First Half of Two Thousand Twelve

I spent ten months on the Monterey Peninsula of California from August 2011 until June 2012. I viewed it as a long vacation and tried to make the most of the time. Two watercolors that I did during that time are Point Sur Lightstation...

...and one titled, Garden of the Wayfarer, which was purchased to go in the permanent collection of the Church of the Wayfarer in downtown Carmel, California. Notecards may be made and sold by the church. If so, I'll update here.

Dusting off the Old Blog in the Attic

Today I was contemplating whether I should make a whole new website for my art or to revive this blog that has been sitting idle for a number of years. My creative life hasn't been wholly idle, but when we moved out of the Northern Virginia are in the summer of 2008, the opportunities that abound in a metropolitan area dry up and blow across the plains like a tumbleweed when you move to Eastern New Mexico. I will post the meager amount of art that I created there and during a brief time in California. We are now back in the DC area and I'm getting re-established. Hopefully, the blog will flourish in the coming months and years.

(2008) I participated in my children's elementary school Multiple Intelligences Festival, where I showed printmaking tools and explained the process of intaglio printmaking. I met many people that day, including a man who told me that there was a group in town, called the Pintores Art League. (I had previously searched the internet and the newspaper archives for Clovis Art League, Curry County Society of Art, etc., etc.)

(2009) I joined the Pintores Art League when I entered their annual juried show called Spring Fling (Juror: Dr. Jan Lloyd). Happily, I received a third place award in Photography for a Polaroid transfer titled, Heroes at Rest and a first place award for my mockingbird mixed media piece titled, Mimicry. Here I found a group of artists (notably Sondra Forrest, Ed Des Lauriers, and Lois Snyder, who welcomed me warmly) that hold monthly meetings featured visiting artists and I was impressed by several, including Von Venhuizen and Tom Matthews. Heather Hancock is doing a great job leading PAL currently and they can be found on Facebook.  Later that year, I participated in the Clovis Ethnic Fair, the PAL 3rd Annual Art Auction.

(2010) I started the new year as the featured artist at the Clovis Carver Public Library. In April, I again entered the PAL Spring Fling, winning first in Multi-Media and Photography for Out of the Nest and Ballston Blossom, respectively.

(2011) Just before we moved away from New Mexico, I entered the Pintores Spring Fling for a third time. Juried by Bruce DeFoor, I was shocked and honored to win best of show for a new watercolor I had done of a grain elevator, down the road in Melrose, NM, titled On Denby Avenue.