Friday, September 29, 2006

Some thoughts on Nocturne in Black & Gold

Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket by James Abbott McNeill Whistler
1875; Oil on wood, 60.3 x 46.6 cm; Detroit Institute of Arts

I've decided that if, for some magical reason, I was allowed to own one masterwork of my choice, I think it would be this one. I just fall into it every time I see it. I wish I could see it in person, because the effect must be even more astounding. I can only hope that my work has that effect, too.

What piece would you want?

P.S. When I first posted this, I forgot to include the artist's name. It's James McNeill Whistler.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Passion for Purple

Purple Movement, acrylics/collage on 24"x 20" canvas

This piece was accepted into the Lynnwood Arts Commission's "Purple Passion" show, which starts tomorrow and will be up through November 16th at the Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA. I'm off to drop it off this morning, and the opening will be Saturday, October 7th at 11:00am.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New & Interesting

Butterfly Collage, found papers on watercolor paper, 8 1/4" x 5 3/8"
For sale on Etsy

I've been discovering some wonderful and informative blogs, and I've been wanting to share them. So, no time like the present.

Deanna Wood's blog "Artist, Emerging" is a great look into the ins and outs of becoming a professional artist. She freely shares her experiences and resources, her artwork is wonderful, and she's funny too (check out her website's FAQ page).

From her blog I found the Art Biz Blog, another very useful and informative blog, full of advice and inspirations for the working artist.

And on a purely fun note, do check out Gabrielle's Bliggamarole. Gabrielle got the idea illustrate made up words, and it's a hoot! It's sure to tickle you, and her drawings are really great too.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Marlowe and the Dragon

Marlowe snuggled up to a dragon.

Marlowe and Harlie in position, preparing for their table "game".

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

IF: Change

Change of Seasons, acrylics & collage on 6"x 6" canvas.
For sale on Etsy

Here is my entry for this week's Illustration Friday challenge, "Change." I was inspired by the beautiful changing colors of the leaves as summer changes to autumn.

Also, big announcement! Fine art prints are now available of my work! You can custom order size, paper quality, matting and framing, all at very reasonable prices. Please check out my print gallery. I only have 3 pieces available as I write this, but I plan to add more ASAP, so be sure and bookmark it and check back regularly.

Artists and photographers, if you're interested in making and selling prints of your own work, you might want to visit imagekind yourself and see how they work.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Week(s?) in review

It's been nearly 2 weeks since I last posted. Time flies when you're feeling overwhelmed and off of center. Let me see, where to start…

We adopted a new kitty (that's his sillhouette in the photo above). His name is Marlowe, he's almost a year and a half, very sweet and easygoing, and has such silky fur. He's also pretty big, and I think he might still be growing. His feet are huge! When my husband and I went to PAWS to look for a cat, we didn't really want one that looked so much like Shira (I'll post better pictures later), but he's the one who stole our heart, so what could we do? It's taking some time, but Harlie seems to be warming up to him as well.

Last week, Jessica came up for a visit. The original plan had been to explore Seattle, but it turned out that we both had injured feet so we stuck a lot closer to home and I introduced her to Bothell. It was quieter than we'd planned, but still nice.

And Autumn seems to have begun, unofficially at least. It's been chilly enough for me to wear long sleeves and a sweatshirt the past couple of days, and it's wetter than it has been in a while. The summer leaves are tinged with yellow, and here and there you can spot some red ones peaking through the foliage. I love Autumn, so this makes me happy, and maybe that's why I'm feeling less stressed too.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Inspire Me Thursday: Inspired by Design

Inspired by this Pier One ad that I found in this month's Cooking Light, I created the collage below in my sketchbook. I was inspired by the cool colors, the natural elements, the round contours, and the lines etched into the glass, as well as the lines from the tree limbs reflected in the water. After I finished, I realized that the words in the ad were very appropriate to this week's challenge as well.