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 ...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

PLANS CHANGE..



Update…
Plans change!!!...that’s summing it up nicely!  It’s been a couple of weeks since the expo and I haven’t told you about my workshops or the great deals that some of the vendors had!  Shame!...lol!!

Well, like I said, plans change…and a few days after my return to civilization (from art heaven) my husband found he was having a really hard time breathing…we didn’t realize what was happening, so we waited out the night, but the next morning when he was having a hard time again I quickly took him to the emergency room…he has COPD (ex-smoker) and he had come down with pneumonia which, of course, complicated things!  They admitted him and he was there for several days recuperating…I brought him home a couple of days ago…been busy adjusting to new demands and a slightly different lifestyle…but he is continuing to progress…halleluia!!

So, back to the expo…I thoroughly enjoyed my workshops!  …one all day class with Nancy Reyner where she taught us the ins and outs with gold leaf (now I know why my gold leaf sometimes tarnishes!!)…and one half-day class with Bob Burridge all about loose, quick and fun landscapes…I took this class because I find I really don’t work very fast and I would like to learn how to work more quickly!!  …and Bob is fantastic at working quickly and producing wonderful works of art!!  Plus he is lots of fun…and he gave out some fantastic pearls of wisdom!!  …wish I had written them all down, but one I do remember which seemed to be especially for me….he said something like (this is NOT a quote!) “don’t listen to what your friends say about your artwork!”….now, that is just what I needed to hear him say!!  (big smile!!)  If I could I would take the class from him again...I was so tired on that last day!!!….but just being around him with his positive attitude and watching his demos influenced me greatly!  …thanks Bob!!

My photos of the expo are on my tablet….safe on my tablet…I can’t get my computer to recognize my tablet, so they are still …safe… on my tablet…oh, well, a techy I am not!!  Shall I say that there were some very enticing deals on the floor of the expo, which I took advantage of!  One deal was so great that it was sold out by the time I got there…on the first day!!…darn!!  It’s definitely an event that all artists need to attend at least once in their lives!!  Lol!!!  Great fun!!  Here's a photo of a painting I did working with gold paint and glazes of metallics and interference paints...

original painting by Nina Baldwin

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Artisan Expo



 
I am delighted to share that I will be attending the Artisan Expo 
at Buffalo Thunder Casino just outside of Santa Fe, NM for the next few days
…lots of art supply vendors, workshops, demos…I can’t wait!  

I will be participating in a workshop on applying gold leaf 
to acrylic surfaces, taught by Nancy Reyner, author, artist 
and Golden Paints representative…an all-day workshop.  

 I will also attend Bob Burridge’s workshop on painting 
loose landscapes…should be fun!!!

…who knows?  I may even be found sitting in front of a 
one-armed bandit dropping a coin or two in the slot!! 
yahooooo!!!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

San Ysidro Church Fine Arts Show



The 26th San Ysidro Church Fine Arts Show 2014 is one of my favorite shows.  It is located in beautiful Corrales, NM and is happening right now, this week of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta!
 
This historic church building has been around for many years…I am sure of that because there is a beam of wood up in the stained glass window over the front door that says “1853”…and a plaque on the front of the building that says that 23 caskets are buried below the floor boards…all to add to the excitement for our visitors this week!  It’s in a beautiful setting, one that I never tire of seeing.

Inside the Church the walls are lined with beautiful works of art created by mostly local artists…paintings, colored pencil drawings, glasswork, photography, pastels, ceramics, etc.…a lot with a New Mexican theme.

I am grateful to have had a painting accepted into this lovely show!  “Evening Rhapsody” is a 30” x 40” gallery-wrapped painting featuring a southwestern skyscape in shades of purples and pinks, highlighting a soft, muted desert floor below…there is a beautiful glow of light to this painting which really needs to be seen in person!

The show will be up til Sunday, October 12th…hours are 11am to 5pm daily
…except Sunday the show will close at 4pm
 …come visit this quaint little church (look for the signs!)

"Evening Rhapsody" by Nina Baldwin, original painting
 
…enjoy the beautiful, rural setting and take home a little piece of New Mexico creativity for you!