We have been away from the desert for far too long but were visiting family abroad and paying our last respects an older family member who passed away while we were gone. Working side by side with my husband, his brother and my sister-in-law to find, sort, and clean away all the ephemera accumulated over 90 years has raised a warning flag. In the past few years as I gather forgotten, cast off items to use in my art work, I don’t use as much as I collect and I am accumulating far more treasures than I need. Home is indeed a place to gather……..people not things. It is time to start peeling back the onion skins and find the hearts of gold. In the studio and in my personal life.
“Every traveler has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.”“When I speak of home, I speak of the place where in default of a better–those I love are gathered together; and if that place where a gypsy’s tent, or a barn, I should call it by the same good name notwithstanding.”
― Charles Dickens
An abundance of good friends, new friends, art patrons, curiosity seekers, fellow artists, and wanderers showed up for our Annual Open Studio Art Tours Event the end of October. It was a homecoming, of sorts, since Allen and I were in Detroit marrying off our youngest during the 2011 Hwy 62 Art Tours. My new direction of small canvases was well received, in fact I sold several, and my large canvas was the topic of much discussion. Fellow artist, Deborah Martin, gave me the canvas with a challenge to work large and after staring at it for a month, I took the first brush to canvas . I was pleasantly surprised with the result and at the feeling of “opening up” that working on a larger piece gave me , physically as well as artistically. If you are interested in seeing it in person, I entered in the Southland Show currently hanging at the Twentynine Palms Art Gallery.
Allen and I will be traveling during much of the next couple of months but my art is available at ArtF/X & Furnishings in Yucca Valley, D L Bowden Frame Shop and Gallery in Twentynine Palms, and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley. If you are in the Bakersfield area, I have entered four pieces in the Small Works Show at the Metro Galleries on 19th Street.
This holiday season keep your eyes open for the abundance of unexpected small pleasures hidden beneath any burdens you may carry.
Back in our desert studio, listening to music, playing with textures and letting the mediums speak to me. These four newest pieces pretty much took me along for the ride, I had lots of mundane things on my mind so they found their own way and ended up in a totally different place than I thought we were going. But I love them! Come visit our studio on the second weekend of the Hwy 62 ArtTours and see them in person.
We welcome you to our studio
the second weekend of the tours:
October 27&28. nine to five
74043 Twilight Drive ~ Twentynine Palms, CA
Spending some down time at our cabin in Sugarloaf. It is lovely this time of year to have a place to escape the heat of the desert, make (and eat) homemade waffles with real maple syrup, lie in the hammock, read large quantities of mindless paperbacks, plant some annuals and watch the ground squirrels and bunnies eat them.
I have not worked on any art since my show came down at the Twentynine Palms Inn, in May, but have ordered some canvasses ( 4″x6″ ) and am visualizing my new directions. Although the assemblages inside rusty sardine cans are very popular, it becomes harder and harder to find the raw material and I feel the need to “come out” of the can. I will continue to work pieces within the lovely aged walls of the remaining couple of dozen but when my stock runs out, that is it. I have done several small canvas pieces over the past year, incorporating the same elements as my petite assemblage: collage, found objects, rusty bits, and text fragments with the addition of paint and dimensional mediums. I will continue to explore this avenue and you can see all my art, first hand, at this years Hwy 62 ArtTours. My husband, Allen Robison Barter, and I will be opening our home studios and invite you all to visit us during the second weekend of the tours, October 27-28, 2012.
Fellow artist Mark Junge asked for name suggestions for his latest painting of Joshua Tree National Park, and he chose the name I suggested! What an honor! An added benefit was that I was forced to update my website, thanks Mark.
What a whirlwind! Since I last posted we have managed to slip away to our little casita in San Felipe, Baja Mexico for 10 days of relaxation (in between installing a hot water heater, pump and new propane tank).
Back to Twentynine Palms to prepare an open house for my son Markland and his new wife, Holly. We had guests from age 9 months to 84 years old, locals, San Diegians, and Las Vegans. 4 couples spent the night in their tents on our 5 acres of heaven and others in the guest rooms. It was a full house and fine evening.
I hung 31 assemblage pieces for my Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council show at the Twentynine Palms Inn today on the West Wall of the restaurant, it will remain until May 5th. Please drop by, have a drink or a bite to eat and enjoy the show. Jennifrer Ruggeiro’s photo graphs grace the East Wall.