Having been in this profession for 35 plus years brings many challenges, especially if you do any plein air work.  Since I love working outdoors, my art humor has developed by leaps and bounds.  I was taking a workshop with a professional artist when she decided to paint underneath a giant oak tree in a Denver park.  I told her I kept hearing buzzing sounds but she waved her hand in the air and said, “Just ignore it.  They are too far away.”  A yellow jacket promptly swooped out of the tree and stung my painting arm.  Then it began to swell and I had to go back to the hotel to get medication and an ice pack.  The same instructor came up to my pastel painting and said in front of the whole group,   “LOOK!  She’s painted the grand canyon of Denver!’  It is comments like that given by people you respect that sting the worst.   However, I did develop resistance to stings and my skin got a lot thicker!

Art humor aside, on August 30th  my solo reception at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is planned between 11 and 1 PM.   If you plan to attend, I am giving free tickets for entry to the park and providing a nice lunch. Contact me and come have some food and fun.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. It is, in fact, the fourth oldest botanical institution west of the Mississippi. Founded in 1924, the Arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert on 392 acres along Queen Creek.  Boyce Thompson Arboretum is on U.S. Highway 60, an hour’s drive east from Phoenix and 3 miles west of Superior, Arizona.

Black Bee's at Boyce Thompson

Black Bees are huge! I couldn’t believe they could even fly with their small wings.

Baltimore Oriole

I took this picture even though the bird landed only for a second.