Hey All, So I know I haven’t been posting much these last few months. But here is your chance to come hang out, catch up, and see some of my art in person! I am hosting a three day open house out at my place (in Snohomish, WA). RSVP on Facebook. Come on by for a cup of coffee and a home made cookie or two! Participate in a crafty projects. Buy fine art, cards, prints, quality crafts and delicious baked goods! Great holiday gifts and good times to be had by all! Drop in anytime: Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 1-4 I’ll have cards and prints for $2-$6, original art from $15-$400, and crochet toys for $8-$15. I will also be organizing a few small crafty projects during the weekend and I’m hoping to have a some of my local crafter friends bring their goods as well. RSVP and check back soon for updates! Image
One more post for those of you who can’t make it out this way to see the art in person. Here are some detail shots of the artwork that I took before the install and some photos from the opening on the 2nd.
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support me at the opening. It was a great end to an awesome project!
Also, for your reading pleasure, here is a link to a little article about it in the Whidbey News Times: http://image.issuu.com/111206222923-c74b6831e5b24a0696c38ae599055205/jpg/page_7.jpg
As many of you know I have been working on a large art installation for the Oak Harbor Library. Over the last several months I’ve shared bits and pieces of it with you. Teasing you. Showing you pieces of this giant jigsaw. Well, here is the payoff: The install!
This was the largest work I’ve ever done, and the most complex. We had to create each individual piece of the installation off site based on measurements and drawings we made of the space. Even with all our measuring and planning there were the inevitable hiccups. Thankfully Seth is a master problem solver and we were able to get everything in without much difficulty. I really can’t express how grateful I am to have such an amazing husband!
Everything was constructed from 1/2″ plywood. I drew the designs and Seth cut them out sanded them down and joined the pieces for me. Then I painted the illustrations using first acrylic for the outlines and much of the background. Then I switched to oil paint for the color and details on the animals and letters. Much of the painting was done in an untraditional translucent style of application. I am partial to this style especially when painting on wood because it allows the wood texture to show through and adds character to the images. Finally, Seth finished the lower parts with a varnish to prevent tiny fingers from damaging the paintings.
The transparent mesh that hangs between the foliage and in the middle of the installation is actually just window screen. I bought a few rolls of the stuff, cut it out and spray painted it. I thought it would look kinda cool to have transparent pieces where light and shapes could overlap. It also helped with the transition from the woodland side of the entryway to the sea and shore side.
I’m not gonna lie, it was a little heartbreaking, at first, watching Seth shoot little brads and pin nails into my paintings. I eventually got over it though (you can hardly see the holes, anyway). I even got brave enough to use the brad nailer myself on a few of the little critters. It was actually quite fun.
In the end, it’s still hard to capture the entire piece with just a camera. I’m not that great of a photographer and it’s made to be viewed up close, in person. This is a permanent installation though, so you are welcome to go and view it in person anytime during library hours.
Also, there will be a ribbon cutting reception on December 2nd at 4:30 for those who want to come.
I’ll try follow up with another post of detail shots and photos of people interacting with the art after the reception for those of you who cannot make it out.
Here are a few more images of the woodland creatures I’ve been working on the last few months. Many of these critters are fairly close to life size and all of them are local to Whidbey island. Which is fun. I’ve had a lot of help from local wildlife experts and the wonderful librarians at the Oak Harbor library. I feel so blessed to get to work with these people! We’ve set the install date for Nov. 11. I can’t wait to see how it all looks put together. I have a feeling it will be like the thrill of completing a rather large jigsaw puzzle.
During last weekend’s watercolor class I did a quick portrait of my Grandma, who hosted the class.
I’m really very pleased with it. Perhaps not so much how it looks aesthetically, (although I am rather pleased with that as well) but more because of what it means to me as a record of a place and time and a relationship. As long as I can remember, I have memories of painting with my Grandma. She has always been generous with her time and creativity. She taught me how to sew, china paint, make dolls and even let me try my hand at making lamp shades, finishing my shade after I lost interest halfway through. She has encouraged me in every artistic endeavor I have ever taken on.
I love you Grandma.
When mixing colors, especially if one or more of the pigments are made from natural substances (as opposed to synthetic dyes), the colors will partially separate as the binding medium sinks into the paper and evaporates. You can’t control a lot of this process. By experimentation you can have a good idea what the colors will do when mixed and applied in a certain way, but it’s like a chemical reaction. You wind it up, let it go, and the end result is a splendid surprise!
Over the weekend I took a watercolor class, below are a few selected swatches that I found particularly pleasing and exemplary of what I’m talking about. You’ll see a lot of cerulean blue, yellow and violets (made by mixing cad red or crimson with the cerulean), I think I was just in a mood and loving those colors together. Enjoy!
This is a project I did recently for a client. The idea came from some illustrations I did when I was in Germany of women with castles on their heads and villages in their clothes. I thought it would be cool to use this whimsical technique to incorporate a person’s interests into their portrait. My client’s wife, whom I was doing the portrait of, just graduated from the University of Washington and is going to be consulting developing countries on their marine policies, this being a major part of her life it is the main theme of the portrait. She also adores her dog, and is from Kenya, so I included a mini portrait of her dog and adorned her with jewelry from Kenya.
Seth built a beautiful custom frame to go with the painting. I believe it was out of African Mohagony. I am really pleased with the end result!
Once every two months I do a little comic for Pet Connection Magazine. Usually about dogs. Which is funny, since I don’t actually have a dog. I have cats. But when it comes to personality and comedic timing, I just find the K9 community a bit more inspiring.