Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I have met and become friends with some new artists - it is always nice to make new connections in the world of art.
I am quite busy with several custom orders, 2 journals, 5 "girls" (http://www.pinterest.com/artsybab/my-girls/) and 2 "Friends". I also have students signed up for my "Paper Design" class and "Polymer Clay - Coptic binding" class. All classes are taught at the Artway in New Market, MD. (www.polymerclayexpress.com) Check it out!
Now back to my art.
Until next time....
Monday, September 2, 2013
Up bright and early - cool morning - blue sky - few clouds - warm afternoon. We were on our way by 8AM. The drive to "Many Glacier" (east side of Glacier National Park) takes 2 to 3 hours depending on traffic and number of photo stops along the way. Since it was Saturday we did not have to stop for road work on the Road-to-the-Sun. The first photo stop was for "Wild Goose Island". This stop is always congested, but today we were early enough it wasn't a problem. It is a definite photo moment - unfortunately pictures do not do justice. The 2 pics below are from the early morning and late evening.
The Many Glacier area is known as the "American Alps". The Many Glacier Hotel opened in 1915 and resembles a true chalet atmosphere for the décor and the alpine beauty surrounding it. It is now a registered Historic Landmark. The hotel has a large wrap-around lakeside balcony offering 180 degree views of Swiftcurrent Lake, surrounding rugged hillsides, three glaciers and incredible serrated peaks. It is a great place to just sit in one of the many chairs and take in the scenery, which is what we did while having lunch.
Later we took a trip to Grinnell Lake, which consists of two wooden boat rides(the first on Swiftcurrent Lake) with a short hike from one boat (Chief Two Guns) to the next boat (Morning Eagle) which crosses Lake Josephine. Then another 2 mile hike in the woods which includes crossing a suspension bridge to Lake Grinnell, with an optional short uphill climb to "Hidden Falls.
This is Swiftcurrent Lake and surrounding area.
Hidden Falls: These butterflies are friendly - they land on you and visit for a while. These were the only ones I saw in Montana.
Waiting for the boat for the return trip:
We stopped at "Two Sisters Café" for dinner. The place was packed, excellent food and enough memorabilia, stickers, and a solitaire game on the table to keep you amused while waiting for dinner. I did not take a picture of the building, but it cannot be missed - it is painted purple and pink.
The ride back to Columbia Falls was uneventful and we were never in the right location to get a picture of a sunset. The drive in the dark on the Road-to-the-Sun is a bit scary to say the least.
Day 7: Slow day - relax and enjoy the last day. Went shopping in Whitefish for a bit and snapped a couple of pics - then hot tub and dinner.
Welcome to Whitefish: This is ski resort area, has a beach, performing Arts Center, historic shopping area with lots of boutiques complete with an ACE Hardware.
These art mosaics were on the side of a building. I thought they were quite unique.
Flower baskets in Montana:
Day 8: Home: Kalispell - Denver- Dulles - Damascus. Very LONG day.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
From there we took a detour to "Red Meadow Lake" - supposedly moose were there - NOT. It was a ride through the forest to the lake. Once there the lake was calm and serene. Quiet and peaceful.
Did I mention you do not want to run out of gas on this trek? There was not one gas station once we left Columbia Falls until we returned. Except, you could purchase gas in Polebridge for $6.50 a gallon.
Kintla Lake: The clouds were rolling in, we heard thunder in the distance, rain was near - so we did not stay long. Kintla Lake is a lake in the northwestern portion of Glacier National Park in Montana. The lake is located in a rather remote portion of the park, close to the Canadian border (like 16 miles).
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Along the way....
The trek back up (1.5 miles). My feet hurt so bad I had to take my shoes off at the lake and walk in the cold water. Once we made it to the Overlook my hiking shoes came off and flip flops went on for the remainder 1 1/2 miles.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Here is a pic of some botanicals I did last month.
This is another piece of a UFA (Unfinished Artwork) which I finished. It is waiting for my hubby to mount it in the frame. This is a 12x12 Mixed Media on Canvas.
|"Birds on a String" |
Until next the next post ....
Enjoy your days and do something you love at least once a day!
Monday, July 15, 2013
I have started a "girls" series - mixed media on 6x12 canvas. Within a day I sold three and have 4 custom orders. You can see pics of the "girls" on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/artsybab/art). I am having fun making the 'girls' and have quite a list for new ones.
I am taking today off - putting my feet up and reading a book. Tomorrow is my birthday, not sure what is in store for me - but as I always do on my birthday - (I usually take the day off from work, but since I am retired I am always off - LOL) - no house work - no cooking - just what ever I want, or what my hubby has planned. I'm game.
Happy "arting" (if that is even a word) until the next post.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
I am scheduled as a vendor at Second Sunday in New Market, MD July 14th. Artist booths will be set-up on the lawn in front of the Artway Store. I will also be a vendor for First Sunday in Annapolis. MD (http://firstsundayarts.com/home) August 4th and October 6th. I will be located in Whitmore Park. Annapolis is a fabulous town. Come check it out.
Pics from Jess Green's Encaustic Workshop:
Pics from Dina Wakeley Workshops:
Dina's Silhouettes - to be used in a journal
|Encaustic collaged tags|
|Encased Round Back Journals|
|Polymer Clay Covers - Coptic Binding|
|Japanese Stab Binding|
|Left: Leather Wrapped Journal|
Right: Book Board - leather spine
|Etched Metal 4x6|
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
|Day 3 & 4 - Trees|
|Day 1 6x6 gessoboard abstract|
|Day 2 - Abstract (7 layers)|
We had to choose 1 out of 5 or 6 different abstract layouts
Then I was packing supplies for a week at Art & Soul in Virginia Beach. I was able to meet up with several of my fellow artist "tribe" members. It is a week packed with classes day and evening, lots of laughter and just plain fun. The first day was a workshop with Chad Alice Hagen where we felted wool (by hand) and then dyed it. This was a quite an arm workout. (My personal trainer would have been proud). Two evenings I was introduced to needle felting and fell in love with my felting machine. I see making many book covers using this felt in my future. Another day was with Lisa Kaus for "Gridlocked". Love, love this class. I was disappointed when this class was cancelled last year and did not want to miss it. This is my piece.
The last 3 days was with Sandra Duran Wilson. These were all techniques classes. You may already be familiar with her books, "Image Transfer Workshop", "Mixed Media Revolution" and "Surface Treatment Workshop". One of the coolest techniques we did was faux encaustic. This was pretty amazing - once the piece was dry it felt and looked like encaustic. She is fantastic and hopefully will be back next year.
Now I just need to start creating - using my new skills I added to my repertoire.
Until next time.... Have a great day!