Where do ideas come from?

The diversity of nature from microcosm to macrocosm can be a vast source of inspiration.  It has been a source of inspiration for scholars, scientists, and artists throughout time.

Biomimicry is a new term I just learned.  It can simply be described as copying nature.  But it's more than just copying, it is the scientific practice of studying systems and elements in nature to come up with new man made inventions inspired by nature.

Video of nature used as inspiration by biologists and engineers at UC Berkeley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnBkbaFsZOY&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1

Figure Painting Student

Anna posing with her finished painting (acrylic on canvas) in my studio.

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She finished the first painting she's ever painted and did an excellent job!!!  I'm not sure if you can see it, it's probably too small, the photo she referenced is in the background above the painting.

If your interested in taking classes, contact me or 970 / 689 / 9841.

Licensed Painting: Cancer Cell No.15

I was so excited to have my painting featured on the cover of Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship in February. To top it off, the following month I received this email message, "We took the premier issue of our publication to a nursing show, and the nurses walking by would see the cover, stop, pick it up and marvel at it. I discussed it with my supervisor, and we would like to use other examples of your work for all the remaining covers this year."

Woohoo!

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PS. This painting is still for sale:  $500, Acrylic on Canvas with Beads, 24 x 18 inches. Get it before it's gone.

Painted Ostrich Egg Donation

Acrylic on Ostrich Egg

I painted and donated an Ostrich egg for a fundraiser, Eggstrodinary Evening for Alzheihimer's. It is mirror images, a front and back, of a cell.

The "Eggsstraordinary Evening features ostrich and emu eggs handcrafted and donated by local artists. The eggs will be in a silent auction Friday, April 1st from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Click here for more info about the event.

My fellow artist friend in Loveland, Billie Colson, wrote a great article talking about an artists' donation. Check it out here.

2011 Mask for FoCo Museum of Contemporary Art

Canada Hopkins' Collage of Drawings

Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art has a fundraiser event every year called Masks.

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Masks

The Museum of Art in Fort Collins invites community members and artists to embellish ceramic masks. The fundraiser benefits FCMOA's education and exhibition programs. This years festivities will take place April 1st - May 7. For more info, check out the Museum's website.

Green Goodie Smoothie

A yummy, and healthy, addition to any breakfast. I've been making this for so long I've forgotten where I got the recipe from. Really, I don't even follow a recipe anymore. I just throw a little of this and that with some Spirulina

The green algae is what makes the smoothie, well green, and packs a huge nutritional punch.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1cuppineapple juice (I use Lakewood's Pure Pineapple Fresh Pressed, expensive but worth it)
  • 1cupfortified vanilla soymilk or other nondairy milk like coconut milk
  • 10frozen peach slices
  • 1banana
  • 1/4cupcherries or raspberries
  • 2teaspoonsMaple syrup or some sort of sweetner (optional)
  • 1tablespoonspirulina
  • iceas needed, to chill and thicken

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth, stopping the blender occasionally to move the unblended fruit to the center with a spatula. Strawberry garnish.

If you'd like to share recipes with me sign up for Plan to Eat. A sweet (pun intended) site for your recipes. It also has a calendar to plan meals. From your meal plan on the calendar it automatically generates a shopping list. Genius. Check it out here.

Inspired Art: I Wish

Acrylic on Canvas with Pencil Drawing and Gold Leaf, 24 x 24"

I created this painting as a donation for America Scores of Denver. Artists were asked to create unique pieces inspired by Denver Public School students' poetry. I chose the following poem:

I Wish Poem

I wish my mom didn’t leave me because I miss her.

I wish I could get my mom and dad back together.

I wish I can learn about my mom so that when I see her I know it is her.

I wish I can get all my sadness and drop it in the ocean.

I wish that my mom cared and loved me.

I wish I can know, see and love my mom, but I am not sure what to say.

I love her or I don’t?

Christian F. Age 10,

Newlon Elementary

I was inspired by Christian's courageous use of poetry to express his feelings. In essence it's what I try to do every time my paintbrush touches canvas. My vision was a abstract expressionism painting to convey the poems words. It's hard to imagine any image illustrating the broken heart of this child.

I started by embodying the emotional words, using red, blue, and yellow to suggest heartache, a ocean, and wishing upon a star. I felt like a fraud painting someone else's emotion. It just didn't feel right. To me, it needed the main character, mom. It doesn't sound like he knows what his mom looks like, so I drew a generic female face. It gives the painting a focal point and represents the main character.

Painting is always a process.

The event details are on the right. 
For more info click here.

Recipe for Veggie Crunchy Chicken (using FriChick)

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This recipe is not healthy, but it's tasty and easy to make. I can't believe I'm confessing to eating this last night after I just finished watching Food Matters. Which I recommend you check out this amazing and informative documentary if you haven't already seen it. It reminded me why eating healthy, even a raw diet is so important. However, nothing about last nights meal was raw. 

Anyway, back to the main course. The rock star ingredient is FriChick. It comes in a can and is basically a vegetable protein chicken substitute. You just have to taste it, it's hard to describe.

The recipe is from Shirley Beary who is a friend of my mother-in-law.

  • 2 small cans FriChick, torn in pieces
  • 6 slices soft bread, cubed
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion (I love onions and put in 3/4 c.)
  • 1 c. mayonnaise (I used Vegenaise)
  • 1/4 c. oil (Use a little less, 1/8 c.)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Chicken seasoning
  • 1/2 c. canned milk
  • Cornflakes

MIX well and place in a csserole dish. POUR canned milk over the casserole. SPRINKLE cornflakes on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 40 min.

Yummy crunchy-ness in a pan. Hope you like.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

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65 Roses: Cystic Fibrosis Benefit

Acrylic on Canvas, 4 x 4", Angela Canada Hopkins

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The 65 Roses fundraiser is hosted by Independence Gallery with Billie Colson at the helm. Billie and other artists have donated their original art. All the pieces have a rose theme (although my painting took a departure with a flower motif). Each art work starts at $27 and 100% of the proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis research. I stopped in yesterday and a few have already sold!

A reception for the fundraiser will be held this Friday, the 11th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Independence Gallery, 440 N. Lincoln Ave, in Loveland.

Photos of the roses can be seen on Billie Colson's Facebook page.

For more information, see the article in the paper, here.