Great Dog Adventure

My pet supply company is having a contest for which I needed a photo of myself and Izzy plus a 200 word essay telling why I wanted to win an adventure trip to anywhere in the USA with my dog. I wrote that I would take her on a painting backpacking trip to Michigan's UP.

   We took a photo of the two of us critiquing my painting of she and Danny and another landscape. 

Fun!  You hope I win. 

 

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The Road Home

  In September The Ohio Plein Air Society held their annual Paint Out in Alexandria, Ohio. My painting  "The Road Home" was selected after the competition to be shown in their show for two months at Sunbear Gallery.   In this plein air competition artists are given locations that the land owner has approved the painting on their property. We also had the option of just driving around until we found a spot that inspired us.  The event last three days with Friday and Saturday for painting and Sunday for the judging.  Friday i was driving around looking for a spot and was captured by this farm early in the morning.  This is a 15X30" board and I think I liked the way using a long rectangle helped convey the acreage on which this small farm was sitting. The fields at that time of year were that wonderful golden color.

  In September The Ohio Plein Air Society held their annual Paint Out in Alexandria, Ohio.
My painting  "The Road Home" was selected after the competition to be shown in their show for two months at Sunbear Gallery. 
 In this plein air competition artists are given locations that the land owner has approved the painting on their property. We also had the option of just driving around until we found a spot that inspired us.  The event last three days with Friday and Saturday for painting and Sunday for the judging.  Friday i was driving around looking for a spot and was captured by this farm early in the morning.  This is a 15X30" board and I think I liked the way using a long rectangle helped convey the acreage on which this small farm was sitting. The fields at that time of year were that wonderful golden color.

Rail Trip Through the Copper Canyon in Mexico

The Pacifico Railroad.

Train stop

   We recently returned from a railroad trip through the Copper Canyon in Mexico.  We traveled for seven days on the train and spent the nights in historic hotels in villages along the way.  I painted in my watercolor travel journal in two locations.  Its always a pleasure to take out these journals and remember the many enriching destinations we have been fortunate to see around the world.  I started these journals about ten years ago and its nice if i can't spare the space in my luggage for an easel and oil paints to take a special bit of time to fully observe our local surroundings.
   I sat on a bench in a square in a small village in China and began painting only to be surrounded by young adult art students watching me as i painted. Wow.
    My journals are now on display at the Cultural Arts Center in Delaware, Ohio. 

A view from the road above Ceracahua.

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Me on the "Rocking Rock" above.

The hotel room veranda

The hotel room veranda

Bridge in January

    Our home sits up on a cliff above the creek and for 10 years if we wanted to drop down to play, our transport was a heavy yellow rope tied to the big Maple tree.  Otherwise we could take a path that slowly descended to the bottom. The rope has been loved by the kids and not so much by me.  Last summer we had a bridge built the spanned a ravine and wooden steps taking us down to Big Walnut Creek. This has been a gift that has brought such joy to the whole family giving access to all who wished to be up close and personal with the fishys.
    

Fireflies and Stars

     The night before heading out on a weeklong backpacking trip in the Laurel Highlands in Pennsylvania I was restless in a second floor room in our B&B.   The night was beautiful and I look out onto an expanse of field between the home and the mountains. I was mesmorized by the seemingly continuation of the fireflies and this starry night.

Hay Bales

Hay Bales

Artist: Carolyn Heffelfinger
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 5"x7"
Price: $

 

   Hay Bales are so much a part of the landscape in the fields around our home. They add such architectural interest in the design of a painting.  
   Earlier on this hike it had rained and the going was quite muddy splashing our calves as we trekked but as we entered an open area the clouds were breaking up and we hoped that sun was in the forecast.