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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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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Best of 2011 at the Tinman

[singlepic id=570 w=320 h=460 float=left] First Friday is upon us once again! This time it brings the Tinman Gallery's traditional Best Of show, with a collection of small works from several of the gallery's regular artists.

I'll have six pieces in the show, all pastels, including Heat Lightning Study, left. Want to see more of my pieces from the Best Of 2011? Click here.

If you can make it up to the Garland District this Friday night, please stop by, we'd love to see you!

Here are the particulars:

Best of 2011 (Small Works Show) Tinman Gallery 811 West Garland Avenue Spokane, Washington Opens Friday, December 2, 2011, 5 - 9 p.m.

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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.

Little Scenes, Little Spokane

[singlepic id=529 w=240 h=240 float=left] The Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour is Saturday, September 24th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This year I decided to do something a little different... I've created a limited number of 6" x 6" landscape and tree pastels especially for the Tour. Most are framed in wide, silver plein-aire frames, but I will mat a handful to offer at a special price for the event. Framed pieces range from $175 to $195, and matted pieces will be $95. Come early for the best selection!

The landscapes are the beginning of a new project, and some will become the basis for larger works. It's been years since I've painted these subjects, so this is a fun and fresh diversion. You can preview the pieces in the gallery below.

Of course, I'll have several pieces of my more familiar work on hand as well---some at special prices for the Tour.

I'm at Studio #1 again this year, but not in the gazebo—find me in the yard. See you on the 24th!

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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

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

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Here Comes the Sun... Hopefully...

[singlepic id=434 w=460 h=360 float=] I'm not sure what happened, but it's nearly art fair season!  The last of the jury notices have come in, and I've finalized my schedule.

As it turns out, all of my 2011 shows will be in the Northwest. And with gas at $4/per gallon, I'm happy not to be pulling a fully loaded trailer on any 2,000 mile round trips! I'll be doing some of my usual shows: Artfest in Spokane, Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair, Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival, and Art in the High Desert in Bend, Oregon.

I've also made some changes. I'll be trying the Salem Art Fair and Festival for the first time in 2011. And, I am excited to announce that I will appear for the first time at Art in the Pearl in Portland, Oregon! I've heard wonderful things about this show and have been wanting to try it for years. It's exciting, yet bittersweet---to appear at the Pearl, I made the difficult decision not to do the Sausalito Art Festival for the first time since 2007. With so few really excellent shows in the Northwest and northern California, why do two of the best have to be on the same weekend?

Whining aside, I can't wait to get started on this year's shows! Only three more weeks to wait... hope to see you out there!

 

Commission Accomplished

[singlepic id=506 w=460 h=400 float=] Ascension 2, my commissioned work for Providence Regional Medical Center, is completed and approved! The piece, pictured above, will be shipped off for framing in a few short weeks. I'm so excited to (hopefully) see it in its new home. It has been a wonderful opportunity and experience.

And now that I'm back in the groove, I see more oil paintings in my future... my oils juried into more shows than I expected this summer, and I need to make more. My summer fair schedule will be finalized in the next few weeks, so please check back!

In other studio goings on, my three works for the pastel salon in France are nearly done. Pictures to follow soon.

Goodness in Threes

[singlepic id=167 w=460 h=320 float=] A crazy good week just happened, and here's why.

First and second, I have been accepted to two great art fairs: one " old" favorite and one new to me. Art in the High Desert (Bend, Oregon) invited me to bring my pastels and oils for the third year in a row. This is an amazing, exclusive, high-quality show and I am thrilled to once again take part. Then I found out my pastels and oils and I would travel to Salem, Oregon for the Salem Art Fair and Festival for the first time this July. The new director received rave reviews for her transformation of this show to a top-notch, artist friendly venue. The list of 2011 artists boasts names you might see at shows like Cherry Creek and Sausalito. I can't wait! (Check out my summer schedule to date on my Art Fairs 2011 page here.)

Third, and very exciting for me, I received a major commission from Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. Honestly, it has been so long since I submitted work for this project, I had completely forgotten about it! Then out of the blue appeared an email saying I made the final round. A week ago today came the good news: Providence wants a large-scale oil painting (3' x 4') based on my earlier oil, Ascension, pictured above. I'm already well into it---the painting ships in early May, rolled, no less! Fast turnaround for an oil painting, especially one that needs to be dry, but I'll make it.

Not too shabby for one Thursday-to-Thursday week. I remember saying not too long ago that I could really use some good news. Well, there you have it.

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.

Pastel FAQs

[singlepic id=499 w=460 h=400 float=] As an artist, I talk to a lot of people about my work, especially at festivals. And I get asked a lot of questions. Many of them I hear over and over again. Some are questions such as, "why do you look tired?" or "do you really like leaves?". These are not the questions I will be addressing here. Luckily, even more often I am asked really good questions about my medium and how it works. So, I decided to put together some relatively quick (for me) answers and post them on a new page, Pastel FAQs. For example:

1. What is pastel? Pastel is a dry drawing medium, created by mixing pure powdered pigments with a minimal amount of binder and water, rolling it into a stick form, and allowing it to dry. The pigments used are the same pigments used to create all painting media, but the pastel form allows the pigments to appear closest to their original color. There is an enormous variety of pastel available on the market today, ranging from inexpensive, student-grade, chalk-like pastels to handmade, buttery, pigment-rich—and expensive—professional lines.

This one goes to eleven, so for the remaining ten Q and As, go here. Enjoy!

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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