Daily Paintings in 2016 ... Traveling Painter in 2017 ... still painting 2018
oil, pastel, acrylic and who knows what else
it's all about art, what else is there?

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Plein Air at the Mansion

Last week I found 3 more owlets that had recently fledged close by. I live near the Highline Canal and have a fair amount of trees and fields around me. I see a lot of rabbits, snakes, prairie dogs and coyotes. Also, I'm seeing a lot of hawks and owls ... with dinner. Normally, I'm pretty queasy about witnessing "the circle of life" but I am rooting for these gorgeous birds. The red tailed hawks are having a feast - I saw one earlier this week with a prairie dog and then one yesterday with a snake. It's carnage in the Ranch these days, I'll spare you the pictures.

So, back to art ... these sketches were done of the community garden at Wind Crest. I'm donating them for their silent auction to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association - along with a larger oil painting of aspen trees.

Upcoming events include camping and plein air painting over the next few weeks, then helping paint an artistic crosswalk in downtown Grand Lake (July 16th and 17th) and then I'll be participating in the Plein Air at the Mansion in Highlands Ranch on July 21st. A full month of art.

Plein Air at the Mansion
July 21st from 10 am - 3 pm. There will be 10 artists painting all around the beautiful grounds. Free to attend so please come out and say hello, enjoy the flower gardens and tour the mansion if you like. Food and drinks for sale. I'll have a limited number of paintings and sketches for sale and a portion of any art sales benefits this historic spot. Additional info here.

One lone sunflower towers above the rest in the garden
The Tall One

Community garden at Wind Crest

A Bright Spot regardless of the heat

The Garden is lovingly cared for

Thanks for reading and stay cool friends!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

One Paper Cut

Thanks to everyone that came to see me at the Summer Art Market last weekend, your purchases are keeping me in paint and pastels!! It was miserably sorta hot out but I had a great time with steady sales and talking to shoppers. I'm sure there was more than one person trying to escape my booth as I chatted away. I think some research study came out a decade ago that says women talk 3x more words than men in an average day; my husband would say that's an understatement.

I missed attending the Alzheimer's Art Auction on Saturday night, my energy level was at an all time low (must have been all that talking) and I didn't want to leave my booth early to fit in both events. My large aspen painting that I donated went to a previous collector and it's so nice to know that it's gone to a great home. I was very tempted to keep it.

I invited at least 20 different people to come join me with Plein Air Artists of Colorado since I find so much joy in being outside and painting. We live in such a beautiful state, hope some new folks come on out and paint with us. My husband was super helpful as always - it's a lot of work hauling all that art down and setting it up. Oh, and the ice cream booth was mere yards away to combat the heat.

The only downfall was one paper cut.

That's a really good weekend.

I painted in front of my booth on Sunday morning before it got too busy
Swirly Cactus pastel 8x10

Katt played her ukulele in my booth part of the time so we had art and music!

Many, many plein air pastels from the last 2 years
Certainly makes me grateful for all the traveling I am able to do

Oils and Acrylics on the other side
I sold the 36" x 36" owl painting on the back wall
Very happy someone loved my painting and the story behind it

Sunday, June 3, 2018

It's Not all Fun & Games

I just finished painting in the Littleton Plein Air Festival on Friday. My first location was at Creek Side Gardens. 3 of us set up on their property before they opened (morning light and all) and when they arrived they graciously let us stay and paint their beautiful flowers. Thanks so very much Holly.
I was in a great shady spot under a tree, next to a mud puddle. The birds were chirping and splashing about in the puddle and life seemed perfect. A blank canvas in front of me. All day to paint. After I was about halfway through my painting a worm dropped down on me from the tree. Really larvae, but let's say worm, it sounds slightly less gross. Over the next hour I slowly realized they were everywhere, dropping in my pastel box (where they eerily disappeared into the foam), floating in my watercolors and all over me.
The birds were not splashing happily in the mud puddle, they were eating breakfast. I rolled my sleeves down, turned my collar up on my shirt, finished that painting and then got the hell away from that tree. So, it's not ALL fun and games - but it is really fun work.

Come see me at ASLD Summer Art Market this weekend Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5 (I'll be there by 9am both days). Along with my paintings I'm selling hand painted cards and some of my sketchbook pages so my work is priced from $10 and up. I'm very motivated to make space for more art and prices are very affordable.

Also, I've decided to set up my easel and paint during the market so come check it out! Booth #38 on 3rd just east of Grant Street.

Hudson Gardens Yellow Iris
9x12 pastel

Hot Spot
9x12 pastel
Thank you so much to Juror, Lorenzo Chavez for a First Place Award for this painting.

Hudson Flags
pastel 16x20

My first painting at Creek Side Gardens
pastel 9x12
AHH I just noticed there is a fly on my painting! How could I not have noticed? I don't have time to reshoot it now - Ick!!

Buckets of color
pastel 9x12

Sunday, May 27, 2018

What's on your Life List?

I take notes all the time on my phone but keep forgetting to go back, read and follow up on what I was supposed to do. Yesterday, I scrolled through and deleted some notes; recipes I'll never make, books I've read and really ... do I need a note to tell me to eat right and exercise more?
Anyway, I found a "Life List" that I wrote about a year and 1/2 ago.

Things on the list that I've already accomplished:
Lose 15 lbs.
Paint at Ghost Ranch
Show at ASLD summer art market
Paint joyfully
Meet new people
Travel more

Things that I think I can still achieve:
Lose 15 more lbs.
Visit and paint in every National Park
Paint in Monet's Garden
Get a dog
Do artist in residence programs
Go to the movies more often
Watch Game of Thrones
Visit Sedona/energy vortex

And things that will likely never happen but it's nice to dream:
Lose yet another 15 lbs.
Ride in a hot air balloon
Sleep like I did when I was 20
Learn another language
Paint easily, beautifully and prolifically and get "discovered" with no effort whatsoever on my part

So, ya know - not bad. I'll keep plugging away. Sometimes it's good to be disorganized (I tell myself) - it was nice finding this list and realizing that I am working toward some goals. Here are my upcoming events for the busy month of June.

Littleton Plein Air Festival
Wednesday, May 30 through Friday, June 1st
I'll be out painting for 3 days with 50 other artists around Littleton.
Schedule is here.

Please visit me at the Summer Art Market where I will be standing around for 2 full days!
Art Students League of Denver
Summer Art Market
Booth #38 on 3rd just east of Grant Street
Saturday, June 9th 10am - 6pm   Sunday, June 10th 10am - 5 pm.
I'll be there and set up by 9 - come early to beat the crowds!

Along with my plein air pastels and studio oil and acrylic paintings - I am also selling some of my pen & ink sketches you may have seen on instagram.

Finally - I've donated this painting to the Alzheimer's Association Art Auction held on June 9th. See my facebook post to see much of the art that will be auctioned off that evening here.

Thanks for following and hope you have a great beginning of summer!

Just After Fall
30x40 oil on gallery wrapped canvas

@lishutart on instagram
"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Rumi

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It's just cheese!

This week I'm in Iowa, the red buds are in full bloom and all the trees are gorgeous. Everything is so green. It's quite beautiful here with many picturesque barns and I am hanging out with my son, yay!

One day I painted at Ledges State Park with a couple of local plein air painters that I met in Santa Fe a few weeks ago. That day was spent painting and connecting with new friends. We all have so much in common (hello geocachers!) and I really enjoyed the companionship of painters who love to be outdoors too.

Virginia Bluebells in Iowa, 11x14 pastel

Ledges State Park, Iowa 11x14 pastel

I went to the Des Moines Farmers Market on Saturday. It was raining, but still fun - I got fresh doughnuts for breakfast and beautiful lilacs for Mothers Day.

Des Moines Farmers Market

Also, I've heard of cheese curds and really don't know what a cheese curd is. So I asked. It seemed like a simple question. The woman selling them said "it's just cheese". I said what's the difference, though? "All cheese is a cheese curd before it's mushed together" she said. Sooo, it's just a different shape? She said again "It's just cheese". I guess she can only answer that question about a 100 times a week and I was the 101st. So, I bought some and ate them.

Beautiful barns all around

Pella, Iowa plenty of tulips - a week after Tulip Time

I learned what a century barn is, differences of silos, that there is a Fall Barn Tour in Iowa and a lot of random farming facts. Also, the shoulders on the roads are gravel, which I guess works well for tractors. I think it's also for photographers - so when you are driving and taking pictures and accidentally run off the road a little ... the gravel is a good heads up. Just sayin'.
Last, I learned what Dutch letters are and I finally tried cheese curds. It's just cheese, ya know.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

PACE 2018 New Mexico Road Trip

I recently got back from the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I drove down a few days early to paint in Taos; and stayed extra time at Ghost Ranch. Just about a thousand or so artists all convening in one spot. Yeah, it was great.

I watched demos and took a lot of notes. I learned a lot; and feel equally inspired ... and hopeless. After watching a Dave Santillanes demo, then a Kevin Macpherson one ... you know you are never going to be that good. Then I toured Albert Handell's studio. Again, there isn't enough time in my life to achieve the masterful level of art that these guys have accomplished.

I met painters from all over; new friends in Colorado, Texas and Iowa, which I'm excited about as I'm headed to Ames next week. I also chanced upon this guy painting at Ghost Ranch. I felt a connection with a kindred soul, loving the outdoors and the eternal quest to capture it on canvas. He is living my dream; painting on the road for the next 5 months. Check out Jeff Markowsky and his beautifully executed work here. He describes in his blog how I feel about painting outside; but just don't quite have the words for.

Also, on the drive down I was behind a guy on a motorcycle who was jamming out to music. Like full on dancing, arm waving, head bobbing, almost doing the Madonna Vogue thing. Not subtle. Granted, it could have been chemically induced, but all I could do was smile and enjoy that the guy was that happy and danced regardless of who was watching.

Last, I finally recovered a huge bag of art supplies that I accidentally left at my Air bnb and it's slowly on its way home through my artist network of friends. phew. I'm gonna go do a little dance where no one can see me, I'm not that brave yet.

Rio Grande River from the John Dunn Bridge

In downtown Santa Fe, the tree and window caught my eye

Ghost Ranch - the wind trying to rip away my easel

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Little Buckaroo Barn

Lately, I've been doing watercolor under paintings on my pastels. When I painted this in Rocky Mountain National Park a few weeks ago, it was 28 degrees out. Never one to give up - I used a thermos and tried hot water in an insulated coffee cup. Unfortunately, by the time your brush makes it from the cup to the paper ... crystals. I hate giving up. I headed to the car, blasted the heat for a few minutes and melted the paint then headed back out to do the pastels plein air. All on snowshoes.

If you follow my instagram here you'll think that I no longer paint, and just take photos of owls. This sweet family of owls is within walking distance of my house and I've been watching them grow up. I'm headed out of town soon to paint in New Mexico and hope I can still visit them when I come back. I'm a little owl obsessed, and you guessed it - I'm painting them too.

The Little Buckaroo Barn at Trail River Ranch - built in 1942

Three Owlets growing up fast