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Sep 29 2014

Fall Shows Ahead

Last year I couldn’t do any shows in the fall because I spent the entire year drawing for The Cabins of Wilsonia (WHEN WILL IT BE HERE???) This year I am painting again, because paintings sell best at shows. Truthfully, cards, tee shirts, and calendars sell best, but if one is an artist, one needs pure art [...]

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Sep 26 2014

Early Signs of Fall in Mineral King

Published by under Mineral King,Photography

  The color and the light and the feel of the air changes in September. It is still green, but not quite as. The deer get weird. The squirrels get busy. This is a chicaree messing around with a red fir cone. They drop them like bombs in the early morning on the roofs of [...]

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Sep 19 2014

New Mineral King Painting

Published by under Mineral King,Oil Paintings

It is still summer in Three Rivers, which means it is still nice in Mineral King. But, I have too much work to do, both in the studio and at home to be hanging out every weekend. Summer eventually catches up with me in the form of messes everywhere, incomplete stuff, unfinished business. I am [...]

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Sep 08 2014

What’s Happening Now in the Work Life of This Artist

Today’s posting is a list of information about what is happening now in my life as a Central California artist. 1. I have another blog –  www.thecabinsofwilsonia.com where I post about the upcoming book The Cabins of Wilsonia.  “Upcoming” as in should be here in several weeks. “Several weeks” as in I don’t really know for sure [...]

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Sep 05 2014

Sit, Knit and Split in Mineral King

Published by under Mineral King,Thoughts

When I didn’t have a cabin in Mineral King, I said I’d kill for one. My new boyfriend said, “There is an easier way.” That was about 30 years ago. I learned that there are multiple parts to cabin life. There’s the social aspect, the having 2 homes challenge, the trails, and just hanging around. [...]

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Sep 04 2014

Another Fine Subject of Central California Art

Published by under Mineral King,Oil Paintings

Call me butter – I’m on a roll. Did you know butter is good for you? Yep. Everything we learned about animal fats and saturated fats is probably wrong. But that’s for a different blog. This blog is about what a Central California artist finds to paint in a place like Tulare County, the 3rd [...]

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Aug 29 2014

Trail Guy’s Latest Mineral King Hiking Photos

Published by under Mineral King,Photography

Trail Guy is retired so he hikes every week in Mineral King. I am not retired so I work. He photographs Mineral King so I post it on this blog. Lucky Trail Guy. Lucky You. Lucky me, because I get to do what I love and (sometimes) even get paid for it. If you let [...]

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Aug 22 2014

A Mineral King Day Hike

Trail Guy led a group hike up to the Empire Mines last year. It was fun, informative, and a good time was had by all. So, he was asked to lead it again this year. I only took a few photos this time, because all my photos are looking repetitive. You can see more of [...]

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Aug 20 2014

More Oil Painting in Progress

Published by under Mineral King,Oil Paintings

Two years ago I printed and sold a calendar of oil paintings. Last year there was no time to paint because of work on the upcoming (Please God, may it be upcoming soon) book The Cabins of Wilsonia. This year I decided to do a calendar painting each month so that when it is time to print [...]

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Aug 18 2014

Back at the Easels

Did you think all I do is run away to Mineral King? Close, but I finally had time to paint again. This time I decided to risk the messy business of oil painting in the air-conditioned studio, instead of the swamp-cooler “cooled” workshop. They got moved out to the workshop for quicker drying. Of course [...]

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