Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Still in Traverse City....

"Platte Lake"
8x8 watercolor
From my "year of painting" series... 4 years old...wow how time flies!!!

I'm still here in Traverse City Michigan, and will be for another few weeks. The painting is an older one, the view from the screen porch. My mom is on the inpatient rehabilitation floor at Munson Hospital after suffering a stroke from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Quite a surprise to us all, since she was golfing in Florida 7 weeks ago... As a heads up for all of you... Her only symptom was gout in her hand... so if you or your parents are near 70 or older and have gout, make sure they do a blood test to rule out AML...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fun at my Opening Reception...

Some of the paintings hung...

Yours truly on the left, Leila and Chris (center,gallery owners) and Susan Kell, fine artist and excellent instructor.

Here are a couple of photos from the opening of my show at Flint St. Gallery last Friday evening...I arrived early to find an even earlier group of friends, and forgot all about the camera! The evening was wonderful... The space was filled most of the night, spilling outside occasionally. At one point some people stopped in to see what the line was for! We remembered the camera with about 15 minutes to go and I did get my husband to snap this shot. Thanks so very much to all of you that came... Your support means so much to me.

Four of the paintings sold that night, which was very exciting. The show will be up through the 31st of May, so if you're interested, you should stop in!

I'm back up north in Traverse City, with my mom. We are taking things one day at a time...and today was a good day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

"Along the Polly Ann Trail"
7x11 watercolor (sold)

I dug out an older piece today. This watercolor was done of a scene I walk by most mornings when I'm home. I am lucky to have some hearty walking buddies that I meet up with at 8 am. We walk, laugh, cry and solve all the worlds problems on our 3 mile hike. We go in the rain (I pretend I'm living in Scotland) snow, fog, ice...we trudge on. :) It is the best mental and physical health appointment I go to....Thanks girls!

I got home from Traverse City (my mom's very ill) last night, my sister is with her until Saturday. The reception for my show "Taking the High Road" at Flint St. Gallery is tonight. I'm so looking forward to it! I haven't seen the paintings hung yet... I imagine it will be a very nice feeling. Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Guilded Climb...

"Guilded Climb"
acrylic on Yupo

This one started by rolling some of Daniel Smith's fabulous gold gesso onto the piece of yupo paper. then I started scraping out with one of those rubber scraper tools while the gesso was still wet. I let that dry then went back in with black, white and a bit of copper paint. A very different palette for me. A bit sophisticated... dah-link. :)

Sitting with mom in the hospital... she probably won't be getting out for a few days. I'll be going back home probably Wednesday. My show reception is Friday evening... Looking forward to seeing the paintings hung! :)

It is an absolutely glorious day here in Traverse City... I can spy the bay from the window here...
Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Climbing Patterns.....

"Climbing Patterns"
Acrylic on paper

Another tiny one for my show this month... It will be hung Sunday...... Reception Friday evening.
This one feels like a quilt to me... a teeny tiny quilt.... a quiltlet. :)

Still up here in Honor Michigan... My mom got some better news at the Oncologists office yesterday... Things are moving in the right direction... We also had a good showing of the house .... and it was my youngest son's Birthday.... Happy Birthday Bobby! (yesterday)
A good day indeed...

Enjoy your weekend!


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