Monday, March 17, 2014

Loves Me - Plus a list of "18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently."


LOVES ME     oil   36" x 36"   R Garriott

PLEASE NOTE: I did NOT write what follows. A link to the much longer, expansive original by Carolyn Gregoire appears at the end of the list. My friends and I have found it to be a conversation sparker. What do YOU think?


18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

  1. Daydream.
  2. Observe everything.
  3. Work the hours that work for you.
  4. Take time for solitude.
  5. Turn life’s obstacles around.
  6. Seek out new experiences.
  7. “Fail up.”
  8. Ask the big questions.
  9. People-watch.
  10. Take risks.
  11. View all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.
  12. Follow your true passions.
  13. Get out of your own head.
  14. Lose track of the time.
  15. Surround yourself with beauty.
  16. Connect the dots.
  17. Constantly shake things up.
  18. Make time for mindfulness.

If you have more time to to spare, here is (as far as I know) the original:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Soar

"Soar"      oil       30” x 30”     R. Garriott

“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”
― R.H. Heinlein

May you soar in the new year.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Seasons Greetings

"Arise"      oil       30” x 30”     R. Garriott  
currently showing at the Healing Arts Galleries at Parker Adventist Hospital

"I arise in the morning torn between
a desire to improve the world
and a desire to enjoy the world.
This makes it hard to plan the day."
- E. B. White

Wishing you a restful season, no matter what your traditions (or lack thereof). -R

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Fields of Joy

"Fields of Joy"    30" x 48"    R. Garriott    sold

Collection Kaiser Permanente

Lone Tree, CO Medical Offices

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Healing Arts Program features R. Garriott

"Transcend"    oil    30" x 30"     R. Garriott
A new quartet of paintings by R. Garriott
November through December 2013
in the lobby gallery
Healing Arts Galleries at Parker Adventist Hospital
9395 Crown Crest Blvd, Parker, CO 80138

"There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination..."
- Anais Nin

Anemone, literally “daughter of the wind”. As in the eponymous sea animal, the petals of the anemone float in the air, bringing a calming loveliness.

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Children's Hospital of Aurora presents "A Garden Party"

Blue Skies    oil    24" x 30"    R. Garriott    sold
Q: Why do they call it blue when it's the happiest color in the world?

Children's Hospital of Aurora
"A Garden Party" work by 5 artists
Jean Caggiano, R. Garriott, Jane Jones, Barbara McKee, Tracy Wall
and interspersed by the artwork of children at the hospital.

July 11-Sept. 30, 2013
Children's Hospital of Aurora
Frederick C. Hamilton Family Gallery
13123 East 16th Ave, Aurora, CO 80045

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Midcoast Maine with Martha Baum and R. Garriott


Coffee Shop Paintings
at Mae's Cafe & Bakery, Bath, ME
June 3 - August 31, 2013

"a Midcoast Maine destination for locals & visitors alike"

along with
 “MIDCOAST” 
original paintings by Martha Baum


Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hot Hot Hot - Summer Sizzles Show

"Hot Hot Hot"       mixed     6" x 12"     R. Garriott

Summer Sizzle opens this Friday
at AUM Framing and Gallery

Opening reception 5:00 - 8:30 pm

Group Art Show featuring more than 30 local artists.
Original acrylics, mixed media, oils, pastels,
photographs, sculptures, and watercolors. 

AUM Framing and Gallery
2227 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80206
303 394 3362
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Heirloom Hollyhocks


Heirloom Hollyhocks oil   40" x 30"   R. Garriott   SOLD

Many years ago I was seasonally employed at a greenhouse. While the pay was minimal,  the weather ever-changing, and the concrete brutal on the feet, it did surround those of us there in a profusion of saturated color that gave my phosphenes a healthy kick. I had made one of the biggest art sales of my early career (through an arts admin to an HMO) during that first season but know one knew; I was just another worker slug that restocked trays and trays of petunias and pansies day after day after day.

All of which is a digression; although this painting was inspired by that time, by the seed packets that could be bought inside the store, this is the actual story of the Heirloom Hollyhocks:
Later working (once again) as a graphic designer, one of my clients mentioned that she planned 
for the Grand Opening of her boutique to give away seeds packets from her Uncle Olav's (or maybe it was Uncle Gustav's) heirloom hollyhocks in a commemorative package. Misinterpreting her email as request for a design of the package, I sent her something along these lines (as a model I used this hollyhock in my backyard garden). As it turns out, she had already commissioned her niece to design the seed package which would be printed in black on a green paper. The niece's design had a nicely hand made look that was really far more appropriate than my overly-commercial layout.

Was I a bit disappointed? A bit, I suppose, but over time one gets used to these sorts of misunderstandings. I sighed, moved on, and a few years later painted this based on the seed packet idea because I still thought it was a fun idea, and I got to use some of my rusty lettering skills from another previous profession (sign painting). 

In a lovely bit of synchronicity, it turned out that a co-worker at that same greenhouse ended up owning this painting. I am so happy it has a good home.
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Shasta Sunrise

Shasta Sunrise          oil          48" x 24"          R. Garriott           SOLD

Is it spring yet? The latest ten inches of snow has melted back enough to show a few gloriously yellow handfuls of crocus. One can hope.  ( :

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Group show at AUM


"Whiskie/Whiskey"     oil     10" x 10"     R. Garriott

New art show opens February 8
Opening Reception Friday Feb 8, 5 - 8:30 pm 

12 Artists from The Art Group

at AUM Framing and Gallery
2227 E Colfax Ave  -  Denver CO 80206


Show runs through March 9

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fields of Joy

Fields of Joy              oil             30"x 48"              R Garriott
Years ago we drove to northern Colorado to see an iris farm... our timing was off and only a handful of irises were in bloom, but to the left of the farm was a cottage garden with a white picket fence, with these fantastic ruffle-y poppies growing inside and outside the yard. I snapped a few photos (so long ago they were transparencies, not digital!) and held onto them for ages. This past spring I finally had the courage to try and paint them.

Hope you are all happy, safe, and warm this winter.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

National Coffee Day is coming!

"Rush Hour"               acrylic              10" x10"             R. Garriott

Saturday, September 29, 2012 is National Coffee Day "...an annual event observed on September 29 for the celebration and enjoyment of the popular beverage coffee. This day is also used to promote fair trade coffee and to raise awareness for the plight of the coffee growers. On this day, many businesses around the world offer free or discounted cups of coffee." Source: Wikipedia.

Rumor has it you can get a free coffee that day at Krispy Kreme, 7-Eleven and others; do a search to see what's available in your area.

Hope this helps make up for everyone who missed International Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19-- aaaarrrgghh! I always miss this one!) September 19 was also National Butterscotch Pudding Day, and the 30th anniversary of the Smiley Emoticon, invented as Carnegie Mellon University professor Scott E. Falman proposed punctuating humorously intended computer messages with a :-)

Alast and avast, no use cryin' over spilled puddin'...!



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Monday, September 10, 2012

Daily Double



"Daily Double"              acrylic             10"x 10"              R. Garriott


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Challenge: Your Six-Word (Artist) Memoir

Coffee/Comix... and a writing challenge.

"Coffee/Comix"           acrylic            10" x 10"

It's still August so I say it's still summer. Time to squeeze in a little more sun, a little more summer reading. On the light side, I picked up "It All Changed In An Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by writers famous and obscure". I was inspired by an entry on page 15, from cartoonist and illustrator Alex Longstreth. His 6-word contribution ("My motto: Draw comics every day.") got me thinking... 


If you could sum up your 'Art Life' story into six words, what would it be?
I'll be working on mine.
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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Zen of Limes

"Zen of Limes"           oil                11" x 14"

"Write the book you want to read." ~ Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon

Have you ever noticed it can be more challenging to do a 'simple' painting, that is, one with less objects, less pattern, less stuff going on... at which point the composition needs to be more precise. When I compose a painting, the way each object aligns to every other element--and also to the edges of the canvas-- are things that I really pay close attention to. Sometimes a 1/4" difference in one element can make it (or break it).

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Coffee.Dot.Cream

     Coffee.Dot.Cream          oil           9" x 12


Mmmm... morning coffee. Where would we be without it? Still in bed, I suppose.
But these vibrating blue dots should have you wide awake in time for your morning commute.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Coffee Dots

      "Coffee Dots"              oil                10" x 10"               R. Garriott

Where would we be without our morning coffee...
although personally I prefer mine over ice, even in the winter.

The summer does fly by! Thank you to everyone who suggested names for the last post's painting of the red tulips. There were some great ideas. I chose Douglas Hoover's idea "Shadow Casters" as the winner. It sounds like 'Stratocaster' and I can't resist a play on words even when it only makes sense to me. Posters of a couple of my favorite paintings went out to Doug and also to Dominique Eichi.

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For anyone who may have missed me at the Summer Art Market,
and is planning on going to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival,
I’ll have a selection of my coffee, donut, and cupcake paintings
within walking distance of the fest!

See my work at
Cherry Creek Framing/Gallerie Rouge
2600 E 3rd Ave (at the corner of Columbine)
Denver, CO 80206
720-318-7556


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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fresh Paint: Name That Painting




(red tulips)  oil   24" x 24"  R. Garriott

Often I have a name in mind for a painting before I even begin to paint. I'm drawing a blank this time. Anyone think of a catchy, quippy, witty name for these red tulips?

Here's a thought; comment on this post ( I love to hear from you!), and I will send a small poster of one my other artworks to a name chosen at random from all comments, and another to my choice for best title. I'll make a decision on March 31.

Thanks for your help!

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Clementini di Italia


Clementini di Italia     36" x 36"    R. Garriott       SOLD

Inspired by the open air markets of Venice, 
it was impossible to resist this arrangement of ripe fruit and green leaves.
Happy New Year, everyone!


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Artist's Magazine Finalist

"Two Tangerines"  oil   10" x 10"   SOLD

June 29, I received an email that gave me a great big smile...

"Dear R. Garriott,
Congratulations! Your artwork, Two Tangerines, has been selected as a finalist in the Still Life/Floral category of The Artist's Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition... as a finalist your name will be featured in the December issue of the magazine.
Sincerely,
Maureen Bloomfield
Editor"

I guess now that the December issue is out, I can spill...!
Just my name, but still!


Many thanks to juror Nava Grunfeld!


Also pleased to mentioned along with fellow finalists
and good friends Chris Beck (also still life/floral) and Rob Gratiot 
and also fellow blogger Kim VanDerHoek (both landscape/interior)!


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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Challenge: Candicornaphobia & FrankenSweetie



Many thanks to Chris Beck who invited me to the Halloween Challenge!
Be sure to see her and co-organizer 
Pablo Villacana Lara's blogs, which feature all 13 artists. Links to each artist are at the end of this post.

"Scary!"   watercolor dyes    5" x 7"    R. Garriott 
A rare departure from oil paint from me, exposing the terrors of Candicornaphobia.
"FrankenSweetie"    digital illustration    R. GarriottEvery year I create a poster for a local event... this year's model was artificially brought to life in Adobe Illustrator... BWAAA-HA-HAAAA!!

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Be sure to see the whole set! Challenge organizers:
Chris Beck (Newly awarded NWS - National Watercolor Society! Congrats!!)
Pablo Villacana Lara

Participating artists:
Janet Belich
Debbie Cannatella
Jeannette Jobson
Ron Morrison
Diahn Ott
Suzy Pal Powell
Terry Rafferty
Kay Smith
Deb Ward
Brenda York


Sid V. and his ghoulie groupies wish you a Happy Halloweenie!



Friday, September 2, 2011

"A Novel Idea" at Koelbel Library

Olè   Oil   12" x 16"  R. Garriott

"A Novel Idea  -  Artwork Inspired By Books" is an exhibit in which artists have used authors and poets as their muse.  The exhibition, on view at Koelbel Library during September 2011, showcases the source of the inspiration and the artists final product."



My chosen book (not a novel) is about color:
Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color by Philip Ball
Written by a scientist (chemistry and physics), 
it's a bit of a heavy read but full of fascinating facts.






If you're interested in the history, mythology and science of color but
appreciate an easier read with lots of anecdotes,  I'd also recommend  
Color: A Natural History of the Palette by Victoria Finlay









THE ART GROUP exhibiting at
Koelbel Library 5955 South Holly Street
Centennial, CO 80121
September 2011
Read about the show on The Denver Post's Your Hub

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer Art Market

"First Wave of Spring"    oil     48" x 24"    SOLD

2011 Art Students League 
SUMMER ART MARKET
Saturday & Sunday
JUNE 11-12 
10 am - 5 pm

200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Booth 104
on the southwest corner of Grant and 2nd

rgarriott.com



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This may be my last for a while.

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prize Tomatoes


"You Say Tomato"  oil 14" x 14"

20th annual National Juried Exhibition
Fort Collins, CO
Show runs through May 6

Couldn't be a nicer group of artists; very warm and welcoming. Special thanks to Laura Young and Helen Cook of the AANC who went out of their way for me. You Say Tomato picked up the Jerry's Artarama prize. Koi/Pear was used on the catalog cover and the poster, another nice honor. Thank you! 

Interestingly, I ended up with a brand new first name in the catalog... and it doesn't start with an R or an a... as if the whole name thing wasn't confusing enough. As the old song goes, "You say tomato, and I say tomatoe..."


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Friday, March 11, 2011

Botanica Spectaculum Exhibit

"Good Day, Sunshine"  oil   36" x 36"   SOLD

(The title, in song lyric form, came to me early this morning as I completed this canvas.
Although 'Wet Paint' was a close runner-up.)

This painting and several others of mine, both large and small, will be included in:

"BOTANICA SPECTACULUM" 

Opening reception March 18 , 5:30- 7:30pm

March 17 - May 18, 2011
Republic Plaza
370 17th St., Denver , CO 80202

The show represents botanical interpretations from about three dozen artists, including artists from the Denver Botanical Gardens Art and Illustration Programs. The venue is outstanding, with its huge upper lobby with natural lighting and marble walls on both upper and lower levels.


Click on the invite to see a larger version.

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Richeson 75 Small Works Competition

The Richeson 75 Small Works Competition received over 500 entries; about 79 were chosen to be in the gallery show that opened last night in Kimberly, Wisconsin. I was thrilled that "Red Bowl/Honey Crisp" (9"x12", oil, below SOLD) was accepted as a finalist into this show! 


Plus, "Koi/Pear" (9"x12", oil, below) was chosen as a 'Meritorious Entry', and both paintings will be included in a full color, hard bound catalog of the show. Very cool indeed!

Jelaine Faunce took home First Prize in oils and it is oh so well deserved.
Her work is absolutely stunning.



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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hydrangea Blues

"Hydrangea Blues, Too"             oil             36" x 18"             SOLD

Thank to my extremely patient patrons, who saw this in progress (I won't say how long ago) and waited patiently until it was ready. If it's blue, it must be a boy!

Resolving to develop better habits in 2011: 



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Passion Flower

"Passion Flower"    oil     24" x 24" 

And we have... a winner! I was shocked and pleased to see this painting had been awarded a ribbon at the "This is Colorado" exhibition at the (swanky!) Madden Museum, in Greenwood Village, which opened last night. This annual juried art exhibit is hosted by the Heritage Fine Arts Guild of Arapahoe County. 

A booklet of the event was produced, which included notes (nice touch!) from juror Victoria Kwasinski. Here's her very kind comments:
"This lovely painting has an exquisite "freshness and sparkle". Painting technique, craftsmanship, and color sensitivity is exceptional in this work. Nice contrast from extreme detail in the center of the flower vs. the muted shapes and tonal shifts of green in the background."
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Un-Seasonable Greetings, or, I'm Dreaming of a White... Hollyhock?

"White Hollyhock"  oil 36" x 36"


Whatever your current weather, whatever your tradition of holidays... hope you're winding down the year and relaxing... dreaming big dreams of a better 2011... 

(Did anyone else see the red moon eclipse last night...? So mysterious and beautiful!)


A few of my canvases at
Gallery Leonardo in Leadville, Colorado


Monday, December 6, 2010

Hibiscus with Two Skies

Hibiscus with Two Skies  oil   30" x 30"   SOLD

The collector who owns this piece repainted the wall it hangs on in their home to enhance the artwork. The ultimate compliment!

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