Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014 Northwest Folklife Festival Seattle

If you haven't had the chance (and you're in the area), you should head over to the 2014 Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center!  Today we did a Fiber Arts flash mob and it was a blast!

Some of the various Fiber Artists

We sat up near the beer garden entrance on Fisher Green at 3pm and practiced our various Fiber Art forms until 3:45.

A partial view of Fisher Green

The music was great, the food was tasty, the artists had fun, and we had quite a few people take pictures and ask questions.

Folk Life  continues on through Memorial Day Weekend... stop in if you get the chance (I'd take a bus though - parking was a pain, AND expensive!). 

My setup -yes, I'm working on another set of dandelion puffs to make into cards later

Decisions about what to paint.

Do you have challenges deciding what to paint?  I sure do! I have SOOOO many things I want to paint, it's hard for me to pick just one or two (because I certainly can't paint more than that at one time!).  

This month I've been experimenting with technique while trying to get ready to show at the first Issaquah Artwalk on June 6th, 2014.  I'm hoping to get another 2-4 paintings done in the next 2 weeks, but I'm dithering about what to paint I'll be lucky to get a couple done!

My latest paintings include my Dandelion series and an Iris.  For the dandelions, I wanted to try doing some silhouettes so I could mainly play with background colors.. but ended up painting in the silhouettes rather than leaving them as a black or white image with color all around.  I like how they turned out - but the results are not what I was originally going for.  It will be interesting to see how they really look once they are steamed.   I've done 2 different paintings and a bunch of strips which I'm going to (probably) cut into sections and mount on cards. All of these are (of course) painted upon recycled silk!

My first dandelion painting is Evening Weeds & Wishes done with the idea of the setting sun in mind.  I was mainly playing with dribbling colors and then tipping the painting and moving it around to produce blended colors for the background.  I liked the result and thought the greens looked somewhat like other plants in the background.
Evening Weeds & Wishes. Jacquard Dyes, Resistad, 9"x12"
My 2nd dandelion painting Morning's Gentle Wishes, was done with a similar paint-dribbling technique for the background - but enhanced to make the greens appear more like plants and flowers.  In this painting, the sky is a more typical soft blue of a typical misty morning in the pacific northwest.
Morning's Gentle Wishes
These are just simple dandelion puffs that I drew on with resists so I could play with blending colors.  I will probably cut them up and use the pieces for making greeting cards.  I do like the way they looked and may decide to mount one or two as paintings. 

Dandelion Puffs for cards

My other idea I wanted to try -  was to accurately paint an iris.  Ironically, once I started on the painting, I lost the reference photo.  So I cobbled together other photos to use as references.  Once I was done, I found my reference photo (of course)...and it was NOT what I remembered.  The flower in the picture was red and my color-scheme is yellow and purple.  So I am pretty sure that my painted flower does not exist on earth as I've colored it... but I'm still pleased with how it turned out.   Again, this is not yet steamed, so I am unsure exactly how the colors will appear once it has been steamed.  In this painting, I was experimenting with how dye-set can be used to set colors while still painting.  So I'm unsure how much detail will be retained or lost once steamed. I'll post pictures when it's done and mounted.   This iris will be mounted on a 12"x12" canvas.

Yellow & Purple Iris, Jacquard Dyes, Dyeset, Resistad, 12"x12"
I'll post follow-up pictures to compare the before and after steaming. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Honorable Mention Ribbon in the 2014 Helen Norris Open Art Show

My Silk Painting - Goldfinch in Breeding Plumage ($135)
I'm pleased to announce that my silk painting of  Goldfinch in Breeding Plumage received an honorable mention ribbon in the 2014 Helen Norris Open Art Show at the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery!  I had a fabulous time at the reception and met a bunch of wonderful artists!!  The artwork from the contest will be on display at the Sidney Museum and Art Gallery through the month of May.  If you get the chance, stop by and vote for your favorite entrant (trust me there are some incredibly talented artists showing their work!!).

Thank you so much for all of your support, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at my next big event, the 2014 Issaquah Artwalk! (I'll post more about that, when I receive the final details!).

Just a few of the entrants from the Helen Norris Open Art Show (this shows some of the Mixed Media group)

Friday, May 2, 2014

My Art Is Now On Fine Art America

I am happy to announce that I now have an account on Fine Art America and will have a limited number of prints available for purchase through them.  They have an amazing variety of prints (not just mine) available for purchase. 

They offer a wide variety of sizes and can create your desired print(s) on paper, canvas, metal, acrylic, cards, and even cell phone cases!  How fun is that?

Ok back to work - my next project is an Iris.  Check back later to see the results!