by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

Welcome to Artscapes!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Nina Baldwin will be the Featured Artist at KISS Cafe

The above painting, "Gathering", is from the series "Women Gathering", about women supporting other women. sisterhood! It is an acrylic painting, 12" x 36", painted with beautiful saturated colors, a soft, ethereal technique with patterns and textures added...prints available!


I am delighted to announce that I will be the featured artist in a show at KISS Cafe. The show is in conjunction with the annual big kickoff of the Christmas season, the Holiday Stroll, in Old Town, Albuquerque. The show will take place the weekend of Dec. 4th, 5th and 6th. Come enjoy the festivities as well as the reception on Dec. 4th from 5pm to 7pm. KISS Cafe is located in Old Town at 404 San Felipe St. on beautiful Patio Escondido.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

DUELING WATERCOLOR DEMOS!!!!

Please join us for a duo watercolor demonstration! Peg Weyers will be demonstrating representational techniques and I will be demo-ing more abstract techniques...Monday, September 14th, at Destiny Center, 4401 Northern Ave. in Rio Rancho. The meeting starts at 6:30. The public is welcome...no charge...refreshments...come visit with fun people!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Jasper Johns - Quote for Today

I was looking for a new quote to include on my blog today. While looking in the index of subject matter for quotes, on my favorite source for quotes, I spotted the subject "accomplishments". Ahhh! "There's a noble word, I thought...that would be a good, uplifting subject for my next art quote!!" But my eyes strayed all too easily....to the word just above the noble term...to "accidents"...ewwww!!...now that could be interesting! Now I started to argue with myself... "really, I should stick with the positive...the more enlightening subject matter!!...but "accidents" could be very exciting, altho' a little negative...it could actually be fun...No, Nina, don't give in...go the high road!...but, but ...."

Guess which one won out...you guessed it..."accidents"! (I wonder if there is a catagory for ornery!)

Of course, I found a quote in the forbidden catagory which tickled my artist's heart! It is from Jasper Johns, an artist who became well known back in the 50's for his pop art. Well, here it is...

" I have meant what I have done. Or – I have often meant what I have done. Or – I have sometimes meant what I have done. Or – I have tried to mean what I was doing." (Jasper Johns)

I laughed so hard when I read this...quotes often seem to be for the intellect...or perhaps to prop up us creatives when we are going "thru the desert"...rarely, do they say something really significant which makes us have a good laugh, too! Being an experimental artist, I can relate! All too often I have started a painting with an image in mind...only to find the paint has a mind of its own. Or the brush goes this way instead of that. Or...OMG! What's that big spot of green doing in my sky?!! Art for me is an ongoing challenge, a quest for the next new discovery, a journey in excitement, hopeful for excellence, always stretching and trying new things to come to a conclusion which speaks to my spirit, and hopefully to others' as well...

thanks for reading my blog!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Quote from Pablo Picasso

"Art washes from the soul the dust of every day life." Pablo Picasso
I couldn't say it any better!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

POWER VS. FREEDOM - Unleashing the control!




I get these inspirational newsletters on Saturday nights from Dr. Phillip Humbert (no, not the TV Dr. Phil!). http://www.philiphumbert.com/ He's a life coach. He always has some inspirational material to pass along...whether to do with your life, your profession or your bliss. Included in the newsletter are some quotes which I always check out. They are pithy, appropriate to his writing and usually by someone whose name we know.




This quote I copied down and have sitting on my desk...that is, when it's not on my working table! I seem to carry it from place to place, depending on my task at hand. I hope you enjoy it!




"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash." Harriet Rubin




I can see this in my painting. About a year or so ago, I just had to paint a red painting...and I did! It is a beautiful painting in my eyes, if I might say so. I remember that when I painted it, I determined to make it a powerful painting. It is as the quote states regarding power, controlled...one of my most controlled paintings. I am an experimental painter, so it is a little edgy, but still more controlled compared to my other paintings.




In the last year, I have gone through the "desert"...most artists go through this at some time in their careers....months where the artist runs up against a wall, where most attempts to create leave you frustrated because it just isn't working...just isn't what you want. I have come out of that desert, and on departing, I could see that my painting had changed...I determined that I would allow myself the freedom to paint in any style that happened...no limitations. I unleased myself from the expectations I had set up previously...as a result, I am painting with saturated colors (something new for me!), adding pattern and texture, and using different mediums for new "effects".




The quote says it all...Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash. I like power, but I love freedom...unleashing can produce some fantastic surprises!! My lovely red painting, "Red Mesas", is up above. I still love it because it is as I had hoped...powerful and painted with gorgeous reds...my more recent "unleashed" landscape is the one in my title bar...what do you think?
post script: the paintings I have produced in the last two months are even more free...someday when I get my courage up I will put those on my blog also!! Thanks for reading my post!








Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Let's Save Paul Coze's Artwork for all Generations!

I want you to know that I am not writing about Paul Coze because I knew him so well, for, unfortunately, I did not. I am writing about him because you need to know about him…and his artwork deserves to be appreciated.

It has been a great disappointment to me to realize that so many of his public works have been torn down or altered over the years, some even during his lifetime. I would see them around town and, at my young age, almost took them for granted because there were at one time so many of them. Didn’t all cities have beautiful artworks, tributes to their societies, just like Phoenix? It took me many years of maturing to realize that although many cities do have public art, Paul Coze's artwork was unique! It was dynamic! No other artwork could possibly replace it. Please, let’s save whatever is left of Paul Coze’s artwork for us, our children and our children’s children.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PAUL COZE's Public Artwork

Mr. Coze’s work was foremost in the eyes of Phoenicians in the 60’s and 70’s…his artwork was huge in concept, rich in symbolism, adornment in the fullest sense, springing forth from the spirit, embracing the beautiful, paying homage to the past…the precious history of our peoples, our land…acknowledging the great strides in technology and the sciences in what was then the present time (in the 60’s and 70’s), and also the infinite possibilities and great hope for the future...for in his art we see the passage of time and place, and the hopes and dreams of a people who stood in wonderment at our own ever evolving potential. His artwork was the best of us.



As you can tell, Paul Coze’s artwork touched my heart profoundly. I don’t believe any other artwork has done the same for me. Do we not see that Coze’s public artwork represents us? I can look at a landscape painting and appreciate the beauty of it, or see a still life and admire the techniques used to paint it. I can be astonished at the highest sky scraper and its architecture or be dumbfounded by the latest in technology, but nothing can compare to the feeling I have when I see a piece of Coze’s creativity…for it is us…his art is who we were, who we are, who we will be, if the good survives.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

PAUL COZE - Public Art - Phoenix Airport, Terminal 2, St. Thomas the Apostle

I have always admired Mr. Coze’s artwork. I can remember the first time I saw the Phoenix rising out of the ashes in front of the Town & Country Mall in Phoenix. I was enchanted by it. I had never seen anything like it before. I was just a kid, but every time we drove past it, I would look for it, staring, trying to take in as much as I could. His artwork was like that for me…jaw-dropping, earth-shattering. It touched my spirit. Even at my young age, I wondered how anyone could accomplish anything that big, that remarkable.

I can remember when the Phoenix Airport, Terminal 2 now, was brand new. And I can remember feeling great pride in not only the building, because it seemed so elegant to me at the time, but also in the huge artwork created by Mr. Coze. There was a sense that his artwork belonged to all of us who lived in Phoenix…that it was our story…I think the whole city was in awe of it. It was located over the way to the concourse, as I recall. I can remember our family making a special trip down to the airport just especially to see it. Even now when I see pictures of it I feel a thrill. Last year while visiting the area, I made a trip down to Terminal 2 just to see if the artwork was still there…it was! I can’t tell you what that meant to me!! I hope that it will be cherished always, saved for many more generations to see and appreciate.

I was in close proximity to his artwork also while I attended grade school at St. Thomas the Apostle on 24th St. and Campbell Rd. Paul Coze was commissioned to paint the Stations of the Cross for the new Church. They were not the usual plaque-like structures I had been used to…they were actual paintings on canvas. One stands out in my mind. The Seven Deadly Sins…let’s see if I can remember them…sloth, greed, (I’m already having trouble remembering them!) wrath, envy (I’m grasping for them now!), pride, lust and gluttony…(oh, ok, I had to look up the last three!!). But what a painting!! Mr. Coze had painted 7 hands each representing a different deadly sin all grasping at a cloth, as I recall. Oh, my gosh!! It was exquisitely done! You wouldn’t think that 7 hands could be that different, but you actually could identify each deadly sin just by their appearance. I guess that is one of those things that is etched in my mind…his art touched my soul even as an elementary school student!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Meeting PAUL COZE

It was while I was at Phoenix College that I met Paul Coze. I was looking for part-time employment. The student placement office contacted me to let me know that there was a need for an artist.
I dragged two huge boxes with all of my artwork from 3 years of high school art classes out to his home/studio. I can remember sitting there going through every piece of art as fast as I possibly could! He patiently looked at each piece...at the end, with a little wry smile on his face, asking only if I didn't have more artwork to show him...of course, he was kidding! I had just taken up a half hour of his day to see every single thing I had ever drawn, painted, stenciled, silk screened, inked, formed and glazed...it was more than enough!!
He was looking for a helper for his newest project…large public artworks for both the outside front entrace to the building at the new Indian Hospital, as well as the inside of the main building. But the federal funding for the project had not come through as yet, so I actually ended up helping him with small projects and “gophering” for his art classes…a great experience in itself!
I remember on one occasion while at his studio Mr. Coze shared some cake with me. He had had a dinner party the night before for some dignitaries and visitors from France. The cake was delicious! He told me that it had been made with beet sugar... something I had never heard of. The taste was delicate...not nearly as sweet as cane sugar would have made it.
His art classes were always interesting. During one class a friend of his dropped in to allow us to paint him. He was a Native American Chief. Unfortunately, I can't remember his name. I still have that painting I did.
Paul Coze was a great mentor. I have often desired to have that same special relationship with another artist/mentor since then, but I think those opportunities are very rare...I don't know why the art gods decided to bless me with that time in my life with him, but I am so very grateful they did! I have memories from then that I will cherish always!
...to be continued...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Westward Ho!

Born in the East, I was brought up wearing bobby socks, tweeds, wool and plenty of navy blue. My first exposure to art was really through the beautiful classical religious art portraying the saints, Mary, Jesus and Joseph.


In the early 60's my family and I moved to Phoenix. Moving so far from the formality of the East was, to say the least, culture shock in many ways! Suddenly it was OK to slip into sandals…with no socks!! Tweeds and wool were unheard of in Arizona…and navy blue no longer was in the color palette. No more getting dressed up just to go to the A&P! “Anything went” in “Paradise”…swim suits, shorts and tops and sundresses were the most you wanted to be in! And color…the hot temperatures of the desert were the perfect excuse to wear the colors of citrus, mangos and papayas.


Perhaps the biggest surprise was the art…of course, you still found the traditional old masters’ works in the church, but outside the doors was a land very influenced by the proximity to Mexico and the heat of the desert. Bright colors and primitive folk art startled me into appreciating an entirely different look, not only in clothing, but also in art.

,,,to be continued...

Tapas of my Life-how I met Paul Coze

FYI...tapas are little savory bits of food to delight over with apertifs...

My family and I moved to Phoenix in the early 60’s. We moved from Michigan to the “land of manana”…a place where time didn’t really matter…if you called for a service repairman and he said he’d be out on Tuesday, you learned that he really meant the Tuesday three weeks away…and you learned that was OK.

It was a land where, at the time, just three or four cars would pull up to a stop light…not a mass of traffic like today. It was a time when huge packs of dates hung from the towering palms, and cooling in homes was of the swamp type, if you were lucky enough to have it.

We arrived in August. I can remember stepping out from our car into the hot, swampy noontime sun and feeling like something had just slapped me across the face…it was 118 degrees in the shade, something a Michigander had never felt. I remember all of us felt sick for about the first month there while we adjusted to the heat.

...to be continued...manana, manana...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Creativity and Art Quote for Today

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." Scott Adams

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kandinsky and His Theories on Abstract Art, Color and Music

Wassily Kandinsky was a deep thinker. He developed theories regarding art. He was fascinated by color as a child. In later life he pursued color psychology and symbolism.
It is said that on a trip to a region north of Moscow he was deeply touched by the decoration used on the outside of the houses and churches in the area. The shimmering colors gave him a surreal feeling as if he was entering a painting. He enjoyed the folk art of the region and their use of bright colors on a dark background, which is reflected in his earlier work.
Kandinsky believed that creating music was very much like creating a painting. "Music is the ultimate teacher." "Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammer, the soul is the piano with the strings."
Kandinsky was also spiritually influenced by Theosophy, a theory that postulates that creation is a geometrical progression, beginning with a single point, a descending series of circles, triangles and squares...this gave Kandinsky's artwork a feeling of hieroglyphics floating about in his geometric compositions.
In my reading, I can only begin to try to understand Kandinsky and his theories. I have read about his belief that pigments are pure color, of his desire to create vibration in the eyes of the viewers of his artwork and of his concern with creating a spiritual resonnance and communion in both artist and viewer. His theory, "Inner Necessity," speaks of his devotion to the spiritual...inner beauty, fervor of spirit, and deep spiritual desire...all central to his being and his art. His writings speak even more of his thoughts on art. They are quite lengthy, but are excellent reading if you want to further understand what made him tick!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Kandinsky, the Father of Abstract Art














Kandinsky is credited with painting the first abstract works. His love of color, and intensity of color is obvious, especially in his earlier landscapes, such as the bottom image above, "Winter Landscape" from 1909. (I'll get this blogging figured out someday! Until then, please pardon the placement!) I can see the impressionistic influence in this piece, can't you? The second (from the bottom) image is of a landscape that he painted in 1913, just 4 years later..I posted it so that you could see his artistic progression in a short time.
He started painting when he was 30 years old. He was a resident of either Germany or Russia over many years, but eventually decided to live out his life in France. He became a citizen in 1939.
While in Germany, Wassily taught at the Bauhaus School of Art, a school concerned with architecture, the use of plastics, industrial fabrication and manufacture. He worked there from 1922 to 1933, when it was closed by the Nazis. During this time his work became more angular and geometric as can be witnessed in the image included above at the top (location, location!). As you can see, Wassily used many different geometric shapes and lines, employing repetition, bright, more dominant colors and lots of energy contrasting with a softer more flowing background. In viewing this painting I am reminded that Kandinsky plotted his artwork almost as if it was a musical composition. Indeed he had a theory that painting a work was akin to composing music. The layout has a logical progression to it, which helps the eye of the viewer to move around the parts of the painting, finally taking in the whole composition.
Kandinsky was a deep thinker. He had theories about art. I will talk about those tomorrow...
...to be continued...

Kandinsky's Formative Years

Wassily Kandinsky was born in 1866...to put that in perspective, that's about the time of the end of the Civil War in the United States. He was born in Moscow, where his father was a tea merchant. His parents valued the arts, both being piano players, and so encouraged young Wassily to read and play music at an early age. Music would later become a main influence in his artwork, and perhaps in the way he saw the world.

As a young adult, Wassily enrolled at Moscow University where he chose to study law and economics. This is the time of his life when he also became fascinated with spirituality, which he would later draw upon in his art. While at the university studying law, art was more of a hobby.

An exhibition he attended in 1896 in Paris of Monet's impressionistic work startled Kandinsky. He couldn't get it out of his mind. It was the first time he had observed art that didn't exactly imitate the subject matter. It was art where the painting techniques, expression, style and colors had more importance than exactly replicating reality. It was art that portrayed a quality from the soul of the artist. Kandinsky was enchanted.

...to be continued...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Kandinsky on Abstract Art

"The impossibility and, in art, the uselessness of attempting to copy an object exactly, the desire to give the object full
expression, are the impulses which drive the artist away from"literal" colouring to purely artistic aims…

The more an artist uses these
abstracted forms, the deeper and more confidently will he advance into the kingdom of the abstract. And after him will follow the gazer at his pictures, who also will have gradually acquired a greater familiarity with the language of that kingdom.

Must we then abandon utterly all material objects and paint solely in abstractions? The problem of harmonizing the appeal of the material and the non-material shows us the answer to this question. As every word spoken rouses an inner vibration, so likewise does every object represented. To deprive oneself of this possibility is to limit one's powers of expression. That is at any rate the case at present. But besides this answer to the question, there is another, and one which art can always employ to any question beginning with "must": There is no "must" in art,because art is free."

...Part II, About Painting, The Psychological Working of Color, by Wassily Kandinsky

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

WASSILY KANDINSKY at Auction

In searching the internet for Kandinsky I came across something I thought was very interesting...results of an auction (of a couple of pieces of Kandinsky's work) which took place in 1999, at Sotheby's. http://www.thecityreview.com/f99simp2.html
The website, "The City Review" (Carter B. Horsley, editor and publisher) was extremely interesting to say the least!!...it will take me a long time to take in all of the information it has...photos of structures in NYC plus notes on architecture, art auction results, massive links to anything and everything NYC including theatre, dance, old master's works, films and even a listing for "passion"! ...what more could you want??!! Check it out!

Wassily Kandinsky - "Color is a power which directly influences the soul"

WOW!! This is too beautiful to ignore...I haven't read this quote in a long time...but it touched my heart today and I thought I must share it with you here...take a moment and enjoy...let it speak to your heart!!...

This is the first in a series of quotes taken from Wassily Kandinsky's writings (which seem to be quite prolific!) speaking of color and its relationship to the soul. I will also be touching on his thoughts on abstract art in future postings."Generally speaking, colour is a power which directly influences the
soul. Colour is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the
piano with many strings. The artist is the hand which plays, touching one
key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.
IT IS EVIDENT THEREFORE THAT COLOUR HARMONY MUST REST ONLY ON A CORRESPONDING VIBRATION IN THE HUMAN SOUL; AND THIS IS ONE OF THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE INNER NEED."
...Part II, About Painting, The Psychological Working of Color, by Wassily Kandinsky

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Color is a power which directly influences the soul...Wassily Kandinsky


Thursday, April 9, 2009

THE ROBERT BRAULT READER

When I started paying more serious attention to my blog just recently, I didn't realize that one of my favorite blogs to visit would be by a poet...the fact is...and I am almost ashamed to admit it...I have never liked poetry...NEVER!!!...but on Robert Brault's blog I almost always find a snippet..or two...or ten...a pearl of wisdom for me to tuck into my heart to take out again later and relish, a second time! Thanks, Robert! http://www.robertbrault.com/

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

EFRAIN PADRO: "a photographer's guide to New Mexico"

Tonight, my husband and I attended a presentation by a new friend of mine, Efrain Padro. Efrain is a photographer of all things New Mexico, the American Southwest and also Latin America. He especially loves to shoot landscapes, architecture and the people and events of the above locales.

Efrain recently had a book published, "the photographer's guide to New Mexico". It is packed with expert advice for the photographer, as well as maps and directions to his favorite places in New Mexico to shoot.

"New Mexico offers endless possibilities for taking stunning photographs. From spectacular desert landscapes and historic missions to colorful fiestas and world-class archaeological sites, this easy-to-use guide features the best spots to photograph all the natural wonders, events, and historic places in the Land of Enchantment." (backcover)

Check out Efrain's website. It shows his extensive experience in the photo-journalism field. His images are stunning!! Efrain's website: http://www.padroimages.com/pubs.htm Enjoy!!

VAN GOGH

I received an email from a friend today. Sue sent me a link which her grandson, Noah, sent to her so she could take a break from her hectic day! What a thoughtful gesture, especially for a young one! The video is delightful and does provide a good reason for anyone to take a break, especially artists! Van Gogh's masterpieces set to music...very nice, Noah! Thank you from your Grandma's friend, Nina!
vangogh.pps
Sue is an artist also...to see her blog, go to: http://www.silversaddlearts.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 27, 2009

About Artist and Author, Henry Miller

"Paint as You Like and Die Happy" is the name of a book written by Henry Miller. This is one of my favorite lines because while most of the artists here in New Mexico that I know paint in a representational way, my techniques tend to be a little more abstract or contemporary than most. Sometimes this leads me to feel a little isolated...so Henry Miller's quote is often an encouragement to me as an artist!

"Henry V. Miller was born December 26, 1891 in Yorkville, NYC. His parents were from Germany, his mother from the north, his father from Bavaria. He lived in Brooklyn during his school years. Tried working in his father’s tailor shop, here he developed his love of fine clothes. He was always a dapper dresser. His life is chronicled both by himself through his books & by his fellow authors. I think his life was remarkable in so many ways. He had to fight mediocrity and poverty, working at many mundane jobs. He started to write in his 30’s, late for a writer. When he discovered Europe, particularly Paris, he became friends with writers like Anais Nin, Alfred Perles, Lawrence Durrell. In the 1930’s he wrote & published “Tropic of Cancer”, “Black Spring”, “Aller Retour New York”, & “Tropic of Capricorn”. The floodgates were open, he was a WRITER…

Dad lived in France, Greece, NYC, Beverly Glen, Big Sur & Pacific Palisades. He was a prolific writer, disciplined & driven to create. Painting watercolors was his way to relax, he didn’t consider himself an ‘artist’ but loved to paint. He made thousands of paintings, gave most of them away. He also learned how to etch & make silk screens. Nuns from The Immaculate Heart School came to the house in LA & taught him how to make the silk screens.

Dad balanced the cerebral with the physical. He loved riding bicycles, he would ride out to Coney Island and he raced in the Velodrome. He was still riding in his 70’s in the Palisades. He was a great walker, walking all over New York and the wonderful arrondisements of Paris. In Big Sur he would trek down the road to get the mail & groceries, hauling it back up the hill. My brother & I would run to his studio in the afternoons, Dad was always happy to take us up in the hills for long walks. Sometimes he told us stories, one I recall about a little rich girl who lived in the city, a fantasy which fascinated us, being country kids.
from a biography written by Henry Miller's daughter, Valentine.
http://www.henrymiller.info/bio/bio.html

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Art Quote for Today

another of my favorites...
"Paint as you like and die happy!"
...artist and author, Henry Miller...

Monday, March 23, 2009

sand artwork video

This is something I received from a friend. It is a short video on artwork made by manipulating sand. It is great! Hope you enjoy it!
HAPPY.wmv

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Addendum..."the Magic of Delight"

I am delighted to have found a blog written by the creator of the wonderful quotes I quoted in my post, "the Magic of Delight". This is the link.
http://www.robertbrault.com/ I am not a techy kind of person...so finding this is fun for me. I enjoy his "pearls of wisdom"...I bet you will too!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Art Quote for Today

"If you go to the canvas with
love and joy in your heart, somehow it comes off on the canvas."
Wilson Hurley, 1994

Friday, March 20, 2009

Artist Wilson Hurley

Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa, OK, although he spent several years of his young life in Washington, D.C. His family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1935, where he attended high school.

A graduate of West Point in 1945, Hurley practiced law for 14 years in the Albuquerque area. He also had attained an engineering degree and worked at Sandia National Laboratories 1958-1960. In 1965 he became a full-time painter, a passion he had had since boyhood.

Wilson Hurley received many distinguished awards for his artwork. His artwork was well-known and loved by all. He painted in the luminist style of the American west. Collectors are well aware of his wonderful grasp of the colors and light and the way they play on the mountains of the Southwest.

In 1991 he painted 5 murals depicting the beautiful landscapes of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California and Wyoming for the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In 1996 he created dioramas, 15 paintings depicting sunsets over an iconic American vista...also for the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The dioramas together measured 2876 square feet.

Unfortunately, Wilson Hurley passed on in 2008 of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He seemed to be a gentle, thoughtful man who saw beauty in the world and considered it a privilege to catch it on canvases to share with all of us. He is greatly missed!

If you would like to see a video which he participated in, try this link.
Wilson Hurley was born in Tulsa, OK, although he spent several years of his young life in Washington, D.C. His family moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1935, where he attended high school.

A graduate of West Point in 1945, Hurley practiced law for 14 years in the Albuquerque area. He also had attained an engineering degree and worked at Sandia National Laboratories 1958-1960. In 1965 he became a full-time painter, a passion he had had since boyhood.

Wilson Hurley received many distinguished awards for his artwork. His artwork was well-known and loved by all. He painted in the luminist style of the American west. Collectors are well aware of his wonderful grasp of the colors and light and the way they play on the mountains of the Southwest.

In 1991 he painted 5 murals depicting the beautiful landscapes of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California and Wyoming for the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. In 1996 he created dioramas, 15 paintings depicting sunsets over an iconic American vista...also for the Cowboy Hall of Fame. The dioramas together measured 2876 square feet.

Unfortunately, Wilson Hurley passed on in 2008 of Lou Gehrig's Disease. He seemed to be a gentle, thoughtful man who saw beauty in the world and considered it a privilege to catch it on canvases to share with all of us. He is greatly missed!

If you would like to see a video which he participated in, try this link.
 http://video.pbs.org/video/1474953479/

Don't let the title ("The Art of Growing Older") discourage you from watching it! It's about the artist as he or she ages, and it is excellent!


Saturday, March 14, 2009

...along the Pathway...

Sometimes good things come to an end...as has happened with Art Gallery 66, the gallery where my art was represented. Yes, AG66 is closing it's doors on March 31, 2009. We always try to figure out the reason why. Whatever that reason is, I know that everything will be OK!

I will miss all of the friends I made while there. Of course, I hope to see them from time to time in the future. It was fun! I'm glad I met the people, attended the receptions, learned all I did, painted all I did. It was a delight to see my art hanging amongst the other excellent artists there! I have great memories to always cherish from Art Gallery 66.

I believe everything has a season...and a purpose. I know that good things are ahead for me...and all of the artists from AG66. I look forward with anticipation to everything life holds for me!

I will be blogging more often in the future. I hope that you will check back occasionally. I may even post some of my paintings from time to time. Life is good!

The Magic of DELIGHT

I noticed about a month ago that my cat had pretty much stopped purring. Oh, I could pet her forever, or what seemed like forever, and she would eventually do a purr that if I put my ear to her body, I could hear, ever so faintly. But as for a good roaring z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z'ing kind of purr, uh-uh.

Now, why had Zoe stopped purring, I wondered. It's a sign of a happy cat, isn't it? A cat who is happy and delighted will purr often...and loudly. And she often had in the past...so what was different now? Why was she not purring loudly and often as in the past?

A few days ago, my daughter had gone into my bedroom, Zoe's bedroom, I guess I should say! That is where she always hangs out since my daughter, her husband and their two babies moved into our home. More specifically, Zoe runs under my bed for shelter when she sees my two wonderful grandchildren coming her way. It's her sanctuary, her safe place! This day she was on top of my bed...uhhh, her bed...she allows me to "borrow" a part of it each night, with a little coaxing from my foot! This day Kerry, my daughter, was petting Zoe...and Zoe was purring up a storm! I watched secretly from outside the bedroom door. Kerry was more than petting her...she was playing with her...and Zoe was in heaven! Purrs of delight wafted in the air!

It made an impression on me. I realized the importance of play to Zoe...it obviously delighted her. And then it dawned on me how very important it is for all of us to experience delight in our lives.

It doesn't cost a lot to experience joy. Often times, the smallest things in life give us delight...some special food, a favorite song, a movie we have enjoyed over the years. "Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things." (Robert Brault)

For me, one joy is watching the movie, "The Quiet Man", starring John Wayne. It's a movie our family watches every St. Patrick's Day. The storyline is innocent but enjoyable, the quaint Irish sayings are a delight to the ears!! Innocence is a rare commodity in this world today!

Back to my point...it IS important for all of us to experience DELIGHT!!! It's important to give it. It is important to receive it. Seek out those things that delight you. What is your favorite movie? favorite snack? favorite song? Also, seek out the delights of a loved one...your husband, a good friend...and shower them with those treasures...imagine what you may get in return. To quote Robert Brault once again, "To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. (Robert Brault)

I bought a "cat teaser" today...it's actually a big fluffy feather on a stick. It is made for playing with a cat. I decided that everyone needs a little play, a little joy, including Zoe. She eyed the feather with giant black eyes of contempt...the game was on!!! She flew after that feather with the energy of a kitten! We played til she quit...finally satisfied that that fluffy feather had been taught a good lesson...only I had been taught the lesson...from Zoe!...play today while you have the chance...Savor your DELIGHT! ...and then play again tomorrow...too much of life is wasted on the serious stuff!

DELIGHT!! And share it, too!