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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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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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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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!

 

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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Glassy Eyed

[singlepic id=484 w=460 h=240 float=] There are many artists out there who are much smarter than I am. They take their completed artwork to something called a "Professional Framer," and pick it up framed and ready to sell. I've heard of these creatures, these framers, working in frame shops, framing artwork for a living. I know they exist. I've even dreamed of hiring one. Trouble is, I've never thought that I could afford to have my artwork framed this way, so I have always done it myself.

I've changed the way I do it over time. I've learned to buy custom frames at wholesale, and graduated from cutting my own mats to ordering them pre-cut (once I figured out that it wasn't that much more money, after I've screwed up a few mats). I had my glass cut by the frame wholesaler, too. I had dialed in a pretty efficient, cost-effective system for myself. Then, I had the brilliant idea that I should upgrade my framing.

I found a new frame style that is similar to my previous mahogany stained wood, but wider and more substantial. It costs more but it is elegant and sturdy and worth it. But the biggest change by far has been---glass. After a particularly glare-y show at Sun Valley last year, one where I appeared to be selling a boothful of mirrors rather than pastels, I bit the bullet and switched to Anti-Reflective Glass. Anti-Reflective Glass is amazing, it makes the work look as if it is not behind glass at all. But while its cost alone seems to warrant the capitalization, it is so much more than expensive! It is also ever so delicate. And hard to clean. So much so that my wholesalers aren't supposed to cut it, but instead sell it by the box. Which brings me to why I am questioning my sanity and dreaming of Professional Framers.

Since I have to buy the glass uncut by the box, I have by necessity taken on the job of cutting it myself. Given my personal history, this should really be no big deal. I spent my early formative years (we're talking, two, maybe three years old) in a glass shop cutting scraps of glass with a hand-held cutter for entertainment while my glazier dad ran his business. My mom was climbing around on glass trucks basically until I popped out of her and she had to run to the hospital to finish the delivery on her lunch break. So you would think I had this in my blood! Cutting glass, no problem! Do it in my sleep! But after having a cut go sideways on a $50 piece of glass this summer, I am filled with therapy-worthy anxiety over glass.

I bought a giant wall-hung glass cutter to make the job easier (thanks to my wholesalers who found a used one for me almost instantly and at a very reasonable price). This should have been comforting but instead it, too,  intimidated me... I'd never used one before and here I was staring at it alongside a $200 box of glass. Three sheets per box. I thought, hey, my dad can help! He must have used one of these before, since he had a glass shop. Not so much. Turns out he cut giant sheets of commercial plate glass BY HAND with a long board and one of those little green-handled cutters. He then proceeded to cut several small pieces of my troublesome coated glass by doing little more than look at it funny, like some mythical character from Dune. Looks like I'm on my own with the wall-mount contraption.

In the end, I pretty much figured out the cutter. It cuts really well. And after I turned several large, expensive sheets of glass into small, more expensive sheets of glass, I even figured out that I have to run the glass through the cutter with paper to keep the coating from scratching. So I guess this is it, my new system. I'm less anxious now---slightly. The new frames look really good, and the glass just disappears. But after a very stressful week of framing for a show, I can't help but wonder what it would have cost to hire a framer instead. I kind of think I should find out so I will feel better about all the money I'm saving. Or am I?

(Above: Bohemia, ©2011. Pastel, 8" x 24". It will be on display along with several other new works at the private Spokane Club starting this Wednesday, February 2nd. If you happen to be a member, please check it out.)

New Year, New Work

[singlepic id=482 w=320 h=460 float=left] After what seemed like an eternity I am finally PAINTING! In what seems to have become my New Year tradition, I am out of the old studio and into the new. The new studio isn't completely (or even nearly) together yet, but with shows coming up, it was time to stop renovating and start my real work again. Feels good.

I've just sent out my second art fair application, now that I have rounded out my jury images with Moondrop No.2, left. My first application didn't go so well, unfortunately. My Arch Nemesis, Cherry Creek, has given me the raspberry once again. Curse you, Cherry Creek! I know what you're up to... letting me in once so I'll keep applying. Oh well, it's a long drive to Denver, and you don't provide electricity, and there are lots of other shows in the sea. (Harumph.)

But, onward! 2011 is shaping up to be a great year. I've already got two fairs on the schedule (Artfest and Sun Valley) along with an exhibit next month at a private club here in Spokane, the salon in France, and two new galleries in Oregon to keep me busy. And, I just signed on to do Eye 4 Art at Mead again this year.

Check back in the coming months for more on all of those, new shows on the schedule, and progress reports on the new work space. Happy New Year!

One Thing Leads to Another… and Another…

If you stop in here once in a while, you may remember that earlier this year I was fortunate enough to have some of my work published in the French pastel magazine, Pratique des Arts. It seems that lucky encounter is a gift that keeps giving. Recently I received a lovely email from Michel Bordas, a well-known and highly accomplished French pastelist and president of the Pastel Association of Perigord. He has invited me to participate in the Salon International of Pastels in Saint Aulaye, Dordogne, in the southwest region of France. The exhibit runs August 13 – 28, 2011. Seventy pastellists from around the world will each show up to three works. As the opening date falls on an already-scheduled show date for me, I will live vicariously through my paintings as they travel the world. [singlepic id=481 w=300 h=240 float=left]

At this past Friday's Best of 2010 show at the Tinman, I was offered a second solo show at the venue, to take place in March of 2012. That may seem a long way off, but considering that I am in the middle of moving between studios and will barely begin painting again before show season hits, I am thankful for the generous advance notice. The Pacific Northwest Inlander published this nice article about the Tinman show. I'm mentioned under the heading "Renewal." Thank you, Anna! (Above, some of my pastels at the show alongside the amazing abstract landscapes of Casey Klahn).

Finally, my newest gallery, Northwest by Northwest in Cannon Beach, Oregon, has sold the first of the pastels I took them last month. I will travel there, with new work in tow, for the Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling the last weekend of April.

If I ever get moved into my new studio (I swear I will start having moving dreams soon, where I move stuff and move stuff but nothing ever gets there) I will have a lot of work to do!!

Current Exhibit: Best of 2010 at Tinman Gallery

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Click here for images of most of my pieces in the show.

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Tinman Gallery‘s Best of 2010 December 3 2010 – January 1st 2011 811 W. Garland Avenue Spokane, 99205 509.325.1500

Tinman Gallery Best of 2010

[singlepic id=458 w=320 h=460 float=left] The holidays are upon us, and that means Holiday Art Shows! Between general contracting and odd jobs around the new studio, I've managed to squeeze in a bit of time at the old studio to make new work for the Tinman's Annual "Best Of" small works show. Moondrop Study, left, is my latest in a group of totally new pastels for the exhibit. Now, with temperatures in the single digits, blowing snow and icy roads, the biggest challenge ahead is actually getting the paintings TO the gallery. But I've got a few days, and things should get much better by the time the show opens December 3rd. With all the amazing artists showing at the Tinman, it should be a great one!

The scoop:

Tinman Gallery's Best of 2010 December 3 2010 - January 1st 2011 Opening reception Friday, December 3, 5 - 9 p.m. 811 W. Garland Avenue Spokane, 99205 509.325.1500

To see the rest of my new work for the show, read more...

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