“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
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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″
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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
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(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
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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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“Turning Point in Teal” and Animalia

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Turning Point in Teal
10″ x 10″
framed, oil on panel
©Tracy Wall

Abend Gallery is having their opening reception for Animalia.

Stop by and celebrate the art of the animal, this Friday, January 29, 2016 from 6:00-9:00pm.

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“Feverish Friday”

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Feverish Friday
18″ x 36 “oil on gallery-wrapped canvas
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This one was completed last fall.  Trying to recreate the “feel” of this.

It was the time of year when night falls earlier and earlier.  I love the idea of folks getting together after a long  week.

Brisk rainy night outside, warmth inside.  A packed place, SRO.  Cooks and servers darting about between tables.  The sounds of dozens of discussions, laughter.  Air is thick with the smell of good food in the warm crowded small space.

Love the ambiance!

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