Head in the Clouds: Tinman Gallery First Friday

[singlepic id=753 w=460 h=240 float=] Friday, February first brings us the first Visual Arts Tour of 2013, and with it, a rather unexpected show of new work at the Tinman Gallery.

The show is hosted by the Spokane Art School. Jodi, manager of the aforementioned school, approached me about a February show at a mid-December gathering at Kay O'Rourke's house. At that moment I was enjoying maybe a little extra of my beloved Goatmeal Stout, sporting a jester hat with holiday ornaments attached, and feeling equal to anything.

The following morning I realized I had no new work and no time to prepare. Naturally, I didn't mention this until it was far too late, and the show plan was finalized. I made up a show title,  painted a 6' oil to go with it, then made about six new pastels in record time. Nothing like a deadline for inspiration!

The new work further explores my recent themes of skies and weather, depicted with billowy and translucent hydrangea petals. Debuting with this new work will be a new, lighter and more modern presentation.

Please join me for some new art, music from Rick Singer and friends, and hopefully a little Goatmeal Stout. Here are the details:

Head in the Clouds Friday, February 1st 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Tinman Gallery for Spokane Art School 811 West Garland Avenue, Spokane, WA 509-325-1500

For more images from the upcoming show, click here.

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Little Spokane Tour 2012!

[singlepic id=731 w=240 h=240 float=left] The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour is Saturday, September 29th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

It's almost Tour time again! This year, I will once again bring my 6" x 6" landscape pastels, many of which are of Little Spokane River locations. This year my landscapes have beautiful new (still silver) frames. As always, come early for the best selection!

I will also have a number of small pieces in my older style of silver frames at special, Tour-only prices, plus many other special prices on a variety of work. I'm trying to make room in my studio for a new body of work and new frames, so please help me out and take advantage of these Tour specials!

I'm at Studio #1 again this year, and once again, you can find me in the yard. See you on the 29th!

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Art in the Pearl Wraps Up the Season

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Portland, here we come! I'm not sure what happened to summer, but this Saturday brings us September, and with it, Art in the Pearl.

This is a really lovely and beautifully juried show held in the park blocks of Portland's Pearl District during the three days of Labor Day weekend. The weather looks amazing, Portland is one of our favorite cities, and we can't wait to be there!

Here is the scoop:

When: September 1- 3, 2012 – Labor Day Weekend Where: The Northwest Park blocks of Portland, Oregon, between W Burnside and NW Glisan at NW 8th Avenue. Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth: #105

Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair Starts Friday!

[singlepic id=714 w=460 h=340 float=] This weekend I will return to Bellevue for the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. This is one of my favorite shows, and this year I am lucky enough to be bringing oil paintings along with my pastels. It's been a few years since I last brought oils to BAM, and I am really looking forward to showing them again. Conversation in Flight, above, is one of several never-before-shown pieces that will debut in Bellevue this weekend. To preview more work from the show, click here. I hope I will see you in Bellevue!

The details:

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair When: July 27- 29, 2012 Where: Bellevue Square parking garage, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, W Hours: Friday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #O-09

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Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival This Weekend

[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=460 float=left] This weekend my pastels make their debut in Chicago at the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival. This is a botanic-themed show on the grounds of the botanic gardens themselves. I've wanted to do a show in Chicago for some time now, and I can't think of a better venue to do it.

I've been told by the show's promoter that the Chicago Botanic Garden used a few of my art images, including Natarajasana, left, in their promotional materials and banners. I'm excited to see if they made the final cut. Here are the details:

Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

When: July 6 - 8, 2012

Where: The Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois

Hours: Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

What I'm bringing: Pastels

Booth #87

 

Art for the Animals

[singlepic id=713 w=320 h=460 float=left] Silent Auction Runs Friday, June 22 – Friday. July 20

I've donated Tango, the small pastel pictured at left, to benefit River's Wish Animal Sanctuary.

Please take the time to bid on Tango, or any of the wonderful art pieces donated for this worthy and heartwarming cause!

Closing reception, final bids and live auction take place Friday, July 20. There will be vegan food, beer, wine and live music. Tickets are only $10.

Tinman Gallery 811 West Garland Avenue Spokane, Washington 509.325.1500

Artfest 2012

[singlepic id=712 w=260 h=400 float=left] It's that time again! Artfest kicks off my festival season at Coeur d'Alene Park in Spokane.

This year I'll have new work in pastel and oil, plus my popular pastel Miniature Landscapes! These landscapes went fast at last fall's Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, so please arrive early for the best selection.

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Coeur d'Alene Park is located along Second Avenue in Browne's Addition.

Show hours are: Friday June 1, Noon - 8 p.m. Saturday June 2, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday June 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hope to see you there!

p.s "Like" me on Facebook for up-to-the-minute news!

 

Mashup

[singlepic id=692 w=460 h=350 float=] Heading into summer, and it's a busy time! As usual, I have fallen behind on my updates, so here's a mashup of what's happening:

French Pastel Salon I have been invited once again to exhibit at the salon in St. Aulaye, France this summer. Conversation in Flight Study (above) and Tesla's Fire Study will be making the trip abroad (without me again, boo). Before they go, I plan to use both of them as a studies for large oil paintings, to bring to...

Summer Festivals The 2012 summer schedule is complete and posted here. Noteworthy additions this year include a botanic-themed show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, and the acceptance of my oil paintings at BAM. I'm very excited about both, and the rest of my schedule too. I hope to see you out there in the warm months! In the meantime, you can still see my work at...

Earth and Sky at the Tinman - Closing Soon! My solo show at the Tinman is nearly over. If you haven't seen it, stop by if you are in the neighborhood this week. If you can't make it, don't worry. Sue will keep the unsold work on hand for a few months following the show, so if a piece has been calling you, it might not be too late. And you'll never miss an event if you follow me on...

Facebook Let's face it, I'm not a prolific blogger. But I am a pretty good Facebook poster. Want more studio news, more often, in smaller bites? Fan my Facebook page. I'm not obnoxious, I promise. I just post more there than here.

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Earth and Sky at the Tinman

[singlepic id=625 w=460 h=360 float=left] Lightning Strike Nouveau, left, is one of the many new pieces created for  my upcoming show, Earth and Sky, at the Tinman Gallery. Work from the show interprets elements of the sky (clouds, weather, celestial bodies and flight) using elements from the earth (leaves, petals and stems).

The show runs through the end of April. The Last-Friday opening promises to be the usual fun Tinman affair, with live music, hors d'oeuvres and lots of good company.

Also, I'll be on hand for a demo at the gallery on Saturday, April 14th. I'll post more specifics later. These things terrify me, so I'd love to have you come give moral support if you can make it!

Earth and Sky opens Friday, March 30 at the Tinman, from 5-9 p.m. Please come out and see us if you possibly can, we'd love to have you!

To preview the show, click here.

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Thirteen Blue Hydrangeas

[singlepic id=619 w=460 h=360 float=] Well, this is embarrassing. I forgot to post for about three months, it would seem. But I had a pretty good reason: I was busy.

Last time I posted here, I was off to Edmonds for an event at my new gallery there. Let me tell you, they put on a fun Third Thursday! One of the best parts was getting to see my childhood friend Sarah, who drove all the way from Bellingham to see the show.

I followed Sarah back and stayed at her house. In the morning she did a very convincing impression of my parents---meaning, she wouldn't let me leave without a carload of stuff. On my way out the door, I scored a box of pumpkin scone mix, and, more importantly, a giant garbage bag filled with the thirteen blue hydrangeas I had been eyeing in her back-stairs window.

I had already been thinking about hydrangeas for some time---the way their billowy, cloud-like petals resemble a hazy sky when softly backlit. As an experiment, I made some new pieces for my gallery in Cannon Beach, using  my thirteen new friends to create stormy beachscapes.

Happy with the new work, I painted more for my upcoming show, Earth and Sky, at the Tinman Gallery. The show will have a mostly-sky theme, including the hydrangeas and other new sky-themed pieces.

Earth and Sky opens Friday, March 30 at the Tinman, from 5-9 p.m. To see more work from the show, click here.

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Cole Gallery - First Glance

[singlepic id=566 w=320 h=400 float=left] Want to find my work in the Seattle area? Unless it is Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair weekend, up to now that would have been difficult. Not anymore.

Cole Gallery in Edmonds now represents my work year-round, and I am very excited to be working with them. If you are in the Seattle area and haven't been to Cole Gallery, it is worth the short trip. The cozy and inviting gallery represents many top-notch, nationally-known artists.

Cole Gallery will introduce me this month with their Third Thursday event, making me December's "First Glance" artist. So long as I am able to drive over the pass, I will be there with new work. I hope many of you can come down!

Here are the specifics:

Cole Gallery 107 5th Ave S Edmonds, WA 98020 425.697.2787 3rd Thursday, December 15th, 5-8 p.m.

 

Roberts Mansion First Friday

[singlepic id=541 w=460 h=360 float=] This First Friday night you can find me, a selection of my paintings---some brand new---and Sue Bradley from the Tinman Gallery all hanging out at the Roberts Mansion in Browne's Addition.

If you are familiar with Browne's Addition, the mansion is located one block directly north of The Elk, and just over two blocks east of the MAC. If not, here is a map. It is an impressively restored Victorian house, definitely worth a visit in its own right.

I'm bringing new oil paintings, including Bellaluna, above, as a preview for my upcoming solo show at the Tinman this March.

If you are out and about this First Friday, be sure to stop by. We'd love to see you!

 

First Friday Roberts Mansion 1923 West 1st Avenue Spokane, Washington November 4, 2011, 5–8 p.m.

Art in the High Desert

[singlepic id=520 w=460 h=240 float=] Bend, Oregon is where you will find me and my art this weekend. Art in the High Desert starts this Friday at 10:00 a.m.

AHD is a wonderfully juried little show in a beautiful---yet convenient---setting. Art booths wind alongside a stream just a few steps from the Shops at the Old Mill in Bend. Since it falls on the weekend before Labor Day, many artists do this show on their way to the Sausalito Art Festival or in my case, Art in the Pearl. So if you can't make it to either of those famously top-notch shows, you can find many of the same amazing artists in Bend.

I've made some new work especially for Bend this year, including some of my ponderosa pine images like Storm's Passing (above). I've also made some new miniature works, including a few landscapes and a tiny pine. Come see these and all of my work this weekend!

Art in the High Desert When: August 26 – 28, 2011 Where: The Shops at the Old Mill, 661 Powerhouse Drive, Bend, OR Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #26c

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Bellevue and Peter Pan

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Can I be two places at once? If only.

This is one of those wish-I-could-be-two-places weekends. The Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair starts Friday in Bellevue, WA. I'm so excited to see my Seattle-area collectors and find  homes for some new pieces like Shiva Luna (above). Naturally, also on Friday, the Peter Pan Invitational opens at the Tinman Gallery here in Spokane. I'd love to see my cicada "fairy" wings (Dreams of Moonlit Flight, left) in what I'm sure will be a fantastic group show. But alas.

If you are going to be in Bellevue this weekend, please stop by and check out a LOT of new work in pastel at my new location: booth O-9. If you are in Spokane, please visit the Tinman for their great summer tradition: the literary-themed group show. Both events promise to be full of fantastic art and fun.

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair

When: July 29 – 31, 2011 Where: Bellevue Square parking garage, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA Hours: Friday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels Booth #O-9

Peter Pan Invitational

When: July 29th, 5 - 9 p.m. Where: Tinman Gallery, 811 W. Garland Avenue, Spokane WA What: Nearly 50 invited artists show works inspired by the classic novel, Peter Pan

Something's Brewing in the Studio...

[singlepic id=515 w=320 h=460 float=left] At the moment, it's craziness. The building where I paint is undergoing some major changes, and it's keeping me very busy. More on that later, but let's just say I'm being pulled in a lot of directions. I'm also working to promote the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour, which I suspect will be here before I even know what happened!

Thankfully, I do have a few shows coming up to keep me focused on painting. The Salem Art Fair and Festival is just three weeks away. Two weeks after that the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. And, that same Friday (July 29) opens the Tinman Gallery's Peter Pan Invitational. I've used the Peter Pan show as an excuse to try painting a subject that has always fascinated me: insects. Which probably doesn't make a lot of sense on the face of it, but for me, nothing conjured up visions of fairies better than cicada wings. Never having painted insects before, I tried a sketch before starting my piece for the show. The result: Cicada Study, left.

The cicadas were a fascinating challenge, and I may work with them more in the future. In the meantime, Cicada Study will be available at an art fair this July. I hope to see you out there!

 

 

Artfest 2011!

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After months of creating and framing new art, and one more week of last-minute details like matting new miniature pastels, I will be so ready for art fair season to start. Come on down and see my latest work in both oil and pastel, including my new 6" x 6" pastels in silver plein-air frames. Here are the details:

Artfest

When: June 3 – 5, 2011

Where: Coeur d’Alene Park, 2nd & Chestnut, Spokane, WA

Hours: Friday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

Booth #E-11

Click here for an artist list and booth map of Artfest.

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Bellevue, and Us vs. The Jury

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First things first: I am more thrilled than ever to announce that I made it into the Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair once again this year. And I only got in with pastels. Why so thrilled? Let's just say it's been an interesting year in jurying. And it's barely begun.

Me vs. The Jury: The Paranoia

As you might know, I was rejected from Cherry Creek again this year. I also re-applied to Art on the Square in Belleville, Illinois. I did that show last year and loved it, but alas, no joy this time around. So by the time Bellevue, my go-to show, announced jury results, I was shaking in my boots. Of course, Cherry Creek and Belleville are longshot shows---small, top-rated, highly competitive. Getting in once is no guarantee of getting in again, ever.* I've consistently juried in to Bellevue, but even so, those rejections had me worried. Did I choose the right images? Would the jurors, who appeared to be experts in fine craft more than 2D art, appreciate my pastels?

Art Fairs vs. Artists: The Dilemma

So yeah, I got lucky and made it into Bellevue. But here's the thing: not every artist did. And by "not every artist," I mean amazing, talented people who have done the show for years and count on it for a good bit of their annual income. We (artists) all find shows that work for us---our style fits the show, our work is at a level that consistently juries in, our customers show up and buy. But we can never get too comfortable. Far more artists who apply to any given show don't make it in than do. For shows like Cherry Creek, the odds are less than one in ten. For Bellevue, it's maybe three in ten. We can't just "do the show" that provides our best income each year. We submit our four best pieces of artwork, cross our fingers and wait. And hope.

From the show's perspective, it's necessary. Look at it this way: have you visited a favorite show and seen the same artists year after year? I know I have. It makes me crazy, never seeing anything new. If nothing ever changes, customers get bored and the show dies a slow death. To keep things fresh, shows have to bring in new faces. But each show has a finite number of spots, so for every new artist, there's a veteran artist sitting at home. In the big picture, both the shows and the artists benefit from change. But this is our livelihood---what artist wants to be the one sacrificed?

The Economy vs. Artists: It's Not Helping

Just to add a little extra challenge to the art fair life, enter our awesome economy! Don't get me wrong, people are still buying art. I'm pleasantly surprised by how much. But there's definitely less to go around. One result is galleries failing in great numbers. So what happens to all those fantastic career artists who lose their galleries? Many turn to art fairs. We need our best shows more than ever, and the jury odds just got steeper.

Artists vs. Ourselves: Fix it!

On the other hand, what if we artists do get into our favorite shows year after year after year? If it ain't broke, why fix it, right? (If I find a specific style of work or set of jury images that gets me into shows, I'm afraid to do anything else.) If the unnatural selection of the jury process leaves us comfortably in place, where's our incentive to grow and change? Aside, I suppose, from the gradual decline in sales that might come from stagnation---and that is way too easy to blame on other factors. So with that in mind, I've decided to take this uncertainty as a challenge to keep things fresh, do my best work and stay in the game. Meanwhile, I've got about five more jury results coming down in the next several weeks. Fingers crossed!

 

*and let's face it, shooting off my mouth here and on various forums may not exactly be giving me that winning edge...

Eye 4 Art 2011

[singlepic id=502 w=320 h=400 float=left] Ready to kick off the art show season? I know I am. Luckily, Mead's Eye 4 Art is this Saturday!

The show and sale, founded by Harold Balazs, benefits the Mead Education Foundation. This year Eye for Art will feature 34 wonderful professional artists, including Harold himself. The show runs from noon to 5pm at Mead High School in Spokane. Cost is $10 per person or $25 per family at the door, and there will be live music and hors d'oeuvres.

I've created some fun pieces just for the event, including Nishikigoi 1, left. Don't miss it!

Eye for Art Mead High School 302 W Hastings Rd Spokane, Washington March 5, 2011, Noon to 5 p.m. map

 

 

Taking Flight

[singlepic id=501 w=320 h=460 float=left] It's Art Show Limbo Time again, that usually painful two-month waiting period between the first and iffiest art fair jury results (Cherry Creek, et al.) and the rest of them. Skunked again by the C.C. jury, I am naturally questioning my very worth as an artist, at least until the next bit of good news. This is pretty much an annual event.

My coping strategy is to start work on next year's application a tad early. Since I actually did Cherry Creek a few years ago, I have a successful set of images to compare to my less successful set. Although the pieces are all from the same body of work, there are definite differences. The newer pieces are more literal, caught up in detail. The earlier set was quieter, simpler, more abstract.

Cherry Creek is a show that leans toward a modern aesthetic, so that makes sense. But they also have a whopping eight Drawing spots and receive literally thousands of applications each year. There is no magic bullet. Juries are always subjective. The same images that got me into the coveted Cherry Creek in 2008 won me a rejection from Boise Art in the Park. You just never know.

Fortunately, my first effort in the Jury Project has an ulterior motive. Waxing Wing, above, is not just a contender for 2012 Jury Image #3. It is the first piece destined for the Salon in St. Aulaye, France this summer. One of many good things coming up that I should probably be thinking about instead. Onward.

Spokane Club, February – April 2011

[singlepic id=483 w=320 h=460 float=left] This week, I hung a nice, simple, low-key, easy-going show... a show which had caused me no end of stress for the past month.

Not the show's fault, mind you. Nor the fault of the lovely Spokane Club, where the pieces are currently installed. Nor of Dean, the friend who scheduled and helped me hang the show. The stress was all me, of course. The short time frame I had to paint following a protracted studio move, the amount of art I had out in galleries, the learning curve of the new glass cutter. But all's well that ends well. Everything is painted and framed and hanging and I can move on to what's next at a more relaxed pace. Yay.

For those of you not familiar with the Spokane Club, here's the deal: it's private. This being the case, there was no public opening for the exhibit. As much as I'd love to invite you to see the show, unless you happen to be a member, I can't. So in leiu of the actual show, I've made a virtual gallery of the pieces in it. If you'd like to see them, go here.

Update: The Spokane Club has featured my work and me with a very nice article in their magazine, Signals, on pp. 18 - 19.

Also, it turns out you CAN see the show if you are not a member---the members-only thing isn't so strict as I thought. Fair play!

Works at the Spokane Club, February - April 2011

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