Embrace your inner fierce and feisty!
It’s been a whirlwind year; I got married, my brother moved in, my parents moved back in-state, my nephew and cousin were born, I finished my certificate program for graphic design … Life’s been full of fun and exciting times. All these great things make finding the time to make art difficult. If I’m tired from work, I’m not motivated. If I have other activities that day, it’s hard to keep my energy up for art. If I don’t have my favorite headphones at the house … well, you get the idea. But despite all that, I’ve managed to complete a few new projects that I’m really proud of. And my motivation to practice my art, writing and design skills is higher than ever 🙂
Tree Nymphs is a canvas based on an idea that just wouldn’t leave my head. I love being in the woods. Picturing myself sitting at the base of a tree is my favorite meditation spot. I imagine sitting in the nook of a large, smooth tree root and, if there’s something I want worked out, I just have to open the door to find out how to get. This piece turned into a group project as my family helped me scour magazines to find just the right collage pieces, which makes the end result very special.
Making art on canvas still presents some challenges for my process, resulting in longer work time and keeps my studio (aka my dining room table) messy. In contrast to that medium, I went back to working in a journal for a quick piece. That’s where Underwater Adventure came forth. I spent just a few hours on this piece and, while the two mediums are similar, it was refreshing, satisfying and somehow less scary to get something down quickly. I painted and collaged in one day, embellished and wrote in another. Within the week, my “studio” was clean. Keeping my space clean makes me happy and opens up my mind for more projects. I’ve been hesitant to do art in journals because they aren’t easy to show, but if I look critically at what makes me happy, maybe it’s time to accept that it’s not all about what will show well. Maybe I’ll be able to find time and space for both … Sometime.
I thought this piece would be finished a while ago … but I just couldn’t decide which direction to hang it. Which way is up? So, after letting it sit for a while, I came to the realization that there just isn’t an answer! I polled people who’s eye I respect, and the results were mixed. I guess that’s the lesson from this one: Sometimes we may not know which way is up, and that’s ok. Maybe I can get Jason to build me a rotating mount for when I show this piece 🙂
Remember that project I started a few weeks ago? Well, I finally finished! Wildflower Wine Bistro is a great place to have a drink and some great food, and now you can see from the street where to find it 🙂 Kim and Denise have selected some amazing local wines that pair with their delicious Greek-inspired cuisine. Located between the Moose Lodge and Pioneer Coffee in North Bend, be sure to stop by next time you’re in town. Oh, and maybe check out the signs too 😉
“People see what they want to see. And in most cases, what they are told to see.” – The Night Circus.
This piece was so much fun to create! My friend, Miranda, challenged me to make something using her image of a tight rope walker. I had some circus ephemera laying around and had been looking for a way to use the clowns and seal that were drawn by my late grandma. I found out about two years ago that my grandma had been a bit of an artist and, while I felt some pressure to do her justice, it was really exciting to use her work.
This, along with the rest of my collection are up at Sigillo Cellars in old town Snoqulamie through the rest of October.
Next week, I’ll be moving my art from the Snoqualmie City Hall over to Sigillo Cellars! I’ve been working on a few new pieces that will be on display. Here is a sneak-peak at my latest. It’s a work-in-progress, and I’m very excited about where it’s headed. I’ll be showing the month of October at Sigillo, so be sure to stop by. I plan on having a reception too, so keep an eye out for more details 🙂 Happy Fall!!
My newest completed piece: Follow Your Bliss – Dive Deep. This is my first time working mixed media on canvas instead of paper and I really enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be doing a few more like this. Working on a larger area was different and presented new challenges. The only real downside is I can’t pack up and work outside the house. Otherwise, it was nice to focus on the bigger picture more than minute details.
My other pieces will be up at City Hall in Snoqualmie through September if you are in the area and want to take a look 🙂