I was going to wait for my new scanner to arrive in the mail, but I just can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been working on this past week! So here are some photos:
On my most recent trip to Daniel Smith I acquired a pad of Stonehenge Kraft paper – luxurious, soft creamy acid-free sheets that I couldn’t wait to experiment on! So I’ve been experimenting with charcoal, sumi and acrylic. I’m especially excited by how smoothly acrylic paint goes on, and next will try out more than just one color (baby steps here!). ^_^
Then I had to see how the cut fabric flowers would look contrasted on the brown paper, as I’ve only ever laid them down on white. I have to say, I rather like it! The colors, and the kraft paper feel very homey to me, very soft, warm and comfy.
Here are some snapshots of four more drawings that have yet to have flowers added. I have mixed feelings about this – I rather like the simple drawings, without anything added. Overdoing drawings/paintings/artworks is one of my biggest fears, art-wise, which is why I love spontaneous drawing so much, and prefer it to planned-out paintings. What do you guys think? How do you know when a piece is finished?
Thanks for bearing with me through the many pictures. I hope this finds you well – what have you been up to?
January so far has been half-full of specific commission work (super exciting stuff that I’ll have to wait and share with you later!), and half-full of creating whatever I’d like for some shows coming up. This is the hardest part; coming up with content – ideas that feel good enough to soil a piece of lovely cream Stonehenge paper (so soft and creamy! I love it so). When I’m stuck for ideas I pore through old sketchbooks to remind myself of things I once thought were interesting. This is always kind of weird because it feels like they’re someone else’s drawings, like hearing your voice recorded and played back to you (do I really sounds like that? In my head my voice is much for confident and butch. Hmm). By mid-march I will be creating new work for two separate month-long Artwalk shows -
Thursday, March 14th
4210 SW Oregon St., Seattle
So, I’m trying out some new things, like acrylic on Stonehenge paper in conjunction with pencil and ink. It’s weird – I feel like these drawings are showing up and someone else made them. Not that that’s bad or good, just weird. Thinking of: flowers and lace and blood and weeds, black velvet and portraiture and napping.
Alright! Enough talk about art! Here’s what else is on my mind:
Here’s a new piece I’ve been working on for the upcoming RAWartists city semifinalists art show – planning on finishing two more by the 17th. I’m trying some new things here, for one only showing part of her body, another, actually showing her face (still new to this, usually I cover them up with hair), and also throwing in some creepy crawlies peeking out from underneath the flowers.
I’ve dug up many earthworms - not for a long while, but we used to hunt night-crawlers at night, after the rain, with flashlights and slippery fingers.
You can read more about the upcoming RAWartists Award Show here. If you’re in the Seattle area at the time, it’d be awesome to see you there! There will be live music, a magician, short film, hair/makeup/fashion show, photographers and of course – visual artists. You also get the chance to vote in all categories and find out that night who gets to move on to the next round!
Cocktail attire (dress up! Hmm. I think this means I’ll have to brush my hair, or something.)
I just found out that until Saturday the 10th at midnight, every ticket you purchase you also receive a complimentary ticket courtesy of RAW Seattle! Once you have purchased your ticket email the confirmation with the additional names attached. Cool.
So! Here are some photos taken at the Trinity last month for the RAW artists “Radiate” art show, taken by their media crew. To see more photos, you can see the whole set on Flickr, taken by Erik Simkins, here.
Here’s how I set up my little corner: 2D artists weren’t allowed to use nails, screws, tape, or anything to attach their work to the walls, so I snagged a wall with a horizontal pipe running along the ceiling, over which we looped fishing line to hang artwork.
Here N and I look over the space, trying to see if our plan will work.
And, because I love you, I will let you see this video interview of which I am quite embarrassed, not to mention unprepared. At the time I didn’t know getting interviewed was part of the deal. I would have put on a fancy dress and done my hair if I knew (only half kidding)! Anyways, enjoy:
Opening night at Mace Mead Works last Friday was great – well worth the 5 hour (4 if Nick’s driving) drive down, then back again the next morning. Thank you so much to everyone who came, and to those who adopted artwork! Thank you, thank you!
The storefront, with Rachel’s hand-painted banners!
Our gracious hosts, Taylor Mace and Rachel Smith.Besides mead, Mace Mead Works also has a line of reds, called “Mortal Vintner.” I am head-over-heels for their packaging. It’s enough that the wine is super-yummy, but take a look at these!
A collaboration between owner Reggie and illustrators Beth Rahn and Chris Rahn, these labels are actually hand-pulled prints, so when you bring home a bottle, you are also bringing along little pieces of art! Too, too cool.
The artwork will be up in the tasting room until the end of June – so if you can, make it in – for the art, for the mead cocktails, and the beautiful bottles!