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Showing the Ropes- Gratitude for teachers

Thanks to everyone who has had to show me the ropes through the years. There have been so many of you, and so many ropes, too!

Yesterday I completed my application for Austin Travis County EMS. It has been a two year journey of education and experience with some of the most wonderful people.  My teachers, clinical preceptors, and laboratory organizers have kicked my butt into shape. The paramedics on ambulances who had my back as they let me treat their patients had such grace and kindness. Even when I tended to argue a bit… as I tried to understand better how to do my job and take care of people.

When I first became an emergency medical technician in December of 2020, I expected to be snapped up by Austin for service. Sadly, their hiring policies did not allow for them to hire anyone who did not have at least one year of full time experience as an EMT already, so… they couldn’t have me at that time.

I have been enjoying working for Emergency Medical Protection Services- a first responder organization- and First Medical Response- a private EMS provider. Now, Austin EMS might let me into an interview, we shall see!

 

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Magic Man

Every Friday brings an opportunity for Arnica Grace to paint a person from life. Austin Visual Arts Association studios are a great place to make works on the spot. Painting together with other life painting enthusiasts makes for a friendly and fun work environment. Notable Austin heavy hitters Phillip Wade, Eve Larson, and Johnnie Sielbeck also paint in Arnica’s Friday crew.

The model brings their own clothing and in this case, props. Highly unusual to have a man in a kilt holding a crystal ball show up to be painted. What a nice change of pace!

Call the artist to arrange for purchase of this 11 x 14 image.

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Anna $160

Anna is a finely shaded and modeled oil painting. Arnica describes the shallow space in the painting with a free hand and broad brushstrokes. Depth and dimension is achieved with transparency and color blending. This small work, about 12″x 16″ was painted at Austin Visual Arts Association studios.

$160 plus $20 shipping/handling and 8.25% sales tax= $193.20 total charges
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Street Smart

Thought-provoking seated pose with brash coloration. Your imagination can only begin to sense what is in the mind of this young person. Painted in oils at Austin Visual Arts Association studios, this painting will be a real centerpiece for conversation.



$140 plus $20 shipping/handling and  8.25% sales tax= $171.55 total charges
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Brisk Dawn $160

Recently, Arnica Grace has been taking her studio out of doors for some fun, fresh paintings. Here is one example of aerial perspective working to harmonize gentle coloration. A play between violets and soft golds help the viewer feel the morning breeze in their hair. Layering of glazes and impasto technique is also used to create a sense of depth and texture, especially in the watery foreground.



$160 plus $20 shipping/handling and sales tax of 8.25%= $193.20 total charges
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Fish House Blues

Sketch nearly complete!

This week Arnica Grace found that foggy days interfere with mural making. To make the most of the limited sunshine, we found Arnica ducking under cover between scattered showers.

“If I paint a little every day, it will get done,” said Arnica optimistically when we caught her hiding from a storm cloud under the barbecue umbrella at Beachgate Condosuites and Hotel. So far, the fish house image is coming along, and the big blue fish are looking like a swimmingly good catch.

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Arnica Grace at the park

Austin has a ton of places to ramble around in, but you will find Arnica always coming back to Zilker Park for the Botanical Gardens. Even midwinter, there are birds, bees, and flowers, oh my!

When asked why she liked the Zilker Botanical Gardens so much, Arnica replied, “the first time Ithe cedar log bridge in the Japanese garden there, I must have been all of about fourteen years old. It was magical, it was marvelous, it was my first love. Rambling in the park found me face to face with the koi in the ponds, their glittery bodies sleekly swimming in the depths. I painted them with the first set of oil paints I had ever owned. It was fulfilling, fun, it was my first time to really see what paint could do for me.

Going back to the park lately, I went to the bridge. I climbed it again, slipping a bit, just as I had the first time. I visited the koi. They are truly monstrous these days, as large as my legs, boiling and roiling under the surface of the water, looking for the food the groundskeeper surely throws into the pond for them.

It was glorious, I am glad to have lived a life in the arts. I made a painting of the koi again, couldn’t help it really.”

So, if you keep your eyes peeled, you might run into Arnica rambling through the gardens again this springtime. A recent joiner to the Plein Air Austin organization, she says she hopes to enjoy their monthly meetups.

You can check out Plein Air Austin at this link:

http://www.pleinairaustin.org/events.html