Sunday, September 26, 2010

.~.My Wish For You.~.

"In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”
~Ayn Rand

.~ Three's A Charm.~

 Great News!  Suzanne Ruhlman, Director of Retail Sales at the Sundance Resort emailed me yesterday to let me know that three of my giclee framed prints sold!: Aloft and Alone, Hallelujah and Venturer Highway. Three down and fourteen to go! This will help pay off WSU's vet bill.  I am so very happy. 
Just so you know, if you are interested in any of the prints you see on the slide show, you can order them framed directly from Sundance:
801.223.4250 or if you just want the print you can find it in my etsy store:  Most all of them can be found there.
If you don't see the one you want, send me a message or leave a comment. 

Sunday, September 19, 2010

.~Two of My Favorite Things.~

I have been drawing this scene ever since I was a little girl. 
 Mountains with the sun behind them.
  I have sketch books full of this theme, and I never tire of drawing it and/or thinking about it.  
My dad nicknamed me "Sunshine."
My mother said as a child I would tell her that I heard the mountains calling my name.
 Put the two together and wah~la...this photograph.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

.~ You're Invited!.~

I was taking a little walk and came upon this lovely bunch of flora that seemed to be having a little get together.  Nature sure knows how to throw a party.  And the thing is nature always provides you with an open invitation to its parties.  You just need to show up.  No RSVP required.

.~ Hallway to Heaven.~

One of my most favorite views at the Sundance Resort.

.~ To The Morning.~

To The Morning
(Ode to Sundance Man Dan Dream Catcher Mountain Cottage 30A)

This photograph was taken from the balcony of a little Mountain Cottage I was staying at while visiting the Sundance Resort.
What a great thing to see when you first wake up!

Friday, September 17, 2010

.~Amazing Graze.~

This is one of the very first phtotographs that I took with a camera my dad bought me over 15 years ago.  It was a Pentax K100.  I developed the film and printed the image myself.
I remember the moment I clicked the camera, It was so quiet in that little grove, you could hear a pine cone drop.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

.~A Love Letter to The Sundance Resort.~

I Left PEACES of My Heart and Art
               at the Sundance Resort
Have you ever had a dream come true?
I did.
My dream?
To have my art displayed at Sundance and to be able to spend more than a couple days there so I could bask in the experience that the resort has to offer.
Guess what?
I have 17 of my photographs for sale hanging on the walls of the Foundry Grill waiting area.
They will be available from September 1st - November 30th.
Guess what else?
I spent three entire days and three entire nights at the resort.
Yes I did .
And the experience literally - repeatedly - took my breath away.

There is something about Sundance that ignites my creative spirit.
It’s as if I am given a permission slip
to use my mind,
to process ideas,
to open up my heart.
to absorb, to reflect, to remember, to share.
It is an environment that evokes awe and wonder, laughter and love.

The Sundance experience is a natural stimulant; an energy booster.
Is is nourishment, spectacular, unique.

Equally as magnificent as the surroundings, is the genuine concern that each and every employee has for the guests.
I could not help but tell each staff member I met how kind they were and how wonderful they made me feel.
Their reaction?
They’d thank me for acknowledging them, but look at me as if to say,
“why yes, of course, that is what we do here.
We are here to make you feel wonderful.
We are in the wonderful business.
That’s what we do!"

When it came time to leave,
I snapped a picture for my scrapbook of my photographs hanging on the walls of the Foundry Grill.
Tears spilled down my face.
I was so happy and yet so sad at the same time.
So sad to be going, but so happy for the experience.

Driving out of the parking lot of Sundance, my heart was at peace.
I knew it was time to go.
How did I know?
I don’t think I could live through one more day of having my breath taken away.
I don’t think I would have survived it!

Thank-you everyone at Sundance for helping make my dreams come true.
I left there with my heart stirred, my spirit lifted and my head full of new dreams!
I can’t wait to share my Sundance experience with everyone who will listen.
And if they do choose to bask in the experience of Sundnace as I did,
I guarantee
They will never, ever be the same.

About Me

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Oh give me just one day to free my mind,to create to listen, to walk, to quiet my soul,to cool down,to carry on~ My photographs and other artworks are inspired by the wonder, simplicity and quietude of every day life. In every photograph,sketch, painting or textile piece, I hope to capture the spirit, the mood, the song of my subjects. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My creative spirit awakened when I moved to Northwest Montana where there was plenty of room to roam with my camera and places to be alone with nature and its inhabitants. All my photographs are professionally printed by acclaimed Bozeman, MT artist/ photographer Rob Outlaw on archival quality fine art paper. My frames are custom built by artist Richard Moore of Wind and Snow Art Gallery in Polson, MT.