Sunday, August 16, 2015

Desert Landing

As I sit here this morning with coffee in tow, I am looking out my kitchen windows and across yet another beautiful eastern Arizona sky. The soft pinks, deep purples, and miles of blue...mixed with billowing massive thunderheads out towards parts unknown. The sunrises and sunsets here are incredible, and especially not long after a good thunderstorm.

Since my last post here in March my husband and I have done nothing but prepare ourselves and our belongings for the move here. It was exhilarating, frustrating, nerve wracking, scary, and beautiful all at the same time. We made it, but not without much deep digging....and lots of naps thereafter!

 

Never in a million years did I anticipate falling in love with a state as much as I have with Arizona. It speaks to me in ways that no other state ever has. Though I adore my birth state of Michigan and have enjoyed my beautiful journey through California, hands down Arizona has (and I'm sure will continue to for many years to come) literally taken my breath away!

There is something magical, mystical, raw and deep about this place. A vast yearning, a deep respect, and a profound awe for this incredible land and its beautiful wild creatures. I simply cannot wait to create a space for me here so that I may begin to paint again. I sure will have plenty of inspiration!

Here's to dreams, intentions, wings, and glorious forever roots! S.L.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

In With The New

I recently had the opportunity to visit the brand new location of Gallery SOHO at the Montclair Plaza in Montclair, California. If you are a steady follower of my blog you will know that I am a member of Pomona Valley Art Association and a former exhibiting artist with Gallery SOHO when they were located in the Pomona Arts Colony in Pomona, California. I was so excited to learn earlier this year that they were relocating to a much larger venue and couldn't wait for the opportunity to visit!



Upon entering the gorgeous glass encased front entrance, I was so impressed with the fresh and open spaces provided for the artists to exhibit their work. Clean lines and high ceilings make for an impressive gallery experience for both the exhibitor and the patron.

 
 


There is so much opportunity here not only for long-established artists, but for new artists looking to take the steps into becoming involved in the gallery exhibiting experience. Were it not that my husband and I are deep in the process of relocating out of state I would most definitely be on the exhibitor's wait list!

I will miss my time with PVAA and Gallery SOHO very much, but am taking with me all of the amazing memories collected to cherish....

Here's to wishing good fortune and happy experiences to dear friends! S.L.


 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Where They Began

As I sit here creating this document for publication, I'm still struck by the fact that it's been six years since I seriously started creating my feminine inspired artwork. I can't fully explain how I came to put brush to canvas and then to begin on this journey of absolute adoration, but I do know that it started with a love of abstract artwork and a whole lot of inspiration from the women in my life.

2009 was a pivitol year in my life for reasons that have long since lost their gravity and importance, and also a year that I was tossing around the idea of who I was as an artist and what I wanted to convey through my artwork. I was at a crossroads and staring at that definitive line of "it's now or never" in every stretch of the imagination. I chose now....thankfully...

Below are the original four pieces that accompanied me into a world that to this day I do not know what I would do without, and had seen me through a hell of a lot of internal struggle over the years. They allowed me to express myself in ways that I never could have imagined that I'd ever be able to, and put a peace in my heart and soul that no conventional means ever could. These originals have long since been sold or gifted, and I am so grateful and thankful that they hang in homes from Michigan to North Carolina to California.


'Strings'
 
 
'The Queen of Hearts'


'Mardi Gras'
 
 
'Jamie's Song'
 

Here's to the beauty and the healing of reflection! S.L.
 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Natural Expressions

Most days I'm thinking about painting, planning a painting, or throwing paint onto something. There are times however that I need a break from easel and brush. And when I do need a breather from the aforementioned, I still need an avenue of creativity. Photography plays well into this diversion.

I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination nor do I ever envision myself pursuing such a craft as my only mode of creativity. But I do absolutely adore black and white photography and I love to find interesting places and things to photograph.


Angeles National Forest - Santa Clarita, California

I've also discovered that when I'm most inclined to grab my trusty little eight year old point-and-shoot, is when I am outside. The great and wonderous outdoors absolutely lends itself to black and white photography.


Angeles National Forest - Santa Clarita California
 
No posing...no props...no lighting issues. Just a day with nature's miraculous canvas. Pure heaven.

Kensington Metropark - Milford, Michigan
 
Commerce Township, Michigan
 
Here's to embracing the many ways and means of creativity! S.L.
 

Desert Landing

As I sit here this morning with coffee in tow, I am looking out my kitchen windows and across yet another beautiful eastern Arizona sky. Th...