Monday, June 23, 2008

Studio Notes, June 2008

Hello Friends, Family and Patrons!

I just shipped off the artwork for my solo exhibit at Square Inch Gallery in New York City, and I'll be following in just two weeks! I've entitled the exhibit "Mapping the Depths" and it will be comprised of 21 new pieces, all painted since January of this year. I really hope you'll be able to join me at the opening reception on July 10th, 6–9pm. If you won't be able to be there, and/or you'd like a preview, please visit my website to see a slideshow of the work.

Here is the statement I wrote to accompany the exhibit:

I've always been drawn to water, its colors and textures, its shapes and sounds; from the roar of the ocean to the bright tranquility of a sun-sparkled creek, from the rush of rainstorm to the seeming endlessness of a quiet sea. Its light and dark, its tranquil beauty and its mysterious depths. Its ability to take me to the stillness within, to ancient memory and half-remembered visions, from which my paintings emerge.

These pieces emerge from both external, visual inspirations and the internal, mystical stimuli deep within. The surfaces are rich with the colors of the lush watery beauty found in the Pacific Northwest where I make my home. The wet grays and blues of the water and rain surround me and inspire me and permeate my being.

I express not specific physical landscapes/seascapes in my paintings, but rather a mystical geography, reminiscent of the seas and stars and the stillness of those depths. And like time spent at the water's edge, my work invites a response in kind - a deep observation and introspection.

I invite you to take your time at the water's edge, look closely, breathe slowly, and let yourself be drawn into your depths.

If you'd like to purchase a piece, please contact Liz Afif at the gallery by calling (914) 434-1250, or e-mailing her at If you're going to be in New York between July 11th and August 7th, you can also contact Liz for an appointment to see the gallery.

Below is the postcard announcement for the show. If you asked for one via snail mail, Liz is sending them out, and you should be receiving one soon. If you haven't asked yet, but you'd still like to receive one, just let me know and I'll send you one as soon as I have them.

front of postcard: Mapping the Depths, acrylic/collage on canvas, 12" x 24", ©2008

Back of postcard: exhibit and gallery information

This is also my first visit to New York City, so you can be sure I'll have many pictures to share with you when I get back!

All the best,

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Gallery 309 closes

my morning tea surrounded by some of my art marketing books

Sadly, Gallery 309 has unexpectedly had to close it's doors. The owner of the building decided to use it for another purpose. Arts4biz is still functioning, and Jose and Guty are searching for a new gallery location, but in the meantime all the artists' solo exhibits are canceled. I'm very disappointed in this turn of events. It means I don't have any shows scheduled after July, and I had been looking forward to having a show in downtown Seattle.

So, I'm looking into options. I don't really relish the marketing end of things, I'd much rather just make art, but it is necessary if I intend to actually show my art, so…

My work will still have a place at Square Inch, and I'm planning to enter a couple of competitions, and I've got a lead on possibly showing in a local winery's tasting room. And I'm considering joining another artists' cooperative gallery. Though it's probably less than it used to be, there is still something of a stigma attached to paying to exhibit your art (and my checking account doesn't like it much either). But I really don't want to wait around to be "discovered" by a gallery and let my art gather dust and go unseen either. And if I can find a local cooperative that is professionally run, it could be a great place to create opportunities and get my work out there. I just hate sitting the gallery though.

Anyway, tired of thinking about it. With last week being devoted to documenting and preparing work for New York, and then having Gallery 309 close, all these thoughts have been circling through my head too much. Going too long without putting paint to canvas just leaves me depressed. Went in to the studio this morning to wire the paintings and start getting them ready for shipping, but just couldn't face it. I started a new canvas instead! Made me feel soooooo much better. :)

Monday, June 16, 2008

Preparing for Mapping the Depths

This past week was spent entirely on getting the pieces for my upcoming show "Mapping the Depths" documented, titled, and priced; and getting my statement written and getting the paperwork together for Square Inch Gallery, and… well, not painting, that's for sure. This is not my favorite part of the process. But I have noticed a plus side. It's the only area of my art career in which I can have a checklist of things that need to be done, and I know how to accomplish them and can feel that special sense of accomplishment one can only get from checking things off of a to do list. Sure, I can plan on having a certain number of canvases done in a set amount of time, or plan to paint using certain colors or particular sizes, but usually art making just follows its own path.

I always forget how long this all takes. I spent about 8 hours over the course of three days photographing the work. I'm getting better at it (practice, practice), but with each batch I'd get them home and realize what I could do to make them better - better lighting, better focus - so I'd try it again the next day. And I don't want to think about how many hours I've spent on the computer in the "digital darkroom" cleaning the images up and getting them into the proper formats for their various purposes - websites, promotional materials, prints, etc.. I'm pretty much done with that and now I'm working on getting the images to where they belong. I've started loading the paintings for the exhibit on my website and you can see them as a slide show here. There will be 21 paintings in total, so as of this moment I still have a few to upload. They're all new images too, all created this year.

I am getting very excited about the show, and the trip. It's hard to believe that in just 3 weeks I'm going to be in New York City!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Photos - finally!

I was finally able to get photo prints from my Diana+ camera. I had taken the film in to be developed at my local camera store, but when I went to pick up the photos, I was only handed negatives and informed that because of the odd format they did not have the ability to print the photos and recommended that I take them to Panda Photographic Lab in downtown Seattle. This was back in April, and I finally had a chance to follow their advice yesterday when I took a little field trip with my friend Jessica.

The service and knowledge at Panda is exceptional! Dana, who helped me, not only knew just from looking at the negatives what kind of camera I'd used, he was also thoughtful enough to realize that I'd traveled a bit to get there so offered to rush my order through for me. I had photos in less than two hours! And they look fantastic. The three photos above are a few of my favorites from the B&W roll that I used when I visited Cave B Winery.

Often, when I have to go to a photo lab, I end up feeling like a lowly novice amongst grand wizards of a sacred alchemy, unworthy because I don't know as much as they do. I didn't get that feeling at all here. They were very encouraging and even suggested books and suppliers to help me get the most out of my new toy.

In other news, the group exhibit at Gallery 309 is down, and the solo shows start this month beginning with Anne Simernitski. Mine is scheduled for November - I'll make sure to keep you posted. More photos from the artists' reception can be seen here.

And I'm entering into the last stretch of getting ready for my solo show at Square Inch Gallery in New York. I can't believe I'll be in NYC in almost exactly one month! I've got the paintings pretty much done, just need to photograph them and wire them and get them packaged up. I'm hoping to have the postcard announcements soon (Liz said she'd have them this week sometime). I also bought a new dress for the opening reception. :)

Have a great weekend!