I am in the most exciting time of my life. I have evolved into the person I am through my friends, my new home, my family, and especially my church and my husband. Life is good here and I am now writing on Hubpages.com under my pen name Sierra Mackenzie. I am submitting a novela to Milkweed Editions Book Publishers and hope some good will come from it. As it is too cold to go to the studio, I am not currently painting anything new, although I do have a portrait in progress that I will reveal to you when it is completed.
I had custom jewelry on consignment in a local boutique and sold some jewelry, however that boutique has closed its doors due to the owner having other interests. I am anxious to see what develops in that huge building...what the new leasee will put there. I hope they take consignments.
I recently finished two remarkable paintings. I call them remarkable because the one was started two years before it was finished. It sat alone, untouched, and I even thought of not finishing it at all, but simply covering the canvas with white paint and beginning again. But one day I sat down and took a long look at it. I picked up a charcoal stick and began to sketch the unfinished parts. Then I began to paint, and several weeks later it was completed. I was brave to do that, it is easier to start again than to continue on when one no longer remembers the colors that were used in the beginning. The painting is titled Two Friends.
The other remarkable painting is titled Desert Sentry. Why it is remarkable to me is because I had no idea of what I was going to paint. I wanted to paint a skyscape...one with beautiful clouds billowing across most of the canvas. So I began painting away. It wasn't until later that decided to add the desert foreground from memory.
My studio is cold this February. I moved the paints to the house in case they might freeze. Do paints freeze? I don't know, but to be on the safe side I brought them to the house. I look across the once green lawn, see a carpet of white snow and anxiously await the arrival of spring when I will once again open the studio to the public and engage in fun things.