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Quincy Art Walk on Friday

April 28, 2009

Here is the link announding the reception in the Plumas Arts Gallery on Friday, May 1. The art will be exhibited in a cozy little galley with wonderful old brick walls…you know, the ones that have lines of seasoned bricks waving across the wall…Hope to see you there!

http://plumasarts.org/prelease/walk.html

Coming Up

April 4, 2009

From May 1 through May 29, my watercolor paintings and oils will be featured at the Plumas County Arts Commission Gallery in downtown Quincy.  May 1 is their monthly Art Walk…locals enjoy the evening and visit all of the galleries in town.   The first two piece above will be in this show. They are some of the new paintings that I’ve completed for this show, as I want to feature the incredible scenes of Plumas County. 

There is also a new exhibit at Riverfront Art Gallery in downtown Petaluma.  I am saddened by the loss of my gallery partner, JoAnn Naylor, who passed away a few weeks ago.  We were all shocked and upset because she left very quickly.  Her work recently came down, so I have expanded to fill out our space until the next change-over.

My website is nearing completion.  http://www.marileeford.com Katrina Small of http://www.Katgrafix.com is working on it for me.  These websites look easy, but they are not!  Takes HOURS of compiling, cross-checking and then sending to get them into place.  I’m working on the Naturlich website update, and it seems to drag on forever.  The issue is partly just not having big blocks of time to work on it…But is all gets done eventually!

In an earlier post, I showed a spray painted piece. “Ode to Georgia”, above is what it looked like finished. “Ghost Ranch II” and “Glory Be” are also from my sojourn into New Mexico in September.

Heart K Paint Out

October 8, 2008
The barn and outbuildings at the Heart K Ranch

The barn and outbuildings at the Heart K Ranch

And, to finish the month out, another paint-out and an opportunity to do plen-aire painting in an even more beautiful place.  This time, we were in the Genesee Valley, in Plumas County.  Genesee is this magical place, tucked away in the Sierras, a long way from the noise of traffic and busy city life.  Here, the Feather River Land Trust has purchased a tract of land, called the Heart K Ranch, to preserve and protect in perpetuity.  In order to procure the land, the Trust had to borrow quite a bit of money, so they are trying to raise the funds to pay off the loan.  As far as I know, this was their first paint-out.  Several artists arrived at 8 am to start painting, and by 2 pm, there was a crowd gathered to view and buy the art, as well as several other auction items.  Volunteers, I assume residents of the valley, put together a fabulous lunch, even serving barbequed oysters! There was music, Maidu drummers and a “nature walk” where local experts shared about how the land was used when the Maidu Tribe occupied the Genesee Valley. 

My painting of the barn at the Heart K Ranch, which sold at auction for $300.

My painting of the barn at the Heart K Ranch, which sold at auction for $300.

The artists donated their time and their proceeds to the Feather River Land Trust.  It was really fun to have people come along, appreciate what you were doing, and then to buy it, especially to benefit such a great cause.  The red barn is the first fully restored building on the Heart K Ranch. 

I painted with oils here at the Heart K.  I discovered the challenges of doing that plen-aire…the oils weren’t dry when people were ready to take the paintings away…and wet paint gets all over people who handle the paintings!  Now, I know you’re not supposed to handle wet oil paintings, but in this circumstance, it was unavoidable.  I finished the first painting above, and because I had more paint, I turned and looked out over the valley and painted the second one below.

Genesee Valley, oil painting, sold at silent auction at the Heart K Ranch.

Genesee Valley, oil painting, sold at silent auction at the Heart K Ranch.

We left the gathering and drove back on a dirt road, which took us around the other side of Genesee Valley…what a treasure of a place it is.  Another surprise of the day was re-connecting for a brief moment wtih Vicki, who I used to work with at Seneca District Hospital.  We were both OB nurses.  She was my Vanna for the auction!   It realy was a very special day.  Rob and I are in love with yet another place on this beautiful earth!

Ghost Ranch

October 8, 2008

It’s been a busy month of painting.  The first week in September I spent the week at Ghost Ranch, in Georgia O’Keefe country…I’ll never forget driving over the hills just before Ghost Ranch and feeling, “I can’t believe it!  I’m in the middle of a Georgia O’Keefe painting!”  The cliffs, rocks, sky, vegetation in this part of New Mexico is so awesome!  The workshop was very well run and taught by Gail and Ken McDaniel.  I’ll show you a few pieces that are still in process.

Watercolor painted plen-aire alongside the Chama River, northwest of Ghost Ranch.

Watercolor painted plen-aire alongside the Chama River, northwest of Ghost Ranch.

Gail taught several techniques, including one using a tool to spray paint onto the paper.  The natural materials, including the cottonwood leaves drifting off, were gathered around Ghost Ranch.  One day we walked out into the desert to Georgia’s home (the former home of Arthur Pack)…it was really hot, dry…but the colors were amazing.  You may remember the red hills of her paintings, the ochre slides of clay and volcanic rocks sitting out in the middle of nowhere.    

The beginnings of a painting using found objects and spray on watercolor paint...these are the colors of the desert at Ghost Ranch.

The beginnings of a painting using found objects and spray on watercolor paint...these are the colors of the desert at Ghost Ranch.

Pedernal…the mountain that Georgia O’Keefe says was promised to her if she painted it enough…   

Rob and I at Ghost Ranch...Pedernal in the background

Rob and I at Ghost Ranch...Pedernal in the background

The White Place, across the valley from Georgia O’Keefe’s home in Abiqui…my heart expanded as I hiked into the canyon where Ms. O’Keefe no doubt dragged her paints and canvases.   

The canyon where "The White Place in Shadow" was painted.

The canyon where "The White Place in Shadow" was painted.

I helped to teach the portion of the workshop on mandalas.  We worked on our mandalas all week long.  Most people produced very refined and beautiful mandalas.  I found myself working with texture (using masa paper and sumi ink) and, again, the desert colors to make a mandala called “Earth in Turmoil”.  I tapped into my grief around the deterioration of our beautiful earth (interesting that I should be so aware of that in the midst of the wilderness of New Mexico…) The dark spot you see can be an opening into the depths where we all find healing.   

My mandala...the earth is my body.

My mandala...the earth is my body.

It was a profoundly enjoyable week and I brought home rocks, as usual, to remind myself of the connection to the earth which I felt so intensely in this beautiful place.

On our hike into the Ghost Ranch desert.  Look at that sky!!

On our hike into the Ghost Ranch desert. Look at that sky!!

First week of August

August 4, 2008

So here we are, entering the last days of summer…school starts in a few weeks…and my Mondays will once again become consumed with welcoming new nursing students to the wonderful world of caring for our elderly.  I so love seeing their eyes open, and their hearts expand as they learn the art of Nursing.  I am grieving the loss, at least for the time being, of the IHP program at Dominican.  I will have no classes this Fall, once again…at a time when holism is so needed in our world, the loss of the Integrated Health Practices program is not welcome.

Even so, I will use my time to PAINT more.

SO here he is, the King of the Hill.   I spotted this proud Llama looking out over the ocean above Tomales Bay.  Whatever does he see in the far distant ocean?   This is one of my new oil paintings at the Riverfront Art Gallery.  Don’t forget the reception on August 16…live music, great company and yummy food and wine! 

King of the Hill, Oil on Canvas

King of the Hill, Oil on Canvas

End of July

July 31, 2008

I’m gearing up to change my exhibit at Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma.  This will be my first all OIL grouping…I’m enjoying oils and hope to learn more at a class I’m taking this Saturday.  I hope you enjoy this painting.  It’s called Peace and is the largest I’ve done in oil..24″ x 30″.  Don’t mind Herman, our cat, as he pauses in front of the picture as I photographed it.

The reception for the gallery show will be August 16th… we’ll have live music and the usualy good food.  Hope you’ll join us.

Heman pausing in front of Peace, 24" x 30", oil on canvas

Heman pausing in front of Peace, 24" x 30", oil on canvas

Grace

July 26, 2008
Grace
Grace

Walking at Schollenberger Park in the early morning, I am awestruck by the beauty of the sun as it emerges from the hills…the swans glide gracefully across the water and I am humbled at my small place in this world.  The original painting hung at our store in Sebastopol, Hendricksen Naturlich Flooring, but recently sold at the WASCO Aqua Areas Show in Santa Rosa.

End of July musings

July 26, 2008

We’re nearing the end of summer, which in Petaluma means that we have cold mornings and very wam days.  I’m hoping to do some plen aire painting this weekend.  Here is my latest plen aire oil painting from Schollenberger Park in Petaluma.  (I’ve not yet mastered the art of photographing oils…The original is brighter.)

Peaceful Morning

Peaceful Morning


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