Walnut ink and gentle intentions

Happy 2016!! This evening I’m going to go hang my first show of the new year, a collection of pieces I created in the last couple of weeks, trying a little something new.

Flying Apron Bakery in Fremont! Gluten-free! I don’t follow a gluten-free diet, but I know you might!

3510 Fremont Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

I’m working on cream paper, with walnut and sumi ink, and cut flowers from a new batch of fabric that I recently procured from some local fabric shops. While working on these pieces, I’ve been mulling over my intentions for the new year.

I don’t have new years resolutions per se, but I will be focusing on being more mindful, in both work and in my non-work life. These last few years I’ve been so entrenched in my art life, and while I am in love with it, I tend to gloss over other areas in need of attention, and let things get all lop-sided.

If you’re like me and are an artist/freelancer/are self-employed, especially early on – you know how easy it is to become a workaholic. There’s always the fear in the back of your head that if you stop working, even for a day, the momentum will evaporate and your livelihood will shrivel up (like all those little plants you forget to water. Gone forever!). In this rush it’s easy to fall into habits, good or bad, and it’s hard to step back and reassess. I’m going to be doing more stepping back, more spending time with those I love, more focused art-exploration/experimentation and *ahem* I SWEAR this aligns with my motivations – playing more Fallout 4.

I hope this year for you is better than any you can remember. I’ll keep you updated on mine, and I hope to hear about yours. 🙂

I love this post by Martha of the Freedom Experiment: 55 gentle ways to take care of yourself when you’re busy busy busy

And Anna from And then We Saved: 134 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness

Sumi Swirls and Sleeping Girls

Did I not post these? I forgot to post these! I created these five large sumi ink paintings in January for the group show: Wavelengths, at GR2 in Los Angeles. I kept these simple, just sumi ink on watercolor paper.5 More Minutes_sample

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“Coil”

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“Curl 2”

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“Dark Matter”

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“Fog”

P.S. Hi Fructose wrote a little blurb about the show here (!).

STELLAR: Evidence of an alternative space program

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Oh my god. How is 2014 already halfway over? More importantly (to me, anyway!) – how is my solo art show at Twilight gallery opening in only eight days?! I am soooo excited – there will be paintings of planets, starscapes, unnamed cosmonauts and floaty space girls. You are officially invited! If you are a facebooker, here is the invite page.

This weekend I’ll be into the gallery to paint the walls black, and any day now my bags of glow-in-the-dark stars will be showing up in my mail. To be used on the gallery walls, of course, but which after the show I’m sure will all go straight up in the apartment walls.

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Why am I devoting a whole set of drawings and paintings to this franky, naive and arguably overdone subject?

What I’m after – childish wonder, stark beauty, vast loneliness + absurd simplicity. Exploration, finding comfort in the unknown + active curiosity.

I’m not a scientist, or an astronaut, this collection is just a portrait of what I thought being a space explorer was like, when I was 10.

I have this desire to touch emptiness, embrace the nonsensical, and lose a sense of proportion. Gadgets, physics, magic… all that good stuff!

I aim to create a portrait of an innocent motivation to seek comfort and wonder in the unknown.

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If you are in the vicinity, please come by for opening night! There may be space-themed cocktails. And there may be spacemen/women. YOU should definitely come dressed in your finest intergalactical gear. 🙂

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature – Show at Gallery Nucleus!!

I’m so pleased to be taking part in this invitational group show at Gallery Nucleus, in Alhambra, California:

Terra: Artwork Inspired by Nature

March 29, 2014 – April 13, 2014
Mar 29, 7:00PM – 10:00PM

Here is the piece I shipped down to the gallery – “Soil” – watercolor, 7×10.”

soil sm“From the forces that gift us with sunshine and curse us with storms to the countless creatures that roam sky, earth and sea, from the plants that provide us with breath and life to even the tiniest of organisms yet to be discovered, we are surrounded by Mother Nature at every moment. Nucleus presents an exciting group of diversely skilled artists that have come together to create a compelling collection of work that celebrates the harmonious existence of all things that live, breathe, and even photosynthesize. This visually stunning exhibition features a variety of media from a global roster of inspiring talent and urges us to connect to the beauty, power and balance within the natural world. ” (Gallery Nucleus)
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Exhibiting Artists:

Alex Louisa
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Brooks Shane Salzwedel
Christina Mrozik
Corinne Reid
Edward Kinsella
Erica Williams
Frank Gonzales
Hannah Yata
Jan Huling
Joshua Harker
Junyi Wu
Karina Eibatova
Katherine Brannock
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Laura Bifano
Linda Kim
Mab Graves
Michael Brown
Otto Björnik
Natasha Durley
Richard Kirk
Sam Yong
Sean Avery
Stasia Burrington
Teagan White
Vikki Chu
Yellena
Zoe Poster

(Oh my god! Some incredible artists here! I feel so honored to be showing with them! …And intimidated… oh, don’t tell anyone)


Here are some other small paintings I’ve done recently – I took a small break from work this last month to spend some time in Montana with my sister, brother-in-law and brand new nephew (!), who I’m head-over-heels in love with. Needless to say, I didn’t get much done. But we were able to sneak in a little time to play around with watercolor pencils! spring sm

“Spring”

 

 

 

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