“Lunch Rush” and Painting at the Olympics?

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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
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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
©TracyWall

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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“Returning to Half & Half” and still searching

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Returning to Half & Half
oil on gallery-stretched canvas
30″ x 40″
©Tracy Wall

Been feeling a little weird when it comes to my work.  It is hard to describe.  I want more from it.  I’m still in a state of gentle uneasiness and a “why” when it comes my paintings.

In the meantime, here’s one I did earlier this year.  Became reacquainted with a palette knife again.

Cows in a field are very familiar and reassuring to me (home to this WI girl), but up close, you see interesting layers of paint.  That’s part of what I’m exploring.

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“Returning to Half & Half” ©Tracy Wall (detail)  See the layers?

 

 

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“Halt, Walk, Trot” and lines

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Halt, Walk, Trot
8″ x 16″
oil on canvas, framed
©Tracy Wall

(little hard to get the colors true in this photograph)

I really like lines.  Reminds me that (for me at least) it often starts with drawing, especially when it comes to figures.

Just love the sketchy aspect of art.

Now I question how exactly can I incorporate line within my work?  Especially when I really like thick painterly brushstrokes, too.

Hmmmm, stay tuned!

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“Inside Reflections” and A turning point….

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Inside Reflections
20″ x 20″
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
©Tracy Wall

It’s been a time of art contemplation for me lately.   I didn’t really expound on the turning point mentioned in the last painting. (See ‘Turning Point in Teal‘)  Experimented w/ color among other things.

I’ve been feeling like I need a change.  

I’m always trying to get better: create better work.  But I don’t know exactly what “better” means to me.  Whether it has to do with better drawing, better shapes, better colors, better composition, better message, better process, better texture, all of the above, or something completely different; I don’t know that yet. 

But I do know I want to be a better painter and better my work.

But what does “better” mean?  Something different for everyone.
This is all very grey and nebulous.  I imagine you’ll see me experiment with some new things in the coming posts.  Exciting yes, but also uncertain where it will lead me.  Stick around for the journey.

In the meantime, there’s a few from earlier I haven’t yet posted….

Despite being 73 degrees yesterday here in Denver, there’s blizzard warnings out today with 12″ or more of snow expected when it’s all done. (It’s officially spring, right?)

A perfect time for inside reflections.  : )

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