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Utah red rocks wip 1-13-13Red rocks of Utah – work in progress on 1/4 sheet of Arches 140 lb cold press

As much as I talk about it, retirement is no where in my near future.  But it may be in the Husband’s sooner rather than later.  He’s got 19 years with the NYPD and although not wanting to, he may retire at 20 years as a result of injuries incurred on the job.  We’ll see.  And boy did he like Utah when we visited 4 national parks in that state in September.  I recently told a friend that the Husband keeps telling me he wants to retire to Utah.  This friend looked at me with a straight face and said “you’ll be arrested”.  I’m not sure about that.  But I’m pretty sure they won’t get my jokes.  Or the fact that I prefer black as a color choice in most of my clothes.

Speaking of clothes…I remember the drive we took our last day in Utah from Moab to Salt Lake City so we could catch an evening flight to NYC.   On the way there I was fussing with the radio buttons trying to find something decent to listen to.   As we got closer to SLC, I finally found some music stations, but the commercials were the best.  I remember one commercial in particular.  It was for a clothing store.  Two teen-age girls were discussing the fashions sold at this store and how cool the clothes were.   And then came the hook…

1st girl:    I love the clothes, they are so cute!

2nd girl:  And modest too!

And that’s when I stared.  At the radio.  And then laughed.  I don’t know about you, but I do think teen and tween girls often dress quite inappropriately for their age.  16 year-olds look like they are 30.  (OMG, did I just say that?)  But I’ve never once heard a teen-age girl exclaim “THESE CLOTHES ARE SO MODEST!  I LOVE THEM!”

I’m still thinking about those beautiful hoodoos and rock formations though and sometimes when I come out of the subway I look up at the skyscrapers and imagine that they are the red-rocks of Utah.   Maybe we will go back someday.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to paint them like I did here and here. The above painting is still a work in progress.  I am going to add more detail to the rocks, some cracks, crevices and striations.   There is also an electrical cord in the picture.   I don’t know how that got there.  Clearly it speaks to my superb photographic abilities.

Central Park Duck 1-13-12I also worked on my Central Park Duck a little more to add some depth.   You can see the difference compared to my last post of the duck here.

Utah – Bryce, Scenic Byway in Moab, and Arches on 1/2 sheet of 140# Arches coldpress.  Each image is approx 5 x 8 inches with approx. an inch and 1/2 space in between.

I’m back in Utah! Well, not physically, I’m still in NYC, but blog-post wise I’m back in Utah.  I feel like I’ve been astral traveling:  Utah, NYC Urban Sketching, Utah again and then a quick stop in Florida (see the decoupage under glass plate below.)   If only I could get some frequent flyer miles for all these trips.

The left panel is Bryce Canyon.  The middle is on a scenic byway in Moab. Which was a beautiful road.  The Colorado river was a muddy rust color, with purple-ish mountains on the other side and trees that clearly had been burned in a recent fire and then these bizarre little clumps of neon green grass growing.  The final panel is from Arches National Park (I think).

This is the first time I did a triptych.  I felt it worked well with the imagery I chose to paint.  I have so many images in my head (that often fight with the voices) and I’m torn between my cityscapes and this amazing Utah landscape.

I’m also working on some coasters and plates for the upcoming Putnam Arts Council Holiday Craft Sale.  I have to work like a busy bee the next few weeks to get some inventory ready for the sale. I just finshed this 7″ plate of Florida Oranges.

Decoupage under glass – 7 inch glass plate with Florida Oranges image, with metallic and acrylic paint.

I have a number of these 7″ plates which I plan to sell along with some vases and other glass items.  I will go into busy bee mode to make a bunch of coasters for the holiday sale.   I can’t believe I’m already thinking about the holidays.  So, if you don’t hear from me, check to make sure I haven’t collapsed under a mound of glass coasters, Elmer’s glue and metallic paint.

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