September 20, 2008

1st place in mixed media

I entered the painting, "The Itch" in the art show at the National Women and Horses Expo. I was informed this week that it won 1st place in the mixed media catagory.

(see July posting "the itch" for the process of the creation of this piece)

September 19, 2008

Lots of Updates!

Now that the girls have gone back to school this fall, I've found myself as busy as ever. And to think I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to do now that I'm not homeschooling them!

We're moving the horses to a new facility because ours was bought by developers (Boulder County's agricultural land is disappearing under a plauge of suburban neighborhoods). Rather than moving to another boarding facility, myself and a small group of fellow boarders have leased a 30 acre pasture and we are building fences and loafing sheds. I bought a pair of nigerian dwarf/pygmy goat kids the moment I had fencing and a barn ready for them- I've always wanted goats! It's been keeping me busy, I can't wait to get the horses moved, and my 'studio on wheels' (the retrofitted RV) to our new facility. I'll be managing the facility, but most of our boarders will be doing self care so I'll still have time for my art.

I've been volunteering for The Mustang Center (, helping to create printed material for their big fund raising event "Mustang Heritage Day"- I'll be (wo)manning the arts and crafts table in the children's activities area. Fun!

I haven't done very much artwork for a month or two, but have started a scratchboard piece in the last few days. I want to have at least three new pieces to submit to an international show in October. Here is the photo of Luna I'm using for my newest piece.

UPDATE: The scratchboard piece I've been working on from this photo isn't making me happy. I'm frustrated and stuck with it right now, I think I'll put it aside and come back to it with fresh eyes.