Almost daily painter, traveler and art lover
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Tenmile Range

Today Plein Air Artists Colorado met up in Dillon at Sapphire Point to paint the gorgeous vista of Tenmile Range and Breckenridge Ski Resort.

The overlook is stunning and there were quite a few "drive by" visitors. People visiting from Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia ... they'd stop and take a photo and off they would go. I've done that in many places too. But, no matter how good your camera is, it's never as beautiful as in real life. I have thousands of photos. But now, I stop and look. It's so much better than a photo. I try to burn it into my brain and yes, I'm always painting in my head.

So, I followed my friend Debby's advice today to keep it simple. I haven't been painting much so it was really nice to paint and be outside. The sun was bright and the snow brighter. Blinding actually.

After lunch, my friends got in another painting and I spent the time sketching, taking photos ... and painting in my head. I can't show you that one but it's there, and it's a pretty good one!
Artists know what I'm talking about.

Breckenridge Ski from Sapphire Point

Dressed for 9,000 feet and a nice cold wind


Anita, Debby, Jennifer
Artists know how to pick a spot

Thursday, February 8, 2018

5 am Motivational Chatter

Morning folks! I was happy to submit art again this year to Colorado Preservation Inc.'s Saving Places Conference. I sold these two paintings and it's great to have a portion of the proceeds go to this worthy cause. Read here about the places they are saving.

Cline Ranch 11x14 pastel

Colorful Colfax 11x14 oil

When we dropped off our art, I followed my buddy Debby McAllister down the street. I've mentioned before that we blend in downtown wearing our paint spattered old clothes - but Debby upped the anti by dragging a 1970's vintage suitcase along with her. These hard sided suitcases are a great way to protect & transport paintings.

All those people on the train - as we waited to cross the tracks - thought we were homeless at 7 am dragging a very old suitcase down 14th street. Little did they know she was dragging a suitcase full of beautiful art worth a couple thousand dollars. Judge not, right?


I woke up early today (as usual) and instead of grabbing my phone my hand landed on my fitbit - I pushed the button hoping to see the time and if I should get up or try to sleep a little longer.
Good Morning LISA! it flashed.
Then, Up & At 'Em! It's gonna be a great day! MOVE more! ... and I kept hitting the button, hoping to see if I could go back to sleep. And it went on and on ....

Apparently, this is called "motivational chatter" that starts off each morning that I put the tracker on. I usually ignore it but today, I've decided to turn my critical inner voice off, listen to my Fitbit and have a Good Morning and have a GREAT day. Hope you do too.