Saturday, April 21, 2012

RAW: The Blend

I am excited to announce that I have been chosen for the very first event for this international organization, and I didn't even apply. The director saw my work on the Treasure Valley Artist Alliance Web Page and contacted me!
Tickets for RAW: The Blend are on sale now! Come to The Powerhouse Event Center on May 17 from 8-12 for an original short film, 2 musical acts, 3 performances, a fashion show, sculptors, painters, photographers, jewelry designers, a DJ, a no-host bar, and an excuse to dress up! Check out the flyer to see who will be at the show and then click on your favorite artist to buy a ticket from them.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Buy Some Art, It's taking over my house!

I currently have work on display at Green Chutes Gallery, the Boise Art Museum Gift Shop, W.C. Moore Building, and soon to be- BSU Radio Station-TVAA Foray Show... and Art still seems to be taking over all my walls and shelves.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A weekend of canons and hairspray, rain and sun, hiking and biking, peeps and fire, gourmet cooking and camping.

 We had a great weekend with some fabulous friends from our Yahoo group: Idaho Outdoors last weekend at Lelsie Gulch on the Oregon/Idaho border.
Gorgeous Views from Leo's hike traversing the Roosters Comb.

Rock Arches
Fabulous rock formations

even time to mountain bike

a heart shaped opening in the rock 

 After everyone was back from various hikes, hot springs and boat shuttles, the festivities could really begin with a bang....
Owen and Benoit firing the potato canons
the secret ingredient is Aqua Net
Madonna relaxing in the afternoon sun.

 The crowds gather as the sun sets and the cooking begins.

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 Tom stacks the dutch ovens while Leo supervises. There was so much food we were all stuffed!

After dinner Leo told a Peep 50th anniversary story that had to do with Leslie Gulch. and then there was the burning of the Peeps. This year there were even a couple peep dioramas.
The very disturbing "Peep Hell House"

So in case you were wondering what Idahoans do for fun on the weekend, now you know!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Some DeMeng Inspired Art

A week or so ago I blogged on ArtFest.   and I said to stay tuned for my pieces from Michael DeMengs class.

I had a lot of fun on this one, combining a lizard and a small doll and a guitar. The earring for a head piece was added towards the end. During the critique I mentioned how the first time I took a workshop from him at Art & Soul my pieces looked just like his and now I am branching out to combine his style with my sense of color and whimsey.

 Here we have a skull head with a dog body standing on a rubber stamp. The monopoly top hat was given to me as one one my trades and worked out perfect. It is attached to an old metal frame.

 One of the fun things I learned in class this time was how to create different hairstyles for the dolls using a heat gun. Here we have a lovely bouffant on the cat/girl. Two earrings make up the tiara. I brought some pages from an old novel and found the perfect words to fit the piece..."escaped again"
 Here's a piece I had started on before I went to Art Fest...

 ...and came together after Helen, who sat beside me in class and had come all the way from England gave me this little piece of real parchment from 1775. It had to be honored in some way and was the perfect fit for my little door! Helen was so sweet as my hand had cramped up so bad from squeezing some DAP that I couldn't move my finger and she massaged it out for me.

 This one still in the works
As well as this piece on Frogs....

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ThaNk You, Thank YOu, tHank YoU!!

This past week I have been the lucky recipient of quite a bit of "found art" or things that people didn't want to throw away but thought I could put to good use. It started with Lynne who gave me these fine pieces of fringe at last weeks studio night...

 ...then Ronna asked me at the docent meeting if I would like these earrings that are missing their mate... the Gypsy Gallery Show...Emmy asked if I could use these monopoly pieces...

...on Saturday went on a hike and found the key... and Leo found the antlers and asked if I would like them and Kim carried them out for me in her backpack!

 ...but it doesn't end there, I get home and this baby doll is sitting in my living room! courtesy of Nancy! Wow, thanks all!

Tonight was Studio em night. Sue came to visit, drink wine and pet the dogs. :)

 Marianne busy at work on her dolphin mixed media piece, and she gave me a 16 x 20 frame I spied up in her "attic" Thank you! I needed it for a piece that was entered in a show but I mistakenly framed the wrong piece (different size)

My mixed media collage "17 postcards from Peru" that I had messed up and Marianne told me I could remove some the acrylic paint layers by using rubbing alcohol, which worked  and then I added a few more layers of color in select areas.

Poor Halle the cone dog who broke her foot while we where on our girls hiking/art weekend 3 weeks ago. 

Thanks all for a great week!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

I love a good story...

I love a good story. This one starts with me wandering into this Marine Supply in Anacortes WA... just because it looked interesting, which is is very old, in fact it is the oldest Marine Hardware store on the west coast. Lots of dusty bins filled with all kinds of things that I didn't know what they were.  I saw a sign that read "Boot Socks 35 Cents a pair or 3 for a dollar" They looked really old, but new and I couldn't believe that bargain of a price. Like it was still the original price and they had never gone up. I was actually more interested in the label for a collage than the socks themselves but thought they would be good for slippers.

When I went up to the register I told the man, well I found my bargain for the day and he said well wait till you hear the story about these. They were made by a family business in NY state during WWII and sent overseas to the soldiers. Well the two teenage daughters thought this would be a good way to get a couple GI pen pals for themselves and started stuffing the socks with their names and address. Well the father got ahold of this and demanded they remove all the address papers.

Apparently not all were removed. Jump ahead 50 years to the 1990's when the Marine supply acquires these socks from a Navy surplus. A woman buys some and when she gets home finds one of the names and addresses in the pair she buys. She writes the girl, now an older woman who still lives on the same street but in a different house! The recipenet of the letter brings it to her down the street. Somehow the news gets ahold of this and the purchase is traced back to the Marine Supply in Anacortes!

That was the best 35 cents I have ever spent!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Fest

I spent a day in Anacortes prior to the event enjoying the scenery (I hiked up to the top of the hill to the left of the photo, the wind was fierce!).

I decided I had better write this blog before I read any others that are posted about Artfest as I don't want them to influence my post. This was my first and last Artfest. Not because I didn't like it but because this WAS the last one. I think it has been going on for something like thirteen years. I had heard about it and always thought well one day I will go. Then when I read Destination Creativity The Life Altering Journey of the Art Retreat written by Ricë Freeman -Zachery and she says "Artfest is the granddaddy of the art retreats, the first and the biggest, an experience you really don't want to miss. If you can go to only one art retreat, you really owe it to yourself to experience Artfest." THEN I read that this was to be the last one and I said to myself, "well it's now or never" so I made my reservations and went! (By the way, if you get the book, my first published piece of art is on page 69!)
Bought a few second hand treasures while Shopping in Anacortes. The woman at the store said, "isn't she such a cute doll? and I thought, oh boy you don't want to know what I'll be doing to her in Michael DeMeng's class.

My friend Denise picked me up in Anacortes and we got the last ferry out before they shut down service due to the high winds!

We arrived late and dinner was just ending but they were so nice to open the door for us and let us grab a bite to eat. I had heard there was a new chef this year and the food was fabulous! Homemade desserts at lunch and dinner, a wonderful salad bar, vegetarian options for meals. All seemed fresh and healthy and local. We then ran over to hear the speaker for the evening- Jesse Reno. After hearing his talk I wished I had signed up for his class but his was over 2 days and I wanted do 3 different classes. There is always another time. :)

First day class- Stephanie Rubiano -Encaustic Homebodies
Stephanie had a stressful start to class as the heat guns and warming trays kept blowing the fuses in the old fort, but she called for help and found were the breaker box was and kept us in business.

 A few samples from class.

 We had to sew the little houses. I said, "What! I didn't know there was sewing involved in this class or I would not have signed up." but it went well. I made friends with Betty from Canada who was camping at the fort with her husband in their trailer.  Stephanie is a great teacher and we had a fun day.

Evening entertainment included Belly Dancing by Jesse Reno's wife.

Day 2 Class was Zoo-Illogicals by Michael Demeng
 I took a workshop from Michael a couple years ago at Art and Soul in Portland and knew I wanted to take another class with him and this one didn't disappoint.

Quite the fun dismembering dolls and animals and reattaching parts with Apoxie Clay. I met a wonderful woman from England whom sat next to me.

Michael showing us how to add that "baby-doll glow"

At the end of class we had a wonderful critique and discussed each persons piece or pieces.

Lynn Perrella's class sample
 Day 3 was Lynn Perrella's class "Shine On" The finished project was to be a large banner where we use lots of different layering collage techniques. I signed up for this class not so much for the project but that I wanted to take one of her classes as I read her book Art Making, Collections, and Obsessions: An Intimate Exploration of the Mixed-Media Work and Collections of 35 Artists
 quite by chance and it had an influence on the path of my art making. 

Making texture using a doily and gesso.

My finished banner was created as an inspirational piece for training for my first mountain bike race that is coming up the end of this month.
A fun part of the art retreat was the "trades." The coolest things I got was an original piece of parchment with writing on it that was supposedly from 1775 from England.  An newspaper clipping from 1945 and a feather with a cyrstal tied to it.
I was very impressed by how well everything ran and how Teesha and her husband Tracy recruited friends and family to make sure all went smoothly. They had continuous free shuttles circling around to help drive you to a class in the rain and stationed helpers at the classroom buildings to help some of the women with their huge suitcases of art supplies up the stairs.

It's now back to real life for me, but real life is living and breathing I'm not sad. Monday morning was docent training at the art museum followed by a mountain bike ride then an artist alliance board meeting. Tuesday I packed up for a show I'm doing tomorrow and then last night was my regular studio night with some friends and I did an artfest show and tell. That was quite fun. Today I'm working on this blog and making some new art for the museum gift shop.

Stay tuned for pics of my assemblages from Micheal's class.