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I have been remiss in my posts but here are a few samples from this summers fun!

August is rolling along and I thought I would post a few summer projects. First in the line up is a collage piece from my on-line class: A Year of Painting with Alena Hennesy. The assignmente was to create your own collage papers and then use them to create a new piece. I used acrylic inks and gel pens to finish it out.IMG_2206

 

This little creature is ode to the rabbit family that nested in our back yard – fortunatly for my flowers they have moved next door to the neighbors yard!
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The summer brought with it two amazing trips to the Malibu Canyons to see this amazing sunset…show stopper…DSC00104

and a nephews woodland wedding…DSC00310

Always a treat are the summer blooms I can never get enough of!IMG_2418

 

Happy Summer Time!

My stays in Asheville are always filled with amazing sites…some are spectacularly obvious and others hidden gems….here’s my last stroll through the wonderful mountain town and surroundings.

Home Sweet Nest

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Honeysuckle Vision

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Sunset at the Junction

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Farmers Market Blooms

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Blue Ridge HorizonsIMG_2218

Hide-aways and best kept secrets

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Lucky Number 5

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Pink Pops

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Holding on

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Sweet Pea Beauty

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Praying for a Response

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Final Destination

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Saturday & Sunday ~ May 23 & 24 ~ Memorial Weekend

This year is the first time I am joining in the annual Studio Tour at our Asheville Home. It will be a fun way to display my art and get to know the Asheville Art Community. I will have a varitey of work on display with many for sale. Mostly acrylic and mix media work. There are a lot of fabulous artists joining in the fun please click on the link to see a complete site of the details.

 

 

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Below is a great piece describing the event:

Kenilworth’s Art Studio Tour returns on Memorial Weekend

 

Across May 23 and 24, the eclectic and beautiful neighborhood of Kenilworth will again welcome folks in search of inspiration and wondrous finds to the studios of artists and craftspeople who live along the streets and cul-de-sacs of this historic residential area near central Asheville.

In this off-square, hill-and-gully neighborhood, where most roads head up or down, the fresh works of 24 artists showing in 15 locations mirror the same kind of curvilinear eccentricity, intrigue and sheer fun.

 

Traveling from studio to studio, you will be able to admire highly original works of art, including paintings, sketches, ceramics, wood craft, hand shaped tiles, whimsical sculptures, casual wear, quirky dolls and artful jewelry, among other treasures.

 

And the stories are as compelling as the pieces—just ask Suzanne and Argenis Spaziani who met in the Andes and now develop stunning silver jewelry; Mike Wurman who sketched his way up the Appalachian Trail; or Ursula Gullow, imaginative painter and assembler of fabulous landscapes.

 

It will be an adventure in visual delight, running from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with an “Art Café” on the lawn of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, where you can drop by for a van Gogh lunch box from Green Sage Cafe between the studio stops.

 

A Kenilworth Art Studio Tour brochure containing a listing of each artist and a map of studio locations will be available throughout May at the Chamber of Commerce and in stores and inns across Asheville.  You can also access and/or download this year’s tour map and helpful information at kenilworthartists.org.

 

January is upon us and here we go with new projects and classes. 

I am participating in Alena Hennesy’s Year of Painting II – I enjoyed the last years class so much I dove in again!

This is my latest on aqua board with inks and feather prints.

I had some inspiring moments to start off the year during a trip to Los Angeles…a room full of Warhol at MOCA, the arts district and good food and fun!IMG_1678 IMG_1683 IMG_1682 IMG_1677 IMG_1676 IMG_1659

Inspiration is all around us …

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not a fan of the falling temperatures …but the falling leaves and colors are wonderful!

It’s fun to see how things work into your art – here is a recent project that I completed

echoing the colors of the season…

A glass mosaic staring a chandelier pendant and brass drawer pull

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Enjoy Mother Nature – you never know where she will inspire you!

 

 

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This photo was taken on a visit to Los Angeles this past May and prompted this post – how fun was it to look down the street and see this pop of color against the various shades of metal and concrete!

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The color orange has a personality that makes you look with out the warning of red – more of  a burst of happy!

 

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Orange Flowers are said to speak of happiness, joy and adventure!

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Jane at Random Arts, Saluda, NC choose wisely with her front door…

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I used a spray ink to create these little cards:

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In France, orange lured us in on a trip to the farmers market..

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Pumpkins in the Fall and easy one to spot  …IMG_3550

 

and who could resist an adventure on this two-wheeler! IMG_1106

 

Have a happy and adventurous summer!!

Summer trips took us coast to coast  this summer. Always a sucker for a good flower photo I tried something new this year looking from the inside of the plant out…a bit tricky when thorns are involved!

 

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California Figs & Succulents

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California Columbine

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Pennsylvania Peionies

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New York Million Bells

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North Carolina Smoke Plant

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I am continuing a study of color that started last month with a pop of red.

 

This time it I am feeling blue!

 

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One of my all time favorite colors…I love everything from the sea to the sky.P1000015

looking up has always been fun to find the blue blanket that wraps around usIMG_1291 IMG_1292

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blue accents are always alluringIMG_1299 IMG_4072 IMG_1053IMG_2298

from nature to architecture blue is always a calming but dramatic touchIMG_0482 IMG_0481 P1000909 IMG_1306 P1000538 IMG_4243

 

go and be blue!

A recent trip to Scottsdale, AZ gave me the opportunity to see this amazing Chihuly exhibit.

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The Desert Botanical Gardens of Phoenix did not disappoint!

The glass installments were amazing untoo themselves in daylight -seeing how they interacted with the desert environment …   IMG_4473      IMG_0276  …entangled with cactus and contrasted against the mountains and blue sky …IMG_0285

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But to stay till dusk and see them illuminated was spectacular!IMG_0296The scenes were transformed into a magical surreal world that amazed at every turn.IMG_4562 IMG_4561IMG_4547

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We took a break at the gardens restaurant …IMG_0290 …not a Chihuly but fun in its own special way   😀

The Desert Delights Abound!IMG_4496 IMG_4495 IMG_4492