Creative seasons


There is a season for everything under the sun—even when we can’t see the sun.

~ Jared Brock

I recently listened to this podcast episode about a rural artist and how she makes it work. This quote about taking a break from painting while her kids were small caught my attention – “I abandoned painting because painting with small children is like taking your own appendix out with a fork.”

She returned to her painting when the young children season passed.

  • This week’s artist is – Tracey Hewitt – who was interviewed in the podcast mentioned above! For even more, check out her website and instagram!
  • Antoni Gaudí would have been 172 on Tuesday!
  • Here are 10 art projects that are great for traveling.
  • These two artists paint monochromatic watercolor landscape paintings.
  • Technique only as a tool
  • I’ve been thinking about storytelling in paintings. Perhaps prompted by reading this book about conceptual figurative paintings a couple of years ago. So this article about figures in art led me to reading this one about narrative painting also.
  • You can watch Chuck Jones draw Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig.
  • Or this video can take you to a calming visit to Claude Monet’s famed gardens in Giverny.
  • The nominees for the 2024 Drone Photos Awards have been announced
  • Archaeologists uncover rare blue frescoes of an ancient sanctuary and servant quarters in Pompeii. You can see inside in these two videos.
  • What do you call an artist who only paints abstract things? A drawer.
  • 😎 Fun Fact: The original Statue of Liberty is in Paris, France. It’s a much smaller version of the one in New York City and faces west towards its larger sibling.
  • The Butterfly Artist Collective is gathering this evening at the Art Guild of Create from 5:30-7. Free networking meeting with a guest speaker so that all can share and learn from each other.
  • Also this evening from 6-7:30 is the Word Honey Poetry Workshop at the Durango Library.
  • Thursday from 4-5:30 head to Create Art and Tea for Art Lectures with Bindu: Opening up a new understanding of art.
  • Head to the ELHI Community Center (115 Ute St, Ignacio) Saturday from 10-3 for the Craft Fair and Meet the Trucks Extravaganza. Arts, crafts, foods and more! There will be face-painting, lawn games, a bounce house, and special guest vehicles to check out.
  • Are you a beginner/intermediate acoustic music player looking to play more? This weekly jam is welcoming to all players, with a focus on slower tempo improvisation solos and chord changes. If you can play the I, IV and V chords in G, D and A then you know enough to play at this jam! Head to the General Palmer on Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 to join in.
  • It’s the time of year when there are lots of live music events, open mics, live jam sessions, etc, scattered about the area throughout the week. There are too many to list here, so if you’re looking for such things, head over to
  • There are classes/workshops/projects available at the 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Club, the Bayfield Library, Create Art and Tea, the Dancing Spirit Center for the ArtsDurango Sustainable GoodsLet’s Letter Together, the MakerLab, the Scrapbook NookSeed Studio, and the Durango Arts Center. There are a lot more things happening that I don’t include – so if you’re ever looking for something to do, start at
  • These are our favorite travel brushes. The handle screws in place (both open and closed) so it’s very secure. The bristles are a much better quality than their price suggests. Basically – they’re so much fun to use! You can get the individuals or a set with case for less than just the 3 brushes. We just got them back in after being out for…ever. Swing by and check them out for yourself!

Whether they’re internal (stage of life, family, physical limitations) or external (weather), we all have seasons we go through. Sometimes we have abundant time to create – others we have to squeeze in what we can.

No matter how much time and energy you have available – it’s possible to stay in touch with your creative side. Sometimes that means working in a completely different way and size. Sometimes it just means that completing a project takes longer.

Whatever season you’re in – keep on creating. The world needs your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew

P.S. – June has 5 Saturdays – so the 29th is customer appreciation day. Do you have your bag ready?