Thursday, June 9, 2016

Room

A few weeks ago my husband and I watched a movie called Room about a young boy who spends the first six years of his life confined in a room with his mother.  After the boy and his mother break free of their confines life is both incredibly exciting and rich but also overwhelming.  They refer to life in captivity as Room and life outside of that as World.  I sometimes feel this way transitioning back and forth from months in our travel trailer to our home in Boise. Life is so simple most of the time in the trailer, and while it is exciting to return to all of the more complex and varied life of home, it is also a bit overwhelming.  First World Problem... right.

I am excited to escape the heat of Boise summer and discover some new and beautiful places in Room (the latest nickname for our trailer), but I have been busy for the last couple of months in World.  I started a women's mountain biking group, had my art accepted for a Ketchum ID utility box, entered three works in a call for artists in Seattle, submitted three works to the 2017 Boise Art Museum Triennial, submitted three works to be considered for the Boise Weekly cover and sold three pieces of original art to a local office.  So while it's sometimes a bit disorienting to go from Room to World and then back again, I am grateful that both places are good ones.



WoWoW (Women on Wheels on Weekdays)

Sneak Peak of the Utility Box in Ketchum



Three water related pieces of art in my studio

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Instagram

I don't know how many of you that read my blog are also on Instagram but it has seriously highjacked my postings on here! I had no idea I hadn't posted since November, I thought it had just been a few weeks as I post almost daily on Instagram. You can find me on there as @boiseartist. Be sure to comment and I will follow your photos as well!

It's Not All Black And White

Election Year

These two pieces were accepted in the TVAA show opening next week, "This American Life" at the Boise State Public Radio Station on Park Center


Entry for 6x6 show at Art Source Gallery in March

Lots of winter travel, fat-biking, cross country skiing snowshoeing and journaling

What else have I been up to? Have you checked out my blog...my lovely daughter is keeping it updated for me! http://boiseartist.wix.com/pammcknight 


I highlight of my week I look forward to is my friends studio night. I really look forward to these evenings where we not only catch up on each others lives but share our thoughts and observations about life and art. 

My website has all the shows I am currently in or coming up this winter/spring. Including a FREE Valentine DIY class, check out page 37.  http://parks.cityofboise.org/news/2015/12/boise-parks-recreation-offers-great-activities-this-winter-spring/

This is just a small part of what I have been up to...go to my Every Little Thing Face Book Page, my Instagram, and my Website to see the rest.

Thank for following me. Peace. Pam

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.