Challenge Theme — “Three”

Here is the first entry in April’s Challenge — it’s from Marilyn Jackson. The theme this month is “3” — however you interpret that.

Marilyn writes: “I had just the two onions in the foreground, and the composition called out for three! I feel the jar is part of the background. It was fun to paint. I’m working through a book on classical drawing and the jar was an assignment I gave myself, so I decided to paint it after I’d done the drawing.”


If you’d like to enter this month’s challenge, simply incorporate the idea of “3” into your work — use the Contact Form to request information on how to submit your entry.

Gourds Galore!

Gayle & Don Weyers harvested a number of gourds from their Loma Bonita garden this year and invited people to a free workshop to draw, paint or carve to their heart’s content.

They also provided some paints, knives and scrapers, a drill, books and stencils to get the creative juices flowing. Looks like everyone had a great time!

Where’s the Inspiration?

If you create art you’ve probably been asked where you get your ideas. That’s a question with many answers.

This necklace, my latest piece of beadwork, was inspired by recent hikes on the desert — there’s an amazing array of colors and shapes to choose from and part of the fun is working them into the design.

What’s inspiring you these days?

Hedgehogs in Bloom

These are special days on the desert — new flowers are popping out everywhere. Right now the hedgehog cacti are stealing the show.

If you’re thinking of entering the Sonoran Shindig photo contest next spring, now’s a good time to grab your camera. And if you’re a painter or watercolorist thinking about next February’s Red Show in the Plaza Gallery, there’s no shortage of inspiration out there.

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Renewal Art Show

Renewal is the theme of the latest art show opening in Ajo’s Plaza Gallery this week. The reception is Friday April 5, from 5 to 7, and everyone is welcome. Here’s a sample of some of the work for sale.