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Denver  Art Museum
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

This past weekend was the last weekend for the Becoming Van Gogh exhibit. My friend, Nancy Bonig, told Dan & I this was a must see and so we bought tickets.

Saturday, January 19th, Dan & I enjoyed our Art Date.  It was a very special day that both of us thoroughly enjoyed.  I hurriedly jotted down a variety of Van Gogh’s quotes.

“Success comes from a string of failures.”

“I am an artist….those words naturally imply always seeking without ever fully finding.”

“Just let me be myself — and express severe, rough, yet true things with rough workmanship.”

It was a fascinating journey of his brief artistic time….just 10 years.  To see where he started at age 27 to where he evolved at age 37 was more than impressive.  I was deeply moved by one of his last paintings, completed just two weeks before he died.  After seeing some of Van Gogh’s works in person, hearing his story, and seeing his growth, I find myself wondering what seeds may have been planted that will cause my work to grow and change.

Before we left the museum, we stopped at the gift shop because I wanted to see some of Nancy’s works.  Her beautiful glass work tends to sell out quickly and I wondered if we would even be able to find any.  Fortunately, there were a few of her pieces and a couple of my favorites that she’s just started are those of the Denver skyline.

After we left the museum, we walked around downtown Denver, Dan taking a variety of photographs, one of which is pictured at the top of this post.  We enjoyed an early dinner at Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant before we headed home.

I find it so important for Dan & I to have these types of Art Dates.  It’s a great time for both of us to discuss our respective work, future plans and more.  Do any of you have regular Art Dates?  I certainly hope so, the benefits are priceless.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank Topic for the Month of January

What are you hoping to accomplish in 2013?

I have a fairly lengthy list, so I will do my best to condense it to a few of the top items on my radar to accomplish this year.

If not now, when?

Several items fall into this category.  Dan & I are heading back to Zion National Park this spring and one of the things I want to accomplish during this trip is the hike to the top of Angels Landing.

AngelsLandingThe trail heading to Angels Landing.

When I make it to the top, in addition to taking in the breath taking views, I want to sit there and bask in the sunlight, mediating and giving thanks that I made it.  Sometimes I have not done things out of fear and last year I experienced a personal awakening.  With that came the question, “If not now, when?”.

Another item that fits in that same category is entering an event where I need to train regularly and test my physical abilities to accomplish the task at hand.  I never considered myself very athletic as I grew up, in part I think because I grew pretty fast and that awkward stage of what to do with long limbs left its mark.  But now, I have done a lot of cycling, swimming, yoga and feel it’s time to commit.  So I have entered an event that is called an Aquabike that will take place in June.  The swim course is 1500 meters in open water followed by a 30 mile bike ride.  I know I can do this; the key is I’m working toward doing it faster and in better condition than I am right now.

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Follow the Simple Abundance Path

This is my third year reading Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance.  Why?  Well, for the past two years, I have started the book and somewhere along the way, I get behind on the daily readings.  This year, I am reading the passage for the day and following the principles.  It’s the first year I started my personal gratitude journal, which she says is key to success with finding Simple Abundance in your life.  It did make a difference in my life in the past two years, but not like it already has this year.

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Experience the Benefits of Meditation

Last year was the first time I started to practice meditation thanks to Dr Wayne Dyer’s Wishes Fulfilled Meditation CD and Deepach Chopra’s Creating Abundance Meditation Challenge.

Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 5.26.40 PMI never really understood how one could go about the process and feel all calm and centered.  Well, it takes practice and patience.  Once I started to receive the benefits that come from meditation, it has made me hungry for more.   My goal is to enjoy the positive outcome of a daily meditation practice.

Grow as an Artist

I am looking forward to continuing to expand my body of work as an Art Jeweler.  My goal for this year is to have my work represented in at least one or two more galleries.

Another area where I want to experience artistic growth is in my writing.  Last year I enjoyed the 30 day writing challenge and while I didn’t complete my novel, it was a very fun and interesting experience.  So much so that I want to explore writing and see where it leads me.  I have started another WordPress blog that will strictly focus on my writing efforts, if you’d like to follow me in that journey.

This is my condensed list!!!  There’s more, but I think this gives you an idea that I definitely have A LOT I intend to accomplish in 2013.  Who knows, maybe Dan & I will finally get those room darkening curtains hung in our bedroom too!!!  🙂

Let’s see what my fellow Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank members shared on this topic!

pencilfox. http://www.pencilfox.com
Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
Robyn Hawk: http://flyviewsandreviews.blogspot.com/
Shelagh Blatz http://designsbyshelagh.com/blog
Natsuko Hanks http://jewelrybynatsuko.blogspot.com/
Christine Esovoloff: http://christineesovoloff.tumblr.com/
Sierra Keylin: http://sierrakeylin.blogspot.com/
Barbara Donovan: http://barbaradonovan.blogspot.com/
WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear: http://www.wattoonline.com/news

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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I would like to invite everyone to the Opening Reception and Awards Presentation for the Art of the State exhibition at the Arvada Center in Arvada, CO.  The opening reception Thursday January 24th from 6 – 9 PM, which is free and open to the public.  The exhibit runs from January 24 through March 31, 2013.

Dan & I plan on attending the opening reception unless the unique Colorado weather interferes.

There were 1,635 entries from 588 entrants.  A total of 191 works were selected and I cannot tell you what it means to me to be included in this with such a talented group of artists.   In an earlier blog post, I shared details about my selected works that will be on display.

Hope to see you next Thursday!  Dan will be taking plenty of pictures, which I plan on sharing in a future blog post.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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