Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Report: Good times

What a weekend! I thought it was going to be pretty quiet in the Old Pueblo, just because the entire town seems quieter since last year.
Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza

Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza

However, we had a great turnout at the open studio tour and I want to thank everyone who visited, especially my dear artist blogger buddies who held good thoughts for us as we welcomed people in to see the art. On Sunday, our family friend, and my music mentor, Ruben, came by and we had a brief jam session. It was great fun. Many wonderful people came by and a few enthusiasts bought some of my favorite pieces. As usual, I didn't take photos of the visitors because I was running my mouth or concerned about legendary Tucson shyness.

I'm ready to get back to work. I'll bet you're ready to see some new work. What have I got?

Well, I've got four sketches from my journal, a teaser really and a motivation for a future story about a recent journey. I'm hoping, more developed work soon to come.
Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza

Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza
Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza
Image © 2010 Melinda S. Esparza

Stories to tell!
Hope you all are painting up good storms.


SamArtDog said...

The place looks great. The art looks great. I 'spose it's tacky to ask, but so what?...What sold and did you get your price? Most important of all, I see COOKIES! And a forest of toothpicks. What's that? Wish I coulda perused in person..

Anonymous said...

Your work looks fabulous against those adobe walls! Hey, is that a self-portrait I see in the windowsill of the second pic.?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I am so overjoyed that your show went well. But how could it not, it looks absolutely amazing. Plus the work from your notebook is superb. Teaser.

Come on. Those drawings are gorgeous.

Hurray for Tucson in having the good sense to come to your show!


Melinda said...

Thanks, SamArtDog. We worked really hard to clean up my rabbit's warren of a studio.

Yes, I got my price. Grand Canyon Small Scale, Two Clouds Over Patagonia II, View from Triangle L, a monotype called Looking Out (should put up a photo of this) and possibly Almost Los Alamos (will, hopefully, go to a fabulous home with great artwork to keep it company), sold. There is another painting that may sell, but don't want to count chickens...

And, yes! Cookies! That forest of toothpicks you see is a display of cactus candy from Cheri's Desert Harvest. Addicting. You've been warned.

You are welcome anytime to stop in.

Melinda said...

Hi Silvina!
Oh, I'm glad you like the view and the walls. They really make the work shine, don't they?

You are correct. That is a self-portrait that I didn't put away, but also did not exhibit for sale. It's one I reworked awhile back.

Wish you could have been here! Someday I'm hoping I can attend one of your open studio tours. Truly.

Virtual hugs.

Melinda said...

Hello, dear Barbara,
You are too kind again. I think your positive thoughts helped to make the day pleasant and successful.

The weather was perfect. The art travelers were intelligent. They were kind. They were interested and interesting. I could not have asked for better.

Thank you so much for your generous support. It means a great deal to me--like your work.

Funny story about one of those drawings...more soon. Promise.

Virtual hugs!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures. Gives us a hint of what it would have been like to be there! Your work looks wonderful displayed on your walls. There is something about seeing so much of it displayed all together that the energy from each piece is just magnified. I'm sure your patrons sensed that, and I'm happy for you that a few pieces found new homes!

Can't wait to see the new work. Those drawings are great teasers!

Melinda said...

Thank you very much, Don.

One of the nicest things several visitors said to me throughout the day, was that the art looks even better in real life. I've always been concerned about the effect of monitors on the work.

Guess I better get to work!

Jeffrey J. Boron said...

So glad to hear that the weekend art extravaganzy went well Melinda...but as someone has already pointed out of course it would! Now getting back to those tasty treats you mentioned...


Karen said...

Little storms in my studio.
Congrats on another successful open studios! I always think your collectors are the lucky ones.
And I always enjoy the little peek into you workspace. :)
look forward to the development of the sketches!

Melinda said...

Thank you, Jeffrey! You're so funny. The treats...fer sure! I still have cookie hangover.

Melinda said...

That is good news, Karen! I love to hear that there are "little storms" in the studio.

I know that you are doing good work and I look forward to seeing it!

Thank you for your kind words. Visitors were really, really nice this time.