Friday, February 28, 2014

Back from Moving Land

I have been absent from this blog since December 28th. I have been in Moving Land, a place I have no desire to visit again! Our home went under contract on January 1st of 2014. With a lot of help from friends and lots of prayer, my husband, Rich, and I were out of there on January 27th. Needless to say, January was a whirlwind. The purpose of the move was to downsize our house and our debt so that I can devote myself to full-time painting. But February has been taken over by unpacking the boxes we spent January packing plus starting remodeling projects to make the new house our own. I love having the chance to decorate again.

Even though I have yet to pick up a paint brush or pastel since the move started, I have had some sales of paintings on Etsy and at the John Deaux Gallery in Pueblo, CO. The still life pastel painting above sold. It's a 16 x 20 inch painting — one of my favorites. I'm told the new owner loves it in the spot she's picked for it in her house. I also sold a couple smaller oil paintings of bison that were inspired by my trip to the Zapata Ranch in southern Colorado last year.

My 24 x 24 inch pastel painting of a horse titled Breeze on Beauty (shown in an earlier post on this blog) has been juried in to the art show associated with the annual Rocky Mountain Horse Expo and will be on display at the horse show from March 7 through March 9. The artist's reception is March 8. Rich and I are bringing a couple young horse lovers we know to the artist's reception and to the Mane Event afterwards that night. I created a flyer for the show to advertise that I am now taking commissions for equine portraits.

It's GOOD to be back. I'm looking forward to creating paintings again soon. Our new house is more remote and surrounded on all sides by prairie and mountain views. I've already seen some glory-to-God sunrises that are waiting for me — just brewing in my mind.