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!

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!