Layne Cook Johnson Members' Choice Award Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24" Like a lot of people, I am missing restaurants! I have long been fascinated with the restaurant theme and I often include a traditional black and white attired waiter.
Sonya Edwards Members' Choice Award Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 12" x 16" This past year has given me many opportunities in which to connect with other people as well as plenty of time for introspection. I’ve studied a lot of philosophy as well as what practices allow people with different perspectives to have a conversation that fosters understanding. I found these two quotes relevant. “Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued-when they can give and receive without judgement.” Brene Brown And Let there be spaces in your togetherness – And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love. – Kahlil Gibran I wanted to create a symbolic painting that would convey Deep Listening. This is listening with an open heart, without judgement. I believe this is the key to connection.
We Shall Find Our Wings #41
Susan Werner Members' Choice Award Watercolor, Gouache and Pastel on Watercolor Paper, 22" x 15" Accepting the challenge of connectivity, I started with an abstract underpainting and emphasized found images of creatures with wings. I believe that after this current period of darkness (Covid), each of us will find positive ways to fly" again, in our own unique way, with joy.
Gossip Over the Back Wall #17
Elizabeth Wolf Members' Choice Award Watercolor on Illustration Board Covered with Gesso, 15" x 11" One day several raven decided to land on our back wall and play around a bit. I snapped quite a few images and used some of them to develop the idea for this painting. During this time of social distancing the only time I have connected with my neighbor is talking over the side wall just like the two ravens in the painting.
Lovely Luna #56
Kathleen Bolivar Honorable Mention Watercolour on 300 pound Arches Paper, 8.5" x 11" I snapped this picture of my friend’s golden retriever when we were having a “socially distanced” visit recently. I was the first person she’d seen in months. She is a “woman of a certain age” dealing with living alone during the time of Covid. Luna is her only companion. She said having the dog saved her life. The connections people have with their pets have been vital over this past year.
Fun with Elsa #82
Laurie Boyett Honorable Mention Acrylic, Colored Pencils, and Ink on White Paper, 14" x 11" My 5 year old granddaughter, Elsa, sent me a black and white drawing of this whimsical girl. I loved the spontaneity of her efforts and copied it twice to encourage her. You’ll notice the note to her in the center of the drawing. The drawing reminds me of her spunky, spirited personality!
Time Rolls On #33
Jo Pitman Honorable Mention Oil on Canvas, 16" x 12" Loved painting this old car for my husband. Enjoyed the connection to old classic cars and times gone by.
Laurel Sponseller #14 Acrylic on Board, 16" x 20" My focus was the connection at the point where the darkest dark meets the lightest light.
Joyce K Cox #36 Oil on Canvas, 18" x 24" Just couldn't resist waiting for wife in the Dentist's office in Mexico. A nap is nice! Took a photo. It was fun. Challenges were size, colors, shadows, placement on the canvas' positions of the waiter, making it real but a painting!
Bonnie Nelson #4 Wet into wet acrylic on watercolor paper, 20" x 29" This piece was painted in a loosey juicy class with about 24 people gathered around the table watching. It just happened. I painted it horizontally and present it vertically.
Hugh Beykirch #11 Acrylic Mixed Media and Collage on Aquarius II Paper, 15" x 22" In a fit of disgust with all that happened around us, I tore up an old painting and used its pieces for collaging. I used a ripped Butterrick dress pattern to tone down some of the areas. The unifying color is Red Iron Oxide.
Flowers By The Lake
Marlene Stephenson #18 Acrylic on Canvas, 16" x 20" My life long love of flowers, water and forest inspired me to create this whimsical depiction of all three subject matters. The rhythm of nature can touch our souls.
Arizona Quail Family
Carl Warnes #6 Painting on Mesquite, 18" x 7" Connections within family, and connection with locally sourced materials
Sunbeam in the Slots
Darilyn Ronn #8 Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40" I visited Antelope Canyon near Paige Arizona this is a re-creation of a photo my husband took. It was amazing to walk through the canyon and the colors were so vibrant. I layered the colors to help them glow.
Pueblo in Abstract
Jean Makela #54 Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 12" x 6" After twenty four years of living and working with the Cochiti Pueblo people in New Mexico, I became fascinated with their culture and visited many Pueblo ruins. I was warmly invited into my pueblo friends homes and privileged to share many of their traditions. This painting is a symbol of a treasured connection.
Linda Sparks #19 Pastel on Velour, 11" x 14" Currently owner/hostess of a luxury dude ranch in Wyoming, this lady spent her first 35 years never seeing a horse in her home of Amsterdam, Holland. After she and hubby took over the ranch which had been in his family for more than 150 years, she set out to become a horsewoman. She's now an expert and much loved by her dogs and horses. She's also a fashion plate and one of the kindest and funniest folks I've had the pleasure to know.
Dawn on a Maine Lake
Jean Makela #12 Watercolor on Paper, 13" x 9" This is a scene on the lake in Maine where our family cabin was located. It was a place where we gathered for special occasions. It reminds me of good times connecting with family and friends.
The Water Basin
Arlene Szypulski #2 Acrylic on Board, 12" x 12" A walk along the pond at the historic Canoa Ranch restoration area, provided the opportunity to connect to the beauty and tranquility of nature. Standing from the walk bridge I spotted this scene, a man's/women's accomplishment to skillfully and artistically enclose an area where precious resource of water could be detained long enough to quench the thirsty nearby vegetation. Human life connecting with nature to coexist and supporting each other.
Rhode Island Leaves
Laurie Boyett #15 Colored Pencils on Paper, 14" x 11" This is an example of what I term “Generational Art”. My nine year old granddaughter and I collaborated on this. We made a definite connection as we worked together!
Deanna Brooks #5 16" x 12", Oil on Canvas From a photo I took on a trip to Turkey. The schoolgirls meet every morning and walk home together comparing notes from their day. If you take off the Muslim headcover and change the uniform they could be best friends from anywhere. I remember a similar group of friends – some have lasted 50+ years.
Cathy Lacey #7 Mixed Media on Canvas, 6 x 6 " Hope" is my guide in my treks in Arizona, Mexico and Canada. "Hope" drives my art and it has been used as text in 3 series in 3 languages: English, Spanish, Ukrainian. The desert texture and colour also travel into my Saskatchewan studio...Palo verde green, turquoise, cobalt blue, patina copper, desert texture.
Close to Home
Betsy Kimbrough #3 Oil and Cold Wax on Oil Paper on Board 11" x 22" I crossed The bridge spanning the wash behind our home most days last years as I set out for my early morning walk. I was so inspired by the slanting light as it bathed the tops of the trees, peeking through the branches to fall on the sandy floor of the wash below. I was struck by the very simple beauty of light, mesquite trees, sandy washes and shadowed rocks. I realized I did not need to travel to far away places to fuel my artistic spirit. It was everywhere, it was close to home.
Angelique Gillespie #1 Acrylic Collage on Canvas, 9" x 12" Over the past 30 years I have created Angel cards for Christmas shared with friends. Last year we arrived in Green Valley on Christmas Eve so I made just one card as a belated Christmas email. This is the piece I started in Arizona last year and finally finished it last week here in Canada as a painting. It connected me in spirit to both places I love as well as remind me there are angels all around us.
Layne Cook Johnson #16 Oil on Linen Panel 12" x 12" In searching for images of people with pets, I ran across a photo of Alfred Hitchcock and his dog. I used it as inspiration for this painting.
Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout
Kenneth Adams #13 Watercolor on 140# Arches Rough paper, 10" x 14.5" The Shadow Mountain Fire Lookout tower sits near 10,000 feet overlooking Grand Lake, Colorado, Shadow Mountain Lake, much of Grandby Reservoir and many miles north, west and south . It was retired from service many years ago and is abandoned.