Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Seattle's Folklife Festival 2015

Well is it just me, or is it hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is next weekend!?!

Which means I've got to get myself together... because I've been given the opportunity to demonstrate silk painting at the Fiber Arts booth at Folklife!   I'll be demoing silk painting (and letting the public play) on Sunday from 11am to 3pm.  Please stop by and visit!  Folklife is SOOO much fun! 

Fisher Green - where the Fiber Arts Flashmob will be - see the facebook page for more info
There's also going to be another Fiber Arts Flashmob at some time during Folklife.  I went last year and it was great!  I had tons of people stopping to watch me paint, and I sat near the most fabulous weavers!!!  This year, my daughter and husband are coming too... because they heard me rave about the fun events.

 I hope you stop by Folklife - it's free to attend with tons of free music and other fun events.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

University House Art Exhibition & Gala

The flyer for the University House Art Exhibition & Gala

I just received the official flyer for the Evergreen Association of Fine Arts (EAFA)  University House Art Exhibition & Gala.  Your's truly, has 2 pieces of artwork in the show!

So here's the flyer.  I hope you all can come - if you can, please RSVP to 425-557-4200 by June 10th!

The gala is Saturday June 13th from 1:30-3:30pm.  Located at the University House in Issaquah (22975 SE Black Nugget Road, Issaquah, WA 98029).

Here is a preview of my two silk paintings that will be in the show.  Please see my Art Gallery page for more info!:
Magnolia's Life Recycled

Magnolias In The Mist

Hope you can come!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Habitat For Humanity Auction

Well I did it!  I finished my first scarf.  And silly me, I decided it HAD to be a hand-painted piece... which resulted in over 50 hours of work! I am SO glad to be done! whew!!!!

I do love what I made... but I think I definitely prefer working on smaller pieces - items meant to be wall-art. 
My official test-piece

I started off doing a test piece - which I am not sure what to do with.  It's really not what I would have done for an art piece..although it's pretty. 

The beginning

This is me at the Fiber 19 spring retreat.  I've begun to work on the scarf. 

The scarf, back in my studio

This is the scarf after probably 30 hours of work.  Each flower takes about 2 hours to complete.  Yes, that's my studio.  And no, I do NOT have a table/workspace big enough for scarfs! 

A close-up of some of the flowers

This is a close-up of some of the flowers.  If you look closely, you can see some of the vein-work details - which added a good deal of additional time to creating each flower.

Almost done!

This picture shows the scarf finished, with the lavendar-grey background painted in.  But it is not yet steamed to set the dyes and remove the wax resist.

It is amazing to me how stressful silk painting can be.  A slip of the paintbrush and you're forced to work with the mistake (because dyes don't usually remove from silk!).  And even when done painting, there is still a chance for the piece to be ruined during the steam-setting process.  So I basically feel like I spend the entire time I'm painting and steaming, holding my breath!  (Hmmm... perhaps I am more of an adrenalin-junkie than I realized!)

The finished scarf. 

After 50+ hours (really about 61 hours), the scarf came out pretty close to how I envisioned.  It's been carefully cleaned, ironed, photographed (of course), packaged, and mailed.  It's now winging it's way to New Jersey.  I wish it well and hope it brings a decent amount of money for the Habitat for Humanity Auction and a lot of joy to the person that buys it!!