Friday, April 25, 2008

new work & blank canvases

Quick photo of the triptych I painted this week. Each panel is 24" x 12".

Got in a shipment of canvases this week from Dick Blick. I've never ordered in a large (for me at least) supply of canvases before, but I'm finally painting enough to where going to the art store whenever I need a new painting surface is getting to be a hassle. Seeing them all stacked up waiting for me makes me feel very professional. :)

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

catching up

Lately Mother Nature can't seem to decide what season it is. Last Saturday, April 12th, it was gorgeous, warm and sunny. Went on a picnic with friends.

Geese at the park in Maltby, WA

Rained a lot during the week. Spent time in the studio painting and taking another stab at photographing my artwork. Went much better this time. Now I just have to play in the digital darkroom and get the images onto my website.

This past weekend, rain, hail and SNOW.
Snow coming down with the new leaves on the cottonwood trees in the background

Leaves one feeling a bit unsettled.

On Saturday my husband and I had a bit of a cultural day, starting with a trip to the Seattle Art Museum to see the Roman Art from the Louvre. Nice stuff, but the exhibit left me feeling a bit flat. Seeing Roman art at the Getty in L.A. was much better.

In the afternoon we went to a performance by the Seattle Choral Company at Benaroya Hall, which was wonderful. I was particularly impressed with the piece composed by Eric Whitacre, but it was all excellent.
View from our seats at Benaroya Hall in Seattle

Today, after a couple of hours in the studio, I had a lovely lunch with my friend Jessica. I hadn't gotten together with her in a few months and it was really great to catch up.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wine and Cameras

view over the Gorge of a windfarm and some spectacular clouds, late afternoon when we arrived on Sunday

Thanks to my husband's new job, we just spent a couple of days at Cave B Inn/Winery at Sagecliffe over on the eastern side of Washington. We had a really lovely time. I got to attend my first wine tasting, and tasted some truly excellent wines (and ended up with quite a bit of a buzz). Brought a few bottles home too.

While Wade was attending his work meeting on Monday morning, I wandered around and snapped a lot of photos. I had intended to get in some sketching too, but it was just too cold and very windy. You can see some of the pictures here on my Flickr page. But some of them I took with this camera, my new toy, that I got with my birthday money. As soon as I saw it and read the description, I knew I had to have it. It's a film camera, so I have to wait until I develop the film to see how the photos turned out. How crazy is that? In this digital age, I don't think I've bought film in at least six years. I should be able to get them developed next week, and I'll be sure to share here.

Continuing with the camera/photography theme, I spent last Friday afternoon photographing my artwork with my digital SLR. I had recently upgraded my lighting setup to include reflective umbrellas and daylight fluorescent bulbs, so I set to with high hopes. Most of the photos turned out okay, but I think I need to get some black cloth for the background. The light color of the wall paint reflects just a bit too much and creates a bit of a haze on some of the shots. Sadly about half of the photos ended up unusable because I somehow changed the settings on my camera without knowing it. I haven't had it all that long and I'm still getting used to it (really need to make that a priority). Luckily, this isn't a film camera, or I'd be out a lot of money as well as time. So, I'll have to find some time next week to retake the pictures. More practice probably won't hurt anyway. It's not as easy as it looks! This great book on photographing artwork (2 dimensional and 3 dimensional) has really helped.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

The Altered Page: Playing Favorites

image ©Seth Apter

Seth over at The Altered Page is at it again. This time The Pulse is about Playing Favorites. Not just any favorites, but each of the artists' own personal favorites, along with some words from each artist explaining why. Very inspiring, and revealing.

There are so many great artists involved in this (including me!), and such a variety of media and subject matter. You really have to go take a look.

And kudos to Seth for putting together this fascinating project. Not only a truly talented artist, but also a wonderful curator.