Art on Trout Road 2014 in Montrose Colorado

arts and crafts open studioLooking forward to Art on Trout Road 2014 and thrilled to be invited to show again with Bill Wilson (ceramics) at his home studio, along with artists Ron Hoeksema (abstract oils and serigraphs) and Paul Wiesner (pottery). Bill has been so gracious to host this event in his home for about 25 years now! I am excited to reveal my new art tiles. These are ceramic tiles from my original paintings perfect for gift giving or a bright spot in your office or wall.


A Sunny Scene for September

I so enjoy sunny sunflowers that are so September. A robin rests on the vintage bicycle seat before he flys the coop before winter. "Along for the Ride" 12x12 original oil was delivered to Around the Corner Art Gallery in Montrose. The painting is priced $270. It is on a cradled panel with painted sides, ready to hang with a modern look and no need for a frame.


Northern New Mexico Inspirations


"The mountains are calling me and I must go"  --John Muir

"Hillside Grazing"- a new oil on cradled panel ready to hang. I was happy to make the scenic drive to deliver this to the Hunter-Wolff Gallery in Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a fun stopover in Salida for the Art Walk. I so enjoy drives and walks along the High Road to Taos in New Mexico. The photo that motivated me to paint this scene was snapped while taking a jaunt on the High Road Art Tour.


An artist's simple resolution

"Rolling Hills of Blue," oil on panel by Gina Grundemann
It's that typical New Years time to reflect on how last year has gone and how to achieve more in this fresh start of a new year. As Oprah so aptly said "...another chance to get it right."

I was intrigued by Steve Pavlina's "How to set goals you will actually achieve" and how our goals are more achievable if viewed from the perspective of how they will improve our lives right now, rather than how they may improve our lives at some future date. Acting in the here and now in meaningful ways will evolve into achievement of our lifetime goals. So true how difficult it is to follow through on goals if we don't see any immediate benefit.

With this perspective in mind, I considered a huge list of lofty and not so lofty long term goals suitable for an artist and for being a "productive member of society". Instead, I pared it down to what was meaningful right now for my development as an artist, with one "artsy" goal... to Paint more. To this aim,  I will organize time more efficiently, not dwell on unnecessary tasks that dampen creativity and schedule systematic studio time. My daily rewards: joyfully exploring, expanding, having fun, and each day, becoming a better painter.

What are your creative goals for the New Year?