Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Orchids and Hydrangeas Exhibit

Oncidium Orchid

In conjunction with Powell Gardens conservatory exhibit of live orchids and hydrangeas, special guest curator and botanical artist Cynthia Padilla presents a representative online viewing of art and the artists inspired by orchids and hydrangeas!

Where: Powell Gardens, Kansas City, Missouri
Date: March 1 - April 30, 2007.
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Getting There: 30 miles east of Kansas City on Highway 50.1609 N.W. U.S. Highway 50 Kingsville, MO 64061
Telephone: 816-697-2600
Garden Hours: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Garden Admission: $8/adults $7/senior citizens $3/children ages 5-12 Free/children under 5 and Friends of Powell Gardens.

Reception w/Artists: Join curator Padilla and a selection of the exhibiting artists in an art reception open to the public. Padilla will also have there a collection of related themed rare and beautiful antique botanical prints for view and sale. Powell Gardens is home to some of the region’s most unique contemporary architecture. These facilities, set among the serenity of the ever-changing gardens, provides an ideal locale for this themed exhibition... "Orchids & Hydrangeas."

Orchids and Hydrangeas Exhibit Blog with representative pieces by each of the artists in the exhibit.

Monday, March 26, 2007


Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Spring brought warm temperatures this weekend. It also brought some wind that pulled apart a window crank. We had to leave the front window closed so it wouldn't break. The front windows face south and, with the warm days and sunshine this weekend, it gets quite warm in the house. We kept the back windows open all night last night and I got to listen to the robins singing this morning when I woke up. Rianna rode the bus this morning, also, so I got to take a bit of a walk. I remembered to bring my sketchbook and pens with me and drew a few things. Nice day.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up - by Malinda Welte

Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Ok, I'm going to acknowledge, first, that I really don't want to grow up.

There. Now that that's out of the way, I do love being an Artist! With a capital "A." The photography I love, the painting I'm improving at, drawing I've rediscovered. Seeing. It's all about that. Watching my children play, seeing the forms of their hands, their expressions, the negative spaces between them, their toys. Things around me, flowers, buildings, my city (My City!). When my son goes to Kindergarten full time in a year and a half, I have to give up my time with him during the days. A Mother gets through that, he's growing so much now! But, also, I'll be expected to go find a "job." I'm sad about that. I have to find a way to convince the "Powers That Be" to convince my spouse that it's a good idea to let me stay the "Artist." I have some habits to modify, some ideas to implement...wish me luck!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Palomino Painting During Spring Break

Palomino Painting
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Gotta keep active kids active or they get crazy! So, we got Breyer's activity kit with two unpainted horses, a book on horse colors and a set of paints. They had a grand time slopping on yellow ochre mixed with white and a touch of raw sienna for that perfect Palomino gold! We're finishing up them tonight, I hope. We'll even out the main body color on them and we'll do the shadows and highlights and clean up the manes and tails (Geordan got especially crazy with his!). We also got out a lot last week, the weather was really nice!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Bikes at the Park

Bikes at the Park
Originally uploaded by SideShowMom.
Kids have me working on some projects now that the paintings are delivered and there is a choreography to learn for the student recital at my bellydance school. We have spring break right now, so it's kid time! Rianna and I bought a Breyer kit to paint two horse models, she wants hers to be a palomino and I'm partial to yellow horses, too! I might try some antiquing in the mane and tail (the paints are acrylic and I used to paint ceramics so this is pretty familiar territory).

It was a grand warm day yesterday here and my DH took the day off to go to the park with us! We got the little bike out and both kidlets took turns riding it. Geordan's way too big for his trikey, so I've had him riding in the basement on sister's bike and he was ready to solo! It was really funny seeing sister's Barbie helmet perched on his too-big head! He didn't care! While he and DH were running to the local gas station, I got a chance to sketch my girl riding back and forth by me