Oregon Coast “Flapjacks”

I’m on my painting sojourn for 2 more weeks… and would love to create more flapjacks for folks.  Just comment or email me with a color or two and I’ll get to work!  I’ll then contact you for payment and shipping info.  Each flapjack is $20 or 3 for $50 (shipping/tax included).  But, only while I’m still on the coast, through 2/10/2010!

Some of my Oregon Coast Flapjacks, about 4 x 4 inches, $20 each or 3 for $50.

Oregon Coast Winter Sojourn: Special Art Offer for You!

I’ll soon be on my way to the stormy Oregon Coast for a month of creating art… my 2010 Winter Sojourn!

And since this is such a creative time for me, I’d like to share that by offering special original watercolors that I’ll paint while I soak up the inspirations of the rugged Oregon Coast between January 10 – February 13, 2010.

This year, I’m offering a pre-sale of two painting sizes at 1/2 of my regular prices:

  • 10 x 10 inches…………….$100
  • 22 x 22 inches…………….$375
Winter sunset over the Pacific from my painting spot in Oceanside, Oregon.

You will choose the style of your painting from my Elemental, Jewel or Fossil styles, as well as the color palette that I will create with.  Each painting will be unmatted and unframed, but I can canvas-mount or frame your painting starting at just $75.

If you’ve been thinking about a larger original painting, I will also be able to create two or three larger commissioned paintings (30 x 30″ or larger) during my Winter Sojourn.

To take advantage of this special offer, please email or give me a call.  But hurry, this offer will expire on January 10, 2010!

Here are more samples of my inspiration:

Cool, foggy, rainy, stormy... these are a few of my favorite things.
Cool, rainy, foggy, stormy... these are a few of my favorite things.
View from my painting spot in Oceanside, Oregon.
My painting table in the "turret" room.
Town of Oceanside from the beach.
Another January sunset over the Pacific... how do I get any painting done??

Camping and Inspiration from the Hagerman Tunnel Trail

Two weeks ago I was camping at 11,000 about Turquoise Lake and Leadville in one of my favorite spots on earth: Hagerman Tunnel Trail and Pass.  I’ve been going to this same destination since my first summer back in Colorado right out of college 20 years ago!  And, I’ve soaked up much inspiration on previous visits – here’s a painting I created from colors I found in old photographs I took years ago.

I don’t remember how I first discovered this trail and my “secret” camping spot, but I keep coming back for several reasons.  It still feels a bit off the beaten path (and Colorado has alot of beaten paths these days).  It is the site of an old narrow-gauge railroad bed from the 1880’s which leads to what was once the highest train tunnel in the world – Hagerman Tunnel.  I’ve always loved trains.  And finally, I love the feeling of coming back to an old, friendly and familiar place.

I’ve shared this special place with many people over the years (maybe I’ll do a photo-spective sometime from the last 20 years).  I’ve included more images than I normally do in my posts, but why not (can you find the hidden pika)?  Hope you love my views, too!

My hidden camping spot with views of Turquoise Lake, Leadville and Mt. Massive.
My hidden camping spot with views of Turquoise Lake, Leadville and Mt. Massive.
Historical sign about the Midland railroad and Hagerman Tunnel.
Historical sign about the Midland railroad and Hagerman Tunnel.
Old railroad bed... now a hiking trail to the tunnel.
Old railroad bed... now a hiking trail to the tunnel.
"Douglass City" ghost town.
"Douglass City" ghost town.
The tunnel... with perpetual ice flow.
The tunnel... with perpetual ice flow.
Fascinating rock shapes and texture... can you find the pika?
Fascinating rock shapes and texture... can you find the pika?
4WD road continues over the pass and to the Divide.
4WD road continues over the pass and to the Divide.

Out of the Studio: Red Door, Coal Room Demolition, Camping…

I notice that I’m not the only blogger that has taken some time off this summer from regular blogging.  At the beginning of the summer I knew that I would have some out of the studio time in July and August to work on home renovation projects and travel a bit, including a solo camping trip to one of my favorite spots in Colorado, just outside of Leadville.

So, in my effort to get back into the swing of things, I thought I’d post a few snapshots from the last 2 months of a few of my outside-of-the-studio activities!  I’ll share more about my favorite camping spot in another post.

After 11 years in our home, I tore out the original coal room from 1899 in our basement.
After 11 years in our home, I finally tore out the original 1899 coal room from our basement.
Red doors might be cliche, but we've always wanted one.  The "right" red is tough and I got this one on the first try: Behr "Heirloom Red".
Red doors might be cliche, but we've always wanted one. The "right" red is tough and I got this one on the first try: Behr "Heirloom Red".
My camping perch above Turquoise Lake and Leadville, Colorado.
My camping perch above Turquoise Lake and Leadville, Colorado.

A Belated “Elsewhere”… Catskill Mountains, New York

This was an “elsewhere” entry sent to me after the deadline, but I’ll have to say it is one of my favorite views, so I just had to share it!

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.

Ann Lee Fuller – New York

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Ann acknowleges that this view isn’t FROM her studio but OF her newly-completed studio in the Catskills of New York.  She writes that she waited 17 years for this studio and that it is a dream come true.  She also writes that this is “on top of a mountain where the light can be spectacular”.  Without this snapshot, I could only imagine, but this gives us a great idea of the inspirational view that Ann has!

Ann Lee Fuller's snowy studio in the Catskill Mountains
Ann Lee Fuller's snowy studio in the Catskill Mountains

Last of the “Elsewhere” Views: Wyoming + Oregon + Alberta + Australia

avfe-title-tag1Well, this is it… the last of the “elsewhere” views.  I’ve actually been dreading this post because I already feel depressed and alone.  And, on top of that, I would have arrived back home from my month-long Oregon coast trip today.

The good news is that I’ve met so many wonderful artists during this event and thank everyone for sharing your view with me and my readers.

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.

Connie Hippen – Wyoming

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Thanks for this peaceful view from Wyoming, Connie!  Not only is this a great “elsewhere” view, it almost seems like “elseWHEN”, too!

Connie Hippen's view from Wyoming
Connie Hippen's view from Wyoming

Krissie – Australia

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I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, but Krissie has one bright view of them from her creative space in Australia.

 

Krissie's view in Australia
Krissie's view in Australia

Bobbi Kirk – Oregon Coast

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Well, I’ll have to say here from a very brown Denver that this view of solid green is refreshing.

 

Bobbi's view from the central Oregon coast
Bobbi's view from the central Oregon coast

Tracey Mardon – Edmonton, Alberta

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Thanks for this snapshot of your view, Tracey!

 

Tracey's view in Edmonton, Alberta
Tracey's view in Edmonton, Alberta

 

A View From Elsewhere #6: Denver + Texas + Vermont + California

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A few more posts for the remaining “elsewheres” that I’ve received.  Thank you to everyone that has sent me a snapshot…

If you’re wondering what this series of posts is about, check out my original post with all of the details.  I also hope you’re enjoying checking out all of these great artists!

 

Alex Grant (musician) – Denver

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I LOVE ALEX GRANT!  Music (along with “elsewheres”) is a big inspiration for me, and Alex’s music has been a staple around my studio for a few years now.  I’d have to say that “Old Father Road” is my favorite CD.  Alex writes that this snapshot view from his home creative space isn’t necessarily inspirational for him, but he promises I’ll love the album photography from a recent trip to Maine for his next album “Red Skies at Night”, due out in 2009.

Alex's snapshot from just south of Denver
Alex's snapshot from just south of Denver

Elizabeth Bunsen – Vermont

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What a great snapshot from Elizabeth’s studio in Vermont.  If there is a picture of snow and peaceful-ness, this is it.  I also love the contrast of the cool snow and warm light – thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth's snowy view from Vermont
Elizabeth's snowy view from Vermont

Bairbre Aine – Southern California

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This is a true snapshot out Bairbre’s window – I love that it is just a glimpse of what she sees while having her morning tea. Bairbre writes that while it may not be a million dollar view, it IS a priceless one!

View through Bairbre's kitchen window
View through Bairbre's kitchen window

 

Ralonda – Rural Texas

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Peaceful and green.  Ralonda writes that she lives and creates in a very rural area of Texas and that it is a great place to get quiet and meditate on peace.  We should all do that!

 

Peaceful and green rural Texas view
Peaceful and green rural Texas view

A View From Elsewhere #5: Upstate New York + North Idaho + Bailey, CO + New York City

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Thank you to everyone that has sent me a snapshot… I have many more to post, so keep coming back for these great snapshots of “elsewhere” from artists!

If you’d like to send me your own snapshot of elsewhere, visit my original post with all of the details.

 

Tracy Helgeson – Upstate New York

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Like this snowy view from her studio, Tracy’s paintings are great views of elsewhere to me.  Her view is so calm and still.  Tracy writes that this view shows “the apple tree in the backyard with birds busy at the feeder… the tiny splash of yellow in the trees is our beehive”. 

Tracy's backyard view in upstate New York.
Tracy's backyard view in upstate New York.

 

Diana Botkin – North Idaho

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Here’s the view out Diana’s door several weeks ago when she had tons of snow.  Diana writes that she is thankful her husband takes care of plowing and shoveling the snow, “if it was just me up here at the edge of the earth, I wouldn’tbe able to deal with it”.  

Diana's North Idaho snow.
Diana's North Idaho snow.

Kathy Beekman – Bailey, Colorado

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I’ve visited Kathy’s studio in the foothills southwest of Denver several times – she has a great creative space!  Looks like the snow is piling up in this view!  Be sure to visit her website to see her pastel paintings! 

Snow piles up at Kathy's studio in Colorado.
Snow piles up at Kathy's studio in Colorado.

Jill Zaheer – New York, New York

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Wow!  Gotta love this view from Jill’s space.  Jill writes that she is “blessed to be able to see the most gorgeous sun rises and sunsets everyday from a corner apartment on the 26th floor… with views of the palisades in New Jersey, Long Island and New York City.

Jill's corner view in New York City.
Jill's corner view in New York City.

A View From Elsewhere #4: Denver + Canberra, Australia + Bordeaux, France

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Thank you to everyone that has sent me a snapshot… I have many more to post, so keep coming back for these great snapshots of “elsewhere” from artists!

If you’d like to send me your own snapshot of elsewhere, visit my original post with all of the details.

 

Sylviane Le Cann – Bordeaux Region, France

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How cool.  I mean really – we all get a glimpse of Sylviane’s view from the Bordeaux region of France! 

View from Sylviane's "salon".
View from Sylviane's "salon".

Judith Cassel-Mamet – Denver, Colorado

While Judith might not get the prize for “most lame view” as she feared, she most certainly gets notice for most hilarious accompanying comment: “Is this [blog event] really a secret surprise make-over opportunity!?”.  Maybe someone out there from HGTV is reading this right now and will get right on making that project happen!

Judith goes on to say that, “My studio is in our basement, just across from the washing machine and dryer… which make great drying surfaces.  I often have papers, canvases and weird things drying there much to the dismay of my family.”

Judith is a great friend and professor and instructor at both University of Denver and the Art Students League of Denver

Judith's basement studio and window view.
Judith's basement studio and window view.

Lisa Call – Denver, Colorado

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Lisa recently moved to Denver (from an “outlying” ‘burb) and writes that “I’m currently building a new studio and we’re just a few weeks away from completion so the windows are covered in dust so there isn’t much view. So I waited for something interesting to see before taking a photo – I’m excited I’ll be able to watch the sunset out my southern window!”

Lisa's sunset view.
Lisa's sunset view.

Leonie Allan – Canberra, Australia

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And, just a glimpse of Canberra, Australia from Leonie’s creative space!

Leonie's view of Canberra, Australia
Leonie's view of Canberra, Australia

A View From Elsewhere #3: New York City + St. Charles, MO + Grandby, CO

avfe-title-tag2I love “elsewhere”!  Thank you to everyone that has sent me a snapshot… I have many more to post, so keep coming back for these great snapshots of “elsewhere” from artists!

If you’d like to send me your own snapshot of elsewhere, visit my original post with all of the details.

 

Seth Apter – New York, New York

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I’ve been following Seth’s artwork and blog events for awhile now and was really excited that he sent me this snapshot from his New York studio.  In a strange way, this made me glad that my own studio view is the blue backside of a Napa Auto parts store… with the view Seth has, I’d never get any painting done!  On the other hand, this is the kind of view that I long for – an “elsewhere” to get lost in.  Seth writes that ” I get so much creative energy from New York City and having this view from my window is always inspiring”.   

Seth's studio view where he feels he is "part of the skyline".
Seth's studio view where he feels he is "part of the skyline".

Janet Fons – Saint Charles, Missouri

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I’ve known Janet for several years and love her pastel paintings (which are views of “elsewhere” themselves!).  Janet moved from Denver to Missouri in 2007 and immediately applied for a studio space in the Foundry Art Centre just outside of St. Louis.  Last year she was awarded a studio space and this is her view… I love that her snapshot looks just like a glimpse of what she sees when glancing up from her painting. 

Janet's winter view from her window at the Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, MO.
Janet's winter view from her window at the Foundry Art Centre in Saint Charles, MO.

Stacey Peterson – Grandby, Colorado

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Like me, Stacey is a former “corporate career” type now working as a full-time artist.  Stacey and her family recently moved to Grandby and I knew she’d have a great view from her studio – I love the snow and the promise of a hidden “elsewhere” if you were to follow that pathway you see on the hillside… Stacey writes that “In early morning and late afternoon, the sun rakes across the landscape creating a beautiful contrast between the warm, sunlit hills, and the cool shadows”.

Stacey's view of the wide open spaces in Granby, circled by hills and mountains.
Stacey's view of the wide open spaces in Granby, circled by hills and mountains.

A View From Elsewhere #2: Idaho + Boston + New Brunswick

avfe-title-tag1I’m getting some great snapshots of “elsewhere” from all over the place!  Thanks to everyone who has sent me one – I love getting these glimpses and have received quite a few emails from readers saying the same!

I’ll keep taking additional snapshots through the end of January – visit my original invitation post here.  [All photos are by the respective artists]

 

Jeff Hayes – Boston, Massachusetts

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This was an intriguing snapshot… I like the neat row of paint tubes and shadow of a branch through the blind.  Leaves more than something to my imagination and was something I thought about while just sitting in my own studio this morning (waiting for paint to dry).  If you think that row of paints looks neat, check out Jeff’s recent blog post with a snapshot of his tidy palette!

View from Jeff's Studio, "New Year's Sun"

View from Jeff's Studio, "New Year's Sun"

 Dennis Brady – Sandpoint, Idaho

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 More snow!  I actually went to high school in Sandpoint and really, really miss the beautiful winters of North Idaho (Denver is so brown these days).  Dennis must live out of town a bit to get this awesome view of snow, trees and mountains.  Dennis writes that he does his design, printing and framing from this room in his home.

View from Dennis's studio window.
View from Dennis’s studio window.

 Shayla Perreault Newcomb – New Brunswick, Canada

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And more snow!  I love the contrast of this view from Shayla’s studio to the vivid colors of her art… and those shadows look so peaceful.  Shayla writes that the side view of her studio looks out over a parking lot for the theatre across the street and that it can make for some interesting people watching… but the morning she took her snapshot, it was frosted up. Her back view looks out over a garden planted at the turn of the century. It has an old apple tree, lilac and gorgeous things that show up come spring. 

View from Shayla's studio.
View from Shayla's studio.

A View From Elsewhere #1: Colorado + The Netherlands

avfe-title-tagWell, I would have arrived on the Oregon Coast today, had I been able to make my painting sojourn this winter.

Instead, in January and February, I’ll be sharing some “views from elsewhere” – snapshots from a variety of different artists’ studio or creative space.  I’ve invited folks to send me such a snapshot since I’m highly inspired by a view of different places.  I hope that sharing them with my readers will also inspire you or at least give you a moments pause to absorbe some “elsewhere”!  [All photos are by the respective artists]

Janet Nunn – Golden, Colorado

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Trees and snow seem to be a sort of theme for many of the snapshots I’ve been getting and Janet sure has a great view of both.  She writes that she loves to paint “while the snow flies” and I agree – I find I’m both more inspired and motivated to create when the weather is doing something other than the same, boring sunshine that we get so much of here in Denver.

View from Janet Nunn's studio in Golden, Colorado.
View from Janet Nunn's studio in Golden, Colorado.

Wietske Kluck – Hazerswoude Rijndijk, The Netherlands

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I love these Dutch trees as viewed from Wietske’s window in her studio in the Netherlands.  She writes that her view isn’t interesting at all: houses, a street with cars and some trees.  I’m glad she shared the trees – this snapshot instantly transports me “elsewhere”!  Be sure to try out the Google “translate” feature on her blog!

View of winter trees from Wietske's studio window.
View of winter trees from Wietske's studio window.

Send Me Your “Elsewhere”

Some of you may know that I had hoped to go on a month-long painting sojourn on the Oregon Coast this winter (I’ve gone 4 times in the last 6 years).  Since I’m highly inspired by different places, this trip has become increasingly important to me and my creative process.  I’m sad to report that the expense of opening my new studio last summer and the reality of slow sales will keep me home this winter.

 

So, since I won’t be viewing the Pacific from the Oregon coast this winter, I’m looking for some alternative inspiration in the form of different places (which I’m going to call “elsewhere”).

 

I’d love to invite you to participate in a series of blogs I’ll be doing about a “view of elsewhere”.  More specifically, a snapshot out YOUR studio or creative space window/door.  You can include part of your studio in the view, but I’m keen on seeing the “elsewhere” that is what you see when you gaze out.

 

I plan to keep my posts on this simple – just a few thoughts on “views of elsewhere” and how it is impacting me in my studio.  And then I’ll include your snapshot with your caption, and a link to your blog/website.

 

So, if you’d like to participate, all I need from you is a snapshot out your studio (or wherever you create) window/door (in a size/resolution you’d use for your own blog/website), an accompanying short caption, and the link you’d like me to include in my post.  I’ll use as many snapshots as I can, but if you’d like to participate, email me your submissions by 1/31/2009.

 

My own "elsewhere"... the view out my studio window today.  The blue backside of the Napa Auto Parts store looked even brighter as winter made a rare appearance.
My own "elsewhere"... the view out my studio window today. The blue backside of the Napa Auto Parts store looked even brighter as winter made a rare appearance.

Key Decision: No Oregon Coast Retreat This Winter

This past weekend I made a difficult key decision: I won’t be taking my winter retreat to the Oregon coast in January/February.

My last winter retreat was to one of my favorite inspiration spots in the world – Oceanside, Oregon.  I’ve been traveling to Oceanside for over 12 years now and spent nearly 5 weeks painting there in January/February, 2007.

How can I be passing up a winter retreat this year?  Economics, I’m afraid.  This year, I purchased and opened my own studio space in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe.  My sales have been slow the last quarter of 2008 and I must stay focused on ensuring I can pay my studio mortgage and expenses.

So, since I’m very inspired by different places and must try to fulfill my need some other way, I’m setting a goal to apply to at least ten artist residency programs for 2009.  Granted, these are not usually all-expenses paid opportunities, but they typically help alot with the costs.

One resource that I’ve found helpful for researching residency opportunities is Res Artis – check it out if you’re looking for opps, too.  And, feel free to leave comments with any resources or leads you think I and my readers would be interested in!

Sleepy town of Oceanside - January, 2007
Sleepy town of Oceanside, Oregon - January, 2007
View from my "painting perch" in Oceanside - January, 2007
View from my painting perch in Oceanside - January, 2007