Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to me!

<<--me at Uwajimaya with my bubble tea

So yesterday I turned (gasp!) 40. Not really feeling one way or the other about the big 4-0, at least not yet. Maybe it just hasn't really sunk in.

Anyway, spent a nice quiet day with my husband, who took the day off work so he could celebrate my birthday with me. Isn't he a sweetie?! We had originally planned to spend the day seeing the new exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum, wandering Pike Place Market, then getting sushi for dinner. Unfortunately, I'm still experiencing the lingering effects of this cold and I woke up feeling too tired to do all that. So instead we went to the Uwajimaya downtown, one of my favorite places, where I got my favorite treat, a mango milk tea with tapioca ("bubble tea") from The Honey Moon Tea Co., and some sushi from the deli there for lunch. We also picked up some lovely pieces of cake from the Yummy House Bakery, but they were unfortunately much prettier than tasty. Oh, well. I've always been curious about them, and now I know. We'll be sticking to their oh so yummy sponge cake from now on.

pieces of cake which we took home with us - when she learned it was my birthday, the girl at the bakery counter taped the candle to the take out container :) -->>

After we wandered around in the store for a bit, and I got several ideas to decide between for what to spend my birthday money on, we decided to head for a movie. 27 Dresses ended up being our choice, and it was great! Really funny and entertaining, with great performances from all the cast. It gave me the same feeling I get from watching Pillow Talk, so when it comes out on DVD, it will be joining my collection. After that we headed home and watched DVDs the rest of the evening.

It was a really lovely day.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

More grays

As I posted a few weeks ago, I've been exploring grays lately. Exploring the beauty to be found in a gray Northwest winter. These four 8"x 8" canvases are more examples of these explorations. The patterns of the scratches were inspired by the bare tree branches I see everywhere.

Spring has been letting us get sneak peeks lately, and feeling the sun is just glorious after all these months of gray and rain. But it is still winter, and I've found that even when the clouds inevitably return, it holds its own mysterious beauty.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

New Painting-Shadows of Morning

Shadows of Morning, acrylic/collage on canvas, 36"x 24", ©2008

Not a lot of words today, just wanted to post this painting that I completed earlier this week.

details of Shadows of Morning

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Obama '08

Just got back from our local caucus. My husband shared this video with me before we went, just to get in the mood.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The gray beauty of winter

Far Shore, acrylic on canvas, 5"x7", ©2008

I completed this little painting yesterday. I'm working on several little paintings at the moment, and they all have something in common with the Northwest's winter weather - they are all gray. They also represent a new development in my artistic endeavors in that I set out to capture, to visually reflect on, to respond to my current surroundings. I know, that sounds strange. Isn't that what we artists do anyway? The difference is that I consciously did it. And I'm really enjoying the process, and the result.

In the past when I've consciously set out to do this, my efforts have usually ended in disappointment, and another layer of gesso, and I returned to my imagination for inspiration. But with the consistent grayness of our winter world, I really felt inspired to try again. Not only to capture the moment, but to get myself to go deeper than the surface and rediscover and express the beauty that is to be found, even in winter.

Friday, February 01, 2008

January 2008 - month in review

I've been feeling kinda spacey lately, and this morning I woke up with that "great, I've caught a cold" feeling. Just headachy and sniffly so far. Hope it doesn't get much worse. Though my plan was to go paint in the studio today, the idea of sniffling in my cold studio doesn't really appeal, so I'm staying home where I can at least be warm as I sniffle. I'll get to painting some small pieces I've been working on, but in the name of procrastination, and since it's February 1st, I figured I'd write blog post about January.

January was a pretty good month. I actually made a lot of sales, including some at the Square Inch Gallery in New York, and I feel really good about what I created in the studio (and out). It's been good to be back in the studio, and the feeling of being cut off that I've been experiencing since the holidays began back in November is finally starting to fade.

marlowe, etching with Chine Colle, 6"x4"

marlowe, etching, 6"x4"

I also feel really good about the printmaking class I'm taking. Since graduating from art school, I've signed up for many classes just to be disappointed in them, and not completing them as a result. This class is different (and perhaps I am too). So far it's been a truly enjoyable experience and I'm excited to go back each week. These prints of my cat Marlowe are my first etchings. They're pretty simple but I'm absolutely giddy about them! I'm learning some great things, and as I begin to realize the potential of this medium, I'm also starting to realize that the 6 weeks we've been given are not nearly enough to learn all that I want to, so I'll most likely be taking this class again next session.