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I am a Colorado native, so I grew up loving the natural environment and the wild Rocky Mountains. Until recently, I always considered myself a watercolor artist and felt confined to that little “box” I put myself in. On a quest for discovery and healing, I took a workshop in mixed media techniques. Since that day, I’ve been obsessed – I’ve found a new and different way to express myself and my emotions. I’m on a constant quest to find unusual and discarded “things” to use in my paintings. I’ve used everything from plaster, twine, metal, foil, and even broken windshield glass. It all somehow becomes symbolic in my paintings and signifies a feeling or emotion. Thanks for joining me on this journey and this adventure we call life and art!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dreaming of and Remembering Great Adventures!

Traveling and Dreaming of Far Away Places...
 Anyone who know me knows that one of my favorite things in life is to travel and have adventures!  One of my best friends, Rena (Renaisy Daisy, as I call her) used to call me "Kentucky" ~ back when I was much younger, I used to say I was going to run away to Kentucky where nobody knew my name and I could disappear in the Appalachian Mountains .  I dreamed about being a "mountain" person and living in the wilderness, living off the land.  Then reality sort of creeps in and time makes you a little older and wiser and I begin wondering if I could even start a fire.  Plus, I really don't enjoy being cold, so this little fantasy just isn't going to work for me.

Then last year we were blessed to be able to take a trip to Mexico with my sweet, sassy adventurous cousin and her husband. 
I can't even tell you how much fun we had and how many memories we made.  We watched the mama whales teach their babies to jump out out of the water.  We sailed.  We watched sunsets.  We also made an effort to really talk to the people who worked at the place where we stayed.  I wanted to know about their lives, what did they do with their time off, their families.  They were so kind and they opened up to us.  I know one of the young ladies we talked with was pregnant with her second baby.  That baby is probably close to being a year old now!  I think about her and her family often. 
I was reflecting on that great adventure when I created this piece.  I often think that I can't remember the "material" gifts we receive in life...do you remember what you received for Christmas two years ago?  I know I don't.  But we do remember and cherish our experiences and the people we were with.  We remember our travels,our experiences, and our great adventures.
I am still dreaming and planning the next big escape, but until then, a piece of my heart that got lost in the adventure and the dream of future adventures can appear in my artwork!
This is a tiny little treasure.  It measures 8X8X1.5.  It is finished with a epoxy resin coating, so there is no need for framing.  If you have comments or are interested in purchasing, please email me at:  saltlightwatercolors@yahoo.com
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