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Sunrise Cranes
40″ x 40″
oil on gallery-stretched canvas
©Tracy Wall

Yet another aesthetically pleasing view of construction.

This one is based on some images I took of some construction at Denver International Airport in 2013.  Just loved the way this flock of cranes was waking up and stretching with the sunrise.

See it at Abend Gallery‘s exhibit, Denver: Under Construction through November 30th.

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One Way
12″ x 9″
oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

One way to see the lovely side of construction: stop by Abend Gallery before November 30th, and see the show!

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Scaffolding on Red
48″ x 36″
acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

Another in the construction series.  (part of the Denver: Under Construction exhibit)  I simply loved the perspective and patterns of each floor of this scaffolding. Each rising floor changes the patterns and the angles a little more.

Add to that the angle of each floor’s cast shadow onto the gray section of the building inside.  Such an interesting play of light and shadow shapes!

This whole carefully orchestrated structure is just temporary for them to build the structure inside.  ?I think it’s an elevator shaft?

Once completed, the scaffolding comes down, only to be rebuilt around another potential section.  Very fleeting.

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Crane Conversation
36″ x 24″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

I am part of a group exhibit at Abend Gallery titled Denver: Under Construction.  Around Denver, there is tons of construction: residential (single family and high density), corporate, retail, manufacturing… You name it, they’re building and rebuilding it.  It’s everywhere!

It was interesting to look for the aesthetically pleasing aspects of construction.  To take a category I normally see as “yea, yeah; so what” and notice  the interesting compositions and viewpoints.  To take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.  <–(it’s in my Artist Statement!)

This is the first of a few new ones I’ll be posting.  Show opened last night at Abend Gallery and will be up through November 30th.

JOY Exhibition Invite to 11-9

If you haven’t stopped by to see it yet, you still have one more weekend to catch a little JOY! at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.  Exhibit will be up through November 9th.

There’s lots of works by multiple artists (including me!) with works that just make you smile.

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“The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

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On a non-painting note:

I was halfway to a Sunday visit to the dog park w/ the girlz (arf!!) when two thoughts crossed my mind:
a) Uh oh; what’s that weird “broken part” sound coming from the right side of my car?
and
b) darn, I left my coffee on the kitchen counter.

Turns out I was wrong on both counts. Yay!

 

 

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Edge of Smith Lake, Washington Park
8″ x 10″
oil on canvas
©Tracy Wall

I write today to celebrate artist Ken Valastro, a man that has inspired not only me, but so many artists.

I first met him at a weekend workshop he taught 10+ years ago.   Not only is his work inspiring, but his gentle insights and laid back feedback made it easy to listen to his instruction and suggestions.

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Paintings by Ken Valastro of Washington Park in Denver

I would later take more of his workshops whenever I needed a jump start.  We became friends and would often see each other at gallery receptions.  With a warm smile, he’d always greet me with a hug and ask about my painting.  On to talks about art, life, trials and tribulations.  Later on, when we exhibited work in group shows together, and he would always be there so generous with encouragement.        IMG_8746-sm-copy-web

From Ken, we learned not only about painting, but how to keep a wonderful attitude in life as he was a true gentleman.   He introduced me into my first gallery, and for that I am forever thankful.  Truly a kind soul.

Today some of us painted at Washington Park (Denver), near the boathouse and lake where he often enjoyed painting.

Really, there’s nothing much to say here.  He’ll continue to be sitting on my shoulder with words of encouragement.

As others have said, Ken you are a masterpiece.
Rest easy, and paint on!  We miss you.
Thank you, Ken.

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Play Hard, Sleep Hard
20″ x 29″
oil on cradled panel
©Tracy Wall

This is a remake of one I did years ago in pastel.  In some ways, I’m such a different artist. (more color, fresher,more painterly)  But then again, some things never change: the peace of a sleeping dog.

I’ve got different dogs now.  Just wait until I start in with the beagle paintings!

(This is also one of the new paintings hanging in the JOY!! exhibit at Children’s Hospital Colorado through November 9th.)

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