Saturday, March 28, 2015

the Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook is in the mail!

The official date for postmark is 3/31/15, but I set my personal goal at 3/27; that would allow me a few days if I needed it.

So what's on the pages inside the little brown book? That may be revealed later.

FYI: The Sketchbook Project is an international on line art project that is based in NYC. Artists order a book & once it arrives have several months to decorate it as they desire.
Sketchbooks are kept in a permanent library and also they are sent on tour  around the USA (see post for May 9, 2014).

For me the idea of this project always starts out as a fun artistic outlet but unfortunately it ends up being like a dreaded homework assignment with a looming deadline. Every time I do one (I've done 4) I say: never again!

What's next? Straightening up my studio so that I can get prints ready for the upcoming Bartlesville Art Assn. Spring Show.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Color of the Week

What a wonderful gift, to have my Amaryllis Lily finally bloom. 

I bought it before Thanksgiving. It was really an impulse buy, because it was suppose to bloom at Christmas & I was going to be gone, so what was the point.

It would have been easy to give up on it because it did nothing but sit in the pot for literally months, and then it slowly started to grow.

There are actually 5 blossoms on it. Will they all open?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Quote of the Week

"I am an artist. I am here to live out loud." Emile Zola

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Painting at AHHA

Fun things were going on at AHHA (Hardesty Art Center of Tulsa) yesterday. Artist John Hammer who has a studio there, had an afternoon open painting session. There must have been at least 20 enthusiastic painters in an afternoon light filled classroom creating great things.

AHHA has a new well equipped building in the Brady District north of downtown Tulsa. There is always something going on there: shows, classes, etc. Check it out: 

John Hammer ( was a graphic artist for years before he started painting. All the colors in his paintings just make you happy. See Ringo in the post of September 17, 2014.

John's studio will be part of the OVAC Studio tour on April 11-12.
And you could run into John at Michael's this week picking up his favorite canvases.

Carla at the paint table; the artists had plenty to choose from.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day Dreaming

This afternoon I experienced a session of day dreaming. I pictured being back in Amsterdam. I was just there at Christmas time 2014.

Then I switched on the TV, and there was Rick Steves strolling through the Rijksmuseum and standing right in front of Rembrandt's Night Watch. 

On the sunny warm December Sunday that I was there, the tour guide informed us that Amsterdam has a population of 750,000 people. She said that the past 12 days had been cold & overcast, and the crowds on the streets made me think that the entire population was outside enjoying the wonderful weather. But wrong! At least 100,000 were in the Rijksmuseum.

I finally got close enough to actually see it.
Night Watch, Rembrandt 1642