Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com

Autumn Snow on the Grand Mesa Posters from Zazzle.com.

Yesterday, while taking a break from my writing, I uploaded some pictures I took this fall. This one was shot on a spectacular October day. Alden and I drove across what locals call “the Stinkin’ Desert” to Delta, where we ate breakfast in our favorite truck-stop style cafe. I like my poached eggs really hard. I know that’s weird, folks, but they got it just right. This was an auspicious beginning.

The sun was shining and it was quite warm in the valley, so we were afraid the recent mountain snow had all melted away. There was, as it turned out, no cause for fear. As you can see, the snow up near the Grand Mesa Visitor Center was absolutely gorgeous.

Now, of course, the autumn leaves you see on the aspens in the background are long gone. Down here in Grand Junction, the skies are leaden. It is perfect weather for processing and reflection. That’s the way the creative process, works, after all, at least for me. I take in new experiences like a glutton, swallowing them whole while they are available, and then, in times like this, after the fall colors and before the stunning silences of winter, I make them my own.

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Conductor Print from Zazzle.com

Conductor Print from Zazzle.com.

Sold a copy of this print on canvas today. I painted the original from a sketch I did on a scrap of paper I had in my purse. We were at a concert of the Grand Junction Symphony. I did the painting as a demonstration of how to use a sketch at a workshop for kids at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. The style is spontaneous and expressive. Though painted just a few years ago, it represents a return to my early figurative expressionist style. Paintings in this style were shown and sold in California under the name Gene Armstrong from Holly Wood’s (not kidding) gallery in Montecito and elsewhere. I often worked from small sketches. I enjoyed sketching people at produce markets, the beach, Stearn’s Wharf in Santa Barbara, the charming Miramar Hotel in Montecito, and on bus stops. Those paintings were done before I spent years in life drawing groups, so recent expressionist figurative works like this one are different.

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Snow on Dallas Divide Poster from Zazzle.com

Sold a copy of this beautiful winter poster on Zazzle today. The mountains are the rugged San Juans near Ridgway, Colorado. The scene is stunning at any time of the year. In the winter, it is still and magical.

Snow on Dallas Divide Poster from Zazzle.com.

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Winter Mail

It’s still sunny here in Grand Junction, but the weatherman says snow is on the way for our valley. Here’s a photo I took of a mailbox in front of one of the houses in our neighborhood. Looks Christmasy, doesn’t it?

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Yellow to Purple Post Card from Zazzle.com

I also sold a postcard of my Yellow to Purple abstract acrylic on canvas. I have always admired the quiet prints of Josef Albers. This painting, part of a series of works that move from complement to complement, pays homage to Albers, but takes a different direction. I like to lay my acrylic on thick and loose.

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Autumn Lake Nature Photo Poster from Zazzle.com

 

 

 

Connected Lakes in Autumn

 

 

Autumn Lake Nature Photo Poster from Zazzle.com.

On Thursday, we stopped by Connected Lakes State Park on our way home from Highline Lake. The cottonwoods were just starting to turn. We may go down there later for a walk. This is the best time of year to be outdoors in our valley!