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.