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Tijuana border wall painting

My horses run free above the rainbow!

I added my wishes for a world filled with peace, freedom, and joy to the Tijuana Beach border wall in an ambitious project initiated by Tijuana based artist Enrique Chiu. Chiu’s vision is to extend the colorful and joyful paintings on the wall another mile or so inland; much of it in difficult terrain.  Many hands and much paint will be needed to complete the project. Outreach assistant, Brenda Brown, is helping anyone who wants to participate with encouragement, and a paint brush! I painted my well-known horses on the wall and signed my painting with my two hand prints! I feel it an honor to have participated in this project. 

Brenda Brown and myself.

 

Final Sketchbooking Demo this month

I really enjoyed my last “Sketchbooking” demo for October. I was particularly impressed that Michelle V. returned to share with me, after seeing my demo, how she’d pared down her backpack full of supplies to fit into this small pouch! What a transformation! We both laughed and admired

"Michelle V. with her sketchbooking supplies for art on the go!"
“Michelle V. with her sketchbooking supplies for art on the go!”

her newly found ability to capture art on the go with so few supplies! Thank you, Michelle, for inspiring us all!

Michelle states: "Having your tools with you always, ensures that no opportunity for creating art is lost." --Michelle V.
Michelle states: “Having your tools with you always, ensures that no opportunity for creating art is lost.” –Michelle V.

“Sketchbooking” Demo at Arts Prescott Gallery

Sketchbooking Demo at Arts Prescott Gallery

I’m looking forward to another “Sketchbooking” demo at Arts Prescott Gallery on Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott this coming Saturday, October 22. It will be my last scheduled demo in October for this series.

Here are results from last Saturday, Oct. 15, as I urged participants to “just scribble anything” in the provided sketchbook. We were using Derwent Inktense water-soluble ink pencils, wax crayons, and black & white gouache paint.

There are really no tricks to using these materials, but they do feel like magic!

"Demo scribbles in a 9x12 sketchbook page."
“Demo scribbles in a 9×12 sketchbook page.”
After scribbling, the fun part is taking a view finder to discover cool areas. This area reminded me of a sting ray!
After scribbling, the fun part is taking a view finder to discover cool areas.
This area reminded me of a sting ray!

“Sketchbooking” Demo

On Saturday, I demonstrated “sketchbooking,” a term I coined to emphasize my taking my art practice with me when I’m away from my studio. Keeping my art alive daily has been my ongoing dedication, and has become an invaluable practice. ┬áIt wasn’t until I pared down my supplies, however, that I was willing to take my art with me on vacation or on a hike. I’ve noticed that when I paint daily, both my awareness of my surroundings and my creativity have increased as a result.

Sketchbooking Page advertising dates of Demo.
Sketchbooking Page advertising dates of Demo.
Sketchbooking page created jointly by customers visiting my demo on Oct. 8, 2016
Sketchbooking page created jointly by customers visiting my demo on Oct. 8, 2016
Demo Table in front of my 'Playful Hand: Painting Daily' Display at Arts Prescott Gallery.
Demo Table in front of my ‘Playful Hand: Painting Daily’ Display at Arts Prescott Gallery.

“Customer trying out the “Sketchbooking” supplies I provided at my demonstration on Saturday at Arts Prescott Gallery, Prescott, AZ

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“The Playful Hand: Painting Daily”

“The Playful Hand: Painting Daily,” show

"Dog & Pony" 12" x 12" Mixed Media on Panel
“Dog & Pony” 12″ x 12″ Mixed Media on Panel

features new works by Marjorie Claus and Anne Legge at the Arts Prescott Gallery on Whiskey Row, 134 S. Montezuma St, 928-776-7717, www.artsprescott.com, in downtown Prescott, AZ.

Both of these artists feature work that has been created with an emphasis on their commitment to painting daily. Anne Legge, primarily a mixed media wood artist, focuses on a wide variety of materials and techniques that are outside her usual way of working. Marjorie Claus features works where the process of painting intuitively is her emphasis.

The show runs through October 26, 2016.