Monday, January 16, 2012

Blog or Newsletter - always a coin toss,,,,

It's always a confusion, and a challenge, and almost a barricade, choosing between blogging and sending out a
 Newsletter and it seems hard to do both, and paint, and keep up with everything else.
Indian Summer, 16x16,ac/board c MHornbuckle201
My newsletters are not scheduled, as I don't do workshops, or publish books, or feel that I regularly have something significant to say - they evolve out  of something accomplished, a new painting (or a series), a sculpture brought to fruition, something to celebrate that might be of interest to those interested in my work, or in my husband's sumi-e. Likewise my blogs are also not scheduled, though I have promised myself to force a choice this year, and to attend to each more often.
If you'd like to see my newest sculpture, click on newsletter above.  Here are recent paintings, which spawned, or were spawned by (not sure which) each other, their purpose to get me back to painting in these quiet cold days of winter, now that "Expectation" is off to the moldmaker (see NL).. and it'll be some time before I can start her waxes. This is my usual pattern, painting or sculpture having its turn, sometimes with a difficult entry period filled with avoidance and multi-tasking and feeling disoriented and scattered for a few days.  I know if I am patient, this will pass and so the direction and creativity will finally present itself, and take me on the next journey! The little ones will have to wait, as I've just discovered how badly I photographed them and will have to try again tomorrow   ....Marianne

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


At SFSA Art show, September?
Clay of Lady Long Legs
So embarrassing to be claiming to have a blog, and not have posted since August, and I'm sure I must have had something to say in all that time!  Newsletters were posted, activities were attended, obligations were met, responsibilities were reckoned with, new work was completed, and our house didn't turn into a hoarders' heaven (my secret fear). Looking back, I see a half-finished blog from mid-September just before the Pojoaque River Art Tour, one of our yearly marking points here in the Pojoaque Valley in northern New Mexico.  Think I'll just stop here and publish that one first.........

Most Equinal - September's always a turning point!

In a few days the 18th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour will be upon us!  As its original founders back in 1993, we anticipate this event eagerly every year, and then it's over and gone - another marker passed.
A somewhat difficult summer, with drought and fires followed by a local monsoonal downpour that flooded our acequia (and the carefully graded driveway) with a foot and a half of sand , and a Mercury Retrograde period marked by major computer repair, necessary new fuel pump in the "dump" truck, and the demise and replacement of our 40-year-old Kenmore range, we're not mourning its passing.
All the while,  the art-making goes on, and my show season downtown resumes after our studio tour weekend.
After a summer of works on paper that loosened up my painting considerably, I moved to my usual support, cradled
masonite panels to see if the change was sticking - voila! To the left is a 24x24," Turning".  Infrequently I am moved to do an to the ubiquitous  aspen paintings, and and this is it.  To the right is a 16x16"abstract I have called "Equinox". The seasons here have always had importance for, perhaps a response to the lack of discernible "seasons" on the Texas Gulf coast of my childhood.

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