Daydreams of ease and comfort. The pelican finds a place to survey his kingdom. A full belly and a cool breeze, a place in the sun. Peace and contentment are palpable here for this king of the hill reigns supreme. Be your own king or queen. Own your hill or boulder, even if just for this one moment. The world can be beautiful.
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!
If you like the beach, try the view from Beachgate Condosuites and Hotel. Room 533 has a very nice one! Here is a plein air painting done on that very balcony by Arnica Grace. Unframed, it’s yours for just $80. Ships mounted on a board ready to be framed and hung in your favorite space.
The plein air method was popularized by the French Impressionists. “Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” – https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-subjects/plein-air/plein-air-art/
It’s not a sunny day, but the world offers beauty anyway. Sometimes a little mist on your nose is just the right thing. With layers of impasto and glazing, this painting glows from within. The heavy impasto- a technique of laying on paint so thickly that it stands out from a surface- adds character and form.
Arnica Grace has been known to use painting knives- a flexible metal blade. This device helps her to put down the thick paint she likes to see in some of her larger works. This being a Big Big Sky, she uses the painting knife with gusto! Energy and form, peace and activity, layers of color sing in a unique harmony.
Collections begin with one piece. This is a good cornerstone for the foundation of your own art empire. Enjoy!
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.
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.
"The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life off our souls." -Pablo Picasso
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