Hello Friends! Hoping you are well and enjoying these last few weeks of summer. The hint of autumn is here in the Sangre de Cristos, as the breeze-stirred cottonwoods have that unique "autumn is approaching" sound, and the smell of roasting chiles fills the air.
'Just touching-base before closing my studio for a couple of months to take care of some exciting “Life-Bucket-List-Items."
So, before I go offline, come stroll among cooling aspen groves and dramatic skies; contemplate poetry and shifting horizons, and follow the links for a bit of Instagram storytelling about recent journeys this summer to Philmont (my first backpacking trip there in some 30 years!) and Wheeler Peak. And of course you'll find—HOORAY!—the winner of the most recent wee little contest.
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When Rain Finally Comes to New Mexico, oil on canvas, 36" x 24".
of aspens . . . .
Painting notes from the summer’s morning hikes. What joy to hike up high in the mountains above Santa Fe before most of the rest of the world is awake, amble among the aspens, pause for a bit to make some tea and pull out my paint box . . .
Clockwise from top left: santa fe forest clearing; my little cove among the aspen; along the winsor trail; aspen sanctuary; all—oil on panel painted en plein air measuring 8" x 10".
of landscape reconsidered . . . .
My fascination with abstracting the land, creating multiple horizons and vantages, and incorporating words and creating poetry within my paintings continues. . . .
Clockwise from top right: between sunlight and stormlight; spring rain, ii; spring rain, i; the quietness; all — oil and mixed media on panel, 6" x 6".
of backpacking & story-telling . . . .
T'was fun sharing pics and stories of my July Philmont backpacking trip + August Wheeler climb on Instagram. Thanks to all for the many lovely comments, and TravelNewMexico for the invitation to share my photos and stories on their Instagram feed. You can be sure paintings will be coming out of many of these photos! Meanwhile see more of my photography work on Instagram here.
Congratulations to Linda Wellnitz of Castle Rock, CO for reading the last newsletter very carefully, finding and entering the wee littlecontest, and having her name drawn out of The Esteemed Pith Helmet (with Wilson bearing witness) to win this sweet little painting. Brava!
words to live by
"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
— John Lubbock
"When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety; if I sit in my own place of patience, what I need flows to me, without pain... There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it."
random wilson pic
just 'cause she's cool
tired of "girl-dog-pink," wilson proudly sports her new blue. and who could blame her?
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