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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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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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

[singlepic id=458 w=320 h=200 float=left] See six of my small works alongside the creations of many wonderful regional artists at the Tinman through New Year's Day.

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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Aviary

[singlepic id=448 w=460 h=350 float=] Yes, in case you were starting to wonder (I was!), I do, in fact, still make art. Things have been beyond crazy here, which I will explain in a later post. Suffice it to say that I have added "general contractor" to my list of semi- and/or un-paid occupations alongside "artist," "framer" and "traveling huckster." BUT... I finally forced myself to go clean up my studio and make something before I drove myself and everybody completely batsh*t. In the nick of time, I might add. The result: Aviary No.1 Study, above. Whew.

First Friday at 1900

[singlepic id=437 w=320 h=460 float=left] This Friday is First Friday! (What happened to September, anyway?) For the October Visual Arts Tour I'll have pastels and oils on display at 1900, the fantastic interior decorators' shop upstairs from my studio. If you've never been to 1900, it is a real treat. It is filled with fabulous and funky furniture, rugs, and decorator's delights of all sorts. I'm bringing as many new works as I could muster at the end of a long and busy show season. Oh and here's a bonus: 1900 is right across the street from Robert Karl Winery. First Friday one-stop shopping!

Here are the particulars:

1900 Opening Reception Friday, October 1, 5p.m. – 9p.m. 114 W Pacific Ave., Spokane, WA Map

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour THIS SATURDAY!

[singlepic id=444 w=260 h=240 float=left] Join me and twenty-three other professional artists at five studios this weekend at the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour. This wonderful event just keeps getting better!

Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour

ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday, September 25, 10 – 5

Studio tour map

Google map to Hulda’s studio

Little Spokane River Artists Studio Tour – September 25

[singlepic id=438 w=135 h=140 float=left] [singlepic id=439 w=135 h=140 float=left] [singlepic id=440 w=140 h=135 float=left] Jinkies, the Little Spokane Tour is just over a week away! I am so excited. Last year's tour was a tremendous success, as many of my beloved paintings both old and new found homes.

This year there is one important change: the hours are longer! We will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday September 25th. Other than that, not much has changed but the art. Once again I will be showing in the beautiful screened gazebo at Hulda Bridgeman's studio, and once again, I will bring a mix of new and older work, much of it at special prices for the tour.

I've even created some new pieces just for the event: my three Peachberry mini pastels, above. They were inspired by the abundance of mountain ash berries in our yard. The pastels are only 6" x 6", but I have found some extra-funky silver frames for them which give a striking effect.

[singlepic id=441 w=320 h=210 float=left] In addition, I'll have plenty of larger pastels, some unframed pieces, and a few oils including some little 6x6 "teacup oils." This is always a fantastic event. I hope you can make it!

Here's the info:

Little Spokane River Artists Studio Tour

Saturday, September 25, 10 am - 5 pm

Studio tour map

Google map to Hulda's studio

Sausalito Art Festival

[singlepic id=436 w=320 h=440 float=left] It's hard to believe the season is almost done! Sausalito Art Festival is the last of four shows in four weekends, and my final festival of 2010. We're at our hotel, digesting the first of probably several dinners from Lotus Indian Cuisine in San Rafael, and waiting to set up the booth in the morning. This is a fun and busy show and I'm excited to sell some paintings and meet my fellow traveling artist friends one last time this summer. Of course I just ran into half of them in the parking lot after retrieving a missing bra from the car, but that's pretty much how it goes, isn't it?

Anyway, here's the pertinent info:

Sausalito Art Festival When: September 3 – 6, 2010 Where: Marinship Park, 2400 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA Hours: Friday (Opening Gala), 6:15 p.m. - ?, 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 #310

Art in the High Desert

[singlepic id=422 w=320 h=320 float=left] Art in the High Desert starts Friday! I'm so looking forward to this small, beautiful, and beautifully-juried show. If you're in the Bend, Oregon area, please stop by!

Art in the High Desert

When: August 27 – 29, 2010 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 #14-15

Art and Glass Fest at Arbor Crest

[singlepic id=435 w=320 h=360 float=left] Art and Glass Fest at Arbor Crest is this weekend. I'll be in my usual spot right by the entrance, with some new work in both oil and pastel, plus a few "classics" for a change of scenery (I spend a lot of time looking at my paintings all summer!) Arbor Crest is a beautiful winery, and the weekend promises to be beautiful as well. I hope to see you there!

Art & Glass Fest at Arbor Crest When: August 21-22, 2010 Where: Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, 4705 N Fruit Hill Rd, Spokane, WA Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

The Trials of Unpaid Help

[singlepic id=434 w=460 h=360 float=] So that's it for Sun Valley. As always it was beautiful, fun and a bit sleepy.

Luckily it was a bit better for me than last year, when I bought a double booth space and seriously regretted it. This year I decided to minimize costs and make the most of a single space by going up. I extended the tent, and finally put to use the extension walls I bought from another artist at this very show.

Problem was, I bought the walls so long ago I didn't remember exactly what came with them. More to the point, I forgot. I quickly realized as I went to put up the first extension that a crucial piece of hardware was missing. We looked in the box, and found a single item rolling around the bottom---a steel pin with a ridge around the middle. Unfortunately, I needed eight. At that moment I could picture them, in their little case on a shelf in our basement, ten hours northwest.

There was NO WAY I was going to have gone to all the trouble to raise the tent and not use those walls, so we set off to find a replacement in a town without a hardware store. My husband Paul was less than thrilled about this. It turned out to be with good reason.

After a frustrating time looking through densely crowded aisles, he finally spotted some turnbuckles at the local drug/hardware/variety store that appeared to be about the circumference of our pin, except with a hexagonal profile. Thinking the ridges might make the turnbuckles a bit too big, he picked up a file to take off any extra material. I thought they would fit just fine as-is but bought the file, just in case. TWO HOURS of "just in case" later Paul finally finished filing the ridges off of seven, much-tougher-than-they-looked aluminum tubes. The walls went up.

And after that very long, hot and trying setup, Paul had the grace to tell me the booth looked "awesome." Thank you, Paul. Your patience is epic.

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Later that day we learned that as much as our setup sucked, it could have been worse. Our friend Jody, a jeweler, realized halfway through setup that she had forgotten a crucial part of her display. She actually drove home to get it before the show opened the next morning---four hours each direction. What a life.

Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival

[singlepic id=431 w=460 h=240 float=] Friday the 13th kicks off the 2010 Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival! This is one of my longest-running art fair traditions: it will be my fifth consecutive year in the show. I am so excited!

I have to admit last year was a little rough to say the least. The area appeared to be hit hard by the economy, and between that and the unusual stormy weather, attendance was way down. As were my sales. Upon leaving I swore I would skip this year. But, as the jury deadline drew near, suddenly I could only remember how much fun the show is and how much I love the scenery, and the KB burritos, and the people running the show, and the other artist regulars. So much for that!

(OK, I'm having a major deja vu right now. I must be repeating myself from an earlier post. But hey. This is my Sun Valley story at the moment.)

So beyond all the drama previously mentioned, I'll be showing pastels and oils again, including some new work such as Raintree Study No.3, above. I'll also be debuting a taller tent, since I can't stop messing with my display. My original set of Pro Panels included some wall extensions and I realized that with my latest redesign I can actually use them, so I'll be giving that a spin. My long-suffering booth and I hope to see you there!

If you plan to go, here's the pertinent info:

Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival When: August 13- 15, 2010 Where: Atkinson Park, 900 3rd Ave., Ketchum, ID Hours: Friday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils Booth #G-5

Alice Invitational Opens Friday

[singlepic id=418 w=320 h=340 float=left] The Tinman Gallery's Alice in wonderland Invitational opens tomorrow night. My pastel, Why Not (left) will appear along with the Alice-inspired work of over 40 well-known regional artists.

The opening reception starts Friday July 30th at 5:00 and goes on until 9:00 p.m. The show itself stays up through August 21.

The Tinman is located in Spokane's historic Garland district at 811 W Garland Ave. Regular business hours are 10-6, Monday-Saturday.

Pastellistes du Monde: a little trust

[singlepic id=420 w=460 h=340 float=] When an artist spends as much time online as I do, they tend to accumulate a lot of unsolicited offers. Apply to this show, pay for space on that online gallery, get great deals on framing, have your art reproduced by our company! Most of these emails (many of which are scams) are quickly "filed" and forgotten. But not always.

A few months ago I received an email in near-perfect English from someone claiming to be a representative of a French art magazine. She had seen my art online and wanted the option of posting my artwork in the "Portfolio" section of their website. At least, that was my understanding. I was given a deadline to send hi-res images to be considered for publication.

Requests for hi-res art images out of the blue can be a little unnerving. Is it legit, or is someone planning to send my artwork to be knocked off in China? Why hi-res if the images are being posted on the website? This looked real enough, with a link to the French art magazine Pratique des Arts. Of course it's not hard to link to something in an email---it proves nothing.

I pretty much forgot about it until the submission deadline, when another email asked if I was still interested. I decided to take a chance; I sent  the images. And heard nothing. A few months went by and I forgot about it again until some random Tuesday brought a fleeting thought of the French art website. Oddly, that afternoon I received one more email, asking where to send a contributor's copy. Now I was really confused. I thought the images were to be posted in some minor online supplement. Whatever. I forgot about it again.

Arriving home from the Bellevue show yesterday, I opened the mailbox to find a large envelope from France containing an absolutely gorgeous art magazine, unreadable to me but stunning, with amazing pastel work from a collection of international artists. There were Dewfall and Medusa No.2, representing the U.S. on the first two pages of the "Pastellistes du Monde" section. Turning the page I found a pastel by the amazing Sally Strand. Elsewhere a spread on the celebrated Alan Flattman. Here was my work in the company of these incredible artists and an apparent international who's who of pastel. What a thrill! All for something I very nearly didn't do. Maybe a little trust isn't so bad once in a while.