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

Nausicaa, and Windsor & Newton inks

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“Nausicaä” – 8×10″ ink and watercolor on aquabord watercolor cradled wood panel.

I’m so proud of my most recent little painting! I’m trying something a bit different here. The last time I visited the art supply store, I picked up a set of Winsor & Newton inks, and after lightly penciling in the drawing I used the nut brown ink to trace over the linework.

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 I used liquid resist (the light blue blobs) to protect the areas I wanted to keep white.

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Here is after the first few coats of paint, not quite dark or rich enough. I used both the inks, and my watercolor paints.

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And here is the finished piece!

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This painting is for this group art show, set to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend. All of the work is inspired by nostalgic animation from the 80’s and 90’s. Opening Friday night! Hope to see you there. 🙂

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Here is the Facebook event page.

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. 🙂

Pieces up at Scratch Deli!

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Hold this for Me?

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Seattle street photographer Rich Fought

If you live nearby, do think about stopping by Scratch Deli (1718 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) tonight (April 12th) from 7-9pm. There will be live music, drinks, art, and good people.

New painting – “chance encounter”

“Chance Encounter” – 9×10″, gouache on handmade paper.

Another exercise with my fear of (or rather, impatience with) paint – I want to love you, dear squishy wet pasty colorful stuff – but our relationship has always been so shallow – not nearly what I have with graphite or ink. Dear paint, you’re still so mysterious to me.

I’m back home from a week-long trip back to Montana, visiting family, playing lots of board games, watching lots of tv, target-shooting, swimming at the lake, and getting pretty much eaten alive by mosquitoes. Now it’s back home, and back to work!

I’m getting ready for the next show: RAW: Natural Born Artists “Radiate” – a curated collection of art: 2D, 3D, music, fashion, makeup and more happening at Seattle’s Trinity (111 Yesler Way) on August 18th from 8-10:30pm. Tickets are $10.

View my profile and buy tickets here!