Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day Post Newsy news......
Thank you  to all of our military service women and men who gave us so much, who sacrificed so much.
We owe them big time! Blessings to all of you and your families.

Authentic Visual Voices: Contemporary Paper and Encaustic by Catherine Nash, M.F.A a new computer interactive book on DVD has come out and ready to be viewed. My piece, Salt Flats was included as one of the artists. I am honored to be among so many inspiring international artists. It is a wonderful book. Thank you Catherine.

I continue to complete ongoing art projects every chance I get, spending time in my studio either doing my own work or teaching. I have a piece 30x60 inches that I want to put into the San Luis Obispo show in November. It is almost finished. I bit the bullet yesterday, let go of my fears and went for it. Working large presents a challenge for me, one of my "growing edges" a term I learned in graduate school.

 I won't be teaching again until probably August as the next two months are packed with activities, family visiting and trips. I am grateful for everything.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More..........

My friend Jill Hall opened a gallery in Liberty Station San Diego. She named it Inspirations Gallery and asked some of her close friends to be in a show together. I am honored to be a part of her dream.  Al and I are both in the gallery and sold some of our work at the opening reception. Best of luck to Jill and Jerry in their new endeavor. 

More later about some on line publishing opportunities I have had but are not quite out yet. Very exciting. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day Post

Hard to keep up with blog posts. Since February busier than ever. Sometimes we are busier than we ever were when we both worked and our  kids were still at home. Never enough hours in the day to get everything done! Our trip to Maui in March was wonderful. Ben who still lives in Maui stayed with us in our condo right on the beach. We saw many whales and turtles right from our property.  Great time discovering new restaurants, relaxing and talking. 
Studio visit from San Luis Obispo curator. We talked about my upcoming show in November 2013, detailing plans and looking at work that will be installed.  Even though most of the work is completed I have begun to make new work for this show. And I love what is being created. 
My work has been accepted into a new gallery for me, Gallery 104 in San Clemente, CA about an hour north of our house and studio. For the next three weeks I will be creating more art, listing all of the work that will go in the SLOMA show, submitting work for two local shows, teaching, and preparing for my art retreat trip to Taos, New Mexico in June.
I am also excited to share that I will be giving a talk and demonstration about encaustic at the Ashland, Oregon Art Center in July. Al and I will be going on a road trip through California, into Oregon, staying with and visiting good friends and family. We will be staying not far from Ashland. I suggested this demo and they were thrilled to have this opportunity. Me too!!
We have had lots of company with more to come.

Here is a new work called  Excavation. It is paper that had been buried in dirt for about 2 weeks,  rained on, covered with leaves etc. That part of the piece was placed on top of another paper that had been sewn, folded with leaves and plants and thrown into a dye pot. Both of these papers were combined and waxed into a weathered cupboard door.  I have been doing something called Eco dying, where you use natural plants to create images and... I am finally "rusting" paper and fabric something I have wanted to do for a long time.  More later.....