Have you ever been enjoying a much-anticipated fancy dinner somewhere like Mulvaney’s B&L or Ella, enjoying your amuse bouche, sipping an aperitif, digging the vibe around you to suddenly have the spell broken by a too-rockin’ song or a lipstick-stained water-glass? I have and it hurts me to be yanked out of my happy time. Continue reading
My amazing friend Elizabeth is opening her own Montessori Preschool in a space attached to her house which she specifically designed for this purpose. I’m very excited to have been involved in a minor way — from talking over the plans for the remodel to helping craft her school website mapleseedpdx.org. Recently, I took a stab at some logo designs for her. Continue reading
On a recent visit to Arnold, California, we took a detour off highway 4 to Quyle Kilns. I was lucky to get a full backstage tour of the studios from Pamela Quyle. Short story is this woman grew up in the arts, raised her kids in the studios, and works there today (her sister runs the winery and organic farming ventures). Continue reading
I haven’t made tie dyes since high school, but I’ve had this kit since then! Finally the time had come. My daughter and I had a great time making our drab whites way colorful on a lovely Saturday afternoon. I had been saving up white shirts and bottoms for months. We probably colored 30 pieces (many kids clothes). I also colored a number of types of paper for printmaking. I’ll post those once I make something of them! Now that I know I can do it in half a day we might host a little tie dye party next time.
I challenged myself to create a series of painted and embellished small wood houses. I was thinking about home and life with young children, the work and life see-saw, technology, and travel. Four of these pieces were shown at the Small Works show at Capital Artworks in December 2015 and January 2016. Some are for sale and range in price from $25 to $65. They range in size from 3 to 8 inches. Want to buy one or learn to make one? Let me know.
These can be habits, concepts, ideas… they can be local, universal, personal. These concepts will continue to run in themes throughout my artwork because they are in my brain and part of my experience. Continue reading
Why am I writing about him? Because I’m taking a class at Sacramento City College on Lithography and our first assignment is to write a short paper about this guy. So lets get to it! Continue reading
I like to make things. Specifically, I enjoy the assembling found materials and original art into something new. To keep pieces from looking like trash glued together, I take care to layer hand crafted elements and keep a running theme for each series. My current theme is related to women, work, family, and balance. Pretty much the issues which exhaust me daily (I write this while my 2 year old is screaming about being taken to the park in a stroller by daddy). Continue reading
I finally learned to screenprint. I took a very informative class on how to screenprint at the Verge Center for the Arts. It was a 2 day event, all the materials were supplied.
We stretched our own screens over provided frames. The screen material is actually polyester mesh. We used rubber cord in a gutter on the frame (like on a screen door) and stretched and pulled the material to fit taught over the frame.