A few days ago I thought there was a little pecking noise at the front
door... Not sure if I was actually hearing something, I went to check.
It's a good thing I glanced down! There was the tiny Traveling Chicken
and her dear companions, Senor Azul and Hen right on my doorstep, shivering in the cold! "
Come in, come in! It's freezing out there!" They were more than happy to
escape the dangerous wind chills we've been having here in "Minnesnowta"
and come inside to warm up. After they had settled in, we got
acquainted over a beverage or two and learned that we had many things in
common, including our enjoyment of art communities where we can all
learn and grow together. I mentioned that I had been an art teacher and
this seemed to get TC very excited! She confided that, had she not
chosen to be a world famous, globe-trotting artist's model, she would
have liked to have been a teacher as well. TC loves to be around
artists, both young and old, and loves to encourage others to find their
creative spirit. That got me thinking. "Hey!", I said, "would you like
to join me tomorrow when I go to my figure drawing group at the Art
Center in St.Peter?" "You bet we would!", they all said in unison. The
next day we went to the little town where our feathered friends posed
and the artists drew them. Here you can see Senor Azul posing with
Kelly, our model. Kelly was thrilled to share the stage with such celebrities!
After our fun time there, we decided we would like to work with some
younger artists too. Rosa Parks Elementary School kindly opened their
doors to us and art teacher, Amy Muehlenhardt, invited us into her
classroom. Her students were delighted to meet the famous travelers and
enjoyed creating art about them in a variety of ways. So many great
ideas came from these original thinkers! Some kids wanted to sketch,
others painted, some used oil pastels or chalk pastels. Many students
came up with stories that would have made great books or movies. It was a
very exciting time, over-flowing with creative energy! Here is just a
tiny sample of the art happening that day. I predict there will be more to share soon.
After visiting and sharing with so many artists, it
was now our turn for art-making. We couldn't wait! Back in my home
studio, TC struck a pose while the rest of us took some inspiration from
our visits with the local art communities and created our own art
works. Lucky me! I was standing far enough back that I was able to
capture the whole flock! We had such a lovely time together, that I will
be sad to see them go. But, alas, it is time for the little art ambassadors to pack up and
move on to their next destination. They told me that, even though
February is a very cold month to be in Minnesota, they enjoyed meeting
so many warm hearted artists and will always remember their visit to the
land of 10,000 lakes.
Marjie Laizure's art can be viewed on the following locations:
Senor Azul was thrilled when he heard he would be visiting Cindy Gillett's studio in Idaho during January. It was a perfect time to explore Boise's local ski resort Bogus Basin.
The snow year was a bit late...but Senor Azul did a snow dance on the airplane, working his rooster magic. In fact, as Señor Azul, TC and Hen were unpacking, six inches of fresh new snow fell on the mountain. Whew, just in time!!!
He tried to convince TC and Hen that his idea was the best...but they were more interested in picking out the soft pastel colors to be used for their portraits. They were secretly hoping they'd spend their time sitting by a warm and cozy fireplace sipping hot cocoa instead.
Being kind hearted, TC and Hen gave in. In fact, Hen thought she might try out snowboarding while TC and Senor Azul stuck to traditional downhill skis.
Senor Azul was so excited on the chairlift he crowed all the way to the top of the mountain. While TC was somewhat amused, Hen was simply petrified and kept peering over the edge of the chairlift, sure her little chicks would meet an untimely demise.