A revisit to the Mountain

It has been 2 years ago since creating a series of abstract paintings that came out of nowhere. I was to exhibit at Undercroft gallery. I let my mind take a vacation, let my hand be free to any color of pastel…exploring what my intuition wanted to say (see.) The series I coined; Mountain Pantone’s.This oil series took on an identity of its own. Rectangle shapes, long jagged lines, skinny horizons float in the distance. I felt like I was somewhere else, an interesting land Which was foreign to me.

Mountain Pantone series | Oil pastel on board | 12×12

With each stroke I felt like I was creating colorful mountains, caves, adventures unseen. I painted using the hand held jumbo Sennelier Oil Pastel on MDF board. The tones chosen held an earthy and spiritual vibe. A mixture of purples, blues, browns, Chartreuse, mac n’ cheese yellow, orange, black and white. I’ve only created 6-7 pieces from the abstract idea I held. I feel theres more left within me. I Untapped Oil painting techniques unexplored. More possibilities. This must be what it’s like to know about a buried treasure. I made sure to itch the nagging feeling today. I am so Ecstatic with the results!

-“I can taste color” (3 panel oil painting on board)

I wrote a poem below. And I know I am not a poet or the best writer…but I enjoy writing one to Occupy a finished piece.

Mountain Pantones

An idea sketched

I color in…

The hips of the hills

Bare bones

Mountain pantones

Call me in

Colors of the desert

No rest until

Crevasses unseen

Are now painted

-Ashton

Maybe Arizona flowers will be next… stay tuned!

Live wedding Painting

On New Years 2021 I got the pleasure of being asked again to perform a live wedding painting. For the last few years I’ve been booking for live Painting. I captured their first dance and it was beautiful (so was the decor! ) Over head hung a raised balloon center piece with forest green, gold, and black accents.

If you are getting married or would like to gift my service to an engaged couple, reach out to me using the contact tab. Share questions, wedding date, and city and I will send canvas sizes, costs, & references upon request.

In Due time

EVERYTHING IN DUE TIME

“Everything happens in due time “

We all know the saying. I do not like waiting though. Naturally I want to reach out to the world, take action by getting what I need then scampering off.

If I follow this train of thought I instantly feel like a bee sizing me up in summertime. There I am …hardened like a rock while a bee buzzes at my face, chest, and butt. I am waiting…holding my breath with eyes widened internally screaming please DON’T STING ME.

My cat Ms. Piggy found the one clean spot on my art desk closest to me

I am referring to how the universe makes me feel while I wait for fruits of my labor to ripen and drop . If you know me personally I take suggestions from the universe like synchronicity seriously. I’ve been waiting to see a happy coincidence lately before making great shifts in my life. Really I should have never waited for my ship to reach shore. Cycles, phases, emotional pitfalls can be used to fuel the creation of art. So have faith and feel everything can work out. Waiting is about timing which is important mental work. It is the work of having faith as well as weighing the risks you take. Many artists have a hard time building up enough emotional reserves to weather the downtime phases in their careers. It is the phase when commissions seem to grind to a halt and you stand there wondering, “what’s next – who’s next – wheres the next opportunity” I will tell you that time catches up with us, ultimately surpassing us if we haven’t paid enough attention to it. My advice to artists is take your time defining what you want to convey. FIND THOSE healthy environments to do so and if you do not get chosen and have tried, well…keep trying. This rant is brought to you by a feeling of hopeless I had today whilst sitting waiting for news about an artist residency application (in which I wasn’t chosen for.) At first I was sad but then I reminded myself that my own personal experiences are the teachers in my life. I decided to make the feeling of hopelessness mean something.

I made it mean:

  • better times I have the power to create are ahead
  • my best work is yet to be done
  • I am okay with having enough time for me to be tranquil in the now

I suggest if you get stuck in a rut and cannot climb out then try making a list of positive aspects of your current experience like the one above. You know the negatives and are probably stewing on them right now like a witch celebrating the winter solstice. So here is a reminder: NO ONE is YOU. The art you make is important so get it out into the world. Keep constantly creating your highest excitement and ideals willingly. Have gratitude for opportunities even if they pass by because you can decide to create some new ones of your very own. On that note I recently asked 2 other women to do a female group show with me. I am very excited to see what art comes out of this new collaboration we all MAKE happen!
Stay tuned and Stay strong.