I shared with one of my son’s classmates today how my paintings simulate the feeling of flying like a bird. Her face light up when she learned this about my work. Earlier in the day, I had the joy of encouraging her to face some of her fears on their class fieldtrip. I hope she continues to feel her efforts of bravery each day like that of a bird taking to flight for the first time.
“Country Churches in Winter” | Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha | 8″×10”
When the weather is cooler, my family and I enjoy exploring our local trails here in North Texas. We especially enjoy these picks for scouting or just need an escape from every day in and near our Richardson TX area.
Each nature preserve or area offers a scenic river close to the northern or panhandle area of Richardson, TX
Remember to take your water bottle, sunblock, bug spray, camera, cell phone and to wear comfortable shoes.
Across the street from Richardson’s Cityline, this 51 acres south of Renner Rd extending from Central Expressway to Foxboro Park at Plano Rd and Braeburn Dr has Multi-use trail, natural areas, hardwood forest, a pedestrian bridge over winding Spring Creek, picnic benches, horseshoe pit. Trail links with Galatyn Woodland Preserve. Park across the street at Cityline Shopping Plaza or Park near the Railline
The Plano hot air balloons festival is held here in September on Spring Creek Parkway. Go one street over to the other side of the park with access along Los Rios Boulevard to find the Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve. This is Plano’s largest park, is 800 acres and extends from Parker Road on the south to Chaparral Road on the north and from Spring Creek Parkway on the west to Los Rios Boulevard on the east. The park boasts 3.5 miles of concrete trails and 5 miles of soft surface trails located along Rowlett Creek. Nature trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily. Turn left into the park heading west on Lois Rios Boulevard for parking.
While this trail is actually in Garland it is just south of George Bush Tollway at 1770 Holford Rd. It is known for its towering trees and wide multi-use trails. Use the east side of the park just off of Holford for parking.
Wow! The buds are already sprouting on our trees here in North Texas, and our daffodils are blooming. So, based on these clues it must be time for spring break. My husband and eight-year-old son, and I are looking forward to enjoying our local parks and museums this coming week.
Today’s painting features our local garden, The Dallas Arboretum in springtime. The children’s garden is a must-see for your little one.
SPRING BREAK SALE!!! To celebrate the new season I am having a sale on my various teaching handouts. These worksheets are inspired by my own art room teachings available at my below online Teachers Paying Teachers Store:
Here are a few of my learnings from this past 30 in 30-day painting challenge. I think you’ll be amazed both at how it pushes you to re-evaluate your use of time and makes you a better painter with a daily painting. I enjoyed using Leslie Saeta’s challenge available on her site at www.saetastudio.com.
Organize your studio. A challenge motivates you to organize your creative space, inspiration, sketches, and photographs.
It motivates one to prepare and refresh their website for their own daily blog too.
Check supply levels such as canvas, paint, brushes and other necessary supplies. Leave a fresh canvas on the easel at the end of each day. I also liked having fresh water and clean brushes waiting for me the next day.
It is okay to experiment. Pick two or three different themes and be ready to shift and finesse evolving unforeseen ideas.
Start painting 2-3 days earlier to the challenge.I came close to skipping two different days during this last challenge, and a few at the ready would have helped ease the schedule’s demand. It is a deadline that keeps you accountable.
It pushes you to paint in different locations. Create a studio in different rooms, or on different floors in your home.
Use a Journal and planner. Checking in on Monday and daily with a journal and planner to note what is working. Monitor if you are on track for the coming week.
Meet other artists and give support to each other during the process via Leslie’s site or on social media.
Ideas evolve. The process of creating allows the artist to grow and experiment with the variety of series. Trying mixing and apply previous ideas to the next piece.
It becomes a ritual. Life happens, and one will find the creative process is always waiting there for you.
Drop me a line at email@example.com or leave a comment if you are interested in the pieces created during this challenge.
This concludes my 30 days of exploring on canvas for now. Time to clean my upstairs art studio, and the temporary studio added to our downstairs living room. Next, this is also a time to sort and organize the images by location rural and urban as displayed on this site. I look forward to revisiting my favorites to create their larger canvases. Thank you for following and supporting my creative process this past month. Be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter for upcoming exhibits of my artwork and further art exploring.