Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Thoughts on the artist's life…

I have a confession. Having been in my new studio space for about a month and a half now, I've discovered that it isn't all perfect. Oh, it's great and I'm not giving it up, but it does come with some unforeseen… complications I guess is the word I'm looking for. The one most prevalent today is that when I leave my studio to come home for the afternoon, I want that time to be somehow productive (especially if I've only spent a short time in the studio). But my brain seems to take the trip home as a cue to shut down. So now I have to figure out some way to combat that. Any ideas?

Another issue is that almost all my supplies are there, so if I have an idea at home, it has to wait until I go back to the studio. I do have sketchbooks and watercolors at home, but that's not always enough to realize the idea's I have. So somehow I have to create some sort of emergency creating kit to store at home (and hope my brain agrees to work when I'm there).

And lastly, I kinda miss home. It really is good to be able to leave and go to a place that is specifically for painting. When I get there, it's easier and easier to get into painting mode because that is all I do there. Sort of Pavlovian, I guess. But there are days that I miss painting at home, with the cats and all the other comforts home provides.

Actually, one more thing. Standing on concrete for long stretches of time is hard on the back! It started to bother me a bit last week, then on Saturday I moved a few heavy things around and my back has been in pretty constant pain ever since. I bought some anti-fatigue mats for the studio floor, and I have a massage appointment on Friday. I can't wait!

Oh, the image is a painting (well, underpainting) I started today. It's another landscape experiment (this one is from a photograph I took while visiting my friends' farm in Oregon). The main canvas I'm working on is nearly done and I hope to be able to post that by next week. So I close with a benefit of the new space - room to work on more that one project at a time! :)

Friday, August 17, 2007


Desert Sky, acrylic on canvas, 24"x 12", ©2006

I'm feeling a little blue and lonely today. Even painting didn't really do anything for me. Just one of those days I guess.

It's funny, though. As much as I'd rather be happy and not feel bad, once I get past the worst of it (usually marked by a good cry), I feel quiet and still. And I can sense deeper waters. Not because depressed is deep - it's not really, it's just depressed - but because in the stillness that follows it I feel able to slow down and explore where I usually would just skim over (even when I'm trying to slow down and pay attention).

Now that I think about it, these days of unexplainable mood drops often seem to follow a period of too much skimming and not enough going deep. Must remember that.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Call to Artists: Silence

Hey, all you artists! Yes, I'm looking at you. :)

I've just posted a new call to artists over on Redeemer's artsblog, and here it is:

CR Gallery at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer invites artists to submit artwork.
Deadline: October 26th, 2007

“(Since) nothing that can be seen can be God…then to find God we must pass beyond everything that can be seen and enter into darkness. Since nothing that can be heard is God, to find Him we must enter into silence.” —Thomas Merton

The transcendent power of art can be a means to entering that silence. CR Gallery seeks works of art that explore the theme of silence for a juried exhibition.

Where: Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6211 NE 182nd Street, Kenmore, Washington

When: December 2, 2007 – February 2, 2008

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 6th, 6 – 8pm

How: Submit up to 3 jpegs via e-mail to Please include your name, contact information, and a few words about your work. Also include title, medium, framed dimensions, and retail price of each image submitted. Submission deadline is October 26th. The work will then be juried and acceptance notifications and delivery instructions will be sent out via e-mail by November 2nd. For work that must be shipped, all shipping costs will be the responsibility of the artist.

Cost: $15 (USD) entry fee, for up to 3 images, payable via PayPal.

Artwork must be ready to hang, preferably from a wire. Photographs and artwork on paper must be framed with a wire attached for hanging. Canvases do not need to be framed, but the sides should be painted, either a solid color or as a continuation of the image, in order to give a neat, professional appearance, and must have a wire attached to the stretchers for hanging purposes.

Artwork can be for sale. The gallery will direct buyers directly to the artist and take no commission.

The gallery will take care of advertising and publicity, and artists with accepted work will receive postcard announcements to distribute themselves. Please have high quality digital images available for possible use in publications and postcards.

In addition to being displayed in the nave gallery, accepted artists will also be featured on the church’s website.

For ease of transport, and so we get to meet you, we are especially seeking artists in the area of the Puget Sound, but this call is open to all artists over 18.

If you have any questions, you can comment here or you can e-mail me at

Please feel free to share this with any other artists you think might be interested.

Happy Creating!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tiny Trees

Two Trees, acrylic & collage on canvas, 4"x 4", ©2007

Pink Tree, acrylic on canvas, 4"x 4", ©2007

I've been playing some with landscapes and color. So far just a couple of tiny ones, but I think they're fun and I wanted to share them here. I've also put them up in my Etsy shop, which I have been woefully neglecting the past few months.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

First painting from new studio!

As of yet untitled, this is the first painting to have been completed in my new studio space! It's acrylic and collage on a 24" x 24" canvas and I just finished it today. At least, I think it's finished. I might look at it in a couple of days and decide it needs something added, but it feels done to me now.

Though it took me a couple of weeks to get settled in, I'm really enjoying the new space. I can more fully concentrate there, and having room to move around has been great. It's also allowed me to work on more than one painting at a time, so I hope to be posting more paintings soon.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

New Daniel Smith catalog!

The new Daniel Smith catalog of artists' materials came out this past week and I'm in it!!!! They have a juried call for artists every year to include in their catalogs, and they chose one of my paintings! It's right there on page 204!

Veil I, acrylic/collage on canvas, 24"x30", ©2006