take the memory not the object
leave no trace.
joyfully
sharing
where the green things grow; “en la fresca”

Celebration Park, Snake River Canyon, Melba, Idaho, ©CKS 2015
Celebration Park, Snake River Canyon, Melba, Idaho, ©CKS 2015

Green things gift me with the knowledge that there is reason to hope; even in the tough times. I fell in love with plein-air landscape painting while studying in Taos, NM at the Fort Burgwin Research Center. With roots as an archaeological field school, it added a music conservatory, art program, and now, is a full extended campus for Southern Methodist University.

Aspen Love, 2" x 1 1/4", ink, acrylic, pastel, graphite, charcoal, cotton, ©CKS, 2007
Aspen Love, 2″ x 1 1/4″, ink, acrylic, pastel, graphite, charcoal, cotton, ©CKS, 2007

(read about Aspen Love in Wanderlust; click here)

I began painting miniature in 2005; finding it at first practical (personally and environmentally); then it became Divine inspiration as each tiny painting connects you and I in such intimate proximity.

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Within the Emptiness, 1″ x 3.5″ ink, graphite, pastel, paper, ©CKS, 2007

(Read more about Within the Emptiness in Wanderlust; click here)

Plein-Air is a fancy term for “open air”, borrowed from the French. It simply means I enjoy painting in the outdoors; soaking in the desert cliffs, mountain vistas, quiet meadows, or wherever my husband and I may roam.

In 2013, this ongoing journey led me to enjoy sharing this part of my artistic life by participating and winning the Boise Plein Air Art Competition in Boise, ID. Celebrating Boise’s 150th Birthday with the Iconic Egyptian Theater!

Egyptian Theater, Boise, 1 1/4" x 4 1/4", ink, pastel, graphite, water-soluble oil, paper, CKS, 2013, Boise Plein Air Award Winner
Egyptian Theater, Boise, 1 1/4″ x 4 1/4″, ink, pastel, graphite, water-soluble oil, paper, CKS, 2013, Boise Plein Air Award Winner

I am a person who belongs on earth. We are one as humanity. I pray my landscapes satiate us all in the knowledge and power of community.

Mother Earth in all her glory has endurance and capacity beyond all imagination. She is stressed, dejected, and humiliated just as we humans are bullied. She teaches me this endurance and resilience. She teaches me compassion, and beauty. I will do my part to take care of her as she takes care of me.

I share her beauty.

My Beautiful Mountain, 1" x 1 1/2", ink, pastel, graphite, charcoal, paper, ©CKS, 2008
My Beautiful Mountain, 1″ x 1 1/2″, ink, pastel, graphite, charcoal, paper, ©CKS, 2008

(Read more about My Beautiful Mountain in Wanderlust; click here)

As a collective

Landscape and Memory, photo credit, Nikki Leonard, 2016
Landscape and Memory, photo credit, Nikki Leonard, 2016

(Read more about Landscape and Memory, click here)

I share

New Mexico, 1 1/4" x 1", ink, graphite, paper, ©CKS, 2015
New Mexico, 1 1/4″ x 1″, ink, graphite, paper, ©CKS, 2015

(Read more about soul, light, spark in Wanderlust; click here)

Unpaved paths

Evening By the Lake, 2" x 2", water crayon, graphite, charcoal, paper, ©CKS, 2013
Evening By the Lake, 2″ x 2″, water crayon, graphite, charcoal, paper, ©CKS, 2013

(Read more about Evening By the Lake in Wanderlust; click here)

Of beauty

Succor Creek, Oregon, 1 1/4" x 3 1/8", ink, pastel, graphite, paper, ©CKS 2010
Succor Creek, Oregon, 1 1/4″ x 3 1/8″, ink, pastel, graphite, paper, ©CKS 2010

paint much love, always,
Connie Karleta Sales
a.k.a. This Crooked Little Flower


Enjoy more tiny paintings in Wanderlust


“monster hair” is happy hair indeed!, unpaved paths, ©CKS 2015

Posted by:Connie Karleta Sales

artist, poet, educator, public speaker and thriver! Smiles and unpaved roads are the way I roll :D