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2015 is bringing lots of new opportunities for shows:
May 2 & 3rd I will be in the East Boulder County Artists Studio Tour. I will be a guest artist at Stephanie Hilvitz's studio. check out her work at the blog site listed to in my "interesting blogs" section to the right on the home page. you can go to http://ebcacolorado.org. for a tour map and information.
June 26th: Still Cellars, which is this awesome local Artisan Micro-Distillery here in Longmont, is hosting me with 3 other artists for a pop-up gallery show. we may even have a place for you to create a small piece while you sip incredible cocktails like Ginger apple martinis. we are also inviting a food truck to make this a one-stop event for the evening. the show will stay up through July
Getting together again with my friends, as we play in paints. I have always loved antique kitchen chairs. the pink and yellow are in my studio. collected them at a flea market, and the blue one is in my friends studio, where we get together and paint to avoid football sounds!
day 3, I start to fill in the piece with the night sky
now the ladder gets filled in. almost there but for the final touches.... so now it becomes stairway to heaven. this piece is painted on un-framed canvas, so I will have to figure out how to make it framable. It makes sense to have this piece a free-form on the wall, rather than stretched over a frame.
the palette also becomes it's own piece called "pink Cloud". now to put aside my paints and set up the clay. I really miss my sculpting. I have not sculpted in several months, so I look forward to delving into the three dimensional...
as the process continues, I went and stocked up on orange. In One of the workshops I went to, we were told that orange makes a great background color, but I like to mix it up...so, yes, more orange...but maybe some other colors too.
and color...and orange
and elements of design. Even if I can only do a 1/2 hour a day, I hope to get something done every day until I get my painting done. I don't quite have the lights in the studio done, so the photos are not as good as I would have wanted, but I think my vibrant color choices trump my lack of lighting
the last couple of months have been full of transitions. one after another. lucky for me, I embrace change....so now, the gallery has gone away, and been replaced by working at the University of Colorado, but the studio has found it's home in a new renovated space in my new home. this image is from an incredible mixed-media class I took with artist Mary Morrison. all about preparing surfaces, and applying collage elements that are seamless. I threw in a little hand-made joomchi dress that I made in the beginning of the class...
It is the time of year to get ready for studio tours. I have decided to participate in the East Boulder County Artist Tour, which is mother's day weekend this May. Here is the beginning of a piece I am working on to get back into the swing of things. the studio tour made me think that people come to see artists inspiration and work space. I figured maybe I could show the process of a painting, as sometimes I wonder how I start my pieces, and where and how they end up as a finished painting.
my first step is to find my back ground colors for the piece. I want to paint a red ladder on a blue back ground...so it makes sense to start with orange? I use a magazine, in this case a "Bienvenidos" from Santa Fe, NM, that I then use the final palate as a backdrop for another piece of art. start mixing some colors
this is a large piece, about 36" x 50". I apply islands of color, scraping it on with a credit card. I soon realize I sure do not have enough orange to finish this piece...I sense a trip to Guiry's tomorrow...
I ran out of my orange, so, I start adding in an incredible Medium Magenta....it's time to stop for the evening, so I smear my magazine color palate, and toss it into my photo shop...
Winter months are winding down, and I, for one, am more than ready for spring to come, with those bright green sprouts to stick up from the snow covering the dormant gardens. It has been fun to have a window in the gallery to morph as the weather changes. For the next month, the winter scene will move from winter wonderland, to spring is coming
April and May will bring a "Japanese Spring" window with painted parasols and cherry blossoms. I am asking various artists to paint a parasol for me.
I cannot believe it has already been 5 months since my last posting...however, I have been very busy, not only with my art, but with the gallery moving to the Main Street location, where we are very happy in our new digs...
The new gallery has been open for 2 months now...
The first window display was done by myself and two of my friends, Stephanie Hilvitz and Charlotte Zink
The latest display went in just in time for the second show, and the window display had 20 hand made kites, made from re-cycled paintings by myself, and Stephanie Hilvitz
I helped paint dots on a very large piece with friends and artists Stephanie Hilvitz and Katy Diver for our friend Julie Clements who is opening a show of her very large botanical paintings at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder this friday July 19th at 4 p.m.
I created and donated this piece called "Joie De Vivre" for the Naropa Institutes annual fund raiser. the yearly challenge involves taking a box of matches, and creating a miniature piece of art from the contents. here the box became a shrine, with the matches becoming the small chair, which holds the tiny nest. I went to the show where there were over 200 entries by local artists. way too fun!
Clay and painting colide with the latest clay bird project, where I recreate what I saw with African face paintings onto the stacked bird.
How now brown cow
"interloper" was my first try at a fox. I love these creatures. like the perfect cross between a cat and a dog!
from the African Women collection last year I creating this piece for the Longmont Downtown Development Authority, using mixed media and my brass and copper etchings, tiny paintings and a photo of my mother and my sister, taken in Korea over 53 years ago on my sisters first birthday. It was a like a mosaic of tiny paintings, which lead to the idea to have 100 different artists paint a little piece, (this piece is called "Ancestors")
I am having artists submit tiny 3 x 3 paintings for a 100 piece collage that will be auctioned off, and the funds donated to "Veterans helping Veterans". I already have over 20 paintings, but I am going for 100...
my first painting commission with four 8 x 8 paintings..
Kites on paintings, in the window and in my jewelry...
and yes.....Jewelry too....and lots of teaching!
next up....more and more jewelry, as I create a series of small silver alter pendants for my next gallery show, "Sacred Spaces V". I cannot believe it has been 6 years since my first Sacred Space Show in Mexico. It was magical.
a stack of birds in the garden seem illuminated. The inspiration for the color scheme
comes from African face and body painting rituals.
the stones and silver are put away to make room for the clay and altered object projects that have been patiently waiting on the shelves.
spring inspirations taking on a new direction, and yet pulling from the past
baroque pearls drop from a silver cloud
"Detour" is sculptural and simple.
Ideas of an installation float in my head, as I propose a window scene in a vacant building at a buisy intersection. Still in the works, and fun to think of getting outside the box, and thinking big! the challenge is to take the elements from my smaller work, and evolve them into a larger format.
after a tiring holiday season, it was nice to take a vacation to Anna Maria Island in Florida. the beaches were heaven. white, white sand, and shells everywhere....except we met with a cold front and storms...the weather may have been cold, but the sights were still beautiful
where the water treatment plant was, the manatees congregated for warm water. I could not take my eyes off the smoke stacks...something i will try to paint
You have to use your imagination, as these beautiful creatures appeared as serene floating rocks, with an occasional snout, flipper or tail breaching the surface so you knew it was living
ocean meets sky in what you imagine could be a painting
This weekend I am honored to have been asked to participate as an artist in the Two Potters and Friend, Art Show and Sale. Lynda Ladwig and Rita Vali are incredible Mud Mavens (clay artists), and this is their 10th year of putting on a classy art show and sale. Please come out and join me for a glass of wine on Friday, or browse, eat, admire and shop on Saturday and Sunday, and cross off the art lover from your christmas shopping list....