Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour

Being a member of an open studio group I rarely get to "do the tour." While staying for a week near Phoenix I lucked out as the Local Studio tour (Sonoran Arts League) was going on. This is no small potatoes tour. 178 artists showing in 44 studios. I was able to visit 10 of the venues today which includes 39 artists. Each home studio was very large with the gallery being most of the home. Various tents were utilized in the yards for additional artists. Signs directing people to studios and parking were abundant, greeters with maps, refreshments, demos. Etc. it was amazing. Now I have to go see the other 30!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Found objects all given to me in October 2015

This interesting assortment is from my sister Leslie. There's even a dead wasp! Love the old photo. This all went in my suitcase and one of the glitters opened up on all my clothes. Looked like I was a fairy. 

This package arrived in the mail from my sister Selina. Lots of goodies in here! 
Used canvas and frames from my sister Dana, luckily I brought the big suitcase. 
These were given to me at my open studio event by Laurie Barrera. Thank you!

Friday, November 6, 2015

The Evolution of an Abstract Painting

This all started because I have some friends that are married to each other that have different tastes in art. We sat down one day and she told me what things they have in common in their art preferences and who were some artists that they liked their work.  I took it upon myself to try to create the perfect piece that they would both like based on her description. This was not a commission just a challenge to myself. 
Then I didn't think much else about it until I was cleaning out my storeroom and came upon this print on hardboard that I no longer had room for. I measured it and found it was the exact size that IF they purchased a piece of art it would be this size. 
So as my whole premise of making art is to use up things destined for the landfill and turn them into new treasures. I thought this would be the perfect substrate. 
First I gessoed the whole board. Then added pages from an old engineering textbook to give it some interest and depth. Added some bright colors over that. 
Then took gesso and some muted colors and knocked back the intensity. 
Started adding some more interest with joss papers and stenciled dots. 
More layers with white fluffy cloud like shapes. Some liquid acrylics that I let drip. 
Added back in some brighter colors. 
This is a very different kind of painting than I am used to painting. It's always hard to know when you are finished but with an abstract I think it's even harder to know. After many layers. I just sat with it like this for a week or two and was satisfied so I called it done and painted a layer of matte medium over it. I named it Heaven and Earth as that is what it reminds me of. I have entered this in a fundraiser for The Women's and Children's Alliance. The theme was Metamorphosis and I thought this fit perfectly. My friend that inspired this experiment has no idea I even painted this. Can't wait to see what they think. But my ego is not hanging on that as I know I like it and it gave me a new piece for the fundraiser. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cuisine Art

A is for Apples
Encaustic/Found Object 
The Treasure Valley Artist Alliance recently put out their call to artists for their next show, 
"Cuisine Art." Artists can enter up to 3 pieces and usually one is chosen, 
this time I had all 3 accepted! 

C is for Cherry Chocolate Cake
Collage/Mixed Media/Found Object
 Opening Reception
This Friday November 6 from 5-8 pm 
Boise State Public Radio 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd.
C is for Carrot
Found Object/collage/mixed media
If you can't make it Friday, you will have plenty of opportunities 
as the show will remain up until January 15th. 
Stop in during business hours Monday-Friday 9-5.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Boise Open Studio Weekend 2015

Art by Nancy Panganiban
For the past several years I have either shared my studio space with artists Nancy Panganiban and Geoff Everts or they have shared theirs with me for the Boise Open Studio Weekend. It's nice to have company and share the experience with good friends.

This weekend was the best and the worst.

Art by Geoffrey C. Everts

Art by Pam McKnight

Sold my art collage wheel!  Lots of great memories in this one!
It was the best weekend yet as far as weather (beautiful temps and no rain) best as far as number of visitors (251) and best as far as sales.

My studio space all cleaned up
Temporary Garage Gallery with all three artists' represented

Allen Stovall representing Geoff
Why was it the worst? My friend Geoff was not able to be present due to advanced stomach cancer. While Geoff was a private person and preferred to limit those knowing about his illness to family and a few close friends, he was surrounded by loved ones during his treatment.

In his final days Geoff curated the work shown at the 2015 BOSCO event. His friend and former colleague from Disney Studios, Allen Stovall did such an excellent job of greeting guests and representing Geoff.  Many guests marveled at Geoff's creativity and talent on such a beautiful weekend.

A piece we commissioned from Geoff  8/2015
Tuesday Geoff passed quietly in his sleep. Rest in peace my friend.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Personalized Art Pieces

G is for Grapes

Two weekends ago I volunteered to help promote our Boise Open Studios weekend at a booth at the Capitol City Public Market. One of the women at the Booth really liked the piece above that I was showing for an example of my art and asked if I had anything for the letter O. I said not really, and she asked if I could make one up with "O is for Octopus" and I said sure! I had fun making it and using it as my demo piece during the open studios weekend.
O is for Octopus

E is for 50 Elephant 

So while I was working on "O is for Octopus" at my open studio event. A woman asked me if I had anything with an elephant in it and it was for a 50th birthday. I gave her several suggestions and she said, no I want one just like this - and pointed to the O is for Octopus.  I found another little box and made E is for 50 Elephant. 

If you have a special request let me know. These small ones start at $35. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Artist studio/Gallery Bike Tour

Today I attended an artist studio/gallery bike tour. These are so cool. I've been on two of the three offered. Why? because the tour combines my two passions, cycling and art!! and second of all I am very curios and love to see what's behind all those walls AND sometimes there are so so many events going on in town that is is hard to catch them all. The tour gives us snippets of lots of different things. It's a smorgasbord of cultural offerings and as this district is growing we may never see the same studio twice!
These are put on by St(r)eam coffee and Tea bike. We meet and are offered one of several delicious tea or coffee options.
This week we met at the brand new studio/gallery space of Zion Warne who gave us a glass blowing demo. 
The second stop of the day was at the shop of Derek Hurd. Really cool Architecture and furniture design. And he helped out a friend of mine that got a flat tire on the bike I lent her!
Next stop was at Surels place. Artist in residence, Andrew Nemr treated us to a tap dance lesson and show. I had missed  his performance in town so was glad to get a chance to meet him in person. 
This particular tour was named the live-work-create tour as illustrated by this street sign. We had another stop at the home of a sculptor whom had passed away and his mother gave us a tour.
The last stop was at the Visual Arts Collective. The current show is "Julia Green's independent Order of the Meow Fellows." (An art show about the Feline Society) This venue was for 21 and older and offered a full bar for those that wanted. I had a cool refreshing local white wine from Cinder. Until next time...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hatching a New Website

This is my 399th blog post in seven years and before I reach 400 I can proudly say I now have a website! As long as I've had this blog I've had on my to do list create a website. Every time I start to explore that possibility and start poking around at what is needed I give up.

Friends have told me just hire someone, it's not that expensive. But really I just wanted to do it myself AND I wanted to somehow connect this blog and not have to start over with a new blog as well.

 So ....I started looking into it for the umpteenth time this past week when the only thing left on my to do list was clean and rearrange the studio and all the art on all the walls in my house and unpack all the boxes of art from past shows. Gulp...didn't want to go there yet...and I've heard is easy to publish by yourself.

Well I picked a template and started one- then sent it to my daughter to check it over. Ummm, she tells me "not to be rude, but you've made a big mess of it, would you mind if I had a go with it? This is something that would be really fun for me." Music to my ears!! No, not at all honey... that would be awesome!
She did a great job. Thank you Katherine!
Check it out here:

Monday, July 20, 2015

Assemblage De Couleur

Rainbow colors

Green is for Envy

Alaska Blue
Finding yellow items...

And it opens!

Gathering Orange Items



Stayed tuned for more to come...I would like to create a whole series of these...