Friday, December 29, 2006

2006: Part 3 - little celebrations

Encouraged by Alyson's ArtBiz blog, in order to acknowlege my artistic achievements in 2006, I have allowed myself some small gifts by way of celebration. The first one has already arrived in the form of this small, beautiful ceramic bowl by artist Diana Fayt. I've been drooling over her work since I first came across it. Susan's Artstream online gallery shop has a few of her pieces for sale, including these lovely small bowls that I could actually afford, so I snapped one up.

The second is by another artist I greatly admire, Andrea Pratt. While I was poking around the internet deciding what sort of treats I was going to get, she posted this wonderful drawing for Illustration Friday, and at her Etsy shop. I couldn't resist and bought it immediately. I can't wait to see it in person!

I'm thinking I might get one more treat. Maybe get a massage. I've never had one, but it sure sounds nice.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006: Part 2 - looking forward

Savannah cityscape, Nov. 2006

In this continuation from my 2006: Part 1 post, I'll actually be addressing 2007. I had intended to do this yesterday, but I had the opportunity to meet up with my dear friend Nicole so I did that instead. :)

Planning my art career always seems to involve a perilous balance for me. I know that goals need to be specific in order to be attainable, but when I get too specific, I tend to scare myself into frozen inaction. And I don't want that, so I'll keep this fairly simple.

January will be a month of laying groundwork. I need to get some of my newer works photographed, then I want to order some self-promotion postcards. I want to do at least 2 general mailings this year (mailings not for specific shows, just for self-promotion), and I'd like to get the first one started by the end of January or beginning of February. In the past I've usually treated these mailings as big one-time projects, mailing out as many as I can all at once, leaving me drained and distracted from my painting for at least a week, usually longer. I want to treat them more as an ongoing process this year, mailing out a few each week as I research and add to my mailing list. This might mean fewer sent out in the long run, but my hope is it will mean better contacts that I can better keep in touch with.

I also want to order new business cards that will include all of my web addresses - blog, etsy, etc. - not just my website. I find myself writing this information on the back of the cards I have, and it would be nice to simply have it there already. I'll also be making sure my resume, artist statement and website are fully updated. I've been pretty good about that this year, but it never hurts to polish them up a bit.

As a step in getting more organized, I've downloaded a shareware program that I learned about on the ArtBiz blog, to help me track my paintings and clients better. It's called Flick!. I've been playing with it a bit the past few days (it's pretty easy), and I think it's going to be a big help.

I'm also hoping to better organize my tiny studio space, and the time I spend there. Any suggestions? I'd love to see some of your creative spaces and hear about your favorite organizing solutions.

Then there's always the usual paint more, draw more, explore new media, expand my mailing list, get a gallery to represent me (that would be cool!), blog more, expand my Etsy shop, enter more competitions, do more art for church, etc. etc.

I've started celebrating my achievements for 2006! I'll post about them next time.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas 2006 recap



Here are our cats playing with their Christmas gifts, a small crinkle ball for Harlie, and a large "rat" for Marlowe. I "soaked" them in catnip for a couple of days prior to Christmas, and the cats went nuts! They were so entertaining we forgot to open our own presents for a while. :) Got some really good ones too! A couple of wonderful cookbooks, Astaire & Rogers DVDs, Japanese bowls with bunnies on them, and a new scarf, just to name a few.

It was a very good day - just us and the cats. This holiday season has been good overall. I resisted the usual urge to do too much and therefore wasn't too exhausted to enjoy any of it. Didn't make any cookies, but I did manage to make some gifts for people. And instead of making an all out traditional feast, I made a killer lasagna and salad. With all the goodies we'd gotten from people over the past few days, I didn't even have to make dessert.

Now my brain is returning to review of 2006 and plans for 2007. I'll post more of my thoughts on that tomorrow. I'm also getting antsy to get back into the studio. The holidays are great and all, but they do take my attention away from art. As I've noted in a previous post, there's really only so much of that I can take.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Peace, goodwill to men...

This is the Christmas altarpiece I designed for our church and was revealed at last night's Christmas Eve service.
A truly joyful event!

Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace,
goodwill toward men!
Luke 2: 14

To see more photos, please visit our church's Flickr album.

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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas!

As part of our attempt to make Christmas more spiritual and less secular this year, we followed the church year and waited until last night to decorate our tree. The cats are fascinated!

Today marks the end of Advent, and tonight is Christmas Eve. We'll be heading over to the church later for carols beginning at 8:30 and the Christmas Festival Eucharist beginning at 9:00. It promises to be a beautiful and joyful evening, with great music and art, and all are welcome. If you're in the area, please come celebrate with us at Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

2006: Part 1

Early morning on Hilton Head Island, November 23, 2006 - the beach is always a good place for contemplation

Just upgraded to the new Blogger. So far, so good. My blog didn't explode, and I appear to have all of my links, though I'll have to explore more to be sure.

So, 2006 is drawing to a close and 2007 is peaking around the corner. Seemed like a good time to talk about accomplishments from the year, and plans for the future. I'm going to break it down into parts (2 or 3, not sure yet), and in today's post I'll be focusing on some of my artistic accomplishments for 2006. It seems inevitable to be thinking about these things at this time of year, and I've seen a few posts on the subject. One great one to check out is over at Alyson points out how important it is to recognize our achievements - and to celebrate them - or you'll just keep thinking about all you haven't done yet. I am so guilty of this, and wish to change, so here are some highlights from my art career this year:

  • My art was shown in 6 galleries, including 2 solo shows
  • Sold 15 pieces, including 2 commissions, 6 through Etsy, and my largest gallery sale to date
  • Used my artistic talents in a meaningful way in my church - I gave of my gifts back to God
  • Have been signed on with MFI, Inc, corporate art consultants in New York City
  • Was interviewed and written up in two newspapers and 1 art blog for my show at the VU Gallery in Bellingham - all positive too
  • My art paid for itself this year, with a little left over
  • I'm also very proud of completing 1 1/2 drawing sketchbooks this year
My next post(s) on this topic will include how I plan to celebrate these accomplishments (any suggestions?) and some thoughts on what I'd like to do in 2007.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

wind and art

So last week's wind storm... we lost power at our place around midnight Thursday. Our apartment's power is entirely electric so it was cold and dark. No hot water. No hot food. On Friday we found out we were just a drop in the bucket. Over a million people in the area were without power (and some still are). Trees and lines were down everywhere. Roads and businesses closed. Many tranformers had blown. We were lucky in that we have a friend whose parents live close by, and they had power, so we got a respite from the cold and had hot food and lights before we had to return to our very dark, very cold little apartment. We piled on the comforters and blankets (and cats) and awoke on Saturday to another dark day.

Headed out to the church about 9am to work on the Christmas art pieces, and were met by this felled 70' tree in the parking lot. Thankfully, it had fallen where it did no damage (rather than onto the houses next to it).

The church was still without electricity, so we worked by the pale light coming through the clouds and into the windows of the undercroft. We worked until the daylight started to disappear somewhere between 3 and 4 that afternoon.

We did finish the Christmas altarpiece though! (I'll post a photo of it installed after Christmas).

Even though it was cold and dark, the arts committee had a pretty good time. We laughed and created and relaxed into the comfort of a safe place and family.

Thankfully, the power was restored to our apartment later that day, then cable and internet access followed. On Sunday, power was back on at the church too, though Fr. John pointed out that we were never without power, just electricity. :) In fact, the whole experience brought another level to his sermon about Advent, being in darkness and waiting for the light.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Illustration Friday: Mask

Kamen/Mask, digital/mixed media, ©1998

This week's challenge for Illustration Friday is "mask". Masks imply magic and mystery to me, and I'd hoped to have time to create a new image of this evocative theme, but I find myself pulled in other directions this week, so I dug up this piece I created while I was in art school. As I think about it, I realize it is appropriate to this theme in more ways than just the obvious.

I created it using Photoshop during a time when almost all my work was put together digitally and was still convincing myself I wanted to become an illustrator, not a fine artist, because being a fine artist just wasn't a realistic goal. It's a sample of a stage in my evolution as an artist. Even then I painted images and textures, and used found objects and papers, primarily treating Photoshop as a glue to put the compositions together. After graduation, eventually I left the computer completely in favor of making messes and working directly on a support. With that step, I removed the mask I'd been holding onto of what I thought of as being realistic and practical, what I thought I should do with my art to make it commercially viable, and allowed my true voice as an artist to show in my work. I am so much happier, and I've grown so much as an artist.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas wrapping

Woke up out of sorts this morning. With all holiday hub-bub, I haven't been able to really get back to painting for a few weeks now. At first, it was kind of nice to have a break, but now it's starting to get to me. All I really wanted to do today was paint, but I knew that wasn't going to happen because of all the errands I needed to run. So I spent an hour or so snarling at the cats and various inanimate objects which dared to be where I had put them. Then I managed to calm down enough to face going out with a relatively friendly attitude, and it went pretty smoothly.

Christmas shopping is pretty much done (except for whatever it is I'm going to get my husband) and I've just finished packing up the gifts that we have to ship. Now I need to sit down and start writing our cards. Every year I say I'm going to make cards, but I have yet to do it.

Tomorrow I need to get to the post office and mail the gifts (and a couple more pieces I sold on Etsy!), then I think I'll be able to get in some concentrated studio time. I can't wait!

Speaking of wrapping, check out Furoshiki, a clever and environmentally friendly Japanese method of wrapping and carrying gifts that my husband found at Lifehacker. I'm going to try to use this a lot.

Hope all your holiday plans are going smoothly, and that you can take the time to breathe a little.

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Friday, December 08, 2006

Favorite Books of 2006

As I've mentioned before, I am a bit of a book-a-holic and read contstantly. This year I've actually managed to write them all down - it helps me remember favorite authors and series. Since I love books, I often give books as gifts. While making out my Christmas list of gifts to buy for others, I went back over the list of all the books I've read this year to get gift ideas. It was a really good year, and I read a lot of wonderful books and discovered some excellent writers. I thought I'd take a moment and list some of my favorites here.


The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

Mystery/Suspense series
Jack Reacher books by Lee Child - they each stand alone, so I haven't been reading them in order. My favorite so far is One Shot.
Clare Fergusson & Russ Van Alstyne mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming beginning with In the Bleak Midwinter
And there were new installments by long standing favorites Laurie R. King and Martha Grimes

Paranormal fiction series(vampires, ghosts, etc.)
New installments in:
Tanya Huff's "Smoke and ..." series
Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series
Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden Files


Art Inspiration
The Creative License by Danny Gregory
One Continuous Mistake by Gail Sher
Coaching the Artist Within by Eric Maisel

Spiritual Inspiration
The New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

More on Etsy

"Strength", acrylics/collage on 9" x 12" canvas board.

I just finished listing 5 more pieces at my Etsy shop, all still under $40 with free shipping in the US, and $5 to elsewhere.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you might recognize some more of my Illustration Friday entries, like the image above.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Advent begins

Advent altarpiece installed.

A closer look.

My art along the wall of the nave.

I'm still processing the experience of having my art decorate God's house. I think I'll take another day to think about it before I try to put it into words, but I wanted to post these pictures so those of you who have been following the creation of the altarpiece can see what it looks like installed. It's pretty cool, if I do say so myself. :)

I also thought it would be an appropriate post for this week's Illustration Friday theme - Might, as in "Holy, holy, holy Lord. God of power and might."

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

New on Etsy

"Enter", acrylics/collage painting on 5" x 5" gallery wrapped canvas, ©2006

Just in time for Christmas (or any gift giving occassion you have in mind)! I've listed 5 new pieces on my Etsy shop, and I've also changed my pricing of previously listed pieces. I've decided that all the paintings I list there will be small and under $40.00(US). So far the most expensive pieces are only $35, and I'm throwing in free shipping to anywhere in the United States and it's only $5.00 for outside the US! Even if you order more than one piece!

I'll be listing more pieces to Etsy soon, and I'll be adding to my Imagekind fine art prints gallery soon too.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Thanksgiving & Travels

Southern icon - a Spanish Moss draped tree

Last week we traveled across the continent and spent Thanksgiving week with my husband's family in Georgia and South Carolina. I hadn't been back there for nearly 7 years and it was a wonderful trip. We landed in Atlanta on Monday evening and promptly found a Chick-fil-A for dinner. After spending a relaxing day at my in-laws house on Tuesday - ate breakfast at Waffle House, baked pies, saw the new James Bond movie!, played with the cat - we headed out for Wade's aunt & uncle's lovely little condo on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina on Wednesday. We ate outstanding seafood and hushpuppies at a little local seafood shack for dinner and then afterward walked on the beach late at night.

Wade's sister flying a flamingo kite

Beach at Hilton Head Island - beautiful

Thanksgiving itself brought more relatives, great food, more walks on the beach, more food, kite flying on the beach, and more food. It was a great day with lots of love and laughter. And food.

Historic River Street in Savannah, Georgia

My husband Wade & I on the stoop of our old apartment in downtown Savannah

Friday we spent a lazy morning (pie for breakfast - can't beat that!) then headed back toward Atlanta. On the way we stopped in Savannah and wandered around for a few hours with Wade's little sisters, checking out our old haunts from when I was in school there at Savannah College of Art & Design. I really got choked up when we got to our old apartment (see picture above). It felt like it was still home, 7 years later. I miss that place. It's kinda strange, because I was so ready to leave when we left, and I really don't want to move back, but it still tugged hard on the heartstrings. I think a large part of that is due to the fact that we didn't have a car there for the first couple of years, and therefore walked everywhere (which you can do quite easily). We really got to know the city well in a way that you just can't really know a place when you're driving through it.
Johnson Square, Savannah, Georgia

Savannah itself is still a beautiful old city, with lots of beautiful old homes and churches and buildings, and the historic downtown has really revitalized. When we lived there it was still fighting to get out of the ghetto it had nearly become, and now it's bustling and there are lots of new businesses. There's even a large new addition to the Telfair museum. If we'd had time, I would have loved to check it out.

We then drove up to Macon to stay the night, then headed up to the airport and flew home on Saturday. It felt good to be back.

And today - Snow!
Me in the snow. Back in the Pacific Northwest!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Y'all come back now!

Yesterday morning, we finished up this altarpiece for Advent. I can't wait to see it in place over the altar! (Yes, there will be pictures - it goes up on December 2nd). Then we started on a 12' x 5 1/2' canvas for the Christmas altarpiece.

Tomorrow, we're flying out to Georgia to spend Thanksgiving with my husband's family. We'll be visiting Atlanta and Macon, spending Thanksgiving day in Hilton Head, South Carolina, and I'm really looking forward to seeing Savannah (where I went to art school) again. I probably won't be able to get online much while I'm there, but be prepared for many pictures of very old buildings when I get back. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Artist Hideout-Featured Artist

I am still glowing from reading this wonderful review of my work by William over at Artist Hideout, and wanted to share it. He writes very well, and his words really capture what I try to express through my work. Thank you so much, William.

Artist Hideout is a wonderul, fairly new blog in which William explores the many aspects of creativity and "helps people share their artistic side." He also has some very cute cats. :) Check it out!

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

In its new home

View from the entryway.

View from top of stairwell.

My painting is now in its new home. It still needs to be installed, and my client (Roz) is in the midst of aquiring lighting for it, but this is where it belongs, where it was designed to be. As you can see, it's a beautiful home with beautiful art, and I have to say I'm quite pleased to see my work there. Roz seemed quite pleased as well, and said she couldn't stop looking at it.

She still has other walls that need art, and I told her I'd keep an eye out for any artists she might like. Let me know if you'd like me to pass your information on to her. She's particularly interested in emerging local (Pacific Northwest) artists, but she has art from all over the world, so I'm sure she'd be willing to look at other geographic areas as well.

Now, on to new canvases!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Big Art

A few weeks ago, we started our Advent altarpiece by covering over a previously used canvas with a couple of coats of gesso and paint so we'd have a clean canvas to work with.

This past Saturday, the Ecclesiastical Arts Committee spent the morning transferring my design to the canvas, then painting in the basic design.

The above photo is me painting in the spiral, while fellow Ecclesiastical Arts members Bill and Debi helped keep my paints close by. Wouldn't it be nice to always have assistants. :)

I mentioned awhile ago that I've been working on some art projects for our church. These photos are from the work we've done so far on the large (about 13' x 5') altar piece for the season of Advent. I came up with a design, keeping in mind the themes of Advent, which are about primarily about preparing for Christ's birth, but also about the endtimes, so I wanted something dark, but with the light of hope coming through that darkness, and also a sense of rebirth and life. Also, I used the liturgical colors for Advent, which are primarily blue and white.

It's been a lot of fun working so large, and painting with a group of people.

This Saturday we'll meet again and finish up this canvas. I'm hoping to have my design ready for the Christmas piece by then so we can maybe get started on that too.

To see more of what our church is doing with the arts in preparation for Advent, go here and here. My husband wrote those posts, and he included some great Wikipedia links to help explain some of this stuff.

Completed Commission

48" x 36", acrylics/collage on canvas

I just finished attaching the hanging wire to the back of the commission I've been working on and I'll be delivering it to my client tomorrow morning. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I hope she loves it as much as I do. (I apologize for the glare on the photo above. It's raining so I can't take it outside to photograph and it's too dark without the flash. Hopefully you can get a good idea of what it looks like from this. Hopefully I'll have a chance to photograph it outside in the morning.)

I actually managed to take some pictures of a few of the stages of development it went through too.

A couple of days ago I posted a photo of the first layer of collage and paint. Here I've added more collage elements.

Starting to block in the basic composition.

A layer of paint to marry the elements together.

More layers of paint - and drips!

I continued in this fashion, creating layers and letting the painting tell me what steps to take next, then some final touches, and the end result is in the top picture.

Friday, November 10, 2006

AS Review article

Here is a link to the second article written about my show at the VU Gallery at Western Washington University.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

notes on procrastination

the canvas, now covered with a first layer of collage and paint

I found this quote on Keri Smith's blog today, and it really struck a chord.

"The thing about art that delights and confounds us is that it never happens again. This delights us if we have learned how to look because the esthetic experience allows all of our human faculties to be absorbed in the environment of the present and for a while to be fully alive without reflecting, without turning back or looking ahead. Uniqueness confounds us because there are no rules for guides. There can be no science of the particular. In a sense this confounding is a delight because it puts us in touch with that aspect of reality which is described as uniqueness--the fact that nothing ever happens twice in the same way in every respect." ~corita kent

And my husband sent me a link to Bookworm: The Art of Rosamond Purcell, which sounds like something I'd love to read. "Books are man-made artifacts designed to convey information. When they are inevitably invaded by forces of nature and decay, they become suggestive of an alternative literary universe. Noted photographer and collage artist Rosamond Purcell has been exploring this universe for the past thirty years, and in this extraordinarily beautiful collection, the first retrospective of her work, her images teach us to read in a new way. Here are two conjoined volumes transformed by a nesting mouse into a heap of disrupted plot and straw; a 19th century French economics text re-interpreted by foraging termites, and many other oddities from a fertile imagination. Bookworm's 125 color reproductions are imaginative evidence of those processes that render literal meaning irrelevant. "

Okay, I guess I've procrastinated enough for now. This canvas ain't gonna paint itself.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


Here it is, the canvas for a commission I'm working on. It's 48" x 36". I've never worked on such a large canvas, and I can't wait to get my hands on it! I'm glad my client didn't want it any larger though, because I really don't think it would have fit in my car, or my apartment:)

I spent yesterday cleaning up my studio from the mess that had been accumulating for quite a while so I could have room to work on it. It's very nice to have a clean studio again. We'll see how long it lasts this time. When I'm working, sometimes things don't always find it back to their home and unruly piles form.

I'm excited to get back to painting. I might even be able to fit in an Illustration Friday piece this week!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Opening Reception at VU Gallery

Here's a photo from the opening. My husband was the designated photographer that evening, and you can find more of his photos here.

I'm pleased to say that the opening went well. Most of those who attended were students, (which is to be expected since the gallery is on Western Washington University's campus) so not a lot in the way of sales, but they were a lively group and really took the time to look at my art. And from the comments I got, most really liked it. So it was a good evening all around.

And to top it all off, my good friend Belinda drove up from Portland to surprise me! Unfortunately, she ended up missing the opening, but we got to hang out with her that night and had breakfast with her the following morning. It was so good seeing her! It had been nearly 3 years since we last got together (she only moved up to Portland recently). That really made the evening shine.

I've spent the past few days in post-show meltdown and now I'm gearing up for the next whirlwind of activity. I have a commission to complete by the 18th, as well as a couple of art projects for church. And I have some paintings and other projects I really want to get started on that I've had to put off for the past few weeks.

But first, I really need to clean my studio up a bit. It's such a mess! I can barely move in here, and the canvas I'm doing for the commission is larger than any I've every worked on (36" x 48"), so I need to make some room. And some organization will probably help me feel a little more focused and ready to start again.

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Whatcom Independent article

Since the links to the article seem to be iffy, I've decided to "reprint" the article here.

David Nordmark - Whatcom Independent

“Inner Landscapes”
Viking Union - WWU campus
Weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Now through Nov. 22
Admission is Free
Reception is Nov. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

An engaging new art exhibit premiered on Monday, Oct. 30 at Western Washington University’s Viking Union Gallery. The exhibit, titled “Inner Landscapes,” is comprised of works by artist Angela Wales Rockett. As for all the exhibits that appear at the gallery, it is entirely student-curated.

Rockett’s works are what she calls “abstract collage paintings.”

“[The paintings] don’t look like a lot of mixed media collages you see out there, because in mine you can see the paint more; I use the collage elements more for texture,” she said.
Her paintings don’t even look like collages upon first glance, so heavily tilted is her work toward the painting side. The “found paper and other objects” that she incorporates into her work seem more like grace notes than the overwhelming cacophony one thinks of when hearing the phrase “mixed-media collage.”

Rockett has been working full time as an artist for the past year. She received her MFA in illustration from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001, and has an undergraduate degree in art history from UC-Santa Barbara. Her father is a commercial artist who has worked in photography and computer-based art.

Though Rockett is originally from California, she has lived in numerous places since then.
“My step-dad worked for the government and so we moved around a lot,” she said of her childhood. She has been living in Washington State for two and a half years, and presently lives in Bothell.

Rockett has spent time working in other media as well, but is currently focusing on the collage paintings. She likes working in watercolors, and has recently started experimenting with printmaking.

She has undergone a pretty radical shift in her thinking about art. Orinally, she was of the opinion that “only realistic art was real art.” After taking a Photoshop class and finding that she liked “making a mess,” she found herself drifting toward a more abstract style.
Her work was brought to the attention of Heidi Norgaard, the coordinator of the Viking Union (VU) Gallery, through an exhibit of hers that Norgaard saw in Kirkland.

“I found Angela’s work at the Parklane Gallery,” Norgaard said. “I was impressed by the textures and rich colors of her work … [it] drew me in and stood out among the other artists that were showing at the Parklane at the time.”

Norgaard is a junior at Western, majoring in creative writing. She was the assistant coordinator of the gallery during her sophomore year.

The VU Gallery is entirely student-curated. “The coordinator and assistant coordinator work as a team to decide what goes in the gallery,” she said. “We also work with the artist to install or hang the show and handle shipping, storing and return of work that is exhibited.”

Some other recent exhibits that have been featured at the gallery include “Naked Voyage,” which divided the space into “rooms” through the use of salt, leaves, dirt and love letters lining the floor, and “A Dress Speaks,” which concerned sexual assault and abuse.

“In the past, the gallery has been host to many different types of media — it is really up to the current coordinators what the space will be used for each year,” said Norgaard.

The “Inner Landscapes” run will be followed in late November by an exhibit titled “Prison Nation,” which is a display of activist posters designed to “raise awareness about injustices in the prison system,” according to Rockett.

The opening reception for Rockett’s exhibit is this evening, Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided and the artist will be on hand to speak with interested patrons. The paintings will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit’s run.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Auspicious beginning

The Whatcom Independent article about my show can be viewed here, though there are no images. I'll be searching out the physical paper itself while we're in Bellingham this afternoon, and there should be images there. Overall, the article is pretty good. Though when I'm feeling more nitpicky, I might want to clarify a couple of points.

In other news, I just received a letter telling me that I am now represented by the art consulting firm MFI Art Co. in New York City!!!

An auspicious beginning to the day - I hope it continues into the opening reception tonight!

P.S. The link to the article wasn't working - sorry about that. I've gotten it to link to a list of articles (it simply refuses to link directly to a single one), so from there you click on the Inner Landscapes article.

Monday, October 30, 2006

New show is up!

This past week was quite busy, especially with getting ready for my show at the VU Gallery which opens today. It culminated with my husband and I driving up to Bellingham on Saturday morning to deliver the 30+ pieces, and working with the gallery director in getting them installed. When we got there, we were met not only by the director, but also by a reporter and photographer for one of the university's periodicals, who were there to interview me and take photos of the set up! Everyone was very nice, and also seemed very enthusiastic about my work.

The set up went smoothly, and the space looks fantastic! It really shows off my work to its best advantage. I'm looking forward seeing it again at the opening reception on Thursday night.

Also, check out my website. Artspan, the service I use to host my site, has a new feature that I finally made use of yesterday to announce the show - a homepage.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006


I just found out I'm being interviewed tomorrow by a writer for a Bellingham paper about my upcoming show at Western Washington University! Me? Wow. He want's to take photos of my work too.

My mind is awhirl. I'm nervous and excited. I've never been interviewed for anything but a job before.

Think good thoughts for me.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Japanese Gardens

A view of the pond

This past Saturday my husband and I visited the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum for the first time. And it will not be the last. We both took a lot of photos. It is so beautiful and peaceful there. It was a perfect fall day too. A little chilly and foggy, but not too cold or rainy. And the trees were in such wonderful color. There's a maple viewing there this weekend, but I don't think I'll be able to make it. They also have tea demonstrations in their Shoseian tea house which I want to look into attending sometime. The garden will be closed after November to reopen in mid-February, so I'll be able to go back just in time for my birthday!

Some of the biggest Koi I've ever seen!
Another view of the pond.

A lovely tree in its fall wardrobe.

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In the meantime, I want to start exploring the Arboretum. It's huge! And so many trees and paths and gardens. My sketchbook, camera and I will explore it together.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Hitting a wall

Untitled, acrylics/mixed media/collage on canvas, 24"x 24"

I've been busy. Busy in a good way as it's pretty much all art related and all stuff I want to do and am very excited about, but busy all the same. Earlier this week I sent off the above painting to New York for approval. On Tuesday, the Liturgical Arts Committee at church met to plan this year's projects, and Advent is coming up pretty quickly so designs for that need to be done by next week's meeting. I'm working on a commission for a lovely woman who lives in Bellevue, and I'm supposed to meet with her tomorrow to go over what I've come up with so far. And I'm working on a flyer for our church's upcoming music programs. Oh, and I have a show coming up that I need to deliver work for (some of which I still need to complete) in just 2 weeks! Yikes!

And this morning I feel like I've hit a wall. Just so tired and possibly coming down with a cold. And I'm in one of those states where everything I painted yesterday suddenly seems not right. My brain doesn't really seem to want to think much today. Not really an option, still too much to do, but a short break involving the sofa, a good book, tea and a cat might be in order.