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I’m taking a break from my quest for “yellow” today to share one door and two gates that I found while visiting the Celebration of Fine Art show, running until March 16 in Scottsdale, AZ (https://celebrateart.com/). There are over 100 artists’ studios there, housed in an enormous tent, or more likely, several enormous tents. One of these artists is a perennial favorite of mine, Michael Jones. Michael told me he doesn’t have a website anymore but can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=michael%20jones%20designs or search for Michael Jones Designs when you get there. He does much more than just gates and doors.

This first is an actual door, a screen door with a southwest motif. Would I have this on my door? You bet. On either side you can glimpse part of another type of sculpture Michael does, reminding me of what Chihuly might look like in metal.

The next two offerings are custom-made gates, the only kind he makes as each gate has to be made to fit its entrance. This first one is pretty sweet or may-bee a honey of a gate. Yes, I can’t resist a pun every now and then.

This gate featuring a bighorn sheep is one Michael made for himself…about 10 years ago, if I remember correctly. But he’s kept so busy make gates, doors, tables, and other sculptures that he just finally got around to building the wall on his northern Montana property that will showcase the gate. That’s patience and I’m sure he, his wife, and any visitors will greatly enjoy it.

If you visit Michael on Facebook, be sure to comment and also mention you saw his work on my blog. I’ll have a few more gates next week, too.

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At the end of our visit to Descanso Gardens last week, we came across these three fall beauties just as we were about to leave. I wish I could do something as attractive. But even though I can’t, I can recommend an artist who is 50% mine…our younger daughter. She’s updated her website and has some lovely pieces for sale. If you have a moment, please take a look and if you like, send her a message telling her what you think and where you saw her information. If you choose to buy something, that’s also appreciated. 🙂 For an artist who also works a “real” job to make ends meet, the encouragement is such a blessing. Thanks and here’s her site:

https://meganwebb.bigcartel.com/

small batch apparel

art + mixed media

based in Philadelphia

And now to the garden art, not done by our daughter. 🙂

LA street art

Posted: March 17, 2020 in Art
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The move’s on. We have a date: one week from today, so you can imagine what I’ll be doing all day, every day. 🙂 It’s good news and sad news: good because we’re doing what we’re supposed to do; sad news because of the people we’re leaving behind. But the adventure begins (or continues.) In the meantime, here’s some street art from LA for you to enjoy.

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You never know what you’ll be able to photograph in the bathroom.

This is a new challenge for me. I haven’t played around with editing for quite some time, realizing when I started that one reason was that it takes so much time because there’s always just “one more thing” to try. 🙂

I shoot nature almost all the time, so it was just a matter of deciding what to try. Here I used double exposure and then played with color. I really love how this one turned out, delicate and ethereal.

Distressed FX gave this tree a very different look, but one I also like.

After the WNDR Museum but before lunch, we came across a variety of art, indoor and out. This one is out.

This one is in…in the Groundswell Coffee Roasters shop where I had my delicious oolong tea.

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Another Wyoming mural to liven your Tuesday. Recognize anyone? (And no, I’m not in it.) 🙂

As I’m writing this, the wind is whipping around the house and it’s -12 F outside, but feels like -33 with wind chill.  Bad as that is, it’s much “warmer” that this morning’s readings of -24/-50+!  My January visit to my parents in Arizona is just a delightful memory.   Certainly no sitting out in the sun to read today!

Every year when I visit, we stop at the two tent shows running from January to March.  These tents are large enough to hold 100+ artists, many of whom are pursuing their art right there.  It’s fun to observe and talk with them.  There are a number of artists I love each year and look forward to seeing what new creations they have.

Michael Jones Designs is one of those favorites.  He does wonderful metal work and I’d love to have a piece one day when we own our own home again.  The website I found seems to be down, but you can look for him on Facebook and see better photos of his wonderful work.  Today, though, I’ll share my less-than-stellar shots for your enjoyment.  There’s only so much you can do with a phone, lots of other art around, and the ever-present sun.  🙂  But I think the beauty of his doors/gates shines through anyway. He also does marvelous fireplace screens and lovely coffee tables, which you can see on Facebook.

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In January, I visited my parents in Arizona, where we had a whirlwind of art experiences, including spending part of several days at the Leanin’ Tree auction.  Leanin’ Tree has made western-themed greeting cards for many years and its 92-year-old founder built The Leanin’ Tree Museum and Sculpture Garden.  Most of the more than 300 paintings and 200 bronze sculptures were put on sale during the auction in Old Scottsdale.  Some of the larger sculptures were on display on the sidewalk in front of the gallery hosting the auction, although some were so large they weren’t even brought, just shipped directly to the buyers.  Let’s see some wildlife up close and personal.  You can even safely take selfies with them.

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