Warning: You might need tissues (according to the folks on Facebook who watched it already). I am humbled and grateful to have had my work and message captured so beautifully by Enero J. Ray and Chad Fedler of Touchvision. This was edited down from a 40 minute interview with me as well as a visit from my client Claire and her pups Medi and Tula. We also took a field trip over to the new Urban Pooch Canine Training Center to get some footage of the new mural I designed. What a gift to have this tribute to my pups Izzy and Alice who were such an integral part of growing my art business and inspiring me to get involved with addressing the Homeless Pet situation so prevalent in our society.
Have I mentioned how much I love weather and water? (…spent much of the last 2 summers paddle boarding on Lake Michigan). So Late afternoon, on Halloween, when WBEZ reported a 21 foot wave clocked south of Chicago…I got myself to the lake, stat! No 21 footers on the northside, but I was not disappointed! It was so powerful and beautiful, these were a few of the salvageable shots…it was hard to get good ones because it was impossible to stand still in the wind.
The next day…November 1st: I was invited to a Día de Muertos Potluck, makeup optional. I watched some makeup videos on youtube and I was hooked. Equipped with makeup from the Halloween store and paint brushes from my studio, I went to work…I love how it turned out! It was so much fun, as was the party and seeing everyone in costume (only about 20% of us). I used to be the boring girl who wouldn’t dress up, I think that girl is gone, now!
A belated Happy New Year! I’ve been busy working on all the commission orders I received over the holidays – which is great, because it hasn’t been the ideal weather for getting out and about. But when I can get out, I do, and then I take lots of photos. Sharing some favorites from the last few weeks…including spruced up ones, compliments of instagram…another fabulous new diversion, for me! You can follow me at: http://instagram.com/anneleuckfeldhaus
New Years Eve Day. I got my car stuck for a short while…thank goodness for all wheel drive!
The “silly beast” outside my kitchen window. Construction has since insued. Hoping I won’t be left in the dark come spring!
I gifted myself some snow shoes, took the inaugural outing last week with my friend Laura.
Laura opted to use her cross country skis. it was great fun!
The ice formations formed from the “Polar Vortex” were phenomenal and breath taking!
This is where I spent most of my summer! No paddle boarding or kayaking today…
The sand and snow wind formations at the beach were delightful to see.
We finished the day with a few tobaggon runs down Cricket Hill. I had not done that since high school….wheee! Sunset walk last Sunday in my neigborhood.
It’s been a crazy, exhausting, and very fun last couple of weeks! Shows in bitter temps, and snow…but folks still came out and supported us. I’m happy to say I had my best One of a Kind Show, ever…I left with 23 Pet Portrait Orders! Luckily not all were Holiday Orders…I’m so grateful and excited that my new Personalized Portraits seem to be a hit. Here are some photos from One of a Kind and the Chicago Art Girls 2nd Annual Holiday Pop up Shop, last weekend.
Some fun shots from the Bucktown Arts Fest…it was a beautiful weekend, so fun to connect with friends and customers old and new! This was my debut show in the art fair world, 18 years ago…1995. My, how time flies! I had an unfortunate incident towards the end of the day Sunday, my temporary crown on my front tooth came off! I was mortified, but in the end it made for a lot of giggling and laughing with artist friends and customers…and it was very sweet when a little girl showed me her lack of ‘2’ front teeth…what was I complaining about?! This is me being brave, posting on the internets…here I am, in all my hillbilly glory:
On the 2nd to last day of the Fields Project, resident artist Cathi Shwalbe orchestrated a water event at a public well located outside Ashton, IL at Gurler Road and Schnell. These photos document her fourth gesture related to water. Her handmade cups and this public well brought out many folks from the community througout the day. It was a beautiful thing and the water so fresh and cold and and lovely in her earthenware cups.
From Cathi: “Water should be free and clean = that is my the foundation. I was told about this well last year during The Fields Project by Aneda Ebert and knew what I would be doing during the 8th annual (for me) Fields Project experience.”
Anne, Cathi, fellow artist Carol Luc and Farm Hostess with the Mostest, Aneda Ebert!
These additional photos show the sky at the time I arrived to help Cathi set up at the well: Roll Clouds. I’m sure I’ve mentioned how much I love weather and storms and clouds. These were extraorinary…but it wasn’t good timing for Cathi’s event, luckily we were spared. Not even a drop of rain fell. The folks at either ends of this front were not so lucky. There had been pretty torrential rains the night before as well..as can be seen below. Farmers were out all morning anxiously checking the fields.
Aneda and Carol arrived fashionably early in the storm armoured John Deere!
A few days before we departed for the Fields Project, fellow artist and good friend, Cathi Schwalbe posted this photo on Facebook with the caption: Anne & Cathi head for the country.
We decided we needed to re-create the photo in this modern day setting, as the ‘Silo Sisters’ (you might recall from my earlier post – we each had a guest room for the week sleeping in the silo (behind us). We enlisted the help of fellow resident artist Barbara Diener and her vintage 4×5 camera. We have not seen her rendition yet, these are candid shots taken by our ‘farm dad’ Gary Bocker. He outfitted us with his pistol and shot guns and yep, we all took a turn with the 12 guage!
Barbara Diener Cathi sporting the ruby red shell casings on her fingers with our esteemed photographer, Gary! I doctored this one up…until we get the real deal!
Part 4 from the Fields Project: PROCESS Unlike my plein air compatriots, I work via sketches and photographs. Mostly driving around the first few days of the residency and then setting up my outdoor studio at Castle Rock State Park. This year, I only spent a short time up there due to weather and ticks. I spent two afternoons painting in one of the enormous storage sheds at the Bocker Farm…me and the morning doves, they didn’t really appreciate my prescence but they graciously spared my artwork their droppings!
No, this cow was not this tall, but I couldn’t resist making this comical rendition.
My work was more abstract than usual, this year. I was fascinated by the patterns of the driveways at the farms and the simple shapes of things.
More from the Fields Project in June: early in the week I put the word out that I wanted to see the landscape from the farmer’s perspective. What I had in mind was a ride on some farm equipment, I should have know with this group I would get that, and so much more! Gary Bocker was geneorus enought to send me up the elevator, 180 feet…so high I looked down on their enourmous corn bins.The view was spectacular…and a little unnerving for the first 10 mintues (I could see straight through to the ground from the grate we stood on).
In the distance you can see ‘The Rail’ … the train cars are loaded with corn and travel a short distance to the main railroad line. Such a view! With Gary Bocker, overlooking his corn kingdom! He had never been up here and wasn’t going to join me. I insisted that he come, too…I think he was glad he made the trip. The drive where the trucks cue up with their loads of corn. I was very lucky to be up there when a load came in, look at that gorgeous yellow grain!
The trucks pull in over a grate and the corn fills the coffers (I hope I have that right!) It was pretty cool, I could hear what sounded like rain, as the corn was pumped up into the giant metal pipes and distributed back down into the bins. Later that day, driving ‘home’. I was at the highest point you see there! After that awesome elevated view, I drove a few miles to one of their fields and grandson, Winton, took me out on the sprayer (above).
This a very sophisticated piece of equipment, that computer tracks a myriad of info including moisture, and temps. He educated me a bit about weeds, if they grow higher than 4 inches they take more moisture from the soil than the corn.
A horse of course! …at White Pines Ranch My third elevated view of the day, this one on a mammal! My horse’s name was Chief…prior to our ride we had to watch a video (geared mostly towards a younger crowd). They instructed riders to go stand in front of the horse they wanted and point (so I did!). To my left is fellow artist: Jan Sorenson and in front the owner of White Pines, Gig Bellows. So grateful to her for inviting me out for the trail ride. Chief was a trooper, can’t imaging carrying ‘me’ up a canyon trail..but this guy did!