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A Lot Going On.

10" x 14" watercolor collage drawing

10″ x 14″ watercolor collage drawing

Oh boy, there is a lot going on. First off I just made a new artwork website, it is at hilarylorenz.wordpress.com. It only shows work that I have completed in the past couple of months. My old site, I did not design for ease of updates and rather than rewrite all the code, I made this one. I will be linking it to a Etsy Store on Friday, and let the joy and love of hand pulled prints fill your homes!

Rio En Medio Trail Run

Rio En Medio Trail Run

I am  in New Mexico and running at altitude and in the intense sun continues to be really hard. The biggest thing I need to do it give in to the slower pace. A run that I would do in NYC at an 8:00 pace, here might be 9:00 or even 9:15. I constantly feel like I am fighting myself which in essence I am. But the beauty of the runs is so great. This was at Rio En Medio and far slower than a 10:00 pace, on loads of hills and rock. My friend Lena Ellis-Boatman was a visiting artist at my studio, and I was so happy to take her out on the trails with the Sante Fe Striders. It is tough, but well worth the effot. 

But this is my year. My year of sabbatical. The year when my whole life is going to change, and it is already. I am ready for something new, and while I can’t say too much about it, new is not always easy, in fact right now it is really painful. But I look forward to that passing, and the NM double rainbows to come out. 
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This past week has been quite dreamy at the Matfield Outpost Residency. I feel right at home in the cozy studio working on my Flint Hills Series of watercolors. I love walking from the house to the studio and then settling in to work.

Hilary in studio

Hilary in studio

Homer and Conrad playing fetch while I cut paper

Homer and Conrad playing fetch while I cut paper

The best part is having my dogs with me. We spent a lot of time out walking the hills and they stayed close by me when I was working.

It has been fantastic hanging out with Ton Haak and Ans Zoutenbier the Directors of the Gallery at Pioneer Bluff. And the good news is that I will be back in October for my own exhibition with opens on October 4th.

Today I walked just over seven miles at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. This place is beautiful and scary. It is part of the 170,000,000 acres of tallgrass prairie. The national park has over 40 miles of trail where you have to cross through cattle and bison fields. While I wanted to see wild bison I am glad I didn’t as I would have been afraid, I was terrified of the cattle, especially being 4-5 miles out in the prairie all alone. Three times I had to cross the path covered in cattle, one time they started trotting toward me and I was sweating like mad because I did not know how to get them to go the other way.

Bison alert

Bison alert

But if you can handle walking through the cattle you are in for a real treat, it is a sea of green for miles in every direction.

Miles of beautiful green

Miles of beautiful green

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I am packing up all my stuff tonight and photographing the last of the work I made. It is to bad I only have my  cell phone camera, my nice Canon A100 (or could be nice) is broken again. This has been the worst camera I ever owned, first I got lens errors, now the shutter will not work, it was an expensive disappointment.

But I have my  cell phone to show you some of my work, these are all watercolor with collage of Italian printed papers, they are 12″ x 16″. I can’t wait to come back, Matfield Outpost is the most awesome place!

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Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Watercolor collage by Hilary Loren 

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

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Watercolor collage by Hilary Lorenz

 

 

 

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This is a collage drawing that I finished yesterday. It is 12″ x 16″ and made up of watercolor, lino print and antique Italian printed papers.

TodayI left Outpost Studios for a little drive to Chase County Fishing Lake. It is about 15 miles from the studio and 1.5 north of Cottonwood Falls. It is hot, 91 degrees and I knew a good walk was in order for me and a swim for the dogs. The Chase State Lake is 109 acres with a limestone shore and surrounded by lush green hills and prairies.  My phone was dead so I could not get any photos, and unfortunately my camera does not work. Here is a shot I got on-line from an aerial view. 
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Conrad and Homer were very happy. I mapped the perimeter of the lake at 3.15 miles around, they swam pretty much the whole thing. Two fisherman were on the opposite bank as us and we chatted for a bit when I made it back around. The lake is beautiful and I really needed some walking time.  I am only here one week and I want to make art but really I need to walk and be in the landscape in order to do that. So my plan now is to spend 4-5 hours in the morning out running or walking, then do some work in the afternoon and see how that goes. I think this must be the greenest place in the country.

It's all about the Journey

Matfield Green, Kansas

 

I am in Matfield Green, Chase County, Kansas, population 47. I fought to get here and now I am in a place where the endless green prairie meets the sky  giving me an odd feeling of being on the bottom of a fish bowl.

The fight? My car, traffic, my car, construction, my car. I had, yes had, a 1996 Subuaru Legacy wagon, 194,000 miles. After a goodbye dinner with my friends, turning over my apartment to a trusted subletter, I drove away and got 30 miles into New Jersey and my car died on the Turnpike. I was not even suppose to be on the Turnpike, I made a wrong turn. Calling AAA, a tow truck came, but they were not AAA, as AAA was not allowed on the Turnpike. So this tow took me 1/2 mile to a parking lot where I  waited for AAA who towed me to a very nice auto repair shop that was just closing. They recommended I go home, but I have no home now, so they recommended I get a rental car and hotel which I did. It was not easy NJ hotels do not seem to like dogs. After several “no ways” I found a hotel who charged me an extra $100 a night for the dogs. The next morning they tried to tell me it is $100 per dog but there was no way I was giving in to that.

I waited for the auto shop to call, and by noon I had to check out so I went back. Turns out they had to replace my fuel pump. A little detail that I left out is that they suspected the fuel pump which could mean taking the seats out of the car, a car filled with materials for my artist residency. I had to unload about 250 pounds of stuff into a back of a pick-up truck stored on their lot. Anyhow, they fixed the car, and anticipating a bill that was higher than the price of my car ($2,500) I was thrilled when it was only $450. They did a tune-up, tightened some rattling bolts and by 2pm I was on my way again. Two hundred and fifty miles later, the tachometer dropped, accelerator dropped, temp gauge dropped, and engine failure. I called AAA, they came and got me, again. This time the young ambitious tow truck driver said he would take me to a Subaru dealer/service center, then to a hotel. Homer, who was too afraid to jump into the tow truck was carefully lifted in by the driver. It was about 9pm as we drove to the dealership, then to his auto body shop and finally the hotel. He watched the dogs as I got my room, I gave him a handsome tip for being kind, entertaining, and getting me safely back.

I figured it was the car’s computer, but could be total electrical failure. I would have to wait until they opened to find out. In the meantime I got on-line and checked out cars. I knew I needed a new car but I thought I could wait until I got to NM, and I was not about to be sold something I cannot afford in my state of duress. Most all the cars were 2014 and too expensive. There was a 2006 Subaru Outback, 103,000 miles, and affordable if they still had it. I called the next morning and the service center only did oil changes on the weekend. The Subaru techs would not be in until Monday. I was not about to stay in that PA hotel two more night, plus my artist residency in Matfield Green, Outpost Studio, was beginning on Sunday. I asked them to send someone to come pick me and the dogs up, I want to buy a car. Yes, I was about to walk into a car dealership, something I have never done in my life and buy  a car.

My new car

My new car

The dealership was quiet with several sale’s people, salesmen and one saleswoman. I went right to her, to Katie. I told her the problem, what I want, we talked, I tested the car I saw on-line and we made a deal. They began the paperwork as I got on-line and ordered a duplicate title for my car. You see, I am leaving my old car at the dealership, and will have a charity organization tow it away for a tax credit, but I must have the title. The title is packed away in some box in NYC and I was not going back for me. Katie and the staff worked with me. I have to pay NYC sales tax but I am not going back to NYC. The check would be cut from the dealership and the title information sent to me via Fedex once I got to where I am going. For now, that is Matfield Green Kansas.

I did make it on Sunday, not at 11am but at 7pm. The artmaking has begun.

My cute little studio on the side of the prairie

My cute little studio on the side of the prairie

ImageHere is my cool as a cucumber Boston Marathon 2014 finish. I had the best run ever (not timing wise but fun wise) with my Santa Fe Strider buddy Andy. Andy and I had not made  specific plans but we knew we were in the same wave same corral. I honestly had no idea how the race would go because I had not done any tempo  or track work. But we worked together and really enjoyed ourselves. This is Andy in motion, me waving behind him. Kind of a funny photo. Image
I ran a decent amount including the Costal Trail Run’s Canyon Meadow 50k trail race in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland California where I won the 40-49 AG and came in 4th female overall in March. That was cool! But I had not done any marathon pace runs. I did not wear a watch, ran by feel and ran with Andy. I finished with a 3:49 (my qualifying time is 4:00) and was  happy with that. We ran very consistent up to the Newton Hills, and then it was just so damn hot we were both baking in the sun. I made a new friend, Ayako Yamazaki who is an awesome runner. We were both staying at the Chinatown hostel which I highly recommend. Super friendly, super cheap, Leed certified building, great food! I reserved a bed in a room for 8, Ayako and her friend were also in the room. It turns out both of us are running Pike’s Peak Marathon in August. Unlike me, she trained well all winter long and our times certainly reflected that. She did great. I can’t wait to meet up again in Colorado.

So guess what? My next sabbatical starts officially on as of May 28th, and goes until August 15, 2015! I began this blog 7 years ago during my first sabbatical. So my plan outline for the next few months:

June – Artist Residency at Matfield Outpost, Matfield Green, KS
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une – Art Printmaking in Abiquiu, NM (running with Santa Fe Striders)
June 28/29 travel to Loveland, CO for my USA Weightlifting, Sports Performance Coach Certification (Olympic lifts)
July – Art Printmaking in Abiquiu, NM (running with Santa Fe Striders)
July 27th – Run on the Volcano, Trail 1/2 in NM.
August- Art Printmaking in Abiquiu, NM (running with Santa Fe Striders)
August 17th – Pikes Peak Marathon
Sept – Art Printmaking in Abiquiu, NM (running with Santa Fe Striders)
October 4 – Exhibition Opening, The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs, Matfield, KS
Lecture at KCAI
Drive to NYC
Install show at Wave Hill
Wave Hill opening October 18, Artist talk November 16
November 22 – JFK50 mile
Show comes down December 7
Drive back to KS, then NM.
There will be a stint in Espanola, Ontario, Canada, need to confirm dates where I (and my dogs)  get to be  guests at the Anishinabe Spiritual Centre where my good friend Fr. Teo Ugaban is a priest. Teo was one of my art students at Parsons school of art way back when. I am especially excited because Teo is coming to NYC this weekend. I have not seen him since he left for Sri Lanka, 3 years ago. He was my first guest for PrintSocial. And hey I just learned that Instagram stole my title, PrintSocial. Should I send them a cease and desist letter?  I have had it a hell of a lot longer than them. 

I am sure additional races, more trips, and assorted goodies will be included in here, but I wanted to touch on the main points. IN about a month Downtown Brooklyn Journal is coming out. I designed the cover and have an 8 page spread of my work in the middle. It is going to be really cool!

Here are a few pics on what I have been doing but just wait, there is so much more:
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Hilary Lorenz, Canyon Meadow 50k

Hilary at Coast Trail Runs, Canyon Meadow 50K, March 2014

Friends, the baton is nearing New York. One Run for Boston (ORFB), the epic non-stop running relay from LA to Boston in aid of One Boston Fund that began on March 13 is currently in Stonington, PA  will cross over in NYC tomorrow, Friday, April 11 at 4:50pm at the 911/Memorial. The baton will be carried up into the Bronx where a 52 member group stage will be run in Van Cortlandt Park, (you can still sign up!) then I along with 6 others will run stage 311 (yes you can still donate)  up to Larchmond, NY, handing it off at approximately 10:50pm. The baton will continue on until it reaches Boston on April 13th. The long journey has raise over $381,000 and money is still coming in.

I want to thank those who supported me in ORFB. You are my rock stars! You are the ones that I will be thinking about Friday night as I run. You are my support and I thank you so much.

My Rock Stars:
Ben Ko, Shelley L. Hanson, Mary Jo Vath, Andy Winnegar, Suzanne Garney, Anonymous (ADK-N), Victoria Nordgren, Kevin Lohman, Richard Ervais, Anonymous (Jan 7), Peggy Thompson, Mark Mascolini, John Shorb, Lisa Studier, Claudia Cummings, Scott Harrison, Jim Brown, Tom Singleton, Les James, Daniel Lu, Amy Cooper, Anonymous (Jan 30), Patrick Rogers, Elke, Dominic Clarke, Bernd Erpenbeck, Anonymous (March 30), Cindy, Lori L Baird.

Hilary Lorenz at the NJ Trail Series Febapple 20 mile run

This was the most fun race of the year so far. Twenty miles of snow in Maplewood, NJ. This is my kind of run.

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