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November Migration Report

The suitcase is packed; the boxes are mailed; and refrigerator is cleaned out.  We say goodbye to the people who watch our home in North Dakota for the next six months as we take up residence in our home in Mesa, Arizona.  The first blustery snowstorm has arrived in North Dakota and the sunshine and warm air await us in Mesa.  My paintbrushes are packed and ready to go explore new ideas.  Keep creating!!!

Savor the Color

Techs fixed my blog so you get two for one today.  Fall colors are stunning.  The warm reds yellows, oranges contrast the cool, crisp breezes that signal the tree to change color. Leaf shapes are as numerous as the colors of foliage.  Try ironing leaves between two sheets of wax paper.  This early art experience inspired many projects to capture the beauty of Fall.  Relief rubbings are another activity  Put the leaf under a piece of paper and color and color to see the texture emerge. When you have a minute or more, sit on your patio and listen to the leaves fall, enjoy a sunset and thank Nature for giving you another dimension in the chaos of today's word--Hope.

Sights and Sounds of September

Pungent odor from sugar beet processing plants sneezing sensation from grain dust lingering after fall harvest and crisp, cool breezes of Fall arriving to herald the arrival of the cold, blustery winds of Winter.  It all brings thoughts of our upcoming migration south at the beginning of November.  Change heightens my sense of creativity and makes me take finger to keyboard as I enter my thoughts on my IPhone or take paintbrush to watercolor paper as my mind's eye expresses what I see.  This process brings peace to the world around me, helping me cope with all the unrest reported in the news. May you find peace in your surroundings with the inevitable changes that happen a day at a time.  Blessings!

Rainbow of Flowers

Yellow lilies, orange tiger lilies, red and yellow dahlias, blue lobelias, purple petunias, red salvias and white delphiniums create the rainbow of flowers in our yard this time of year.  They please the eye and sweeten the sense of smell during these "dog days of August.  Filling the birdfeeder each day is the price paid to hear the melodies of the many songbirds who sing for our enjoyment.  Be sure to take a moment with nature each morning in gratitude of these gifts.

A Time to Remember

Red, White and Blue are colors displayed everywhere on this Fourth of July.  It marks a time to remember our great Founding Fathers and the United States they formed on the principles of freedom equality and humanity.  A time to remember veterans who gave their service an lives defending our freedom; victims of senseless an violent crime on our home soil; an all members of society who continue to serve and preserve what we hold dear.  God bless America and God bless the USA.

Mayor's Choice

This artist has been chosen to display art work at City Hall in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Mayor Mike Brown saw all my artwork at the Icelandic Conference last month and asked if I had displayed my work as Mayor's Choice Award at City Hall.  Since then I have been in contact with Ann Brown and Diane Stanislowski to find out the particulars. It is an honor to contribute to my community through this venue.  Thank you for the opportunity Mr. Mayor.

Art Dispay

As May flowers begin their way toward sunshine, so this artist began to display colorful artwork.  In two weeks, four different venues gave my artwork an opportunity to be on display.  The show at Choice Wellness April 24-25 featured artwork of River Forks Watercolor Society members.  May 4th (May the Fourth be with you) found me in the street at Alley Alive' Star Wars Celebration.  Many, many people attended.  Sunday, May 7th, my artwork was displayed at the Alerus Icelandic Conference.  There were people from across our nation, Nova Scotia, Canada and Iceland.  May 8th the Community Art Show opened at East Grand Forks Campbell Library with an Artist's Reception  My art will be on display May 8-June 30th.  I've got to get to work on more watercolors.  New watercolor and micro pen creations are in the gallery on the website Suellen Palya - Home.  Keep blooming!

No Fooling

April is no time to fool around.  It's time to close up the Art Studio in Mesa, Arizona and pack my paint brushes for the migration to North Dakota.  The painting group is meeting at my home for fresh, homemade blueberry muffins to say our farewells to one another until next Fall.  One of our oil painters is moving to Alaska.  We hope she will be back for a visit.  I brought my paintings to Mesa Art League last month and although they were not chosen for Artist of the Month, I was glad I participated in showing my works. Next time I blog it will be from North Dakota where Spring flowers are peeking through the ground for the warmth of the sun.  Happy Painting!

Show and Telll

This artist participated in an Art Show in our Verde Groves Community in Mesa, Arizona.  It was an opportunity to show old and new art.  Knitted and crocheted afghans and two publications were displayed on the table as well.  The publications were "Spiritsong: One Woman's Journey" and "Mabel".  The Mesa Art League a group of local artists, has an opportunity to display art work each month for Artist of the Month. This artist will be bringing "Hibiscus" for judging March 14th.  The monthly winners bring their paintings back in December when an Artist of the Year will be chosen.  This group is quite active and informative.  This month we are encouraged to create an abstract composition for the monthly meeting.  In our weekly painting group at Verde Groves one of our oil painting artists will be teaching us to create a small canvas with oil paints.  Keeping busy in my studio has been exciting, to say the least, this month.  Keep creating!

Mind Vacation

Everyone needs a vacation and my mind is taking one.  Bear with me followers.  It will be temporary while I knit, paint, and prepare my itemized tax information.  You all have been so kind with your positive input; thank you.  I'll be back.
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