Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Art Pieces for Artfest GalleryAs I posted before, I am blessed enough to be going to the Artfest retreat this year. This painting "Pearl rose above the monsters of the Deep #2" (12x16 mixed media acrylic) is one of my two items for the Artfest Gallery April 1-5 in Port Townsend. The theme of the overall retreat is "sea monsters", so this is one of my interpretations. The second is a fun altered recycled seashell box, which could be set on a mantle or table or hung as wall art, "Pearl rose above the monsters of the Deep #1".
Rose House Exhibit
I have been invited to show at the Rose House in the April Edmonds Art Walk located at 555 Main Street at the corner of 6th Avenue. It is a lovely historic Victorian house built in 1907 and I am excited at the prospect of having my watercolors and mixed media shown there for a month beginning April 16. My friend, Sharon Baker will also show more hand-hooked rugs and mixed media art as well, and probably one or two additional artists. The opening reception is on that evening of April 16, and usually has all the artists showing at the reception. It is a fun opportunity for stopping in, meeting artists, seeing the art, and sipping a little wine. Do plan to stop in.
Free Blogging Widgets
Look at the very bottom of my page and you will see something called a "Neocounter" (no, I own no stock). Oh my, how fun, now I can see where people who read are coming from! Easy to add widget, just click on it and go to their site and follow instructions.
And I have added a "tag free zone" jpg which I got free courtesy of Helen of Heb-Art Journal in my blog list who has wonderful photos and art.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
From the Earth Hour website (click on it to read more):
"With the goal of 1 billion people switching off their lights as part of a global vote, Vote Earth is a global call to action for every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up and take control over the future of our planet. For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF [World Wildlife Fund] are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009. This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard."
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Experimenting with Felted Bag/Photoshop Tip This is a wonderful felted bag I bought last year at a museum shop, it has been sitting unused because I realized it had far too much drab olive green for me - all of the circles/ovals were encircled with raised green felt cord. So I pulled out my fibers, and began needlefelting - in the first pix you can see I have added red and turquoise around some of them, still not quite there... I do like purple, so in the second pix I have added purple which I like much better, it has more punch, and perhaps will do a little more color tuning to be satisfied and use this bag. Now, here's the tip - the second photo I actually painted the purple onto the pix with Photoshop to see if I'd like it. I'm realizing this would be a great tool to test out a color on something like this or even a painting or collage, without doing it to the real thing until I'm sure it's what I want. Any paint software would probably let you do this sort of thing.
Rose House Art Show
Last week I went to the art opening at the Rose House, part of the 3rd Thursdays Edmond's Art Walk. I visited with several friends including one of the featured artists Sharon Baker, who creates fabulous hand-hooked rugs, portraits, purses and whimsical boxes... The show is on til April 9, I do recommend stopping in. PS, the wildly creative green bag is no longer for sale, as I had to have it for a journal bag... I enjoyed seeing her stitching it a while back.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This time has been recognized and celebrated by a multitude of rituals to nature, god or gods for thousands of years by humans as a signal that the seasons were turning, the energy rising in those gestating green plants that would feed us and keep hunger at bay, a time of rebirth and creation coming, and a shifting towards the light again. It puts me in mind of spring cleaning which I am doing today (and will be doing for a while to get things fresh and in order)... in between short bursts of art and writing which I love and keep me going. I am literally "clearing the decks" since ours are crumbling and will be demolished and rebuilt this coming week, a huge project, as is the inside spring cleaning. But what a blessing to have a better one overlooking the garden below to enjoy the coming blossoming and light of spring and summer and watch our local crows flocking every evening to their rookery.... And I contemplate the seasonal wonders that I am part of, the metaphor of moving from darkness to light, the spring cleaning of the interiors and exteriors of my landscape, and painting my life on a fresh canvas. Every day is a blank page to be filled.
For today's meditation time, I enjoyed the video "Flowers in Growth", with great time lapse photography of flowers, which was produced by SpiritonSound with music from Luka Van Den Driesschen. Relax a few minutes and contemplate spring and renewals and what it means for you.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
"Spiritus" Art Submittal
I have not been up on submitting things to publishers but I could not resist trying for the new publication planned by Lark Books: 500 Found Object Works. As I mentioned in a previous post I had taken a workshop last year that focused on using found objects, basically recycling into art and was quite pleased with the result. I wasn't overthinking when I made this art object, it just seemed the pieces wanted to be where I put them. I tried to fight off putting the nails on it, but then it does fit.... trying to reach heaven, we all are, but being bound to the earth, rooted, nailed. And I was thinking about the various forms religion or spirituality takes, mandalas, ancient lettering texts, halos and energy and breathing... Spiritus.
Digital Camera Tips
Here is a better picture than previously posted, as I tasked myself this past week to learn how to use the macro on my digital (a simple setting change), plus also learned how to set the camera for sharper deeper resolution, as I want to submit more art and publishers require sharp good resolution. Go to your camera menu, look for something called quality and change it to fine or best. Then I also changed the settings to the largest size picture it could take - I got great images. However, making these changes also means I could only take about 5-6 pictures at a time without downloading them, so I wouldn't want to leave those settings all the time.... or I'd miss a lot of good photo opportunities on the road. With the standard settings I get about 100 pictures....... A lot of you probably already knew these tips...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
the elusive cloud-filled skys are one of my favorite subjects... so therefore, it's perfect that I live in the Northwest....
Below is a terrific You Tube video produced by two brothers Al Meldrum and Ewen Meldrum as a tribute to Ron Fricke who filmed Koyaanisqatsi, as I remember a powerful film. They have very effectively used time lapse to capture the changing cloud-filled skies and scenes over Edinburgh beautifully. And, it is accompanied by music from one of my favorite composers, Phillip Glass (Philip GlassViolin Concerto, 1st movement,Adele Anthony, violin,Ulster Orchestra,Naxos CD 8.554568).
This is one to pull up a chair, get cozy comfortable, take a few deep breathes, let your mind drift along with the clouds and the music and give yourself a few moments of relaxation.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The day before I enjoyed the Seattle Asian Art Museum with a friend and loved the Garden and Cosmos: The Royal Paintings of Jodhpur exhibit - a fabulous collection of Indian paintings from the royal courts of Rajasthan from the 17th-19th century. These were exquisitely detailed watercolors with the cosmic and god elements, birds, foliage and courtly events depicted, and the museum has provided magnifying glasses to really see the depth and detail and rich rich colors. Add to this a photo exhibit from India and we got a real taste of the culture. For locals this show is on til the end of April.
Afterwards I couldn't resist the nearby Conservatory where the tropicals grow - above are only two of the many beautiful orchids. Their exotic nature is fascinating...as is the lush growth of ferns, palms, birds of paradise, cacti, bromeliads and much more, in the humid warm air of the glass enclosure...
The previous week I also had the fun of going to Sew Expo billed as the country's largest from dawn til dusk one day... walked and walked the fairgrounds where it was held, ran into quite a few women I knew. SO many fibery goodies, techniques, colors, and vendors, and workshops, it was overwhelming but fun. Here is a small needlefelted (NF) picture I finished at home. I drew my own design (ongoing theme of "Happy Houses") and barely started NF when the one hour workshop was over! I am pleased with more detailing and blending I was able to accomplish in this experimental piece.