It is already passed the first week of September . . . .and my task list has grown to huge proportions . . . . . .
So! I haven’t been painting because I have been travelling. The last week of June, I was in Boone, North Carolina, teaching some brief workshops for Cheap Joes Art Stuff. It was a wonderful experience and a terrific opportunity to get to know some marvelous folks.
A new article published on the blog of Creative Catalyst was just published regarding the role of art societies and why one should enter them. Of course, I authored the piece, but it is worthy of your attention if you are at all interested in entering painting shows, or are a painter. Just click on the word ‘blog’ above.
This painting was just invited to be exhibited in the 2011 Taiwan International Watercolor Exhibition. Artists from the USA, China, Japan, Korea, UK, Australia, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan etc will be included. What an honor to be included among the world’s finest watercolor painters!!
Every now and then a person crosses our paths who is out to make a difference for others.
Meet Chris Beck. An extraordinary painter herself, Chris bends over backwards to feature and advance other artists. Of course those artists benefit, but so does Chris.
I recently connected with Chris after hearing about her from other artists and after reading her blog. What an incredible and delightful person! ( I better say that, eh Chris? :-] )
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Please excuse my changing the subject here. This is very important to my family.
Years ago, my youngest daughter met an angel of a girlfriend. They went all thru college together and were each maids of honor at each other’s weddings . . . .and, of course, have been like sisters from the outset. I feel like Christy’s dad . . .she is a dear, dear friend. Her husband, Chris, met with a freak accident a week ago at a neighbor’s pool. The current prognosis is that Chris will not walk again. This is a strong young father who is devoted to his family and recently, because of employment changes, is uninsured and needs help. With surgeries, children to care for, and all the events that attend such a cruel change in life, medical and other costs are mounting beyond anyone’s ability to stay abreast.
I call your attention to this in hopes you may find it in your heart to assist in some way. See the new website www.chriswillwalk.com. This great family needs our help and our prayers!
Back from where, you ask? From the cold, cold north!
We went to Alaska and Canada. And it was phenomenal !!
Here are some pics to see what we saw. Maybe you can get a sense of the immensity of what lies in Alaska. Click on each pic to enlarge it and view what is to be seen there. All three of the photos are of the same glacier.
Glacier 1 is a photo of a glacier as our ship approached it from a few miles away. The white glacier is the obvious. Beyond that, what appears to be a large pile of dirt just to the right of the hill coming into the photo from the left is another glacier (much dirtier) which has pushed huge amounts of rock and dirt ahead of it as if it were a bulldozer. That glacier extends far to the right for over a mile on its face.
Glacier 2 is a photo of the glacier as we drew up to it in the ship. You can see the ‘texture’ of this giant. No place to step. It is far from being innocent snow! This is centuries old, compressed ice with crevasses that are hundreds of feet deep in some cases. One slip and fall on this surface would be certain death. And when it calved . . . .the roar was deafening! This is no playground, that is for sure!
The next photo, Glacier 3 is a photo of the face of the glacier. Look closer!! Midway from center toward the edge of the photo at the 8 o’clock position is a kayak with 2 people in it. They are ¼ to ½ mile from the face of the glacier! The size comparison gives an idea of the scale of that ice face . . .over 300 feet high from the surface of the water . . . .and the glacier extends 300 to 500 feet below the surface!! Big? Heck! This is Ginormous!!