Here's my three things I'm grateful for today:
PROGRESS - Hope that I can evolve, change and grow into the human being I would like to become more like.
REJECTION- When looking at rejection in a different way I see that when I or my work is rejected it is a reminder for me to be my biggest champion; not to wait for someone else to value you me or my work; to give myself and others that much needed compliment and encouragement.
COMPASSION - I am so thankful that people are compassionate and patient towards me. When others recognize I am imperfect, human and show me kindness opens me up to do the same for myself and others.
Oh yeah....and all of these wonderful beautiful places and people I have met this month!
Off we go to Colorado!!
Beautiful Sunrises in Virginia!
All of the wonderful students at Virginia Beach School of Art. www.http://www.vbsag.com/
Really they were a delightful group and very brave since many of them had never painted a still life from life. They had really great attitudes and made some beautiful paintings in this three day workshop.
Once I returned from Virginia, we took a trip to Santa Fe to check out all of the beautiful works in the galleries there. It truly is a magical place. I still can't get over those gorgeous clouds and mountains!
We were only there for 3 days, but packed a lot in including seeing the Fechin house and studio, Total Arts Gallery, most of the Santa Fe galleries....did some mighty fine eating and even an afternoon of painting.
A couple of Fechin's paintings that I really loved out of the collection.
Fechin's tiny little door into his adobe studio and his view into the garden from inside. Needless to say I was envious of his studio!
Monte graciously took this photo of me with one of my paintings completed on a beautiful evening before dinner. I actually haven't painted in several weeks (other than demonstrations) since the move and all the travel so it was a pleasure regardless of how rusty I was.
Plein Air Sketch - 8"x10" - oil on panel
"Santa Fe Sky"