Monday, March 9, 2015

Flood and Aftermath Return of Spring in Arizona

The flood on Oak and Spring Creeks came and went this past week, but what a difference in the land surrounding the creeks.  At the same time as we got our 4 inch rain the fruit trees were becoming showy and the leaves on the Cottonwoods are beginning to green.  It was an exciting week to observe the changes.  Some of the sand dunes and charred wood came from Oak Creek Canyon above Sedona where they had a bad fire last May called the Slide Fire.

Great flood sculptures have been created by the wood debris.  The green is very bright right now, bit the grass and the leaves that are beginning to pop out.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Colorful Kaleidoscopes and a More Monochromatic Seasonal Palette

Visited one of our favorite local National Monuments as a treat yesterday.  Spoke with a younger generation seasonal ranger who took out his smart phone to answer a question we had which was a first for us.  Learned he was studying "sustainable communities" in graduate school.  What more appropriate location for him to study than a native American pueblo as a posting!  They were nothing if not sustainable, except evidently the long drought finally caused them to abandon theur communities along Oak Creek and the Verde River.

I was inspired to do 2 series of kaleidoscopes.  One based on my late blooming Minerva Amaryllis at home and secondly the fantastic rock walls of Tuzigoot National Monument with it's wonderful winter palette of seasonal grasses in Clarkdale, Arizona.

Minerva Amaryllis as Subject

Tuzigoot Walls as Subject

Only 10 weeks and we begin our long trip back Campobello Island, NB  This year we will be spending over a month travelling to get there with a significant stopover in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the way.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

End of Year, Beginning of New and Snow in Arizona!

We are in the midst of a fairly large snow storm by Arizona standards so I decided to do my last blog post of the year using snow scene photographs taken today in my neighborhood.  This is my favorite holiday(New Year's Day) as we all look ahead to the upcoming year with great hopes.  Let's hope it is as great as we all hope it will be...

Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

One Photo, Many Kaleidoscopes

I had one photo of red rocks, grasses, blue sky and cloud formations from which I made many kaleidoscopes this week. I can reproduce any of my kaleidoscopes in an 8" x 8" format and provide a simple frame for $50 plus shipping.

Happy Holidays and Peace to All. Consider visiting someone who is alone as your holiday gift to humanity this year.  So many people end up being very isolated as they get older because of vision, hearing, and mobility issues, as well as the deaths of those dear to them.

balanced dark and light


rockscape layers


Friday, December 5, 2014

Fog and Rain in Arizona and Time Passing Fall into Winter

Just had 3 days of weather reminiscent of the East Coast.  We are finally back to sunny weather!  Most of the Fall leaves have fallen, but some still remain on our mulberry trees.  It is time for my now monthly blog post.  At one time, I was trying for weekly, but the weeks are coming more quickly now as the aging process continues.  I feel like garbage day comes almost every other day, not just on Mondays!  It is astounding how fast time is passing, but I am not stressing out about it anymore.  I used to think it was terrible if I didn't have something concrete to point to as an accomplishment daily, but now I am happier with less in general.

Right now I am fascinated with the wonderful foliage along Oak Creek where it is still Fall.  In this climate Fall lasts nearly to Christmas which is wonderful.

If you are in the Northern or Central Arizona area, make an appointment to see our studio gallery: Pumphouse Studio Gallery.  We would be happy to show you around with a personal tour.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Waterflows and Lacy Trees

Fall is here in North Central Arizona.  Furnaces are on and wood stoves are wafting wood smoke in the morning hours and the leaves are changing color.  We are fortunate to see leaf change from mid-September to late November due to our travels from Canada to Arizona.  It's a wonderful time of year here.  Come and take a 4 day Paint Sedona Plein Air Painting Workshop with Michael Chesley Johnson.  We are also offering a Paint Sedona Intensive for those who want a one on one experience.  Lodging can be with us or at the Sedona studio that Michael uses at 220 Goodrow Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336.

I have done a series of kaleidoscopes based on Fall colors and waterflows over rocks.

Anyone who doesn't believe that Arizona has brilliant red maples in October and November needs to take a hike!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Perfect Autumn: Yellow Ferns, Red Oaks and Maples, and Many Boats in Maine

This September was a perfect month in Maine and the ferns turned yellow and the oaks turned yellow and red instead of the normal brown and the maples are iridescent this year.  I am fortunate enough to have spent 6 days near and in Acadia National Park while Michael Chesley Johnson was teaching plein air painting for the 8th time for Acadia Workshop Center.  He had a great group of 7 hard working students while I entertained myself taking photos!

Red, red maples!

Red Oaks and Gray Rock

Yellow Ferns

Celtic Cross of Red Maple Leaves on Gravel

Wooden Boat Skeleton on Land

Lobster Traps and Lobster Boats

Now I am in a studio apartment in a converted barn overlooking Mount Monadnock, a mountain with a lot of history, including a plein air painter...  Lucky me!  Michael is teaching for:  Monadnock Area Artists Association.

Next stop is Strasburg, VA on our way to Sedona, AZ...where Michael will participate in the 10th Sedona Plein Air Festival...(It is his 7th or 8th time to participate....we lost track!) 

Monday, September 15, 2014

End of Summer, Red Sunflowers and Endless Landscaping Chores

The sunflower seeds I planted in late May have finally yielded flowers.  First the little seed shot up to 7 feet tall and then for the past few weeks they have been forming flower heads.  It is amazing that in less than 4 months a seed can grow to 7 feet tall and have a huge flower head!

Time to begin thinking about our annual migration south and west just like the birds and other migratory creatures.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Quoddy Artists Studio Tour August 23, 2014 Lubec, Campobello Island, Whiting, Eastport Quoddy Loop Area

Join us tomorrow, Saturday August 23, for our one day "near the end of the season" studio tour between 9AM and 4PM local time.  I will be at the  location at 45 Washington Street in Lubec, Maine demonstrating some fabric "painting" and embellishment techniques.   A great time to begin thinking about holiday gifts since summer is nearly over.

I had an opportunity to travel by ferry to St Andrews this week and took 319 photos.  My excuse was that I had to deliver a painting to Michael's St. Andrews Gallery and go to the bank. If fact, it is true, that St Andrews at 6 nautical miles from Campobello Island has the closest Canadian bank.  Since we had not been to the bank since last year, it was time!  Of course, many of the over 300 pictures were taken at the Kingsbrae Garden or on the boat ride to and from St Andrews. It was a great vacation day and many kaleidoscopes will be produced from the wonderful photographs I took.  Expect lots of boat, water, cloud, and flower kaleidoscopes over the next few months of Fab Fabrications blogging.  Here are two to get the theme started!

A Perfect Afternoon on the Water

Echinacea and Russian Sage at Kingsbrae Garden, St Andrews, NB