Finding Refuge in Calming Colors.

Did you know that just the sight of a lavender plant or the color can be calming?

This year’s pantone color was selected to offer some refuge from the over stimulated world of today. https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet

Maybe this is the color I need to revisit as I recharge from working a week long camp of 300 scouts, or just from driving in our thick Dallas-Fort Worth traffic. Either one is enough to make this artist long for a calming lavendar bubble bath at the end of the day.

Face in the Crowd Oil On Canvas 48 x 36 x 1.5 in by Sandra Mucha

So, with all these soothing thoughts of botanical bliss I find myself marking my calendar to visit our local lavendar festival http://www.lavenderridgefarms.com one of these memorial weekends for some calming inspiration.

In the meantime my calming blues are my current craving, and wonder if the use of certain purples might be in my future.

Winding Snow with Trees” 10″ x 8″/ 25cm x 20cm Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha

Outdoor Learnings

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.

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“Country Churches in Winter” | Acrylic on Canvas by Sandra Mucha | 8″×10”

Top 3 Hiking Trails near the Richardson, Tx Panhandle.

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.

Tiger Portrait by Sandra Mucha, Acrylic
Tiger Scout by Sandra Mucha, Acrylic on Canvas, 9″ x 12″

3. Spring Creek Nature Area

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

2. Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve

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.

1.Spring Creek Forest Preserve.

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.

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Blue and Green Towers by Sandra Mucha Acrylic on Canvas 16″ x 20″ x 1.5″

See you on the trail.

Art with Ms. Mucha

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.

Red Umbrella in Springtime © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 16x20
Red Umbrella in Springtime © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 16×20 | $650

 

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:

30 paintings in 30 days : Top 10 learnings for Artist

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.

  1. Organize your studio. A challenge motivates you to organize your creative space, inspiration, sketches, and photographs.
  2. It motivates one to prepare and refresh their website for their own daily blog too.
  3. 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.
  4. It is okay to experiment. Pick two or three different themes and be ready to shift and finesse evolving unforeseen ideas.

    30 in 30 paintings by Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas
    30 in 30 paintings ©  Sandra Mucha | Feb 1, – March 2, 2018 | Acrylic on Canvas
  5. 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.
  6. It pushes you to paint in different locations. Create a studio in different rooms, or on different floors in your home.
  7. 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.
  8. Meet other artists and give support to each other during the process via Leslie’s site or on social media.
  9. 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.
  10. It becomes a ritual. Life happens, and one will find the creative process is always waiting there for you.

Drop me a line at sandra@sandramucha.com or leave a comment if you are interested in the pieces created during this challenge.

Water Tower on Rooftop – 30 of 30

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.

Water Tower on Rooftop by Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″
Water Tower on Rooftop © Sandra Mucha | Acrylic on Canvas | 6″x 6″