Sunday, July 29, 2007

My husband's new podcast: Writing For Pay

My husband Wade really is so clever. He has just finished uploading his first podcast episode about writing for a living in which he interviews professional writers in all sorts of fields about their writing and how they got where they are. You can check it out at

Friday, July 27, 2007

Illustration Friday: Moon

Celtic Moon, acrylic/collage on illustration board, 6" x 4", ©2001

I made this small piece a few years ago, and it was my first really successful collage, and it was one of the first pieces I sold.

If I have time, maybe I'll make a new piece for this week's Illustration Friday theme "moon," (it's such an inviting theme for me) but the next several days promise to be very full. My dad and one of my little sisters are coming to visit! I haven't seen either of them since we moved up here 3+ years ago. They're arriving on Sunday afternoon and leaving on Wednesday evening, and neither of them has ever been to Seattle before so we have a lot to show them.

Monday, July 23, 2007

To Potter or not to Potter…

Delivered by owl Saturday morning!

Am having one of those days where all sorts of things sound like a good idea to do, and I'm having trouble deciding which course of action to follow. I have a painting in the works that just refuses to be done in time to enter it into the competition for which it was intended. I think it will eventually turn out to be a good painting, but right now I'm not happy with it as it's making me feel like I need to got back to art school and learn something. And hammering at it hasn't helped much, so, I've decided to take a break from it and the studio today and… well, that's what I'm trying to decide. With so many options, choosing none of them and reading Harry Potter all day is very tempting. I'm pretty sure I won't do that. At least not all day. :)

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Illustration Friday: Discovery

Monarda Punctata, acrylic/collage on canvas, 12"x 9", ©2007

Recently, I made the discovery that I am longing to add more paintings of the natural world to my repertoire. I created this small painting a couple of weeks ago, and haven't had a chance to do more than sketch a few flowers since then, but now that I'm set up in the new studio I'm hoping to do more soon. Drawing and painting from life really helps to balance out all the abstract work that I do, and even helps me to have more and better abstract visions. I haven't painted flowers since last year's poppy paintings, and it felt good to get back to it.

Monday, July 16, 2007

New Studio! Part 3

I actually put paint to canvas in my new studio today! I still have some things to move from my old space to my new one, but everything necessary to the painting process is pretty much there - paints, brushes, canvas, easel, water, and some tunes (by the way, the new Azam Ali CD is awesome!). The photo is how the space looked when I left today, ready for me to paint again tomorrow.

It felt really good to be there, but it is going to take some getting used to. I figure I'll have to ease into it and build up to staying for longer periods of time. I was there for about 3 hours today, but at least half of that was moving stuff in and arranging it.

I love it!

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Artists' Reception: The Spirit Unleashed

The opening reception for Speaking in Tongues: The Spirit Unleashed went very well, and despite the oppressive heat was a very lively event! Lots of people attended (including 7 of the artists) lots of great conversations, and great music too. Wish you could have been there. You can see more pictures on Redeemer's Flickr page, and on you can read more about the artists on Redeemer's artsblog.

This exhibit will be on display in Redeemer's nave through September 7th. If you're in the area and would like to see it, please contact me and we can set up an appointment.

Now I have a brief break from curating activities. Then, our next show will be a solo show by local artist Darel Grothaus and that will go up in late September, and soon I'll be sending out a call to artists for our Advent juried group exhibit. The theme for that will be "silence" or "into silence" or something like that, so let that idea play around in your brains and check back for the official call. You've got over 3 months to create something new or realize that something you already have would be perfect to submit.

For the near future though, my energy will be directed toward getting moved into my new studio, and back to focusing on my own art.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

New Studio! Part 2

concrete floor in studio sans adhesive!

After a couple of ill-advised and failed attempts, victory over the ugly black adhesive residue on my new studio's floor was achieved! Many thanks to Hertz Equipment Rental in downtown Bothell, especially Rich. On his recommendation, yesterday I rented this machine, a floor buffer with a scraper attachment, and it worked!

Our friend Ron did the actual work. He did a great job and I am so grateful he was in town. He's an itinerant musician. Really. He leads a totally nomadic existence. He's been all over the country, and was recently traveling the UK, with his band, Morgansorange. He's been friends with my husband for a couple of decades, and when I first met him back in '94, he owned a record store in Las Vegas. Now he makes his own music, and in between gigs, he looks for odd jobs (like this one) to pad his wallet, so it worked out perfectly.

I should be moved in (at least partially) and painting in the new space by next week! Yay!!!!!

Monday, July 09, 2007

Speaking in Tongues: The Spirit Unleashed

(couldn't capture it all in one photograph because we're using both sides of the entrance, so got it in two)

The new exhibit is up! It took a couple of hours to arrange the work to my satisfaction, but it was worth it. I have to admit to being a little worried that the art might be too disparate to look good together, but it actually turned out really well. If you're in the Puget Sound area, we'd love to see you at the artists' reception, which will also feature a musical performance by organist Sheila Bristow and violinist Laurie Kempen, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6211 NE 182nd Street, Kenmore, WA 98028, on Thursday, July 12th, 6–8pm. To learn more about the 10 artists whose work is on display, please visit Redeemer's arts & music blog.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

New Studio! Part 1

"What's behind this door?" you might ask.

Well, this was what it looked like a couple of days ago.
Why did I take pictures of this mess? I wanted to document moving into my first real studio space!!!!!! Can you tell that I'm excited?

I have been fast outgrowing my studio space in our apartment's second bedroom, and finally reached my frustration threshold - too small, too accessible to cats, too small - last week and started looking for a separate, and larger, studio space. After deciding that I'd probably go with the disappointingly small and far away space at a ActivSpace (cool concept, just not exactly what I needed), Father John said I could use the room beneath the church that you see in the pictures above! It's been empty and mostly used for haphazard storage for over a year now. But it's a great space. It's a lot bigger than it looks in these photos, with big windows, a high ceiling, and it's actually two rooms so I can use one for storage!

The only obstacle to moving in is I have to clean it up first. We had the awful carpet (and the 2 layers of awful carpet beneath it) removed and hauled away on Thursday by a couple of industrious young men from Busby Junk Removal, and took all the stuff I don't need out of the space and stored it elsewhere.

And this is what it looks like now:

Unfortunately, the bottom layer of carpet was old carpet tile, and it left behind this sticky but old and disintegrating layer of adhesive. So that's tomorrow afternoon's project. Once that's gone, it will be a wonderful concrete floor that I can splash paint on to my heart's content.

Stay tuned for progress posts.