Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In the Studio: "Nocturnal" coping with an Alaskan winter

Nocturnal 2010
(from Meditation Forest series by Sue Dranchak)

15"x30" acrylic on canvas $1450
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Well St. Art Company, Fairbanks, Alaska

"The extreme cold and the darkness were powerful influences over my mood and my energy. To cope with this environment I developed a daily ritual of walking through the woods during the cold, dark winter nights. The physical excercise and fresh air were energizing and uplifitng. It was good for my mental health to get out of the cabin and embrace my surroundings. I was often alone but instead of dwelling on it I was able to focus on the beauty of the scenery that surrounded me. I found peace and joy in the simplicity of my surroundings and comfort in the company of the forest". -Sue Dranchak

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MADE IN ALASKA --Alaska Wildlife Notecard series

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Monday, December 13, 2010

"When it Rains" limited edition giclee

"When it Rains"
limited edition giclee 12"x12"

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"It rained a lot that summer. I put my rain gear on and embraced the rainy days with the same mind set that I had for the cold dark nights of winter. Once you're out there it really isn't that bad. My dog Nuka seemed to appreciate my enthusiasm and commitment to be walking down the trails in any weather condition. The rain was coming in waves with little sun breaks between the showers. Finally the rain stopped and the clouds parted allowing the rays of the sun to illuminate and warm our surroundings. It was a rejuvinating and uplifting experience.. I love the smell of the forest after the rain...earthy and alive". - Sue Dranchak 2006

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- Image size is approximately 10" x10" with a 1" white border all around creating a 12"x12"giclee
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** 10% of the sales from these giclees will be donated to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter.

In loving memory of my beloved and faithful companion

Nuka Bay 1999-2010

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In the Studio- saying good bye

Nuka Bay Dranchak 1999-2010

Today started with an early morning emergency run to the animal ER with my 11 1/2 yr old lab mix, Nuka Bay. Although she has lead a fairly healthy and full life it all came to a sudden end this morning.

I adopted Nuka Bay  from a shelter when she was four months old. At that time I was living in my cabin in the woods in Fairbanks, Alaska.  It was just the two of us for a few years and we spent many hours, days,  months and years walking through the woods and playing in the snow..She was a very happy and loveable pet and brought me great joy.

She has been by my side in the studio when I'm painting and has joined me out on location as well. Five years ago when I met my husband who lives in Phoenix, AZ,  she and I began travelling to the desert during the winter months where the three of us have had many adventures and good times together.

She was a big part of our lives and our daily routine. It is difficult to be in the studio today without her curled up nearby watching me work...I'm thankful that she came into my life when she did and for all of the great memories. She was a gentle soul with a goofy personality and great companion. I will miss her.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Signs of Spring in Fairbanks, Alaska

Side by Side--Mallard Ducks from the Chena River, AK
8"x10" acrylic on wood panel

She Leads--Mallard Ducks from the Chena River, AK
8"x10" acrylic on wood panel

Swimming Away--Mallard Ducks from the Chena River, AK
8"x10" acrylic on wood panel

The arrival of migratory waterfowel is a sure sign of spring in Fairbanks, Alaska. I have been back  here for  two weeks and I have spent some of my time over at Creamer's Field which was an old dairy farm back in the day but is now a migratory waterfowel preserve. Although I have been observing and sketching the sandhill cranes as well as the mallard ducks hanging out in this area the pair in the above paintings were swimming at nearby Chena River.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Marsh Valley, Superstition Mtns, AZ overniter backpack trip

March 20-21, 2010 overnite backpacking trip into Marsh Valley, Superstition Mountains, AZ with my husband Andy and our dog Nuka Bay. We hiked in about 7-8 miles or so and found a great place to camp near the vicinity of Mt. Malapais in Marsh Valley. We set up camp around two o'clock and spent the rest of the afternoon and evening relaxing and exploring the area.

  Watercolor sketch session alongside LaBarge Creek just a few
steps from our camp.

The view directly in front of me.
 I believe this rocky mountain in front of me to be part of Malapais Mtn.

Purifying water from the creek near our camp

There has been a lot of rainfall this winter and the streambeds were full. The availability of water kept our packs light and offered some great reflections for my compositions as well. (The picture to the left was taken from our campsite.)

    My husband Andy, an experienced outdoorsman, has been frequenting this area for many years. He introduced me to the desert and the Superstition Mtns about four years ago shortly after we met.
As we near the end of March and head into spring the temperatures are climbing steadily. This will probably be our last trip into the Superstition Mtns. this winter.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Gathering Inspiration at Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ

study in my sketchbook for a future painting
"Bunny Ear Prickly Pear Cactus"
Desert Botanical Garden,Phoenix, AZ

Nature is my source of inspiration for my paintings. I enjoy getting out of the studio to connect with nature and gather images  for future paintings. For this study I set up camp in front of some "bunny ear prickly pear cactus" alongside a pathway at the Desert Botanical Gardens.  It took me about two hours to complete this study that will serve as a visual reference and eventually translate into a larger painting on a wooden panel. -Sue Dranchak

Friday, March 12, 2010

APRIL SHOWERS original painting

April Showers 2010

The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You're one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak
And you're two months back in the middle of March.
  -Robert Frost.

The time between seasons is a restless period of time. It is often a time of reflection and mental preparation for a change of routine and activity. It often happens  this time of year that just as the blanket of winter snow has receded and redifined the landscape it snows again!  -Sue Dranchak

Saturday, February 20, 2010

"Nocturnal" original painting

15" x  30"  acrylic on canvas 

The extreme cold and the darkness were powerful influences over my mood and my energy. To cope with the environment I developed a ritual of walking through the woods during the cold, dark winter nights. The physical excercise and fresh air were energizing and uplifitng. It was good for my mental health to get out of the cabin and embrace my surroundings. I was often alone but instead of dwelling on it I was able to focus on the beauty of the scenery that surrounded me. I found peace and joy in the simplicity of my surroundings and comfort in the company of the forest. -Sue Dranchak

"Nocturnal" is currently on display and available for sale at the Well St. Art Company in Fairbanks, AK

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Nature is where I go to restore my positive energy

To keep things in perspective and to achieve balance in my pesonal life I spend time outdoors connecting with nature. It is a necessary and rejuvenating ritual that helps restore my positive energy. The sights and sounds of a beautiful natural setting are spiritually uplifting and  inspire my creative flow as well. I paint to convey and share those feelings of peace with others. It is my hope to promote postive feelings of appreciation  for the aesthetic value of nature.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

About art and nature

    Seeking simplicity in an ever changing  and fast paced world, I enjoy spending time outdoors exploring, observing and reconnecting with nature. My excursions are a rejuvenating and restorative ritual in my life where I find perspective, balance and inner peace. It is in this environment that I find inspiration for my paintings. My goal is to create images that will promote positive feelings of peace and appreciation for the natural world.  -Sue Dranchak