2 small finished paintings. We are still having bursts of cold in our neck of the woods but sprinkled with bits of sun and warmth. The flowers want so badly to emerge! Yes!
I'm ready for Spring
I admit it- I am a collector. Not a hoarder! There is a difference...at least I think there is. Anyway, I’ve been collecting ideas. A LOT of ideas. In my head, on paper, in notebooks. Admittedly, this has been going on my whole life, but something happened and switched it into overdrive. I discovered some really beautiful painters, I went to the library and found some wonderful books, but most importantly I’ve been reminding myself to make art wherever I am. The bag I carry around is ridiculous- I’m sure I could make do with less- but the one day I leave my white gouache or exacto knife at home I’m a mess without it. Of course, this has also forced me to work with something else I might not have picked up had I not forgotten said art supply.
Which leads me to my little art collections. Some days I just love my prismacolors- specifically teal, orange and yellow, blended and toned with white and cream.
Other days I’m haunted by faces and expressions that hold a whole story or just an emotion. I have to drop everything and sketch and refine in pencil.
Some days I just want to shade and make textures.
And then there are those days when a needle and/or thread are needed to bring that feeling of holding an object, hand-crafted, and cherished with each stitch and breath.
I love watching colors blend and move together.
Most of all I just want to keep making and drawing and painting and stitching.
If you are interested in any of these items feel free to shoot me a message. These are all for the most part studies for larger pieces and are under 8 x 10 - most are under 4 x 6. Thanks for reading this far! Comments are always loved an appreciated.
New Year and time to reflect
Ahhhh....as much as I love the holidays it’s always nice to just relish the calm and quiet that is winter AFTER all of that chaos. Time to settle in with warm socks (with stripes!), a warm drink and listen to your thoughts. I don’t make resolutions but tell myself to keep trying, to keep improving, and stay on a path that will lead me to a more creative filled life.
That being said I have “resolved” myself to painting and drawing more. And not just more, but concentrating on getting better at drawing the human face as well as anatomy, and focusing on styles, color and balance, in particular when it comes to painting. I would like to have a show -gallery yes!- at some point this year. So, I have 2 specific routes I want to take- finish the 15 or so paintings that have gone through many (oh so many!) layers and finish (start) the drawing/collage project that has been sitting in my head for far too long.
Here are 2 of the paintings that I have completed or are near completion:
Some of these drawings will be used in the project:
I’ve posted progress of these and more on Instagram and FB so please feel free to follow me for more updates. As always, comments and thoughts are always appreciated. I love to discuss and make new friends ;o).
It was so exciting to be able to see people’s reactions to my art and get some really ego boosting compliments. We had much more traffic than we expected in our little thrown together studio space and I am glad I finally got my stuff together and did this. Seeing everything on the walls ~together~ (not just stacked against the wall or on an easel) made it feel more like a whole. I think of each piece individually but when they are side by side - well, good golly i think i have a pretty cohesive collection!
So here are some more pics from the 2 weekends. I’m trying to get everything scanned in and posted in my gallery-if there is a piece you are interested in please email me! My Etsy shop is on a winter hiatus but I can still process an order if you see something you want
Cecily and I had a great time getting to know each other (again/more) and also realizing we have a lot to say about our work and why we do what we do. We were even interviewed by 3 high schoolers (Cecily did a video interview but I declined ‘cause I seriously fall apart with that much pressure) AND we were interviewed by Orange Magazine - a student-run online magazine for The University of Texas at Austin. Read the interview here. I have to say we were really riding high after it all ended and had an awesome experience being our first time ever participating in EAST.
And a big thanks to anyone (especially my beautiful friends and family) who has supported me by (pick one) sharing/buying/thumbs up/lovely comments. It means the world to me.
EAST- the 2nd weekend
Ok. You have 2 more days to come show your face and say hello!
Aren't we adorable? AND we are very creative...
2015 Lazy Brook, 78723. Loads of parking and good conversation!
EAST Austin Studio Tour
whew! It’s finally here...the week before EAST! It all feels like it’s coming together- rather quickly I might add, but after doing a test run of hanging everything on the walls I think we are (mostly) ready. It’s so strange to see all of my work hanging together in one place. It’s been forever since I’ve had a “show” with more than one piece and they all look so good next to one another!
Here I am next to my piece at Due EAST- the kick off exhibit and party. The exhibit is at 1501 E 6th Street and is ongoing until the end of the tour from 12-6 pm. As far as I know my piece is still up for grabs!
That being said- Studio YO- where the rest of my work will be hanging -is located at 2015 Lazy Brook 78723, open from 11-6pm. We are stops 9 & 10 on the tour and would love Love LOVE to see many bright and shiny faces stop by. You can meet the artists people! I’m hoping the visiting traffic up on the north end will be just as awesome as the more populated spots down south of us.
There is one wall of Cecily’s stuff as well as a hallway. Her photographs are so beautifully haunting! I’ve been grumbling at her to get some stuff posted onto a blog. She just growls back at me ;o). This pic doesn't do them justice. You must see them in person! Did you know Cecily and I used to twirl flags? NO- it’s not a euphemism for anything...it was a marching band kind of thing. Perhaps someone would be kind enough to bring us some flags to demonstrate? ha!
Check out the EAST web page here for more info on all of the happenings and the mobile app here where you can plan out your route and sort through artists by medium or name. Leave a comment! But better yet COME VISIT US!! YO!!!
So a few weeks ago I participated in a one night show hosted by a local architect firm Studio 8. A hoard of my family and friends showed up to support me as well as partake in free food, drink and live music. My dad was most impressed by the musician's ability to play the tambourine with his feet!
This was a nice kick off to my upcoming EAST show with my fellow studio mate Cecily. I'm trying to force myself to be organized. It's HARD to do!
Here are a few pics of the show set up and the happiness that ensued...
I am so very excited to announce I was selected to show 2 of my paintings in a local pop-up art show next month.
Here is a little snippet of each of the paintings.
RSVP or click the link below for more info. Live music and a screenprinting demo, too!!!
Studio 8 Art Pop - Studio 8 Architects, 611 W 15th St
Austin, TX 78701
Friday, October 10, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)
The wedding present
I hope they like it...
Just a few more hours
I am by all means not an organized person. I try to put things where I'll remember them. I try out different systems of order and labeling. It never goes well or I move on to something else.
That's how I feel about what I create. I love everything made by hand or created from ones imagination. I love to try new things and get carried away by materials and the "feel" of an image or sculpture.
In my head I think there should be more hours in a day to accomplish all that I wish to make and conquer.
This month I've been tackling watercolor, color and portraits. I struggle with wanting my portraits to look just right and really would love to settle on a style rather than constantly critiquing myself. But alas, I've come to realize my style is a little bit of everything. My style just comes from creating something with my own hands and putting it out there for someone else to see.
I'll probably move on from these-especially since I've run out of watercolor paper! But my portrait work is ongoing-self portraits are next even though I see myself in many I've already done. Signing off...