Art on Trout Road

Only a week away and much to do to finish original paintings and prints for Art on Trout Road. It sure takes a deadline to get flying and producing lots of art! The little oil paintings are now covering our dining room table while they dry since the studio is now too cold. Looking forward to a fun-filled weekend immersed with both art-doers and art-lovers.  

Here's the details:Art & Ceramics in an intimate home setting ~ Enjoy a short scenic drive & visit Bill Wilson in his home studio, along with Gina Grundemann, Ron Hoeksema & Maya Nichols. Gift Items include Ceramics, Paintings, Serigraphs & Mixed media. Four miles south from Montrose, Colorado and one mile east on Trout Road.



Inspired inaction

"You cannot plough a field by 

             turning it over in your mind."

 I am in a dilemma, stuck between two art disciplines and as a result, my art making is frozen in place. I have ideas swirling in my head that are struggling to come out. They are contrary to my usual mode of working, so they sit there, impatient to arrive but imprisoned by my lack of action. It is so easy to continue to stay stuck whenever you are trying to embrace a new way of working that chafes at your comfort zone and forces a new direction. I could sit here in inaction, fearful that my new direction will be a poor route and that I may get lost on the way. I could forget about the new and continue stolidly along the path of what I've always done. Or I could boldly hit the ground running, embrace the new in excitement that good things come by way of experimentation, inventiveness and the willingness to forge my way through unknown territories.  Ok, let's get moving already!


"Colorado Pathways," Landscape Painting show opens

Colorado Pathways - Gina Grundemann New Landscapes
Good friends, fun times & great conversations last night! Thanks to all who attended the opening & those energetic souls who helped through the night. The landscape exhibit will continue through July.

For a clip of Gina's interview that aired on Channel 5 News in Montrose and Grand Junction, click: Montrose Welcomes All Strollers Along Main Street  


Having new eyes

The voyage of discovery
is not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

My recent works for the Colorado Pathways show are once again glimpses from my playground, the western Colorado landscape. This quote rings so true as I look with new eyes at the views around home and continue my explorations of the pathways through the rural landscape. What one day appears mundane with no interest, the next day reveals a stunning view with dramatic color and drama.


I am painting like crazy to prepare for "Colorado Pathways," my upcoming July show at Around the Corner Art Gallery in Montrose, Colorado. Here is a recent painting reminiscent of our adobe landscape from a paint out that Dan Deuter and his wife, Ellie, so kindly hosted. This scene is an 18x14 original oil painting on panel. I'm using the palette knife more frequently these days. The painting knife creates a luscious, thick paint surface that you can carve and create textures on. The drawback is that the thick paint dries ever so slowly which gets concerning when you need to wait for the painting to dry before adding more effects.


Red & Mighty

Mr. Rooster, a proud red leghorn gentleman, was vibrant and colorful to paint. Painted on a 10x10x2 inch cradled panel, a frameless design & ready to hang.


Home Sweet Colorado

Mr. "Rowdy", this year's icon for us artists to decorate was an inspiration and fun to paint. For the benefit of the Ridgway Public Library fundraiser, "Home Sweet CO" headed to Ridgway this week where it will be displayed, along with numerous other Rowdy's, at local businesses until the auction held on May 19th.  It's amazing seeing the variety of the artist's interpretations and styles painting the very same silhouette.


Fights of Fancy

My latest flight of fancy is a facination with our little (and big) fine feathered friends. "Red Flirt" is part of a show titled simply "Red" at Around the Corner Gallery in Montrose, CO. Still on the red kick, I'm now working on a bright painting of a rooster with lots of red, orange and cerulean blue... what fun, vibrant colors in time for spring!

The coming days will be filled more and more with the joyful trill of returning birds as they busy themselves with finding mates, making nests and bringing a smile to us gardeners.

I hope you enjoy the following poem,
"Hope" by Emily Dickinson


Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune--without the words,

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I've heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.