These are the start of a new series..not sure where they are going.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Finally back to the studio yesterday. Started work on Saturday at the Cave Visitors Center and they have revamped everything. New paint on the walls, new area for my bookstore and displays. New cabinets for my stock. All in all a very nice redo. Already had the EMTs up twice this weekend. A woman had a terrible headache and her blood pressure shot up about 1/4 of the way up the trail. She came down and the EMTs were called and they took her to the local hospital. Another man with Parkinsens almost made it up but then could not breathe. he was stubborn but finally was wheeled down in the gurney. Apparently all are fine. The trail starts at the visitors center and is 1.5 miles up to the cave entrance. 1100 feet vertical gain..rather relentless. It is paved but a few years ago a maintenance worker was on his motorcycle on the trail and went off the edge and died. That started a big safety program. No wheels on the trail, no strollers etc. Too easy for them to get away from you and the drop off is scary!! The trail is wide, but there are occasional rock falls so the rangers try really hard to inform all the visitors of the dangers and what to do and mostly they don't listen. So the only "vehicles" allowed on the trail are the 2 wheeled gurneys one that stays at the bottom and one at the top and these strange motorized... well for lack of the real term..wheelbarrows. So there is a way to get heavy equipment up and down but no one can ride in them so the danger is lessened. This is the 90th anniversary of the Timpanogos Cave National Monument. They are even Tweeting now...something I have never done! So if you are interested in seeing more about the cave..go to www.nps.gov/tica, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/timpanogoscavenps . Yesterday I met up with Will my "student". He is my son Shane's girlfriends son! He is 13 and a super laid back sweet kid. I hadn't felt well for a few weeks so I had not seen him for 2 weeks. I have been remiss as a teacher as I have no "plan". So we have just been playing. While we play I have talked about contrasting colors, warm and cool colors, some perspective..just whatever comes up. We have looked at other artists and so a bit of art history. Yesterday as usual I had no idea what we should do...so I showed him some of the things I have done. We decided to "marble" paper by dropping oil paint in a pan of water and printing paper. That was messy and fun and we had a great time doing that. So then we decided to walk a block and a half away to a new mural painted by The Univ. of Utah murals class. (I took this class and it was hard work but very cool). The mural is on a long low wall and has several famous paintings on it with the main characters missing. Then footprints are placed on the cement in front of the wall and you "Step Into Art"!
Monday, May 21, 2012
Did you see the eclipse? I was privileged enough to live where we got to see an almost full ring of fire. The actual "sweet spot" was a few hundred miles south of where I live. We lost our Miss E. Claire kitty last night. She was over 20 yrs. old and had been suffering from dementia..but was eating and basically doing ok until a few days ago. Poor old thing.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Yesterday I did a lot of errands and housework. Then I took my art stuff out to the front yard table and did this little painting/drawing. My husband doesn't like it..but I do because I finally felt like doing something, no matter how bad it turned out to be!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
yesterday I went to the Utah Valley Art Show to see who and what had won prizes. Most of the winners didn't bother to show up! I do know they let you know by phone if you are being awarded something. It was part of an artwalk that I did not go on. There were plenty of interesting although amateurish paintings and drawings..and I have included myself in there! All who entered got in. I never look at this venue as a place to sell. It is in the Health and Justice building so people from all walks of life are there for various reasons and the art is something they see on their way to getting food stamps, dealing with health issues etc. So it is truly art for the people! I doubt any actual art buyers, curator types, gallery owners go to see the art..but it is a fun little show. All the prizes are money with a certificate and ribbon. Even the honorable mentions get $20.00! I did not get any this time. But that is fine. I won 3rd place 2 years ago. There were some nice encaustics, and an artist I like by Rebecca Willard. She does highly textured acrylic landscapes in whimsical colors and shapes. Ran into a young man who I knew from the University. He worked only in graphite doing portraits from photos. Although he is very skilled I think he felt out of place and soon was gone without a word. He was there with his wife/girlfriend? and he had a table set up to promote his art. he had 2 pieces in the show and wanted $4000.00 each for the drawings. He as I said is skilled and seems to have gotten a bit more creative in his compositions..and he is making a living apparently!!! This does speak to the community in general here in this county. Very religious, family oriented, Republican, insular. They love paintings of white Jesus, Joseph Smith and LDS temples. Young Anthony's work fits with what they love. Some days I wish I could command real $$ for my paintings but I cannot do the type of art that sells here..well..will not do. My mantra is "I do what I want to do" and it probably keeps me from breaking through the barriers!! The idea I came away with was a punch card featuring photos of details of some art from the venues participating in the art walk. You find the paintings, get your card punched and win an IPAD! I was thinking this could be a fun thing for our open studios. Today it is cold and windy and I plan on painting some small "Mother's Day" cards for my Mom and sister. I looked at the store yesterday and really felt like I could do better..or at least it will be original!!! I will post photos of these when I get them done! In the meantime you can see young Anthony's work at www.woolffineart.com and and Rebecca Willard's art on Facebook.(Becky Willard)