Flowing Thoughts

..the river was always something mysterious and something beautiful to me. At night the moon would shine on the water and it made really beautiful memories.
~ Mary Magdeline Harvey

Did you know there is a world watercolor month? Indeed, we’re 1/3 of the way into it. What a great excuse to dig out the ole water colours to play around for a bit! I had mine out at the beginning of the month to test some new colors, papers, and brushes. It was a great way to spend an afternoon, hanging out at the coffee shop and playing with pigments!

  • This week’s artist, – Rebecca Koeppen –  taps into the abundant nature and amazing vistas in the 4-corners area for her inspiration. Water, especially, has been capturing her attention in recent years. See more of her work on her website, and be sure to read more about her while you’re there.

  • Classes at the Scrapbook Nook are moving right along, even with their remodel under way! Join the girls for some Magic of Oz Specialty Cards at 10 on Saturday. And don’t miss the chance to play with (and take home) some embossing powders on Tuesday at 1!
  • This applies to visual artists, too…
  • The above makes me think how we artists need to prime our creative pump.
  • If you are a bibliophile, don’t miss the Friends of the Library book sale this Friday and Saturday! Swing by the library from 9:30-5 to pick up books for $1 a pound!
  • The 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Show is this weekend at the County Fairgrounds. Admission for all three days (Friday-Sunday, 10-6) is only $2! If you make jewelry or just like geology, swing by! For more information, check out the event website.
  • Family-friendly movie night at the Rec Center Lawn this Friday. Arrive by 8:30 and the movie begins at 8:45 p.m. Bring blankets and lawn chairs, but leave the furry members of the family at home. Durango Film will handle snack concessions. This week’s feature: How to Train your Dragon – The Hidden World.
  • Leah Orlikowski will be tucked away in the Rochester’s Secret Garden for their summer concert series. Swing by on Wednesday evening from 5-7 for some live music (that’s tonight!). There’s a $10 cover charge that benefits a variety of non-profits.
  • Ever been curious about botanical printing? Tricia is teaching a workshop in Telluride over the first weekend in August! Learn more and reserve your spot here.
  • Our new art contest is live! Head over to our website to learn the details
  • In honor of July being World Watercolor Month, this week’s featured product are the Daniel Smith watercolors! Made by artists, for artists – Daniel Smith focuses on creating a wide range of colors that are lightfast and permanent. All in gorgeous, richly pigmented colors. No small feat in watercolor, and they have managed it wonderfully! Plus, they make grounds that enable you to turn almost any surface into one suitable for painting on, walnut ink, and so much more!

Even if you decide not to focus on watercolor this July, I still want to encourage you to grab some art supplies and just play around. It can be so relaxing to indulge in a bit of time just to play around. Not sure what to create? Practice some key skills like color-mixing in a color-wheel, do some drawing exercises, or generally just have fun. I know that sometimes it’s hard for me to start but once I dive in the creativity starts to flow!


Matthew & the Art Supply House crew

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