Thursday, July 31, 2008
Studios, a fitness center owned by personal trainer Kevin DeMarco.
The Urban Studios is located at 805 N. 4th Street -- downtown in the
Brooklyn Arts District. I'm very happy for the chance to exhibit my
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
wine tasting on August 22nd. There's also a free trolley that runs past the shop every day.
Cafe Diem is located at 805 N. 4th Street and is open Monday through Saturday 9am-9pm.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
balance the large beak. I used scraps of mesh door screen to build up
the "feathers". The form is very heavy now and has been drying
Saturday, July 26, 2008
basic structure for a Venetian style leather mask to wear/display with
my wooden wings. I've never worked with leather outside of the shop
class I had in highschool...a number of years ago. But I really want
this mask to be authentic and unique.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
That's one of the great things about Wilmington...artwork is a part of every community event and there are creative people everywhere.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
One of my favorite paintings, "Katie with Wings", (above) was sold in an art gallery earlier this year. I kept the original drawing and recently decided to do a silkscreen design and reuse the image. Obviously, I wasn't trying in any way to recreate the feel of the original oil painting, but using it in a new way appealed to me.
I used the drawing fluid/screen filler method and "drew" on the screen using a paint bottle with a tiny opening. This allowed me to have a bit more control with my lines. Once the process was complete, I printed the image onto flour sacks. The first is the off-white organic cotton sack and the second is a white sack that I distressed with two colors of ink. The ink adds an interesting effect but I'm not totally sold on it.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
colors onto organic cotton flour sack towels. I printed on white
towels and off white. Both look good. I also printed dark ferns onto
several bright white cotton napkins. They look very crisp and will
make the perfect addition to a picnic.
screen filler because my first layer was thin enough that it allowed
too much ink to pass through the silk. I like the second one a lot
better. It still has the look of a freehand drawing and a slightly
distressed feel. The lines aren't perfect and that's what I was going
for. Someting more like a random sketch than a finished drawing. I
decided to leave some of the blotches and drips that occurred when I
applied the drawing fluid. Feedback anyone??
Monday, July 21, 2008
error. I am trying out a new method of creating a silkscreen design
using drawing fluid and screen filler instead of photo emulsion. I am
working on several screens at once because I am so impatient. The
first screen took about an hour of my time to paint the fluid on and
unfortunately it wasn't thick enough and didn't wash out as I
expected. I felt like a failure but used my new knowledge on my other
"wheel" design and drew on thick lines of drawing fluid. After it
dried I brushed on the screen filler...let that dry, I took it outside
to hose it off, the drawing fluid washed out with no problem as you
can see from the photo. Tomorrow I will try again with the other
design. Stay tuned to see a print of this design tomorrow. Of course,
this single wheel is only a portion of a much more elaborate finished
Our kayaking excursion to the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin was a blast. It was our first "family" vacation and I think it was a success. We are already planning something fun for next year. We had a great guide named Joe, who helped us overcome our fear of death and extremely cold water.
Check out the rest of the photos....
Sunday, July 20, 2008
fluid and screen filler instead of photo emulsion, which is my usual
way. So far so good....
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I'll be elaborating on the trip in full detail with visual aids soon but for now, we are making our way back to Wilmington, NC.Yesterday we drove 7 hours from the Northwoods to Chicago where we
spent a wonderful evening catching up with more family. We had a great swim before dinner to loosen our muscles for the 14 hour drive today. Our goal is to make it to Greensboro, NC by 7pm so we can go to our favorite store... REI, then tuck in for the night and push on tomorrow.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Although I pride myself on embracing every kind of adventure that comes my way, I'll admit that I'm a bit nervous because I've never tried it before.
On another note, last night for dinner we ate fried White Fish Livers. They're a specialty here in Bayfield and although everyone else was hesitant, they were awesome...however, only slightly better than the fried chicken livers I grew up on in Southern Missouri.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
delicious all at once. This morning after breakfast at the Egg Toss Cafe we popped into What Goes Around, a little shop filled to the brim with stacks of old books. Heaven!!
I'm a big fan of Pearl S. Buck's work so I was thrilled to find a trilogy of books she wrote under the nom de plume John Sedges. I also grabbed "Reading Lolita in Tehran". A copy of Lolita was also on the shelf and I was tempted to buy it but I've watched the movie and so I'm familiar with the story. It's intriguing but disturbing so I decided to pass.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
National Forest. Day 1 of our Pearson/Stockbridge family
adventures...not unlike the Grizwalds I'm sure!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
She's a real "bear" of a woman! Just kidding. My father-in-law is a
big game hunter so the cabin is filled with animals of all kinds.
This is just one of several bears in the house. It's like a museum.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I'm about to set off on a three day kayaking excursion. Wisconsin's northernmost landscape juts out into Lake Superior as the scenic archipelago known as the Apostle Islands. The national lakeshore includes 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline, featuring pristine stretches of sand beach, spectacular sea caves, remnant old-growth forests, resident bald eagles and black bears, and the largest collection of lighthouses anywhere in the National Park System. Let's just hope my arms hold out...I've never actually done any kayaking before!!
Friday, July 4, 2008
They operate a wood floor business and import all kinds of wood that eventually makes its way into the homes of millions of Americans.
Yesterday we toured the warehouse and saw some amazing hand carved imports. If I only had more room in my apartment...
My painting, "Out of the Box" is in a group exhibition at the Black Door Gallery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Gallery owners Craig and Elizabeth Thomas invited several established and emerging women artists to participate in "Feminine Perspective", which will open to the public on July 4th with a reception on July 11th.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Tuesday I installed 7 paintings in Charleston, SC at the North Charleston Meeting Place. The huge windows make a great display opportunity in the up and coming downtown area of North Charleston. The paintings are from "Sowing and Reaping", a series of allegorical fruit and vegetable still lifes. The two month long exhibition was organized by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department.
Having lunch at EVO, an organic pizzeria just down the block, was a real treat.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I am really pleased that some of my screenprinted tote bags, tee-shirts, and cards are now selling at Edge of Urge, an awesome shop at a primo location right downtown in Wilmington (18 Market Street). The store was recently featured in Coastal Living Magazine.
Here's one of the tote bags that's in the shop...
and here are the cards...