Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Art After Dark --- POSTPONED!

Join us this Thursday for Art After Dark.  Studios will be open, including mine, and it will be a fun night!  We have changed this to be a quarterly rather than monthly event, so come stop in now.  Our next event won't be until February.

UPDATE:  Due to wintery weather, tonight's event will be postponed.  I will post here when we have a new date picked out.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Studio

Good morning.  It is a stormy day here, rain is pounding on the windows as I type and my dog is hovering at my feet.  I thought I would finally share some photos of my studio I took recently.  It is a wonderful space, though you'll see the light is not always perfect (especially for photos).  It is in the same building as my previous studio.  I'm still settling in so it probably looks cleaner and more sparse than it will in the future.  You will also see some peaks at the abstract paintings I've been working on lately.  More are in progress, I will share those another day.  On to the studio...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Art After Dark: Open Studios and More

Join us this Thursday for Art After Dark.  Open Studios, an artist reception and demonstration downstairs in the Straub Environmental Center, and more!  Several of us, including myself (photos to follow soon), have moved into different studios and we are welcoming a new artist to the group.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Insight & Imagination

I am so honored to have been invited to participate in a show at the Hatfield Library at Willamette University.  The show is Insight & Imagination and is curated by the artist Dayna Collins.  It features some amazing local artists with some of their smaller pieces (as you will see it is in a display case with only so much room) and we were also asked to bring a few tools to include in the display, giving the viewer a peak into how the pieces were created or imagined.

Here are a few photos I took of the show, but keep in mind I am photographing a display case with glass and there were students studying nearby so I was very conscious of the clicking noise my camera made for every photo (a digital camera, but it does make that clicking noise).  In other words, not the best quality photos...

The exhibit runs to October 28th and is on the second floor of the library.  Just nearby is another wonderful exhibit featuring documents from the Pacific Northwest Artist's Archive.  Really interesting documents from, you guessed it, Pacific Northwest artists.  Be sure to check it out if you can!  Photos, papers, ephemera, and more from some really important and inspiring artists span a long wall and thoughtfully curated and to think there is much more in the archives than what is on display.  I am so glad that such an archive exists and protects such important information.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Open Studios

Join us this Thursday for Art After Dark.  My studio door will be open, there will be a lot of art to see both upstairs and down, plus I'm sure a few goodies to munch.  Hope you can join us!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Work in Shop

I have just added these new pieces and more to my shop:

"Girl and a Chair"

"Stacked Cups and Twig"

Just a reminder, I am having a bit of a break this month from my usual posts while my daughter is still home from school.  I will be back to a more regular schedule in September.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Art After Dark

Tonight is our monthly Art After Dark at the Artist Studios at Mission Mill:

My work will be featured in the studio classroom this month and will include new pieces like these:

"Rabbits: A Study"

"Pitcher, Cup, and Peony"

These are all on canvas with layers of linen fabric, stained with acrylic paint, and drawn in colored pencils.  Also on display are selections from my sketchbooks and large scale sketch pages (I will take photographs of these to share with you later), and a large (in progress) stitched piece.  I am also going to have out my folders full of my previous Hobbit illustration project.  
Other studios will be open and the galleries downstairs as well and more.  Hope you can join us!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Little Portraits

I am back from my travels and have added these little portraits into my Etsy shop:

"Nancy" Acrylic on 6 x 6 inch wood panel.

"Annabel" Acrylic on 8 x 10 inch wood panel.

"Allen" Acrylic on 6 x 8 inch wood panel.

"Eileen" Acrylic on 6 x 8 inch wood panel.

"Edgar" Acrylic on 5 x 7 inch wood panel.

"Olivia" Acrylic on 5 x 7 inch wood panel.

"Martin" Acrylic on 5 x 7 inch wood panel.

"Vincent" Acrylic on 6 x 8 inch wood panel.

The panels these little portraits are painted on are a little different than my more recent portraits as I painted them on thinner panels.  These measure roughly 7/8 inches deep (rather than 1 1/2 inches).  Still left in their natural birch and protected with coats of polyurethane.

I am taking a break from my "regular" posts this month to spend some time with my daughter before school starts up again.  I will still be posting (hopefully) weekly as I will be working on various projects during August.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Studio Sunday and a Short Break

A few random shots around my studio at Mission Mill.  First, some newly dried lavender to enjoy while I work:

The dollhouse is coming along very slowly (it takes a lot longer than I imagined to paint each of those rooms):

Next up, a sneak peak at some new little portraits.  I will share some more about them soon. 

I don't know who brought this vintage box of art materials I found in one of the common areas of the studios...


 ...but I was very glad to see that they were "Free of Poison"...

Tomorrow I leave for California and will be gone for a week, so I expect a short break in posts.  I might post on my Instagram (here) from time to time while I'm gone.  Also, I have set up a new Flickr account.  Not a lot on there yet, but you can follow it here.  Have a good week!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Open Studios

Join us for Art After Dark tomorrow night (Thursday, July 14) from 5 to 7 p.m.  Many of the artist studios will be open, including mine, and there will be a guest featured artist in the studio classroom: Cynthia Herron, who has set up a stunning collection of abstract iris paintings in oil.  In addition, she will be reading from her new book.  Downstairs there is a lovely new exhibit in the Compass Gallery and paintings by Julie Jeanseau will be on view in the Abbey Gallery.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Studio Sunday

I have been working on more linen pieces (layered linen with paint and pencil) that I am attaching to canvas.   I have been working through several of these as you can see above and below.  


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sketchbook Saturday

This week I've been thinking about Renaissance paintings, in particular the quiet poses of the women.   I enjoy their serene, pensive, thoughtful faces.  A few have made their way into my sketches and possibly will later come up in other places.  On top, more playing with raw linen with acrylic paint and pencil.  The lower pages are just with pen, something I rarely do as I often prefer to be able to erase things.  However, good to push your boundaries sometimes.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Studio Sunday

Well, it isn't really a traditional "Studio Sunday" post.  Instead, I am sharing some photos I took of Mt. Jefferson while spending last weekend at Detroit Lake.  These are all from the same night and in the order I took them as the night progressed.

For everyone celebrating Independence Day, and for everyone who isn't, have a happy and safe 4th!