beautiful nude mode, gracefully resting across colorful fabric and pillows over the course of two hours. It took me a few starts to get a pose I found interesting. As soon as I began from this angle, I knew it was a keeper.
Year round one of my favorite hikes in Denver is the Mathew Winters trail that is next to Red Rocks Amphitheater. The reason why I love this hike is that year round and on any day of the week, you can join fellow hikers, bikers and runners in enjoying the open spaces of Denver, with beautiful views back on the city and of Red Rocks. This painting is from an early summer hike when various wildflowers were in bloom, sprinkled along the trail and up the mountainside. I always felt so lucky to catch a glimpse of these flowers, before they wilted with the hot summer days to come.
A simple still life, yet one that demonstrates the power of reflection. Many times I get frustrated when an instructor jubililently announces that we're going to spend the class paintings a still life. After my initial, oh joy, I try to find the most interesting objects (or at least the least weird) to paint. In this class I was facsinated with the reflections of the fruit in the blue pitcher. While I love the energy of the fruit itself, my favorite part is seeing their reflection, looking back at themselves, and feeling a little blue.
And a one, and a two, and a one, two, three, hit it! Jump, jive, all you wanna do is, jump and jive, yadda, yadda, yadda, yeeeeah! Oh, daisy, shake it!