Many thanks to all who visited my studio this weekend! I had a steady stream of people that kept me engaged in great conversations.
Also, thanks to the organizers of this event, Jeanne Shoaff and the City of Fort Collins, and all the helpers who organized and networked and spread the word to the public. I had people who were first-timers on the tour, which is a great sign that the tour audience is growing each year.
And, my greatest thanks goes to my wonderful helpers, the ladies who blessed my studio with their greeting skills: Lili Francuz, Jane Hoover, Laurie Beth Zuckerman, and Tana Meyers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Oh, and another note... for those who came to the studio you saw the three lady heads stationed outside my door. These heads were done by Diane Findley, Jeannie Essling, and myself. Thanks Diane and Jeannie for the head art!
There is always a great interest in taking the heads, but so far I've not been successful in getting the artists to return the head fully realized. I did give away a few this time, but if they too do not get returned for a show, I'll be keeping all the rest for myself, because I love doing the heads!
This head was great fun to do... with hair made from pages of a book, a comic strip collar, and a bird's nest with a bird reading a book. I call her Emily Chickinson.
You just have to have fun with these things!
Now on a completely different note, this year I staged a small version of the Love Letter Series exhibition in my Garage Gallery. Of the 44 paintings in this series, I had 11 on display - the most I've shown before.
I was very excited to share them with an audience and get feedback on the show. Hands down, people love color... and the entire show was a big hit. Thanks for the many compliments! (Yes, I agree, they should be in museums!)
I'll be spending time over the next several months organizing this exhibit, so stay tuned for more information! But first I'm going to take a summer break - it's beautiful out and it's nearly over! Note to self: bare feet in grass, picnic lunches, cell phone off. Yes!
Sunday, June 29, 2014
A list of participating artists is available on the Lincoln Center web site HERE. Many artists have web sites so you can preview their work. Also, in early June, printed maps will be available at the Lincoln Center and various locations about town.
Preview Exhibit is at the Lincoln Center through the first week of July. This is an excellent time to see sample artworks from each artist in person.
Monday, June 16, 2014
And exactly on June 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, my studio will be open for the Studio Tour. Maps available all over town, or for download from the Fort Collins Lincoln Center web site. See you here!
Monday, June 2, 2014
Recently I picked up this painting from a venue where it has hung for months, and I fell in love with it all over again. Sometimes, when I look back at my older work, it's like watching a movie where the scenes just keep flashing by too quickly to absorb. There were so many paintings I never did, that got passed over on my way to something else. Oh, too many possibilities! So little time! I just hope in some parallel universe all those paintings did get painted!
Ah, it's so hard to let the Fruits of my Labor go out into the world. I almost want to keep them all! You might want to as well. Heh. I'd be happy to let you love my babies too.
Monday, May 26, 2014
Here is one example of an earlier art medium, a detail of a lovely paper-collaged vase. I woke one day and exclaimed, "I need to do collages (good for the soul) and I need to do them on vases!" I trotted off to the Goodwill store where I found stacks of National Geographic Magazines and far too many vases to choose from. The result was months of fun with photos and acrylic medium.
These vases were soooo much fun to do, and each one is unpredictably unique. I still have several in my collection, so I'll have a few out on sale during the Studio Tour. Like I said, Some older art, some really old... and all great!
Monday, May 19, 2014
Ah. Only two kinds of people can understand this crazy passion: an Artist and a Collector! And both are essential to a beautiful life.
Come share this passion when I open my doors to the public during the Fort Collins Studio Tour. I'll be open Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.
Monday, May 12, 2014
And yet, I've made some headway, going through my stash of artwork and deciding what to have on display. Here you see a bright painting from 18 months ago with a few brand new ones in the background. I've been creating more Love Letters, but I still have plenty of other artwork to show (and sell) too. Yep, no shortage there! If only I could find a customer for each and every art work I create! There would be some mightily happy customers!
Monday, May 5, 2014
Lack of ideas is not the problem. The real challenge is deciding which ideas to try. I have dozens sketched out, and yet not one great, fabulous, brilliant idea jumps out at me. And so, I'm trying them all! I envision a wall full of sketches in the round. And you know, they are great as a collection. You just might need more than one for your wall.
I've worked my way through several childhood crafty approaches. I've gotten a bit intellectual with some. I've explored the recycled or scavenged at thrift stores material approach, which I must say I'm enjoying.
And my favorite? Well, I never reveal my favorite! I want everyone to have their own little love affair when they see their mate in the flesh. When, where? Why the Studio Tour of course! June 28-29... just seven weeks away. Mark your calendars now. My studio will be brimming with great art! Some old, some new. Some very old... ah yes, the well runs deep.
Until then - Namaste - Bonnie
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Mark your calendars for the Fort Collins Studio Tour, this year being held on the last weekend of June. I'm hosting a mini version of the exhibition right here in my Garage Gallery (completely transformed for the occasion), and featuring five of the large paintings and numerous other smaller ones. There are more surprises too... so you really don't want to miss this one. It will be quite a show.
Until then- Namaste-- Bonnie