Chutes & Ladders Transform (c)TLW - tiny copy

Chutes & Ladders Transform
36″ x 48″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©2014 Tracy Wall

Yikes!  Need to catch up on here!
I may have been absent, but I feel like I’ve been so busy!  It’s time to catch up.

This is my most recent commission created for Children’s Hospital Colorado delivered in July.  It’s a pretty hefty size for me measuring in at 3 feet x 4 feet .

As a play on the children’s game Chutes & Ladders, these Colorado frogs identify with the up’s and down’s of life.  In many cultures, frogs represent change and transformation as they grow from tadpole to frog.

The lesson for me is this: Metamorphosis is crucial for survival.  Whether it’s adults reinventing themselves later in life, frogs maturing from water to land, or kids dealing with growing up and facing health/developmental challenges, we all need to roll with the punches and learn to adapt to changes as they occur.

As much as I love variety in my life, making changes is hard for me too!  Changes in schedule, changes in daily activities, changes in diet… I ss-s-st-t-t-t-tr-r-r-uuuuuuuuuuuu-gle.  Funny how I love trying new things, yet find change in daily life so challenging.

Forever the pull/push: a creature of habit that loves variety.




Stem Study ©TracyWall

Stem Study (sold)
8″ x 6″
oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

I really got a kick how this one came out.  Love the abstraction of all the shapes, reflections and refractions.

A little delayed, but I took part this year in the 23rd annual Summer Art Market sponsored by the Art Students League of Denver earlier this month.  Was a bang-up year for sales, despite the rainy weather.

A huge heartfelt “thank you!” to all those who weathered the storm and found just the right piece of art they were looking for.  : )

Always thrilled with those who enjoy and support our local artists community!

Spring Tulips, ©Tracy Wall

Spring Tulips
12″ x 9″
oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

Almost the middle of May, and Mother Nature has laid a 5″ blanket of snow on Denver.  Just when I was getting excited about happenings in my garden.

What a lovely winter we’re having this spring.  : )  Between you and me, I love how we go back and forth with the unpredictability of transitioning seasons.

Lots of schedule changes this week in my other job, and the snow adds more twists to it.

Just another reminder not to hold on to plans and schedules too tightly.  (I’m actually getting better at this!)  One of my favorite quotes:

“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.” – Michael McGriffy, MD

This cold spell won’t last too long, we’re supposed to be in the 70’s by mid week.  May the spring flowers and leaf buds survive!

Me in a shoe store

Me in the shoe store taking a picture of my pants.

It was a usual Saturday, and I had spent the day painting at Abend Gallery.  Afterwards, I ran a few errands before heading home.

Walking through a local mall, it can be hard for me NOT to stop into a shoe store as I pass by.  So I did.  Walked into a Steve Madden store just to see what they had.

A little hard to see, so I've pointed out the distress.  :)

A little hard to see, so I’ve pointed out the distress. :)

As I entered, staff approached, but not with the usual, “can I help you find something?”  Instead, “OMG, where did you get those jeans?  I LOVE them!!”

Huh?  The jeans in question were my usual faded Levi’s with marred with dabs of paint on them.  My usual “paint pants”.

Turns out the “distressed” look is quite popular these days, and paint schmears help make them that way.  Who knew?

Maybe I’m painting on the wrong type of cotton canvas.  : )

Any Way You Slice It, ©Tracy Wall

Any Way You Slice It
10″ x 10″ (x1.5″)
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
© Tracy Wall

“All sorrows are less with bread. ”
― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Created this for an upcoming benefit in May.  More about that then.

After reading my previous post, I wondered: why do YOU read art blogs?
Let me know in the comments.

Sweet Couple, © Tracy Wall

Sweet Couple
9″ x 12″
oil on panel
© Tracy Wall

To follow up on last week’s post of attending to the health of this blog, I need to ask myself: why would I want to blog?  What do I get out of blogging?

There’s a number of reasons:
~ Being an artist can be a solitary life.  I like to reach out to others.
~ It’s a way to connect with potential collectors
~ It’s a way to connect with fellow artists: share, compare, commiserate, and celebrate
~ It’s a way to let those unfamiliar with the creative process take a peek at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of artist’s life.
~ It’s a way for folks to get to know me.  Knowing me makes seeing my art more interesting.  Knowing my art makes me more interesting.
~ I just know that the moment I publish this post, I’ll come up with half-a-dozen other pivotally important reasons, but they escape me right now.  I’ll update PRN.  :)

After coming up with these reasons, I’m not sure I’ve been holding up my end of the bargain here on this blog.

That’s why I signed up for the Blog Triage class with Alyson Stanfield of and Cynthia Morris of .

My plan is to resuscitate this patient.
Stay tuned!

Coding...., ©TracyWall

©Tracy Wall

Time flies.

I’ve been working this blog for six and a half years now.  (wow, 6 1/2 years really?)  And while it’s still technically alive with recent posts, I’ve noticed him limping.  We all could use a make-over every now and again, but I think I need to go to the professionals to see if his true health is in danger.  Dr stethescope pocket rgbphoto

“He’s coding!…….  paddles charging………   CLEAR!”   (*thump*)

In order to breathe new life into this tired little blog, I signed up for the 4-week Blog Triage class with Alyson Stanfield of and Cynthia Morris of .

Today’s assignment is to describe the people I want to visit and read my blog.  There’s a wide range of folks that would include:
~ Art collectors (both my existing patrons and future collectors).  Some have established collections, while others just beginning.
~ Fellow artists, active as well as those who appreciate seeing others’ work.
~ They’re from all over the world, but most in the U.S., with many in the Rocky Mountain area.
~ They are fairly computer savvy able to easily navigate through blogs, though there’s some who on-line searching is still new.
~ While they may be at home on a computer, Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter may not be their thing.
~ Many have some connection to horses (direct or indirect), dogs, and animals in general.
~ All have an appreciation for things with visual appeal.
~ And of course family and friends.

But most of all, I probably write for me.  Tell you more about that in the next post.

Uncharted Stride, ©Tracy Wall

Uncharted Stride
30″ x 40″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
© Tracy Wall

…and the third of the three large bold horses.
(Boy, really hard to get an image of the true color of that purple)

Stop by Abend Gallery through March 8th and see the whole herd!

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