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.

Click on any of the photos to see a larger image.

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.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

IF: Quiet

Expostion of the Blessed Sacrament, acrylics/collage on 12"x 9" canvas.

This piece was inspired by the Evening Prayer and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament service at my church this past Saturday night. After Evening Prayer, the priest lights incense and we settle in for 20 minutes of meditating on and adoring the Host (the bread part of the Eucharist), going deep and transcending this world. Though 20 minutes seems like it's going to be a long time, it's not really and it's wonderfully spiritual and uplifting. And the quiet and stillness is such a blessing in our noisy and busy world.


Monday, October 02, 2006

Gift of Renewal

Renewal II, Acrylics/Collage, 36"x 24" on canvas

This past weekend I made a gift of this painting to my priest, Father John. He had seen it at my show and really loved it. I could tell by his face that it really spoke to him. I was so moved by his reaction that I determined that if it didn't sell at the show, then I would give it to him. Little did I know just how much it really did mean to him.

After I gave it to him, he just lit up! He'd been thinking about it and talking about it for over a month, and was going to ask me if he could have a photo of it, and now he has the real thing. I felt like I had painted it just for him, even though I hadn't even met him at the time, and that it could finally go to its true home. What a rush!

I have to tell you, this experience has meant more to me than any sale I've ever made. It reminded me of why I am an artist. And it reminded me that God does indeed work in mysterious ways.