After many days doing other things*, I went to Sunny Acres*, a place where people live, farm, chop wood and grow pumpkins, to paint a John Deere 510. Sometimes machinery can have grace and charm. This one did.
Then off to see the sea… a view into the glaring light at Avila Beach, CA.
Then a view from the top of Black Hill in Morro Bay, one of the nine volcanic peaks forming a string of mountains going into San Luis Obispo.
Until the next sketch…peace, Heather
*things – Recovering from the shocking 2016 Election results and planning my focus on having lots of work to do on healthy lifestyle and healthy planet for all of us. My view is to live and vote with a 100 year perspective in mind.
* Sunny Acres is a clean and sober living facility located on the beautiful Central Coast of California. It sits on a 72-acre ranch at the edge of the city limits of San Luis Obispo, CA.
Some of you who visited my studio in October at the Open Studio Tour and made a purchase of my artwork. 25% of sales went to the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch, an educational nonprofit, 501(c)(3). Your money went to a CalPoly scholarship for a Biology student. You can still do more. Please continue donating to our Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch… while doing your Holiday shopping.
So easy by using the link below. Amazon Smile will send us a donation if you use the link below. We’d be ever so grateful.
The grand total raised for the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch is $316.25. It was made up of 25% from my sales of pastels, watercolors, notecards and a painting of a great horned owl on elk hide which equaled $161.25. Add in the PCPW table sales of $155 for mitered corner dinner napkins, peregrine pins and stuffed falcon toys.
I am so pleased! You all made it possible. Thank you.
If any of you still would like to make a $20 donation plus tax and receive a set of two, mitered corner dinner napkins, please contact me.
I have two sets of gull napkins, two sets of dinosaur napkins, two sets of perching birds on white napkins and three sets of chicken napkins. Let me know what you’d like.
My commitment is to have students be curious, love the sciences and be good scientists to expand our knowledge and care of our planet. There most certainly is a lot to take care of !
My first chance to participate in the Open Studios Tour turned out pretty well ! Lots of visitors including friends, neighbors, mothers with artistic children and many new people who just decided to see what I was creating. If you have the desire to see any pastels, notecards or mitered corner napkins, to purchase for holiday gifts, please contact me in the form below my signature.
One of the most exciting things was that I raised $155 for the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch on sales of mitered corner napkins, stuffed peregrine toys, peregrine pins, hats and t-shirts. People understood that 25% of any sales I made would go to the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch which is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit who gives a $1,000 scholarship to a Cal Poly Wildlife Biology student.
People loved my pastels of seascapes, Morro Rock, the CalPoly Arboretum and were fascinated with my birds painted on elk hide for wall hangings.
The view out of my small studio over our raised bed garden with the Pacific Ocean in the distance was a pleasant surprise to many visitors.
As I continue to prepare for the first day of the Tour, October 8th, everything is coming in line…many pastels are mounted in frames, others are matted and put in clear bags, a Common Loon with a Chick riding on its back has been framed for the exhibit at Central Art Supply, 1329 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo. Please come to this reception on Friday, October 7 from 6-9PM. I’ll be there!
Bob Isenberg is at Morro Rock to educate the public about the life cycles, personalities and antics of these peregrine falcons, the fastest animal on the planet! This organization is close to my heart and keeps us in touch with the fragility of all lives in the natural world. Always a good way to keep us informed about how to take care of our planet.
Until the next sketch….peace, Heather
* Elk hide – Hunters who hunt for meat for the winter often will have the hide tanned to be used in many ways. My first elk hide was given to me by a Shoshone friend in Ward, Nevada after I showed him my sketch books. The majority of hides are often discarded by hunters who don’t bother to use the hide only to have them retrieved from the trash by the Native Americans and carefully tanned and used in a more thoughtful manner. I’m now participating in this by making artistic use of all pieces and the scraps. Knowing this, my son gave me one of his elk hides after providing meat for his family.
This year, a very exciting opportunity presented itself. The ArtsObispo Open Studio Tour happens every October and I jumped at the chance.
Word got around that I was new to this, so I was interviewed by Crissa Hewitt and Steven deLuque for our local PBS station KCBX.org. They are artists in their own right and were so nice to ask me questions that truly took me to the source of why I make pictures. You may listen live at 1PM Wednesday, September 7. To hear it later search my name (Heather O’Connor) at KCBX.org for the interview.
You may take a tiny peak into my tiny studio… in the upper left corner !
A friend, Alyce Broome, is joining me in displaying our artwork. Her oil paintings are aerial views of the California landscapes. Just like a bird would see when flying over our planet! Visit both of our entries in the ArtsObispo Directory. Just enter Alyce Broome’s name or mine (Heather O’Connor) and you’ll find what we posted for this year’s tour. Be sure to click on my “orchid” to see my other entries.
My acrylic bird paintings on elk hide will include 2 Common Loons, one with a chick on her back, a Painted Bunting, a Canyon Wren, and a Harlequin Duck. Others may be custom ordered and will benefit the Pacific Coast Peregrine Watch. 25% will go to a CalPoly Biology Scholarship.
My pastels include a series of seascapes including marine layers, kite festival, rough winter waves and offshore views from Montaña de Oro CA State Park and landscapes of the Nine Sisters in springtime and gnarly trees of the California Central Coast.
And please come visit me at my studio October 8-9 and 15-16, 10AM to 5PM.
This summer has been quite delightful if you like fog. Growing up in New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, I did get to experience fog frequently, but it’s quite different here in Morro Bay, California. All summer long as the inland valleys swelter, the Pacific Ocean cools the Central Coast of California.
Cold Pacific Ocean water and hot air over the land collide to produce vapors that hang around for at least a half a day.
It sneaks fingers of soft white over the rolling hills, the Morro Bay Estuary and two or three of the Nine Sisters Peaks within a few miles of the coastline.
It looms over Morro Rock like a halo or fluffy bonnet, but sometimes smothering it almost completely.
Looking towards Los Osos over the bay, I saw cool air and warmer water colliding in the early morning making a very mysterious floating vapor that transfixed me for quite a while. I just had to get my pastels to see if I could capture the vapors rising. In the distance, the landscape rose into more of the morning mists.
After visiting Bryce and Zion National Parks, I was on the way to see my son, Adam. He lives in Colorado ever since he left our family home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He has explored and lived on the Front Range, in Boulder and Lyons. Those were beautiful places, but the lure on snow country drew him westward so I followed to see what he’d gotten himself into. Snow, cycling, hiking and hunting activities were for him to explore while immersed in the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. I got to visit often!
The Flat Tops often seen with virga pouring from the high clouds. All is this is easily viewed from Adam’s house.
This is his passive solar home on their 7600 foot mountain top where he, his wife, Rudy and daughter, Livia, live with views of Gambel’s oaks, Quaking aspens and Engelmann spruce before they see the distant mountains often with the alpenglow.
On a driving trip to visit my son in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, I saved time to visit Bryce and Zion National Parks. Weather going was delightful so I stopped briefly in Zion.
On my return California, I went through a small colorful town settled in 1864 Panguitch, Utah ( http://panguitch.com ) and made a turn east to Bryce.
Definitely must go back to spend lots of time finding the best views for pastel paintings. Maybe Zion Lodge in the less touristed season would be suitable. It’s only 585 miles or 9 hours 22 minutes according to Mapquest from here!
Recently, I’ve been going out to relax and do a little cross training in my artwork. Normally a detailed drawing with exacting details on the bird or plant are what I did. Now just to go out and do a color sketch has been fun and I can relax with no worries. That doesn’t mean I don’t struggle every so often.
Here are a few drawn at the CalPoly “Leaning Pine Arboretum” that you might enjoy.
These framed arboretum pastels (18″x22″) will be on exhibit in the Sands Inn and Suites in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA 93401 during the months of May and June 2016. They are available for sale, with prices on request plus shipping unless you pick them up in Morro Bay.