“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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Apple for CHC
12″ x 9″
acrylic on panel
© Tracy Wall

Painted this at an opening reception for a previous exhibit at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Because of the setting, I used acrylic paints without the unhealthier parts (like cadmium).  Some of the fellow artists in this group exhibit were patients at Children’s, and that made it even more of a pleasure to meet and chat paint with them.

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

Mint Relief, ©2014 Tracy Wall

Mint Relief
10″ x 10″
oil on panel
© Tracy Wall

This is one of the new paintings hanging in the JOY!! exhibit at Children’s Hospital Colorado through November 9th.  A percent of the sale proceeds are donated back to the hospital, so find your favorite!

What better way to celebrate the last official week of summer.

JOY Exhibition Invite to 11-9

Aside from having fabulous artwork all over the secure patient halls and floors, Children’s Hospital Colorado also has a public exhibit space with rotating exhibits for all to enjoy.  (no security badges needed)

The newest exhibit up in this space includes the works of eight women represented by Abend Gallery.

I am delighted to have five new works chosen for this exhibit.  In addition, to be in the company of such creative ladies: Sam Buller, Nancy Condit, Nicole Hyde, Deb Komitor, Peggy McGivern, Jean Shom, and Elsa Sroka; I’m honored!!

I’ll be posting new works here as the days go on, but there’s nothing like seeing works in person.  Stop by and see this show in Aurora CO; it’ll be up through the beginning of November.

I’ve been asked to show the details of the game-playing frogs, so here you go.

I made it a point to try to create a personality, while try to keep the feels of wild frogs.  You can only anthropomorphize so much until it turns into a parody.   (I means, you need real frogs at Children’s Hospital Colorado, right?)  ; )

Besides, the feeling that frogs are unexpected on a game board would be lost if they became too “cartoony”.

Had fun creating these fellas!!

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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.

 

 

 

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