WOO HOO! Official completed the first month. Thirty days. Thirty Mingus paintings. Whew! I am enjoying these quick sketchy pieces. Fun to see details that happen entirely without my intention. Like the shadows and light on Mingus below.
Having reached this milestone, I thought I would share a few of my favorites. To see a slideshow of all thirty, click the link at the end of the post.
LYA Side Swaps
Sharon Lane, Houston Texas
It wasn’t the last! Two more awesome postcards arrived yesterday. YAY! I LOVE Sharon’s colorful cat. The childlike rendition just makes me smile. Pure fun! See more from Snap here. Oh that Owl!! On the back:
Happy is the home with at least one cat. Italian Proverb
Kate Lehman, Woodridge Illinois.
Kate found the sign for the Metra trains interesting, and so do I. Very historic, very European. Makes me wonder how many of these signs are in the city, and how long it took to install them. Mind boggling. Kate’s message was a wish for a happy Springtime.
Be sure to follow the link to Kate’s Facebook page. Both Kate and Sharon are sharing snaps of gorgeous flowers. Thank you Sharon and Kate, for sending your wonderful postcards my way! Made my day!
Back home after four days away. Four days without my laptop, or art supplies. I planned for only two days. Two hectic days. So, catching up again. Maybe that should be my official theme for the project. HA!
For the next few pieces, I am going to just let the paint flow. Let it do the work. Or most of it. I am not going to pre-plan or labor for long on an individual painting. I will be heading back to Phoenix for a few more days and I am hoping to get ahead. And stay at least, right on schedule. It’s OK if you are laughing. I am too.
L.Y.A. Side Swaps
I came home to a nice surprise. A LYA postcard. Might be the last. Before I left, I received Deanie Houghtaling’s wonderful card. A warm sepia photograph of a street lamp in Paris. I LOVE the shadows, and the cracks in the wall.
Deanie Houghtaling, Phoenix, AZ.
You can see more of Deanie’s fabulous photos on her Instagram feed. As well as her furry, funny, feline friends. I love Deanie’s work, for the moods she can invoke. Deanie also features Phoenix , and gives interesting tidbits about the area. And if you are a science geek, or just a geek in general, you will find thelabscientist strangely appealing. If you need a laugh, check it out.
PJ Lawrence, Glasgow, KY
PJ’s colorful card caught my eye for obvious reasons. Her painting was created in Oaxaca Mexico during a FEARLESS MEXICO retreat in November. It is part of a triptych. I LOVE the colors, the warmth, the forms. The texture! Beautiful! You can find more of PJ’s terrific work on Instagram.
I have been fortunate to swap with both talented artists for several years now. Thank you Deanie and PJ for sharing your awesome work with me! Such a joy! I can’t wait until next year’s LYA, and hope to swap with you again. Until then, be seeing you on Instagram.
This super sunny yellow tree was in front of me when I parked at Hobby Lobby. Such a pretty shape. Like a Japanese dancer. I didn’t get it right. I’d love to do a full painting of it though.
Yesterday was a busy day. Capped off by a visit with Natasha Papousek. A longtime LYA friend. In fact I have her 2013 post card on my inspiration wall. Natasha was on her way to a class in Sedona.
She arrived later than she had planned, so we had a short time to see the sights. After a quick bite, we headed to Prescott. We caught the sunset view from the Prescott Casino and Resort on top of the hill. Thumb Butte is left of center.
There was so much more I would have liked to show her. She mentioned coming back again soon for a longer stay to explore the area more. With hiking, galleries, museums… plenty to do!
Natasha is a henna artist and she is blessed with the privilege of working in gorgeous downtown San Diego at Seaport Village. She is also well-traveled, well-educated, and even lived in Hawaii for a time. You can see the photos on her blog. Gorgeous! She is truly one of the most interesting women I have ever met!
LYA Side Swaps
Three more LYA side swaps arrived yesterday. One of them Natasha’s! From Lemon Grove, CA. I love this card, so pretty 🙂 On the back:
Creativity is inventing experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. ~ Mary Lou Cook
“Peony Party”, Natasha Papousek. Handkerchief, Terry Owenby. Watercolor, Christine Brooks
Terry’s card is so lovely! It is an in progress “slow stitch” project. All done by hand. She has attached a worn, paper-thin vintage handkerchief to a sturdier fabric. A pink linen tablecloth. She is still creating this new piece but thought is was pretty enough to use for LYA. I agree! Very sweet and delicate, the details. From Gresham Oregon.
The birds is a wonderful watercolor from Christine Brooks in Flagstaff AZ. I love Christine’s work ! An addition to my growing Christine collection!
Thank you my friends for sharing your wonderful work with me! I love them all!
And an extra special thank you to Natasha for including me in her busy, artistic road trip! Such a pleasure to meet again after so many years!
Two Mingus starts on the table, plus the one that is bothersome.