Ah, December

Happy Holidays

Ah, December.
Candle lighting:
We celebrate Hanukah. I do enjoy lighting the candles and saying prayers. Then I shut the
room lights off and just sit and gaze at the warm glow of the candles.
Christmas lights:
We bundle up and go drive around to see the lights. There is comfort in seeing lights here and
there among the darkness of the longer nights.
Family and friend gather together:
Holidays wouldn’t be the same without each other.
Warm, delicious food:
Well, food is part of the holidays.
Snow:
We had a white Christmas. yay
Cold:
when it’s cold one wants to just stay under the warm covers and rest. Do bears have the right
idea. ๐Ÿ˜€
Some thoughts as we are in the last month of this year, 2017.
How was your year?
A mixed bag of some really good stuff, with some hard times.
What worked, went right?
I got some wonderful commissions that enabled me to work and connect with clients.
What didn’t go the way it was planned?
I fall back on Robert Burns’s quote:
“The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,
For promis’d joy!
(The best laid schemes of Mice and Men
oft go awry,
And leave us nothing but grief and pain,
For promised joy!)”.
What could be the next step?
Stay Open.

Warmly,
LG

 

Feature Art:

candle light, Christmas, Hanukah

“Candlelight”

Scratch board

Art News

le cadeau du cheval

โ€œLe Cadeau du Chevalโ€œ
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on
the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in itโ€™s creation, as well as
see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits
for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring
Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help
spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have
sacrificed so much.โ€
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org

 

Process, Beauty

“The Process, The Beauty”

Time seems to pass quickly when youโ€™re busy.
October seemed to just fly by.
Sorry for not touching base with a newsletter last month.
I got caught up in some great projects.
One of the projects was a painted saddle.
It started with a painted saddle we saw on Facebook.
From there, I collaborated with founder and President of “Horses Bring Hope”, Dina Godinez, on painting a saddle for their October Gala event.

As I do with any project, I research what’s involved, choose material and supplies for the project, and then put my artistic skills to work to bring that project to completion.

“The Process”
I looked up what others have done to paint a saddle in the past.
I used light sanding paper to take off the top shine and create a surface that paint would adhere to. I rubbed rubbing alcohol to condition the leather surface.
I decided what kind of design and details I would paint. And then went ahead with painting.
I sprayed all the painted areas with a finish.

painted saddlepainted saddle

“The Beauty”
Having completed the project, I then shared it with my client.
This is probably the best part by far.
There is a wonderful sense of connection, when I share my art with others.
Creating gives me the chance to express myself.
Sharing what I have created opens communication between me and the people I share it with.
It’s a great feeling.

What is double the fun for me as a parent is seeing my girls enjoying a creative project.
For Halloween they thought up ideas, gathered material and supplies and created their own costumes.
We had a lot of fun Trick or Treating with friends and walking the neighborhood.
So grateful.

Have a great gathering.

Art News

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โ€œLe Cadeau du Chevalโ€œ
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on
the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in itโ€™s creation, as well as
see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits
for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring
Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help
spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have
sacrificed so much.โ€
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.