July's been a quiet, but busy month--full of art teaching, flying, family time, and enjoying the beautiful mountains of Colorado! A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to explore the West Elk Wilderness near Gunnison, CO for a 5-day backpacking trip! Nothing is quite as relaxing as unplugging and spending some time in creation--with nothing to worry about but where to pitch your tent and how to get across the next stream crossing.
Although I was away from my studio supplies, I made do with what I had...a pocket knife and sticks! While I don't do this very often (though I might make it more of a habit!), I decided to create something and then leave it to be discovered by the next backpacker.
So...somewhere in the West Elk Wilderness lies this little tree-dweller, nestled safely until discovered!
Happy explorations for the rest of July and into August!
Last weekend I was invited to create a painting LIVE at Outnumbered Gallery in Littleton, Colorado. For many artists, the creation of their art is a very personal and introverted activity, done behind the closed doors of their studio. While the finished products that are seen by the public tell a story of their own, the story of their creation can provide a unique layer of interest to the work.
As I was planning for the live painting event, I wanted to create something that would show a variety of painting, drawing, and collage techniques that frequently appear in my work. During the event, I had the opportunity to share my process with a variety of gallery visitors--some of whom were fellow artists! Below is the resulting painting from the evening's event:
If you know of anyone who would like to host a live painting event, please let me know! They are a lot of fun and provide a different perspective on a finished work of art!
Have an inspirational rest of your week!
Welcome to the whimsical world of Tara Pappas' mixed media art! Thank you for stopping by to view samples of my work and read a little about my adventures as an artist. I am always looking for new ways to connect and grow as an artist, so would love to hear from you if you have any questions or interests in a particular piece. I hope that my work brings you inspiration and joy!
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