Sharing what I love to do

img_0595Portland Open Studios (PDXOS) features 106 artists who open their studios, showing their art and work spaces to visitors. This past weekend over 100 guests learned a bit about encaustic collage, hand embroidery and my art practice. Additionally, everyone was given the opportunity to create their own small piece – working with beeswax, demar resin, oil pastels and encaustic colors. They had a blast and so did I! img_0582img_0583Monday evening I visited 8 of the studios in my artist community  (Community #2). Betsy Levine #11, (her meticulous oil paintings of flowers are delightful) organized this private tour – since we’re all booked during the two weekends of the event. The studios and artworks I saw were amazing and getting to know these artists was a treat. David Friedman’s, #17 paper cutting must be seen in person – photos just can’t capture it’s depth and beauty. Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley’s #20, watercolors and acrylics are wonderful – scientific and whimsical at the same time. Dan Pillers #16, heart-felt mixed media/reclaimed wood sculptures tell stories and share his visions. Mona Cordell’s #19, bi-level studio was full of her powerful figure paintings, sumi brush drawings and more. Would so love to see her body painting on the NW Dance Project performers this weekend! Mandy Stigant’s #18, sturdy wood-fired stoneware would be a great to use. Scott Conary’s #13, masterful oil paintings tell stories of places, people and more. Hilary Pfeiffer’s #12, works embrace several mediums: wood, metal and book publishing. Her painted wood birds and animals are truly delightful. Three hours later I came home visually sated, feeling very honored to be included with this talented group of working artists. pdxoscardfront       I’m gearing up for this weekend’s tour (October 15/16, 10am – 5pm), creating some small encaustic pieces (3.5 x 3.5) on the left-over pine blocks that my sweet husband so graciously cut and sanded for me. Sharing what I love to do, having people appreciate my work and also enjoy trying their hand at making is the best! Here are some the Little Art Works (L.A.W.) that will be available this weekend – $25 each and ready to hang. img_0593img_0591Today’s lovely sun is giving way to a weekend of rain, rain, rain. So please do drop by, have some tea and chocolate, play with wax and see my work – I look forward to sharing it with you. Portland Open Studios guides are available at New Seasons, Collage, Dick Blick, Artist and Craftsman Supply as well as other local businesses and there’s a free app, too!img_0589img_0590img_0594img_0588

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Save the Date!

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Saturday, December 13! (12.13.14) 10am to 5pm • 4915 NE 26th  – Head on over to Portland’s Alberta neighborhood to join me and six fabulous artist pals at our one-day POP-UP Shop!

I’ll have felted potholders, cozy cashmere fingerless gloves, travel sewing kits, collage journals, pretty pincushions & more. Robin May will have her charming needle-felted animals, delicious cooking rubs and potted paper whites.

My studio mate, Naomi Abrams Reinstein’s calendars, clever paper collages and art necklaces will delight you. You’ll want to adorn yourself with Cheryl Cook’s unique jewelry made from precious and semi-precious gemstones. Abby Roth is creating delightful hand-stitched nature-themed mobiles.

We’ll have two Seattle artisans as well. Jeanette Deary’s handmade cold press soaps are made with natural healing soothing ingredients and smell so good! Tami Johnson’s pottery made by hand is sure to make you smile.

Bring your friends. You’ll be able to “shop local” by supporting artists AND sign up for some way-cool door prizes. What could be better?

PS – check out the new tab Recent Work at the top of the page. I’ve been busy.

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Playing with scissors

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I LOVE collage and have been cutting and tearing up magazines and paper since I was a little girl. Searching out interesting images, precisely cutting with sharp-pointed scissors, carefully arranging just so, sewing to attach the larger elements and then finally gluing everything together is just the best!

I recently scored 15 LIFE magazines, dated 1945-48, and needless-to-say they are amazing. The photos and advertisements are a treasure trove for sure. Additionally my studio pal Naomi gifted me with several National Geographics from the 1920’s. I’m presently residing in image heaven.

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I’ve been creating journal covers. The collages are sewn onto felt and designed to fit a Moleskine® cahier (paper-back booklet). When full, the cover can be removed and a new journal inserted.

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The double photos show the front (left) and back (right) of each medium-sized cover. There are several types of journal pages: blank, ruled or gridded. All will be for sale at the upcoming Soulumination Holiday show in Seattle.

Home again, home again . . .

Spent the past weekend in Seattle teaching at LOJ (Letters of Joy) and working on a wrapping project for a client. Visited friends, consumed delicious food & drink and participated in “retail therapy.” What could be better?ImageThe students in my class, Tape it Up, Packing tape transfers for collage, were so creative and enthusiastic – the two hour class flew by and they didn’t want to leave. My phone was almost dead so I didn’t get to photograph all 10 student’s work – here’s a collage created by Andrea.

I’m back in the studio – cleaning, rearranging and getting rid of anything I haven’t used in the last year (10 x 14 feet means that everything has to have a “spot” – it’s like being on a ship). Going home yesterday afternoon I saw a guy “dumpster diving” in the building’s HUGE recycle bin. I’d put out a big box of paper scraps (end cuts from invite jobs, etc.) and was glad to know that my trash was someone else’s treasure!

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Encaustic painting is something I’ve been wanting to explore for a while – took a beginning class at Collage in March, but I resisted purchasing supplies or starting on anything until after all the pieces were done for the Maude Kerns show and LOJ. Am making space by the window (for good ventilation) and will soon be ready to experiment with color, beeswax and collage – looking forward to see where it takes me.

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Fun & games in my sunny studio

The visiting sun and 4 students creating one-of-a-kind games made for a lovely afternoon in my studio. Not only are these women very talented, they’re also great company – two and a half hours flew by.

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Birds, butterflies and lettering were Nancy’s subjects for both of her games.

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An was captivated by vintage postcards and maps.

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Bonnie created her games featuring Paris, collage and bright colors.

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My game features a retro skeleton and garden veggies. Unfortunately Jan left before I brought out the camera. Her games were awesome as well.

This project looks deceptively difficult, but these games are easy to make and offer so many options. I’ll be teaching this class again in the fall at my new studio space. I hope you can join me!

Tag, you’re it and then some

guests at the opening were encouraged to take home these lovely floral centerpieces

Coming down after a great weekend in Portland . . . California Impressionism and Ellsworth Kelly opening at the Portland Art Museum, visiting my friend Tricia Hassler’s fabulous studio/home in the Pearl . . . delicious food . . . biking 35+ miles . . . shopping at Twist and Cargo and LOTS OF SUN!

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I also had the opportunity to help with a year-end project at Sunnyside Environmental School (where my sister-in-law teaches). Making a collage composition with 1st and 2nd graders’ painted paper flora and fauna was great fun and I look forward to seeing the finished song book.

Now I’m back at in the studio – designing hang-tags for Spiderfelt and working on my own art. Lovely to get away and nice to be home, too.