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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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.

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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River Bend Fine Art Gallery, Bend, Oregon

[singlepic id=445 w=320 h=400 float=left] Great news! This past weekend I was introduced as a "new artist" at River Bend Fine Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. The owner of the gallery, Jane Ujhazi, found me at Art in the High Desert this summer and invited me to check out River Bend. I did, and I loved it. The gallery is located in a historic brick building in Bend's charming downtown. The gallery space itself is beautiful, and Jane has populated it with exquisite artwork from regional and national artists. Jane's taste is impeccable, and I was happy to be included.

This past weekend my art was introduced with an exclusive preview event. Jane had elegant new display walls made for the occasion (seen in the photo above) along with a gorgeous catered spread and amazing live classical guitar from a local musician. And while the event may be over, the art remains; the show will be up through the end of the month. If you are in the Bend area, be sure to check it out. Jane has some of my best new work up, and the gallery is worth the trip.

River Bend Fine Art 844 NW Bond Street Bend, OR 97701 TEL 541 728 0553

Villafranca

[singlepic id=360 w=320 h=460 float=left] Between the Pastel 100 coming out and my acceptance to Art on the Square, I thought I probably had better get my butt over to the pastel side of the studio for a bit. I'd been having too much fun painting in oils, and was getting into a pretty nice groove there. But no matter how many hundred pastels I might have on hand, the first early shows going onto my schedule always seem to induce unnecessary and unreasonable panic.

So I rolled with it and made a few small pastel pieces first, then Villafranca, left, which I named after an obscure species of lemon. The piece looked... well... lemony, and sort of Mediterranean, and the name seemed to capture both aspects. I wasn't even through with it before I was back on the oil side, though---seized with panic yet again as I realized I may have oil shows while most of my oil work is hanging in the Kress gallery.

The drama never ceases.

Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 2010

[singlepic id=198 w=320 h=460 float=left] Apparently, the Pastel Journal's Pastel 100 issue is out, and I'm happy to report that my pastel, Horizon Study (left), received an honorable mention in the contest. The Pastel Journal is an internationally-read magazine dedicated to the pastel medium. Their extremely popular annual contest gives awards to the top 100 pastels submitted. The awards are divided into five top prizes, then split into five different subject categories, within which there are first, second and third place awards, and honorable mentions. My honorable mention is in the Still Life and Floral category. The other categories include landscape, portrait, animal/wildlife, and abtract/non-objective.

The nice thing about this contest is that you can submit any piece done within the past few years---even if it is sold. Which reminds me: Lorraine, if you are reading this, I'll send you a copy!

Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair

[singlepic id=356 w=320 h=460 float=left] I am so happy right now! I just learned that I have been juried in to the Bellevue Arts Museum show again. This year, not only did I get in with my pastels, I get to show my oil paintings! This is a first for me in Bellevue, one of my very favorite shows to do. To celebrate, I've decided it's time to fire up the Art Fairs 2010 page. Then I think I'd better get some painting done.

(Left: Frost Line, one of my newest oils. See it at the Kress Gallery in May.)

A Change of Season

[singlepic id=258 w=460 h=340 float=] Today is my first day home from Sausalito, my last art fair of the season. I can't quite wrap my mind around the fact that summer is almost gone. Although the weather is still beautiful, it was cold when we walked into our house last night, which seemed telling. At the moment I am debating whether to go get a hoodie, as the chill has lingered. Maybe this is for the best. Maybe it will help me transition into the studio season. But the fair season has been so fantastic that it is not easy to let go.

Fantastic comes in a lot of different forms. Of course we all hope our shows will be fantastic in terms of sales. In some places, this was true. But in other areas, the economy definitely seemed to be taking its toll. All in all, I was lucky enough to have a pretty much profitable season thanks to a few shows where the patrons really came through for us. To all of you who purchased art this year, thank you. It means everything to artists.

This year was also fantastic for me in terms of recognition from show juries. I won three awards this season: the President's Award at the Edmonds Arts Festival, a Benchmark Award from Art in the High Desert (Bend, Oregon), and First Place in the Drawing Category from the Sausalito Art Festival. All awards include an invitation to exhibit at the following year's festival, so I will happily return to all three shows in 2010.

One more aspect of the show season I will miss is the fantastic camaraderie that goes with the show circuit. Every summer brings an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones, and I did more than my share of both this year. Over the past few seasons the shows have evolved from odd places filled with strangers to familiar haunts full of friends. With each passing year it takes longer to walk from one end of a show to the other as I stop to chat at more and more booths. And in the towns, annual traditions take root, such as shopping at Burnsies in Ketchum, eating at the Lotus in San Rafael (we ate there so often the restaurant bought our dinner on our last night in town!), and now lunch from Cafe Yumm in Bend.

Thankfully, there is still a little bit of summer left to savor. I have one more outdoor event ahead: the Little Spokane River Artist Studio Tour. It promises to once again be a beautiful event and a great way to wind down the season. Much more info to come, so stay tuned.

Sausalito Art Festival 2009

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This weekend is the Sausalito Art Festival at long last. It's hard to believe the festival season is almost over. But after my one day at home after Art in the High Desert, I am packing to leave for California tomorrow. I'll be showing oils for the first time in Sausalito this year, including Serenity, above. Serenity is my most recent oil painting (save one), and was just varnished today for its first showing on Friday. In addition to Serenity, I will have lots of new work in both oil and pastel in my first double booth at Sausalito. For those that have seen me at Sausalito in the past, I will still be on the tennis courts in the farthest aisle from the show entrance. I hope to see many new and returning collectors there!

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Sausalito Art Festival

When: September 4 – 7, 2009

Where: Marinship Park, 2400 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA

Hours: Friday (Opening Gala), 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m, Monday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What I’m bringing: Pastels and Oils

Booth #416 (on the tennis courts, farthest row from the main entrance)

Art in the High Desert: August 28 - 30

[singlepic id=292 w=320 h=380 float=left] This weekend I am heading to Art in the High Desert. I am very happy to be doing this show. It is only in its second year, but I have already heard wonderful things about the jury and the quality of artwork selected. Also, I know some of the artist-organizers and expect great things. As I think I mentioned here before, I missed the jury deadline for the inaugural year of the show. I had heard the show was coming, but didn't know what the name of the show would be or its jury deadline, so I missed it when it appeared on the jury submission website. As a result I am particularly thankful to be included this year, especially since it is such a small, high-quality event.

I will be bringing some new artwork, not including Shoji Study, pictured at left. I made Shoji Study last week in anticipation of the next round of shows, and sold it at Arbor Crest last weekend (thanks, Arbor Crest, for a pleasant and profitable show, and thank you to my new collectors). But I am spending the few days I have before I leave for Bend creating a few more red hydrangea pieces, so if you liked Shoji Study, don't despair.

I hope to see some of you in the High Desert this weekend!

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Art in the High Desert

When: August 28 – 30, 2009

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

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Art and Glass Fest at Arbor Crest

[singlepic id=291 w=320 h=390 float=left]This Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd, Arbor Crest Winery will hold its annual Art and Glass Fest. The show runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. This is a seriously fun event with lots of original art and crafts, live music, food, wine and a beautiful hilltop setting with a spectacular view of the Spokane Valley and the river. Come see me and some new paintings in pastel and oil, including one of my newest small pastels, Magnolias Study, left.

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Art & Glass Fest at Arbor Crest

When: August 22-23, 2009

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

In Between Days

[singlepic id=289 w=320 h=460 float=left] Where has the summer gone? My friend Amy just reminded me she will start teaching again in two weeks. I am already most of the way through my show schedule. Summer has become my favorite season, but it disappears so quickly---divided among show days, travel days and in-between days. I'm taking advantage of a few of the latter at the moment, gearing up for Arbor Crest,  Bend and Sausalito with some painting. I took my new "daisy" pastels with me to Bellevue a few weeks ago, and was somewhat shocked when I sold out of them. So, my priority for the next weeks is to paint a few more for my remaining shows.

Before getting back to the studio, I had the idea to turn one of my horizontal daisy sketches on its end and make some adjustments to create a new composition. I don't have a lot of time to paint, and planning my designs can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of the process. So I worked on that for quite a while, and even made a small sketch. I liked it, but in the end it wasn't quite as inspired as I would have preferred to take to a large size. I tried tweaking the sketch some more, but eventually set it aside and started fresh. And within a very short time, I had worked out my idea for Golden Ascent, left.

This isn't the first time I've chucked an idea and started a new sketch, when I really just wanted to get into the studio and paint. Now that I think about it, some of my favorite and perhaps strongest work has come out of similar situations. I think my tendency when clearing the slate is to go simpler in my designs. While Golden Ascent isn't simple in every respect, the overall concept of the winged shape is. This is especially intriguing to me at this moment, because on a whim last week I purchased and read the book, "In Pursuit of Elegance" by Matthew May.  I don't want to give too much away, because it is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it. But in essence it is about editing, leaving out, clearing the mind of the urge to solve problems by adding. My latest pastel drove the point home nicely.

For a few more examples of my favorite simplified designs, go here.

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