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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"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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January 2-31  2011
"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

- "When it Rains" Giclee (fine art print) signed and numbered, limited edition (200)
- 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.