Great Scape!

Isn’t it funny how things just seem to come together?  Last month I started working and blogging about scapes, and how really cool they are, and today I was working on finishing touches on the painting and this FABULOUS blogpost Great Scape came up on my reader.Please click on it to view a gorgeous photo of a “rollercoast” of scapes from the blog Leaf and Twig (which I totally enjoy reading daily!)

vegetable still life

Almost finished this 11″ x 14″ watercolor of a farmer’s market collection of scapes, pepper, and kale.  Click on image to view larger.

So after spending a good deal of time yesterday on the business end of painting,  it was nice to get in painting time today.  Please let me know what you think.  I need some fresh perspectives on it.

This won’t be in next month’s show, but the deadline is rapidly approaching (mid August) for submissions to Arts International, the juried show put on annually by the EP Art Association.  So I will be working on it and others hoping to have some ready to submit for that show.  It’s  a busy summer here!

And with traveling, putting together frames/mats/paintings, ordering cards and business cards, I have been remiss in keeping up with reading art blogs…so that’s next on the agenda.  I so appreciate the support of other bloggers, and artists in particular, and I miss keeping up on what y’all are doing!

photo card

art show in El Paso, Texas.  Click on image to view larger.

Ardovino’s Farmer’s Market YEAR ROUND!

from farmer's market

from farmer’s market

I just found out that the Farmer’s Market  at Ardovino’s will be open year round, starting this year.  For local folks, this is great news.  it’s a fabulous place to visit, good vendors, yummy food and artists’ stuff!  Here are some of my favorites there:
Jewelry and art by Cecil and Susan, phenomenal couple and great work! Their jewelry has spoiled me for any other jewelry artists.
Cactus Mary soaps  this is the only hand soap I use, and I love her subtle natural scents.

And the restaurant is fabulous!  For those of you who don’t know, it was a roadside inn, before travel on the interstates, that was featured in Life magazine, and is still in the family, has been restored and continues to serve locally sourced food that is crazy good!  Here’s more on its history.   The grounds are so beautiful, done by Jennifer Barr Ardovino of Desert Elements Landscape Design.  It is a special place.

In April a very good friend (who currently lives in Cambridge, MA) visited me for the first time in 12 years.  We went out to for her birthday dinner and had a scrumptious feast, she thoroughly enjoyed the classy duo playing in the bar area, the view was so beautiful.  it was a really special night and I was so proud that El Paso has quality places that rival the whole range of choices she has in the Boston area.

Downtown Art and Farmers’ Market

Today was my first time down at the newish DWNTWN Artists and Farmers’ market ., it’s in the Union Plaza area and has a different feel than the Ardovino’s market.  More younger artists, smaller veggie stands, a wool stand that I enjoyed, and yummy home made breads, cupcakes, and more.  I will definitely go back and hope it continues to thrive.

I’ve snapped some of my purchases.

Veggies that may show up in watercolor pictures

Veggies that may show up in watercolor pictures

Home made sweet breadsHome made sweet breads

Yarn from Wooly Burro Fibers, jewelry from Nenas Art and Designs and a cool cabochon for a beaded barrette

Yarn, jewelry and a cabochon

Yarn from Wooly Burro Fibers, jewelry from Nenas Art and Designs and a cool cabochon for a beaded barrette

Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market had its inaugural day yesterday, and I came home with lovely flowers and herbs, and various squash and onions. So here are two quick “takes” on the subject.

Which do you like better?

I’m not totally pleased with either one, but I AM pleased that I’m back watercoloring!