Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Family of Sorts

Today my husband and I took the day off from our regular duties and responsibilities to drive to Boulder to see my new blogger friend Jane Hunt in the Open Studios Art Fair at the 29th Street Mall. I've spoken about this before, and so have many of you, but we artists are a family of a sort. We are part of a very special community of special unique thinkers that reveal ourselves visually in some way. I believe in family, as those of you who've read about my birth family will understand. I also believe in being a part of a community; helping each other, supporting each other, in general, being a part of a bigger family of sorts. I have had the pleasure of talking to Jane now and then, and I learned, aside from the love of art that we have in common, that we think in similar ways in the way we approach our work. I have a great deal of respect for this woman and her work, as well as how great a mother and just all around person she is. If you have not visited the Jane Hunt Art blog, I encourage you to do so as she talks about life, and gives us beautiful art to see and wonderful poetry to give us pause. She also talks about her journey as a mother of a very special little one. Take a moment and remember we are all part of a community of like minded thinkers, and that is one way we are really all part of a bigger family. We need to support one another, share ideas, (like so many already do) help each other through the difficulties we may wading through this blog thing...sometimes it is HARD to find the widget for this or that, so let's remember we are together in our goal.
I was lucky enough to come home with one of Jane's beautiful paintings! It is called "Mountain Views". It reminds me of why I love it here, I love my mountains, but it also gives me a bit more to remember about my new friend. As we were driving from my mountain home near Morrison down 93 to Boulder the scenery changed a bit...It went from a sea of pines so thick you can hardly see beyond them (which is what I see) to some rolling hills and pinion pines and rounder shapes, not to mention those beautiful flat irons. I saw for a moment what my friend Jane sees and so this wonderful little painting reminds me of her as well as what we have in common! It was an awesome day and I am so inspired! You should see her larger works up close, they are absolutely beautiful! And the colors in her work are so much richer than we can show in a photo. It was a great experience to have started this blog a few months ago, met and got to know a fellow blogger through posts, e-mails, a couple of phone calls to talk about some ideas, and now getting to meet. AWESOME DAY! I am glad for you all! Happy Painting my "family of sorts"!


L.Holm said...

Well said. I've found the same thing about the friendship and comradery in the blogger community. I'm relatively new to blogging, too, and am in awe of how supportive people are. Beautiful painting, and it's good of you to take the time to visit a fellow artist.

sema said...

Hi saundra,
It was nice reading about your meeting with jane.lucky you to get to meet a fellow blogger.It brings you closer and the warmth feeling is great.

James Parker said...

Howdy Saundra...I've been admiring your tree paintings and your technique is fascinating...very attractive. I had noticed Jane Hunt's work from a a feature she had on Empty Easel in March, and I had given Jane the "Fabulous Bog" award on March 10. Her work is exceptionl...and yours too.

Saundra Lane Galloway said...

Liz, Thank you for taking a moment to reaffirm. I do really enjoy this venue, and I'm glad we artists have a place to go and share!
Sema, I feel lucky to have gotten to do this!
James, Welcome to my blog and thank you for your wonderful compliments!

Jane Hunt said...

Hi Saundra,
Just got back from the show and read your wonderful write up. Thanks so much for coming to visit - I can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you guys!
I didn't post the pic of us on my site because I have a thing about pics of myself!
Thanks again for everything:) Jane
p.s. I'm always happy to continue our conversation and share anything I've learned about doing these shows, email me sometime about it.

Michelle said...

How wonderful that you guys got to meet!

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