Friday, May 25, 2007

Quick Post

.....To let everyone know I'm still alive, just SUPER busy!

Tomorrow is my Open Studio with my husband's House Concert, Sunday and Monday I'll be at an Arts & Crafts Show here in town, and next week we are looking for an (outside the house) office/studio space that my husband and I can share.

This has been a super busy week for personal reasons too, my youngest son graduated from Middle School yesterday! Where did the time go? My baby will be in high school in August! Plus this was my husband's last week as a public school music teacher.

Also, this evening, my brother and his band will be in Albuquerque to play a gig and they always crash at our house when they are here.

Hopefully, next week I will get a chance to breathe for a minute or two before we start getting ready for our Denver trip. We leave on the 7th of June. I hope to meet a couple of my blog friends while I'm there (Cynthia and Mary?).

AND I can't wait to see The Police concert on the 9th!!!! :)

The 10th is our 10th wedding anniversary, so we will spend the day up north of Fort Collins at Lake Watson. We were married there in an outdoor ceremony. For anyone that didn't know, we lived in Colorado for four years while we attended college.

I apologize for the gap between postings, I will try to keep up with the blog to let everyone know what's up!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Fresh Newly Stretched Canvas!

Summer is almost here, H2O oils on canvas, 12 inches square

Happiness, H2O oils on canvas, 12 inches square

I've spent the last few days busily painting in the studio. I stretched 12 new canvases on Monday, gessoed on Tuesday and by Wednesday I was inspired to get to it! I have six 12 inch square and six 20 inch square ready to go. These first two are the smaller size. I will decide when they are finished which of the 12 I will take to the gallery in Gallup. My next scheduled show there is in August.

It is now the busy season! I have something going on every weekend for the next 5 months! We are planning a couple more trips after the Denver trip in June. I have some exciting news to share, but I'm still waiting to get everything worked out. I will post here first as soon as it's all official.

Next week is my husband's last week as a public school teacher. He's finally pursuing his dream of being a full time musician! I'm so proud of him!

Monday, May 14, 2007

Neighborhood Market

Forgot to take my camera, so I will post photos later! :(

The good news is that the Market was a great success and considering this was the first Saturday, I can hardly wait to see how it will grow! NM Business Weekly wrote an article about the Market and mentioned my name! Check out the link below.

Hope to see more people out in the coming weeks!

Friday, May 11, 2007

The Neighborhood Market

Busy, busy, busy this week. Tomorrow is the start of The Neighborhood Market in downtown Albuquerque. If you are in the Albuquerque area, please come check it out! It will be loaded with lots of great art and music, great place to shop for that last minute Mother's Day gift! I will try to remember to take my camera so I can share photos of the market for those of you who aren't in the area.
The Neighborhood Market is located downtown on Gold between 7th and 8th Streets, behind the Flying Star. Hours are 10-4 every Saturday through October.

Monday, May 07, 2007

The Interview

I have been visiting Andrea Pratt's blog, Coloring Outside the Lines, for some time now. She recently posted an interview of her with questions she was asked by another blogger. So, I commented on her blog and she sent me these questions. Thanks for the great questions Andrea!

Do yourself a favor and check out Andrea's art, it is fantastic! I hope to someday add some of her work to my art collection!

If you would like me to interview you, read the rules at the bottom of this post and post a comment.

The Interview:

Tell us about your love affair with the circle. Where did it come from and what does it represent to you?

That's a hard question to answer, it comes from so many different places. Growing up in New Mexico, the circle and spiral are all around. The Zia symbol in the state flag, the mandalas and dream catchers, the circular designs found in Native American pottery, and the geometry of the Petroglyphs. For me personally, the spiral in my art represents my growth as an artist and a person. I started the spiral series as an expression of my inner self and the layers of the spiral represent the layers of my personality.

Your artist’s story reminded me that I heard recently how collectors love to buy “the artist”, not just the art. How has having a blog allowed you to connect with your purchasers/collectors on a more personal level?

It's allowed me to get my story out there. In the past all a collector had was the bio on the back of my prints. Now they can log on anytime to see what I'm up to on a day to day basis. Instead of getting only a summary of my life from the past, they can read about my plans for the future and see new work before the paint is dry! My favorite part about the blog is the interaction I get with people leaving comments and sending me email. For me, the best part about being an artist is the connection I have with people through my art. I love to hear how my art has brightened up someone's day!

Why is there such a thriving artist population in New Mexico and how did you end up there?

New Mexico has a long history of artists moving here to experience the "Enchantment", the light, the colors, the textures....if you have ever been here, you know why artists are drawn here. It started with the Taos Colony of Artists and later came Georgia O'Keefe and I guess the word spread! However, I'm one of the lucky ones, I grew up here. I was born in New Hampshire, but my parents moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico when I was 9 months old. I lived the first 17 years in Las Cruces and after time in the military(Hawaii, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee) and moving to Colorado for college, I ended up in Albuquerque. I plan to make new Mexico my home for the rest of my life.

How did you meet your husband?

Believe it or not, when I met my husband he was 14 years old and my younger brother's best friend! Nine years later, after being friends for quite some time, we became closer friends and eventually started dating and moved in together. We married 1 1/2 years later.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years and what “art mountains” would you like to climb in the future?

In ten years I see myself living literally in my own "art mountains". My husband and I have plans to move up to the mountains of western New Mexico once the kids are grown and we are established with our careers. If you have read my art story(here on my blog), you know that I basically had to start my art career over after my divorce in 1995. I have come a long way, but I still have many goals ahead of me. I see myself in ten years having my work in several galleries across the country and even across the world! My youngest son will graduate from high school in four years and then we will become traveling nomads for a while before retiring to our home in the mountains where we will stay in touch by internet and work on our art and music everyday! I can hardly wait!!

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3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to interview someone else in the same post.
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