Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Illustration Friday: Island

Islands, acrylic/collage on canvas, 5"x7", ©2008

This is one of the four paintings that got accepted into "Brushes with the Land", Gallery by the Bay's 3rd annual juried show featuring Northwest landscapes, which will be on view October 10–November 16th.

My work doesn't depict specific landscapes/seascapes, but I find my watery home here in the Northwest has definitely become a part of me, and what I express in my paintings.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Studio Notes, September 2008

Hello Friends, Family and Patrons!

I have had 4 paintings accepted to Brushes with the Land, the third annual juried show featuring Northwest Landscapes at Gallery by the Bay in Stanwood, Washington! The show will run from October 10th through November 16th, 2008, with an opening reception on Friday, October 10th, 6pm to 9pm. I plan to have some prints and postcards for sale in the gift shop there as well. If you're in the area, please stop by!

On October 3rd I will be attending the Diocese of Olympia's Bishops' Benefit Bash, a gala dinner, auction, fund raising event to benefit the We Will Stand with You Campaign (in support of the rebuilding of St. Paul's church and school in New Orleans) and the One for One Malaria Nets Challenge. I've donated Twilight Silence to be auctioned off to help raise money toward the Bishops' goal of raising $200,000 for these worthy causes. Now I just have to figure out what to wear!

For those of you who haven't been following my blog, let me just report that New York was wonderful! I had an amazing time, made several sales, made some new friends, and fell in love with the City! As promised, I took many photos - over 400 of them! You can see about 80 or so of them by visiting my Flickr page. In addition to the photos that I posted back in July, I've also just posted several of the black and white photos I took with my Diana+ camera. I'm quite enamoured with this little film camera and with the images it produces, and I'm considering offering prints of them for sale. If any of them interest you, let me know. That kind of input will help my decision making process.

Looking forward, I'm starting to think about having another open studio sometime in the next few months. I'll let you know as those plans solidify.
I also have recently sent out a new call to artists for the CR Gallery. The theme is Out of Darkness (Into Light), and it will be on view this December and January. Creating this gallery and organizing the exhibits has been a very satisfying pursuit over the past couple of years, and it's always exciting to see the artwork submitted and to meet the artists.

All the best!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Art and Healing

My friend Matthew Flesch recently opened his acupuncture practice in Kirkland, Washington. He has made a great effort to make his treatment room very calm and soothing, and as part of this effort he asked if he could hang some of my paintings there on consignment. He said my work made anyplace feel more like a sanctuary. Well, if you're gonna put it that way :) I agreed, and I have to say, they look very nice there.

He's having an open house this Sunday (Sept. 14th) afternoon from 1–5pm, and all are invited. I'll definitely be there.

Veil III, 36" x 18"

Bridge, 24" x 24"

Green Silence, 36" x 36"

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Yes, I'm still here.

Looking at the last post (the one where I actually wrote something, not the call to artists), I realize that I seem to have taken over a month off from blogging. I never really set out to do that - it just kinda happened. Part of the reason for it is the existential angst that always seems to set in following a show. The higher the high, the lower the low, and New York was quite a high. Painting was very frustrating for the first month or so, but I'm on track in the studio again, and I'm excited to share my new work here as soon as I get some photos loaded. Angst is on the retreat now too. :)

a few random notes and thoughts from the past couple of months:

• After 40 years as a blond, I have finally given in to my hairdresser's urgings and become a redhead. I like it, but it is very surreal looking in the mirror. Pictures soon.

• Seth over at The Altered Page is at it again with another wonderful edition of The Pulse, and once again he has been kind enough to include me in it. Fascinating stuff. So much fun to get glimpses of other artists' lives.

There's more, but I can't think of it right now. Instead, I will leave you a quote I found while reading Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L'Engle that really resonated with me:

Unamuno might be describing the artist as well as the Christian as he writes, "Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of the mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself."