Monday, August 28, 2006

Goodbye, Shira.

Originally uploaded by ryhopewood.
Today we said goodbye to Shira Khan. She has been a part of our lives since she was about 6 weeks old, about 13 years ago. She was a great cat and will be missed greatly.

Goodbye, Shira. Have fun playing with Gracie. We love you.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

IF: Match, sale, and Etsy

Blue Harmony I, Mixed Media/Collage, 5"x 7" on canvas, ©2005

Blue Harmony II, Mixed Media/Collage, 5"x 7" on canvas, ©2005

These are my entry for this week's Illustration Friday challenge Match. They also just happen to have sold this past week and I'll be delivering them to their new owner, who is a musician in the Seattle Symphony as well as a wonderful photographer, tomorrow!

In other news I have finally opened an Etsy shop. Along with other things, you'll see some familiar pieces from other IF challenges. Please come visit and often!

Monday, August 21, 2006

My name in lights!

Yesterday was the opening of Combined Elements at ArtsWest Gallery in West Seattle, and I must say the day was quite a success. Since they're a playhouse also, they have a marquee out front, so I actually got to see my name in lights! I tried to capture it, but the animated digital nature of the marquee made it very difficult to capture the words, so I finally settled for the above photo which at least includes part of my name.

Upon arriving at the gallery in the morning to drop off my work, the gallery director informed me that the West Seattle Herald had included a color image of my piece in their calendar section, which is apparently something they've never done before, so Wade and I promptly went and bought a couple of copies. You can see me giddily holding it above.

Lots of great people came, including quite a few from my church, and I met a few other local artists, including Yael Zahavy-Mittelman and some card exchanging took place. I'm looking forward to getting to know them better. To float me even further into the clouds, I heard terms like "inspired", "you have a gift", "beautiful work", "spiritual depth" and others all in regard to my work! Who needs wine when such phrases are going to your head!

And on top of all that, I SOLD A PIECE! Mirage, the one from the announcement, sold! And I got some hints that a few more are being seriously considered for purchase.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

IF: Play

This is a drawing of one of the many toys that use to play with the cats.

Too much work and no play makes Angela a... Actually, switch that, too much play and no time to work on my art lately has made me very cranky. Between visitors, weddings, and more visitors I haven't painted in nearly two weeks and it's beginning to take its toll. And the opposite has been true too, too much work - little details of life like renewing our apartment lease, renewing the car registration, going to the doctor to get x-rays of my ankle, a sudden and very welcome influx of freelance design work, putting together packets for galleries and cosultants, finding shoes for the outfit I'll be wearing to my opening on Sunday... Whew! No wonder I'm tired. I need to play with my paints!

Anyway, the images in this post are from what I call my Creative Licensesketchbook, which I just recently completed and started on number 2. If you have not read this book yet, DO! It's the most inspiring and motivational book on creating I've read since The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativitywhen it first came out. I filled up an entire sketchbook with nothing but drawings in 3 months. Quite an accomplishment considering I've never completed one before - even in art school. They always seemed to become word journals and even then I have many sketchbooks with lots of blank pages in them.

I feel like I owe quite a lot to Danny Gregory for helping me to slow down and look, which in turn helped me to get centered with my art again. He also taught me how to make art play instead of work again.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Bellevue Arts & Crafts Fair

I bought this lovely gem at theBellevue Arts & Crafts Fair this past weekend from potter Ginger Steele. Isn't it beautiful! I had to have it. The fair itself was almost overwhelming in size and the quality of art presented. We kept getting to the end of a row of boothes thinking that that was it, and low and behold, more to behold! I had injured my ankle the day before and was in agonizing pain, but I couldn't stop walking around and looking at all the wonderful art. Luckily my husband was there to literally lean on. There were paintings, pottery, jewelry, furniture, clothing... all of the highest quality. Dazzling.

This kinetic sculpture by Andrew Carson made our jaws drop and briefly consider selling the car so we could possess this wonder of motion.:) Painters Valerie Willson and Donna Watson and Arleigh Wood are a few of the artists who caught my attention (and I managed to remember to grab their business cards). Thought I'd share them with you too.

Now I'm off to clean the house because my husband's cousin is coming to stay with us for a few days and I want the place to look nice.