News: Moving On With New Inspiration

Relocation-

I now live in Arizona…which compared to Washington, is like another planet!

Wow! There is so much to learn about Arizona. I have met the most delightful people everywhere I go. And…the people LOVE and respect the arts and artists here! There are numerous festivals, galleries and art events year round.

My new home is amazing!A true Spanish/Mediterranean hacienda complete with a a studio space…of course! That was a requirement. Yes, life is good!

New Inspiration

Prior to the move I was actively making art with new inspiration and enthusiasm.

I went on a fabulous trip to Amsterdam last Autumn. Among the numerous experiences the MOST  outstanding was my visit to the Van Gogh museum. I returned home exhilarated! I promptly ordered painting supplies and proceeded to paint.  It had been over 30 years since I had painted (a proper painting). How fun it was to get my hands messy and explore…just to see what might develop. To my surprise I saw a style presenting and I quite liked it.

Subject: Women with an exaggerated format.

Carmel
10″ x 12″ Acrylic

Not every attempt was successful but each canvas presented a new learning experience.

 

Dream Girl 12″ x 12″ Acrylic

 

Kristina 10 ” x 12″ Acrylic

I am currently setting up a new gallery page for my paintings. I will be offering them for sale as canvas prints. The best part about a print is the ability to select the size.

Often after I finish a piece I think “Wow! wouldn’t this look great if it were LARGE!”  That is exactly what I did with Carmel. I ordered a print size 30″ x 30″ and Wow!

 

Here she is size 30″ x 30″ in the foyer of my previous house in Washington…a show stopper! Everyone stopped to stare at her when they entered the house. And now, she has established her presence in my current house.

The canvas is deep which looks very nice and doesn’t require a frame. The sides of this painting are painted a soft olive green.

 

Price for a canvas print this size is $260 + $15 shipping within the US. Allow 3 weeks for delivery.

Contact me to order.

Let me know what you think about these paintings.

 

Painting a Public Sign and Gate

I am seriously behind with posting on this blog; however, that does not mean I haven’t been making art! On the contrary, I have been very productive.

I plan to write about some of my art today and more in the near future.

My life revolves around making art and travel.

Traveling means there are many opportunities to meet new people, draw and paint, commune and play; I am truly fortunate.

I always take basic drawing and painting supplies with me when I travel. I now have several sketch books with wonderful memories etched into my mind. This way I remember the sights MUCH more vividly.

drawing 7

Caribbean Island Cruise, 2015.


Now for an update on two recent public art experiences:

Project 1-Neighborhood Sign

My neighborhood is small. A quaint seaside location in the Northwest…just across the Puget Sound from Seattle. It is quiet, tranquil and charming; like a miniature Cape Cod setting. Most of the neighbors have lived here for quite some time and are native to this area; we, on the other hand, are newcomers. On any given day, no matter what the weather is…people walk. It is flat and scenic; perfect for a nice walk.  Part of the scenery is the lovely yards and gardens. A very thoughtful neighbor came up with the idea to acknowledge fellow neighbors for efforts put into creating such beauty for all of us to enjoy. Her idea was to present a sign to neighbors to thank them. This sign would be displayed in front of their property for two weeks. This neighbor would in-turn, pass it to another neighbor to continue the gratitude.

She asked me if I would be willing to paint the sign. I agreed, but I have to admit I was a bit hesitant as I have never painted a sign before; however, like most new adventures I was willing to “give it a go”.

It takes a village

We collaborated on the message content. Her husband painted the sandwich board sign (donated by another neighbor, Dave) a glorious shade of PURPLE; this color set the tone. I selected colors that would complement and stand out for all to notice.

I wanted the sign it to be special and yet not overdone…it is a sign…not fine art; none the less…I wanted to present a sign that was beautiful. It was a good challenge for me; one that I am delighted I took on.

I used acrylic paint. I learned that thinning it with (only) water is not the best for longevity. My research revealed that the best product to use is airbrush medium. It is very thin opposed to other acrylic mediums and it worked like a charm.

Watch this you tube VIDEO  to learn more about this.

Some of my paints are a bit old. It was difficult to thin them enough to paint fluidly. Once I learned how to properly thin the paint my efforts rapidly improved.

Progression:

First I drew several designs on paper. I chose the one I like best and drew it loosely on the wood sign with chalk pencil.

 

Side 2-Preparation

Side 2-Preparation

The design was filled in with a base coat of white and white mixed with yellow.

Side 1 Complete

Side 1 Complete

I added shadows under the petals and foliage which made them pop.

Side 2-Complete

Side 2-Complete

A few bumble bees and lady bugs are tucked within the grasses and foliage.

To top it off, another neighbor (Cheryl) drew a very nice Zen Tangle style card that is given to each recipient to commemorate the award.

What a nice idea, thanks to (Sandy) the neighbor who came up with the concept.

Positive affirmation at its best!


Project 2-Garden Gate

We have lived in our present home for 6 years now. This home is the first one that we decided to have landscaped; quite a switch for us as we usually DIY most projects. I designed the plan and my (diligent and talented) husband has painstakingly kept it up. We are very happy with it. Here in the North West the climate is perfect for growing many types of plants; no wonder it is called the Ever Green State.

The garden is partially fenced and has a hedge in front and back. It is for the most part, private. We left an opening in the hedge in the back to exit for easy access to the beach across the street. I’ve been thinking about adding a (decorative) gate at that open spot for quite some time.

Finally, after painting the sign I decided it was time for a nice gate. We ordered a manufactured gate (Amazon) which is highly weatherproof. My husband painted it the shade of “white” to match our house. The pristine surface was like a white canvas begging to be painted.

It was fun to paint and I am quite pleased with the results.

Gate-Street Side

Gate-Street Side

I decided to decorate the gate different for each side. On the street side I drew basic (zen tangle like) black lines to highlight the design of the gate.

Gate-Street side close up

Gate-Street side close up

On the inside (garden view) I decided to paint (fantasy) flowers.

Gate-Inside view

Gate-Inside view

Gate-Inside/Close up

Gate-Inside/Close up

Again, I used acrylic paint.

One plant in the hedge had to be removed; the gap will gradually fill around the posts. It is not for security! Rather, for fun…

PS. We are the current recipients of the neighborhood sign! How perfect.

I love to receive comments! Tell me what you think about these projects.

PPS. I highly recommend the video on painting with acrylic paints. There is no point to put effort into painting and eventually observe it is not sound. In this case I wanted the paint to hold up to the outdoor elements. The video will open your eyes to the vital importance of properly thinning the paint and preserve the quality of (the paint and) works of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Center Exhibit

Currently I have two pieces accepted to the Seattle Center exhibit. The theme of the exhibit is The Next Fifty.

Next 50 Home

Imagine
size 28×48″

Imagine All The People
Size: 15×20″

On October 21st the festivities will conclude the six month focus on this theme.

Here is the schedule:

10am – 5pm   Celebrating Century 21 exhibits: international fountain pavilion photography, quilts and historical memorabilia

11am – 7pm   World Vision Experience – Step Into Africa exhibit next 50 pavilion

12 noon   Women Acting Out: playhouse / intimate  Laurie Anderson and Local Artists Explore the Role of Art in Civic Action

12 noon – 6pm   Food Trucks and Carts * seattle center campus
Jemil’s Big Easy • Fresh Plate • Kaosamai • Veraci Pizza • Lumpia World • Curry Now • Charlie’s Buns N’ Stuff • Chopstix Mobile • And More!

1:30pm – 2pm   Closing Ceremony fisher pavilion

 2pm – 3pm   Seattle Symphony Concert fisher pavilion Ludovic Morlot, conductor  International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Seattle Symphony

• George Gershwin • John Cage  • Ludwig Van Beethoven • Claude Debussy  • Hector Berlioz

Cuban Overture  Variations III   International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Fêtes (“Festivals”) from Nocturnes   Roman Carnival Overture

3:30pm   Land of Pines, courtesy of Fin Records fisher pavilion

 4pm   Extraordinary Futures Student Breakdancing Showcase fisher pavilion

 4:15pm  SEACATS, courtesy of Fin Records fisher pavilion

4:30pm   Pat Graney – Modern Dance Performance international fountain area The Chair Spectacle 

 

Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Gallery August Exhibition

I was honored to be invited to show my art work for the month of August at the Bainbridge Arts and Crafts gallery on Bainbridge Island. The theme was “textile artists thinking about water”.  The exhibit was cohesive with beautiful sculptural wood by one artist that added a dynamic contrast.

This video is a tour of the wall that my work filled. Unfortunately the color is not accurate. The main color in the palette is aqua.

Four pieces sold. One was purchased by a woman who is decorating a little house in Ireland.  The other three pieces are proudly hanging in my neighbor Cheryl Lannoye’s home.

The gallery staff did a fine job and made the collection look fantastic;  I was totally pleased. Opening night attracted quite a lot of people. The energy in the room was electric.

The follow day, Saturday, I was invited to give a demo of my hand work. My granddaughter Madeleine joined me.

Madeleine prepared for this event. She visited me two weeks prior to learn embroidery. She picked it up right away. She brought a drawing of a landscape that she wanted to sew. She wanted a unique background so I took out various fabrics and cut some small squares allowing her to pick and place the colors where she wanted. I stitched them together to make a 7×9″ piece. She knew exactly where she wanted certain colors and values.

Madeleine’s landscape background

She started with the tree and included a shadow. She couched on nubby yarn to create the tree trunk and tree foliage. The sun is in the right top corner thus the angle of the shadow. We had a discussion about what color shadows are. She got it right, a darker value of the same color. (Some people think all shadows are gray.)  She used a seed stitch to depict the texture of the grass in the area of the shadow.

My daughter Michelle was with us at the demo.

A perfect event.

 

My Other Blogs

I have several blogs. Two are from my early days that I do not use anymore and one is geared to home, family and travel which I will continue to use.

It is amazing to look back at that blog and see where my head was at the time we moved to Washington two years ago. I was euphoric!

Check it out.

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A Fabulous View

Our house is located on a very narrow and short peninsula called a spit. There is water on both sides so we have views of the Bay and Puget Sound.

The beach has very fluctuating tides and the sand is mixed with rocks.

Our house has three floors. The ground floor has the entrance and two guest rooms and laundry room. The second floor is the main living area. And, of course the third floor is my studio.

This is the view from our covered porch on the second floor. This view changes constantly. This was a really foggy morning.

On a clear day Mr. Rainier is visible from the balcony looking another direction

You always hear about how rainy it is in the Seattle area. Well, yes it does rain more than I am used to but the rain is gentle and intermittent. Summer starts on July 5th. Yes, it really does.

I am ready for summer!

Living In Washington

My husband and I moved to Washington 2 years ago. What a HUGE job that was Our house has lots of great features but my favorite one is my studio. It is located on the 3rd floor and has windows on all 4 sides. I can see Seattle most of the time from my sewing table. The light is fantastic, even on a cloudy day (which there are a lot).

This photo was taken while the new marmoleum floor was being installed. The design is a simple quilt block. This is a great floor to have in a work area.

Today it is filled with three large tables and storage bins.  Including a sitting area with a couch and comfy chair that is by a window. This is my favorite spot to do hand work.