I’m getting ready to go to Arizona to paint for a couple of weeks. I’m excited to paint in more of an open, desert landscape. These rocks were actually painted on the Oregon Coast, but the colors and the sun are getting me excited to pull out the earth colors. Stay tuned!
Left to right. First is our house, next door are our neighbors who have three boys, a goat and chickens. They cut wood on the weekends and we often buy the wood. Then you can see the Parrotia we planted that Tom is so proud of (the orange tree in the center of the painting). And finally, the pink house is the neighbor who waves when we pass and always have their blinds shut and flies Oregon Ducks flags on their car and outside their house on what I presume are game days. Who could ask for more! I love my neighborhood.
Table Rocks are situated at low elevation in the Rogue Valley, so are most comfortably painted in the Spring – as you see here. Now, as I write in July, it’s a very hot and dry place, full of rattle snakes. It’s been a very busy year, so I’m just sharing them now. This could be the scene out of a Western movie.
You can kind of see Mount McLoughlin or Mount Pit – as the locals call it.
Sunshine – breeze – ahhhhhhhh. Tom and I were able to take a great vacation to a Caribbean Island early in June. I’ve never been anywhere like it and I can see why it’s so popular for vacations. I’m about to get my yearly blood work back from my doctor and I’m guessing my vitamin D levels will actually be ok for once.
Besides the sailing, snorkeling, rum drinks, amazing tropical fruit and fish, one of the best parts of the trip was painting.
The smaller pieces are 6″ x 9″ and the larger 10″ x 16″.
Hike and Sketch
Saturday May 27, 2017
Meet at Ashland Shop N Kart parking lot to carpool at 8:30 am.
We will drive up to parking area at Hobart Bluff. You’re welcome to meet there as well. The caravan should arrive around 9:00 am.
To Hobart Bluff: Take Highway 66 almost to the Greensprings Summit. Turn Right on Soda Mountain Road and follow the gravel road 5 miles to the parking lot. There is a pit toilet here and plenty of room for cars to park.
Hike is 1 – 2 miles, and we will be sketching for about two hours.
Bring Hat, Water Bottle, Snacks, Sketching Supplies.
Come and enjoy the talk, even if you are not going on the hike.
The event is free but they would like people to register. Click here for more info:
We will open the location with an art show on Saturday and Sunday May 6,7 from 10 am to 4 pm. The show, titled Becoming a Mother/Losing a Mother consists of abstract paintings by Megan Headley exploring motherhood and my still life and landscape paintings made after my mother died this past fall. I’ve been exploring so many things, experiences, emotions and this work is almost like a diary or journal, much more so than any other work I’ve made in the past. We’re both looking forward to sharing the work with everyone!
So, save the date! May 6 and 7, 10 am – 4 pm at 106 Talent Avenue Suite 5, Talent, OR 97501.
I still can’t quite believe it, but my mother, Mariah Hegarty passed away at age 61 on September 15, 2016. She had a very aggressive cancer that overtook her very suddenly. She was a model of how to leave the world with grace and I’m so grateful for the time we had and that she was my mom.
My mom has always been such a supporter of me in life and as an artist. She introduced me to art and to making art when I was very young by having a great collection of beautifully illustrated children’s books and by not allowing me to have coloring books or television and providing me lots of paper and crayons to draw as much as I wanted. Both my parents encouraged me to experience and observe nature which is a vital part of being an artist and a student. My mom also taught me, especially at the end to forgive others and yourself, which frees you up to experiment and make mistakes. She always let me take all the art classes I could find and just allowed me to pursue what I was interested in.
She loved beauty and our home was always an amazingly beautiful place. It was never cluttered or crowded, but had old and natural things, nice light, natural fibers. Simple, straightforward beauty. She taught me that beauty is found everywhere and this profoundly affects my choice of subjects when I paint.
Mariah Michele Hegarty — 3/18/55 – 9/15/16
Every Place I Ever Lived
tore my heart with its beauty when I left.
My final week in Florida I steal away
to the beach morning and evening.
At dawn the long smooth waves are bolts
of pewter-colored silk shot with silver
folding and unfolding at my feet.
Dolphins pierce the liquid platinum
like dark needles. The pelicans
–those homely angels–
glide just above the wave caps,
their open-armed wings spread wide.
Splayed across the sand
treasures of the ocean’s generosity* Each fractured shard, tumbled smooth-
edged and cloudy teaches me
there is nothing broken