Monday, May 25, 2015

The Laws of Lifetime Growth



This is one of those books with advice I would like to have given my 20-year old self. I cannot recommend The Laws of Lifetime Growth highly enough. Bravo and my heart-felt thanks to authors, Dan Sullivan and Catherine Nomura.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Updated Class Dates

Oil Painting for the Beginning Student
Time: Monday mornings,9am-Noon
Cost: $110, per 4-Week Session, studio fee included

Oil painting class for beginner students or those wanting a refresher. This class is designed to give a good foundation with plenty of personal instruction.
and
Oils Painting Class, Intermediate to Advanced (all 2-D Media Welcome*)
Time: Mondays,1pm-4pm
Cost: $110, per 4-Week Session, studio fee included

*Primary focus will be on oils, but the principles of art apply to all media.

How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it.
Some of my objectives are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see.

"A year from now you will wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb



Class Location:
New Braunfels Art League
239 W San Antonio St
New Braunfels, Texas 78130

Clickfor Directions to the Art League

For more information, please email:

sekulastudio@gmail.com


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Trip to Arizona

I just back from a road trip to Arizona with friends and fellow-artists, Anne McCoy and Kim Roberti. It was a wonderful and inspirational trip.  If I hadn't been distracted by the beauty that surrounded us, I would have had the presence of mind to blog while there. Since that didn't happen, I will now try to fit ten days into one post. 

Our first night was spent in a hotel off of the Old Route 66. I didn't manage a photo. 

Near Gallup, NM
Standin' On A Corner in Winslow, Arizona


View from our room in Sedona


Storm coming down the Grand Canyon
Sun's Out! 




All the little people at the Grand Canyon!


Full Double Rainbow on Navajo Land (L)
Full Double Rainbow on Navajo Land (R)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

New Mexico Pastels


SOLD! 
New Mexico #1 and #2, both pastels,  now have a new home in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Is it wrong to be sad to see them go?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

All Those Years Ago

They say there are signs in your childhood that point to what you are meant to do with your life. The signs are threaded throughout, but may not be noticed until you stand back and take a look. 

This photo is me and my very first oil painting,  I was twelve. I wish I knew what became of it. It's probably in a land fill somewhere. The photo, which was taken by my Great-Uncle John G. Bowen, is all that remains. He also bought my very first easel and was the first to commission a painting. Thank you, Uncle John!

As a side note: I have given a lot of thought about where my passion for the Desert Southwest came from and, after revisiting this photo, it is obvious that it, too, has been there all along. So, I guess "they" were right. The signs were there all along.

Thanks for bearing with me as I reminisce.

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Treatment for Inspiration Overload by Starla J King (revisited)

Because I am a lover of quotes and uplifting people, my path and Starla King's were bound to cross. When and where it happened, I don't recall, but I am thankful that they did. 

I am often asked about the trip I took to New Mexico, now almost two years ago. Below is an article, written by Starla, on her website,  Outwrite Living.  It will serve double-duty in the retelling of my story and to give you a chance to meet her for yourself. 

Thank you again, Starla. I appreciate you!!! Gaye

My Dear Starla,
Your post really touched me. I had a similar experience about a year ago with art overload. 
Ok, I am an artist and have been most of my life. I have never once wondered what my style was or what I should be doing with my art until a year ago. This all started when I began looking at artwork everywhere I could and, in the beginning, it was a very good thing. I love art, I teach art, I live art so, it was a natural thing to do. It was feeding my soul and I was gathering information to share with my students. I was looking at it for hours on end either on Facebook, in museums, galleries or books.
Now, I don’t consider myself to be a person who is easily influenced by others so, imagine my shock when I realized that I had begun to question my own artistic voice. Something I had never done since I first picked up a brush at 12 years old. Here I was, 57, and questioning now! What the heck???
Well, I had to escape. Escape any and all voices, so I planned a solo trip to New Mexico. I told my husband I was going and he knew better than to argue. He could tell it was a dire need. So, at 4:30am I took off toward one of the biggest and most rewarding adventures of my life! I drove straight there, stopping only for gas, and arrived at my destination 12 hours later.
I stayed a few nights in Santa Fe and had intended to look at the wonderful galleries on Canyon Road. It is funny because, I was having trouble timing everything I wanted to do and see the galleries, too. One morning I was again there too early so I decided to go to Albuquerque and catch them on the way back. Well, it never happened. I was so in awe of the scenery around me that I knew nothing inside their walls could ever compare to what I was seeing and feeling!!!
On to Taos for a few more days and even more awe! The whole experience was just what the doctor ordered! There is SO much to tell and so few words to describe it all!
Ten days of no other voices but nature’s and my own. It realigned me. I knew the answers to my questions all along, I just couldn’t hear them until then. Yes, I knew what I wanted and I could hear my own voice now!
Thanks for listening to my story. I don’t know if you feel it relates to how you are feeling but, boy, your post sure did resonate with how I was feeling a year ago. I’ve been to New Mexico three time in the past year and this last trip, which was for an entire month, two weeks of which I was alone, opened my eyes. The quiet time alone, where I was the only boss of me, put everything into perspective. I am more at peace now than at any time ever in my life.
Fondly, Gaye
Adobe in CerrillosNature. Self. Quiet. “I am more at peace now than at any time ever in my life.”  
Huh. 
Oh, and this painting?  It’s Gaye’s.
It’s called Adobe in Cerrillos, described in her own words as follows:
I love taking backroads, as they always reveal hidden treasures. This abandoned adobe building  is one such treasure. I came upon it as I was poking around Cerrillos, New Mexico.  I can’t help but wonder what tales it could tell.
Yeah, I think she’s onto something.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Announcing New Art Classes





It is an honor to have been accepted to teach at the New Braunfels Art League. It is such a wonderful facility, full of wonderful people and beautiful art. Please do stop in for a visit when you are in town.

I am happy to be offering  two separate oil painting classes, one for beginners and one for those intermediate to advanced. Please see the class announcement below for further details.
Oil Painting Classes
Oil Painting for the Beginning Student
Time: Friday mornings, 9am-Noon
Cost: $110, per 4-Week Session, studio fee included

Oil painting class for beginner students or those wanting a refresher. This class is designed to give a good foundation with plenty of personal instruction.

and


Oils Painting Class, Intermediate to Advanced (all 2-D Media Welcome*)
Time: Fridays, 1pm-4pm
Cost: $110, per 4-Week Session, studio fee included

*Primary focus will be on oils, but the principles of art apply to all media.

How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it.
Some of my objectives are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see.


Class Location:
New Braunfels Art League
239 W San Antonio St
New Braunfels, Texas 78130 

Click for Directions to the Art League

For more information, please email:  

sekulastudio@gmail.com 


Website: sekulastudio.com
Blog: gayesekula.blogspot.com 

Thank you for your interest in making the world more beautiful.


Happy Painting!


Gaye Sekula

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Holiday Wish and a New Class Announcement

Happy Holidays from Sekula Studio


Goodness! Another year has come and gone. I hope you were able to accomplish all the things you set out to do. I am always reminded of the following quote when this time of year rolls around and thoughts turn to New Year's resolutions. 

"A year from now you will wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

If you are feeling the same way, I would like to invite you to my upcoming classes. It would be an honor to help you in your art journey.

Class size will be limited to 12 students and are on a first come, first serve basis. All information is listed below.

Class: Oils, *all 2-D Media Welcome
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $110, per 4-Week Session, studio fee included
Location: New Braunfels Art League, 239 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Classes begin Friday, January 9, 2015

How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Please don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it.
Some of my objectives are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see.
*Primary focus will be on oils, but the principles of art apply to all media.

If this sounds just like the class you have been looking for, then let me help you get your year off to a creative start! 

Please mail your check to:
Gaye Sekula
P.O. Box 35
St. Hedwig, TX 78152

For more information, please email: sekulastudio@gmail.com
web site: http://sekulastudio.com


Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season. 

All the best to you and your family,


Gaye Sekula  

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Rio Grande Gorge

2014 has been a rainy year in the High Desert of New Mexico. The landscape added green to its palette of colors. 
"Rio Grande Gorge"
9"x 12", Oil on Canvas Board

Monday, November 24, 2014

"After Fechin"

It is wise advice to copy paintings of old masters in order to learn. Nicolai Fechin was/is an artist after my own heart. He died five months before I was born. How I would loved to have met him, but all that is left for me is to study what he left behind for us all.  
This is a study of Fechin's "Tonita". He seems to have used this darling little girl quite often in his paintings. Her name was Manuelita. 
"After Fechin"
10"x 8", Oil on Canvas Panel

Friday, November 21, 2014

Indian Dancer

After the PowWow, we visited with many of the Native Americans whose photos we had taken. Learning about the dances and what they represent is very important to me. I want to honor them by letting them know they are much more than subject matter for my paintings. This particular dancer is of the Mandan tribe, which reside in North Dakota. 

"Indian Dancer"
8" x 6", Oil on Board

Website: sekulastudio.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Mexico #2

You guessed it! I'm still thinking of a name. I previously did this one in oils and titled it "Chamisa and Sage" and that is what still comes to me when I see this one. I'll have to think on it a bit. 

New Mexico #2
8"x 6", Pastel on Gator Board
SOLD

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Mexico #1

 For now, this one is named New Mexico #1, as it is my first pastel of New Mexico. I will change the name when a good one occurs to me. 
New Mexico #1
8"x 6", Pastel on Gator Board
SOLD

Friday, November 14, 2014

Andrea

Granddaugter, Andrea, also framed before a photo was taken. I'll get a system down before too much longer! This one was a combination of both hard and soft pastels. 
"Andrea"
7"x 5", Pastel on Gator Board

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Abigail

My youngest granddaughter, Abigail. I forgot to take a photo before framing, so the image appears more muted. This one was done with soft pastels.
"Abigail"
"7"x 5", Pastel on Gator Board

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Burro

This is another pastel I did in Rita Kirkman's workshop, again from one of her photos. 
"Burro" 
8"x 6", Pastel on Gator Board



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"Life is Our Personal Work of Art" by Sandra Henderson

We often go through life never knowing who we may have inspired along the way. All we can hope is that we leave something uplifting and encouraging. If we are lucky, every once in a while someone will take time out to say that you have made a difference in their lives. Today was that day for me.

Sandra Henderson and I met last month while taking a writing class with Cynthia Morris of Original Impulse. In this class we were given daily prompts and were to write  for  at least 15 minutes without stopping. (There is MUCH more to Cynthia's class than just this so,  please click on the above links for more information. I highly recommend them for anyone who is interested in writing.)  It was in this 15 minutes of writing where I posted a quote that resonated with Sandra.

She emailed that she was very touched and asked if she could use it in a future blog post. Well, those of you who know me know that I am a quote-a-holic and freely share them with the world. She said she would let me know when the post came together. Well, it arrived in my email box this morning and truly made my day!

Sandra's  post in entitled Life is Our Personal Work of Art. Please click on the title to be taken to her beautiful and uplifting blog, and do check her archives for many inspirational posts.

Thank you, Sandra, for this honor. You have made more than just my day! Blessings to you!

Did You Call Me?

I have been wanting to learn more about pastels for many years. I had amassed boxes of quality pastels, papers and even had some primed gator board just waiting for the right moment.  I am happy to say that the stars finally aligned with the right instructor and courage enough to just do it!.

The Highland Art Guild in Marble Falls, Texas scheduled a workshop with pastelist, Rita Kirkman.  I have long been a great admirer of Rita's work and was so happy to be able to attend. Rita is a wonderful teacher and is very generous with her knowledge. She is also great fun after workshop hours, where good food and great art conversations ended our very productive days!

The painting below was done in Rita's workshop from one of her photos. The surface was gator board primed with Colourfix Primer by Art Spectrum. Yep, the same gator board mentioned earlier, and done with mostly Nupastels. I really like the look of the Nupastels on this particular surface. 

"Did You Call Me?"
8" x 6", Pastel on Gator Board

Website: sekulastudio.com

Thursday, September 18, 2014

October Workshop: BRUSHSTROKES, EDGES and MAGIC

"Alexandra" After Fechin 
Michael as Tevia (Live Model)

"BRUSHSTROKES, EDGES and MAGIC"
Cost: $225, includes studio and model fee

Date: October 3, 4 & 5, 2014
Time: 9:30am-4:30pm
Location: New Braunfels Art League
239 West San Antonio St
New Braunfels, TX 78130


How many times have you found yourself wishing you could paint more loosely and with more expressive brushstrokes? Please don't give up and pitch your paint brushes. I am confident that I can help you make some real progress, gain confidence and have a great time doing it.

The number one compliment I get on my paintings is about my brushstrokes and have finally figured out a way to really teach it. I have decided to enlist my hero, Nicolai Fechin! Whether or not you are a big fan, there is so much to be learned by studying his style.

Nicolai Fechin was an artist's artist. It was very important to him to paint the spirit of the subject, whether it was a model, a landscape or a still life. He was a master of draftsmanship, color harmonies and brushstrokes. To the layman, his brushstrokes may seem wild and random, but he was in fact very thoughtful and sure before adding a single mark.

While my work pales in comparison, Nicolai Fechin has been and still is my greatest inspiration. I have learned much through my studies of his work and philosophy. My objectives for this workshop are to help you see and understand edges-which ones are important to include and which ones to leave out-paint application with both brushes and knives, and the importance of brushstrokes. I will also do my best to help you to paint from your soul rather than get bogged down in rules and just copying what you see.
We will copy at least one or two of his paintings and, on the final day, we will paint from life, which will greatly reinforce what we have learned.

Checks made out for the FULL amount to NBAL can be mailed to:
Sandy Oberg
1400 Greystone Drive
New Braunfels, TX 78132
"Girl with Shawl" After Fechin













Monday, September 15, 2014

Cowboy from Tombstone


"Cowboy from Tombstone"
9" x 7", Oil on Canvas Board
"Cowboy" was an award winner in the Emerging Artists Exhibit at The Art Gallery in New Braunfels, Texas. He has found a new home and now resides in Houston, Texas. 
SOLD

Monday, April 28, 2014

Chamisa and Sage

 "Chamisa and Sage"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
Of all the plants that grow in the High Desert of New Mexico, these two are my favorites. They are both rugged and beautiful. When I saw this particular scene in a picture perfect composition...Well, I am truly at a loss for words. Oh, how I love New Mexico!


Monday, April 21, 2014

Break Along the Rails

"Break Along the Rails"
"12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
Please forgive the quality of this photo. My iphone came closer to the actual color than my better camera so I chose this one, which is a little blurry, over one that would be screaming LITTLE RED CABOOSE! 
This is some of the crew of Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad taking a break before we headed back to Chama, NM. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Harvest in Hatch, New Mexico

"Harvest in Hatch, NM"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch
When Hatch chiles are in season they are a big deal, even here in San Antonio. This painting is from a small roadside stand along the main road into Hatch. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Deep in the Sandias

"Deep in the Sandias"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch 
The subtle colors of the aspens and the scent of pine in the fresh mountain air drew us deeper into the forest high atop Sandia Peak, near Albuquerque. Very early morning, just before the sky completely cleared, this grove of aspens came into view.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Along the Turquoise Trail

"Along the Turquoise Trail"
12" x 9", Oil on Linen, Mounted on Birch 
The majesty of this mountain and its colorful grays stopped me in my tracks. This was another beautiful site along the Turquoise Trail, just outside of Santa Fe.