ANNE SPOON

The Art of Life Is Being Surrounded By Joy

Ultimate Woodstock Art Studio

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As an artist I love to visit other artist's studios. These creative spaces where the magic and hard work of creation happen have always fascinated me. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to take a three day workshop at The Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock New York, just an hour North of where I grew up. The school is located in New York's famed artists' colony of Woodstock, and was built under FDR's New Deal program as a school for art and craft. The buildings are built from native Bluestone and timber. For me, this was the ultimate place to paint, the vaulted ceilings soar 20 feet high with massive windows on both sides of the building. The walls and ceiling are painted bright white. 

view from my air bnb

view from my air bnb

It was very inspiring to paint in such a place and to see what my space influences my work, here I felt like I wanted to paint much larger airier art.   I love my studio at home, it is painting a quiet gray green that color just sings against but I am curious about those white walls and how they would influence my work. So, as an experiment I bought rolls of white craft paper to tack to the walls to brighten things up a bit. Who knows, maybe I'll be making a visit to Sherwin Williams in the future.

 

studio 2 Woodstock School of Art

studio 2 Woodstock School of Art

A Good Meal, A Soft Bed And A Belly Scratch

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Your Dog, My Art = Joy Forever!

I woke up early this morning to the sound of rain on my window. I could have stayed in bed for a little while longer, because we all know there's no better sleep than on a rainy morning. But I love the rain, especially sitting on my front porch wrapped in a blanket with a steaming cup of coffee. With me are three dogs and two cats, the six of us, very present in the moment. We watch as the rain runs in rivers across the front yard, and when the wind blows we all turn our head to avoid the cold mist from spraying our faces. I realize I can  learn a lot from these furry friends, they live in the moment and take life as it comes. They don't dwell on the past and they aren't anxious about the future.  I think reflection is a good thing, obsessing about is not, and likewise planning for the future is good, fretting about what hasn't happened yet is so much wasted energy. It is true I have a few more responsibilities than these guys, but they do their jobs also and they never complain. Patrolling the yard, digging massive holes to rid us of  gophers, (they have yet to catch any) and listening to me ramble all day is their job and they ask little in return. A good meal, a soft bed and a belly scratch, In the end isn't that  all we really need?  So I will sit hear a while longer and be still, be present and thankful for this day.

Sam

Sam

The Sky is Falling

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    This was the sky yesterday afternoon here in Oklahoma. This is "tornado alley" after all, and it is Spring, so we expect bad weather. This one however took us by surprise. Within seconds the wind went from 10 mph to 50 mph and hailstones the size of quarters started pelting the earth, and the car and the ....chickens?!!! Oh yes, one minute life is good, free ranging on Spring delights, the next, the sky is falling. 

The storm only lasted a few minutes, but where were my girls? Did they blow away? They did not. They took refuge in the dense foliage of our Magnolia tree. Thank goodness! They were able to shake it off pretty quickly and get back to the business at hand (or foot) foraging for all the goodies that fell from the sky. 

Molly 

Molly 

Up and Running!

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Bull Dog Love 8"x 8" oil on canvas

Bull Dog Love 8"x 8" oil on canvas

Welcome to my Anne Spoon Art. Creating this new site has truly been a labor of love. It has challenged me in many ways, from learning new technology, (including a new vocabulary), it has also tested my patience and perseverance and in the end I am better for it. 

My mission is simple, I want my clients to be reminded daily of the joy in their lives by creating art that  makes them smile. 

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