“Adirondacks in Summer”


Adirondacks in Summer
10″ x 10″
oil on panel

Guess I better post this before the snow starts to fly.
A salute to the warm sunny breezes of summer!

(BTW, I just love the intertwining shapes of the chairs and the cast shadows!)

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Unleashing and “Laws of Motion” detail


Detail of Laws of Motion (see previous post)

Just wanted to add a few thoughts to this piece from the previous post…

Working with my 2016 Word-of-the-Year in mind,  I’m “unleashing” certain things that need to be let go. (Ok, since this is a horse, it’s my way of loosening the reins.)

Sometimes you can get into such a groove in how you do something, that it starts to become a rut.  You finally found a way of doing things that works, then you find it becomes limiting when used exclusively. 

The older I get, the harder it is to try new things and new ways. So I’ve been trying to mix things up everyday in little ways to get used to trying new things.  Non-challenging new things to get into the habit of trying new or different.  New brands, new places, new trails, new routes, new haircut, new foods, etc. And I’m having more fun! 

Here’s how it relates to my painting on this one:

New color palette for me; I like it!  Usually my work is filled with oranges, reds and greens.  I limited this one to a few blues and a scant places of warm golden scattered around.  

-Notice the background: I’ve been wanting to start incorporating abstract shapes into my work.   Here’s a way I’ve done this without losing the integrity of the main subject: interesting shapes and tones, but not overpowering. 

-Also wanting to use lines (as apposed to all shapes) in my work. Again, it adds another level of interest and movement to the piece.  Note the gold circles in the background.  I like ’em.  Stay tuned for more like this including lines from gesture drawings.

I’m having more fun!  Lowering my expectations, just relax and having fun with it..
Perhaps a “new leash” on my painting life.  : )

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“Laws of Motion” and Art for Horses

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Laws of Motion
18″ x 24″
oil on canvas
©Tracy Wall

I am both honored and delighted to be part of Art for Horses 2016, an exhibit and sale benefiting two horse rescues here in Colorado.

From their website:

Art for Horses features equine art–paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography–by nationally recognized artists working in a variety of styles from traditional to experimental and abstract.

This is a valuable, well-respected show for artists and patrons and the show earns funds to benefit two Colorado horse rescues:

Drifter’s Hearts of Hope
Empowering children with special needs to rescue horses one cookie at a time.

The Horse Protection League
Dedicated to the rescue, care, and welfare of equines and to empowering people and horses to help each other.

Join us for the Opening Night Reception. Greet the artists, enjoy drinks, delicious food, and the first opportunity to purchase art and acquire beautiful silent auction items – all to support the art community and the hard-working horse rescues beneficiaries. It’s a beautiful way to help horses!

Where:  PACE Center in Parker Colorado (20000 Pikes Peak Ave, Parker, CO 80138)
When:  September 10-October 30, 2016

Ticketed Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15th at 5:30pm
Dinner, Drinks, Silent Auction ~~ $100 per person
Purchase tickets here!
http://www.ParkerArts.org or call 303-805-6800


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“Lunch Rush” and Painting at the Olympics?


Lunch Rush
20″ x 24″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

We’re nearing the end of this year’s Summer Olympics.
I love seeing the athletes, watching the culmination of years of long hours and hard work.
Competitive spirit, no matter the nationality

“… thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat….” (thank you Jim McKay and ABC Wide World of Sports)

Passed this article, mentioning painting in the 1912 Olympics?  really?
Guess I consider it all about athletics, grace, strength, and sport.   Not sure if this type of competition is where art belongs.

Read all about it here.

I travel around the city quite a bit, so for me Urban Life is all about the traffic, each person one of thousands in their own little car, going along their own little route, in their own little life.

Throughout the day, we all intersect and intertwine through the trails we leave on our way to wherever it is we’re going.

See this work as part of Abend Gallery’s exhibit, “Urban Life” through August 27th, 2016.



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“Colfax Lights” and a Feature!

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Colfax Lights
12″ x 36″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

I never tire of seeing the lights from the road of busy city streets.  Folks are out enjoying themselves, laughing, having a grand old time.  You can feel the pulse of the city.

On a side note: I am delighted to be a Featured Artist by master-blogger Barbara Stroud in her blog, “ArtFoodHome“.  <- (about 3 things she loves most!)   Thank you Barbara!  And check out her cool site!!

(see this work at Abend Gallery’s exhibit, “Urban Life” through August 27th, 2016)

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“Platte River December” and new exhibit!

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8″ x 24″
framed oil on canvas

It’s starting to heat up this summer!

I’ll have this snow painting and three trail paintings along with many other artists at the Landscape exhibit at Abend Gallery.

Show opens this Friday, June 10, 6:00-9:00pm.
Stay cool and see the show!

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“Unleashed in January” and Word of the Year

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Unleashed in January
12″ x 16″
oil on cradled panel

My birthday was a few weeks ago; spent it with little fanfare, but hung out with the coolest roommates ever!  Thought I’d post this as it’s snowing again in Denver.  In May.

With a birthday, ‘introspective me’ can’t help but spend time reflecting on how my last year has been spent and how I’d like to see the next year unfold.  Lots of fabulous things experienced, but lots of new avenues calling too.

After a little soul-searching, I missed having the guidepost of my “Word of the Year”.

A little background:
I first came upon a “Word of the Year” from Christine Kane in 2009.  In a nutshell: with the New Year, many create a list of achievement goals (aka New Years Resolutions).  Resolutions set you up for either winning or losing with no acknowledgement for partial growth.  A “Word of the Year” offers a theme, a guidepost to  hold onto for the year encourage me take action.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about aiming high with measurable goals.  But for times of frustration or indecision, it’s helpful to find a theme/word to remind and steer me where I want to go.

As I ponder my 2016 Word of the Year, I look back to see where I’ve been, what have been my stumbling blocks, and where I’d like to go. What specific struggles did I have and what might help to overcome.

Looking at all the words from previous years, darn they so similar.  In previous years, I’ve chosen “leap”,  adventurous”, “balance”, “vision”, “let go”, and “action”.

Doesn’t take a linguist to see they’re all hovering over a similar theme.  Guess I haven’t grown in some areas as much as I had hoped.  I still feel like I’m treading water never going anywhere.

Not that I feel like anyone has held me back.  Quite the opposite.  I’ve had many encouraging and offering opportunity.

The only thing that has restricted me is my own “overthinking”:My own thoughts of what I should do, what is supposed to look right, what the pundits say…
All self-inflicted.

Time for me to explore.  Reach for the things I love best and are meaningful to me.

So throughout the year, I’m going to play more.   Just relax and have fun with my work no matter what the outcome.

You may or may not notice difference in my art.  But I have a feeling it’s going to be different  inside of me.  Live a little, lighten up, and laugh a lot.

Experience life unleashed.

My 2016 Word of the Year: Unleashed.

Stay tuned!

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