After the Storm 2014 Cindy Grisdela

After the Storm 2014 Cindy Grisdela

I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been accepted into the Art in the High Desert show in Bend, OR for the second year! The show was one of my favorites from 2013 and this year it will be held August 22-24 in the Old Mill District on the bank of the Deschutes River. Mark your calendar – it’s a beautiful spot to spend the weekend!

There are about 110 artists in the show, and if last year is any indication, they will live up to the “Truly Original” tag line for Art in the High Desert.

At left is After the Storm, one of my newest pieces mounted on painted black canvas. It was fun creating the improvisational strips of color that reminded me of the sun coming out after the gray of a summer storm. Maybe a series using this concept in different colorways?

The title is appropriate for me this last week too, since we decided that we would have the whole interior of the house painted while I was away at the Craftboston show. I drove back a week ago Monday, excited that my new work had been well received and that several new pieces had found new homes. This is what my house looked like when I got home:

House Painting in progress

So, not much creating has gotten done over the last week or so as I’ve been dodging the painters and trying to get things back where they belong!

Interesting that I had a hard time picking colors for the walls–everywhere we’ve lived before I’ve gone with off white walls on the theory that my work is so colorful, color on the walls would clash. But I decided to strike out in a new direction this time and painted everything a color. Remember the purple dining room I blogged about here?

Not everything is that bright–I did use a strong pumpkin accent wall in the living room with soft gray on the other walls that reflects the lake well. The gray went in the halls too, but my son wanted his room painted bright red, so that’s another strong color in the house–it looks great.

Hopefully this week will end up to be more productive! I need to get back in the studio to get ready for the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival here in Reston May 16-18! I’ll be in Booth 223 on Market Street and I’m looking forward to it!





  1. MOM on April 16, 2014 at 10:08 pm