Friday, July 28, 2006

Show Announcement & week in review

I just got the announcements for my upcoming show "Combined Elements" at ArtsWest in the mail yesterday! I'll be one of three mixed media artists, my painting is the one in the middle. The designer really chose the images well. It's so cool that we each have a work so similar, yet so different too. They could only send me a small amount of cards for my mailing list, but I wish I could send one to each of you. I'm very excited about this show.

This week started off very slow. The heat was oppressive so it was difficult to do much but sit as still as possible, but I also just felt a strange sense of quiet, stillness, hopefully receptiveness. I had also just finished what is now definitely one of my new favorite books (top 3 easy) The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (who is also a great artist) which was just devistatingly beautiful, and the stillness gave me time to digest it more fully.

The heat finally broke (still warm, but no longer oppressively so) and I managed to do an entry for Illustration Friday:Opposites and for Artwords: Fragility. I drew and played some with my watercolors. The heat really made me gravitate toward them - they felt cool somehow. I sketched some ideas for paintings. I sent off a slide package to Seattle Art Museum to apply for their Betty Bowen Memorial Award, and another package to a corporate art consultant in New York(!) who requested(!!) one after seeing some of my images somewhere!

Today is nice and cool, even a little misty out, and I'm off to get my hair cut, finally! It's been over 2 months. I'm thinking about getting some highlights too, to help offset what my hairdresser calls "God's hightlights". Then I think I'll take myself on an artist date.

Take care of yourselves and have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Artwords: Fragility

This is my entry for this week's artwords challenge.

dreams, teacups, plans, visions, environment, compassion, connections - all must be tended to with care

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Illustration Friday: Opposites

"The opposite is beneficial; from things that differ comes the fairest attunement; all things are born through strife." -Heraclitus

Friday, July 21, 2006

this week in review

"Obi" - acrylics/mixed media/collage on canvas, 24"x24"

I finally got around to updating my website today. Please stop by for a visit :). I still need to get the poppy paintings professionally photographed, then they'll go up too.

This week has been a strange mix of accomplishment and frustration. I've accomplished a lot of things, including entering 4 calls for artists and getting all my supporting materials off to ArtsWest for my show in August. I also think I've found the outfit I want to wear to the opening :).

It was frustrating because I felt so unfocused on my artwork. I'm still trying to get back into the wonderfully productive groove that was disrupted (quite pleasantly) by my husband taking vacation a couple of weeks ago. I managed to start projects for both Illustration Friday and Inspire Me Thursday, but they remain unfinished. My poppy paintings did not get accepted into the show (the curator says she really liked them, but simply didn't have enough room and she hopes I'll continue to submit work) which was disappointing. Luckily I have other opportunites in the works, so it wasn't as emotionally devestating as it might have been.

It's also hot - hottest days yet this year. And the temperature is climbing. It's suppposed to get into the 90s for the next few days. While I know other places have it much worse (believe me, I've lived there too) it's still pretty extreme for here. We have no air conditioner (no need for one the other 360 days a year, so very few people here bother with them except businesses) so keeping movement to a minimum is the preferred mode of living. Also an air stagnation alert is in effect, so that means no lovely waterfed breezes either. Movie theaters are going to be packed this weekend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

From Today's NY Times

I found this post on Danny Gregory's blog. Interesting book review and observations about drawing and life.

Monday, July 17, 2006

a day at the beach

Ever have one of those days/weeks that you just feel overwhelmed by all you have to do? Do you ever realize that it's not really all that much and feel overwhelmed anyway? That's how I've been feeling lately, so yesterday my husband made me get out of the house, stop fretting and go to the beach at Alki. He really does know me well.

Ahhhh, the cool breeze over the water and the smell of the ocean. My favorite, most soothing smell. It was all so blue, and it was so sunny and clear you could see all the mountains in the area. We shared a truly decadent cinnamon roll at Alki Bakery, sat and looked at Puget Sound (see above photo) for a good long time (I've got the sunburn to prove it), walked up and down the beach, then had a wonderful baked halibut dinner at our favorite pub, the Celtic Swell and split a pint of Magner's cider.


Friday, July 14, 2006

Non-art art stuff

I just finished reading Fine Art Publicity: The Complete Guide For Galleries And Artists and I feel compelled to recommend it to all you artists trying to get your work out there, as well as you gallery owners. The author is a professional fine art publicist and though the book is primarily for galleries, it also has some great tips for the artists themselves. The greatest benefit I gleaned from reading this is a section on how to actually plan your PR year in advance. I've read many books on art and art marketing so I know many things that I should be doing, but I've always approached it in a rather scattered way. I'm hoping that having read this, I can be better about implementing this knowledge.

One of the best books I've found on self-promotion for the artist is How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist, 5th ed. : Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul. Truly stuffed with very useful information. And she makes a point of saying that yes, it can be done!

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Poppy I, acrylics/mixed media/collage on 24"x24" canvas

Poppy II, acrylics/mixed media/collage on 24"x24" canvas

I completed these 2 beauties yesterday and I love them! I've been wanting to do some poppy paintings since I first saw their beautiful blooms at the local farmers' markets back in May. I couldn't help but be drawn to them, and to draw them in turn. I've submitted these paintings for a show with a "summer" theme that will go up next week. I hope I get in. Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Tag the Weird

I was tagged by Jess to list 6 weird things about me, so here goes.

1. I am a bookaholic. I love books. I read constantly. Like a chain smoker, I light a new book with the smoldering end of the previous one.

2. I am a second generation Californian, but I moved around a lot as a child and have had trouble settling into any place to call home (I have lived in many cities in 7 states). I have found that place here in the evergreen state of Washington.

3. I love bubble tea, but only if it's made with real tea and not that powdered stuff.

4. I get really excited about Gothic architecture.

5. Watching anime is one of my favorite hobbies.

6. I love birds of prey. They are so beautiful.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Snoqualmie Falls

It's been an unusual, but good week. My husband took the week off, so I've been hanging out with him most of the time. Yesterday we decided to make use of mass transit and took the bus to downtown Seattle to wander around and see Superman Returns at the Cinerama theater, which was most enjoyable. First we had lunch at Noodle Zen in Uwajimaya (and, of course, I had a bubble tea!) then walked up toward the theater, making a couple of stops along the way. We did a quick browse through Pike Place Market, and I finally got to go to a jewelry supply store so I'm a couple of steps closer to actually continuing with my jewelry making desires (see this previous post for my first steps). They were out of sheet silver, so I'll be going back sometime soon to get that. In the meantime, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, I'll get some practice in on the copper sheet that I do have.

Then today was my husband's birthday. We decided to finally go take a look at Snoqualmie Falls. It was truly breathtaking. The falls and the surrounding area are so beautiful, as you can see. We live in such a beautiful place! Next time we'll take the path to the bottom of the falls, but I didn't feel up to the hike back up today.:) There's also a lovely lodge/spa that overlooks the falls that I really hope we get to stay in someday.

On the way back, we stopped at the XXX Drive In to sample their rootbeer floats, yummy onion rings and messy, messy hamburgers. I am soooo full.

All in all, a lovely couple of days.