I will be showing a couple of works along with many of my Palouse Women Artists (PWA) friends this week. The show opens Saturday, September 7th from 1:00–3:00 p.m. at The Bank Left Gallery in Palouse, WA. The theme of the show is nature. You can see a preview at The Bank Left Gallery website. The show runs through October 5th. UPDATE 10/24/2013: I still have a number of pelican paintings left from the Moscow Artwalk and “Big Pine” for sale at The Bank Left Gallery.
I have been working on getting some of my jewelry available for purchase online. So far I have about 5 pieces for sale. I will be adding more over the next month so keep checking back. If you saw me at the Winter Market and remember a particular piece, let me know and I can put it at the top of my list of pieces to add. I have pendants and charms of most of the paintings that are available as prints and cards.
I will be attending the last Winter Market of the season in Moscow, Idaho this Saturday. Come and check out my prints, note cards, magnets and jewelry. Shortly after the market I will be offering many of these items for sale here on my web site. If you want updates as I add things, please sign up for my newsletter. (I promise to not fill up your inbox and I will not share your email with anyone!!) If you miss me at the Winter Market, my note cards will be on sale soon at the new Bookpeople of Moscow.
Just about a month ago I was able to participate in the 2nd annual Palouse Plein Air show here in Moscow, Idaho. “Plein Air” means painting in the open air in French. I spent three beautiful mornings painting within a 30 mile radius of Moscow. If you’re an artist and you have a chance to do this, I recommend it. It can be a little challenging depending on the weather, but it’s so nice to be outside and have a “live model” rather than a snapshot. You’re on a deadline so you know there’s an end in site if you get frustrated. (I always preferred taking tests than writing papers because of this.)
Anyway, two of my paintings are on display at the Third Street Gallery in Moscow which is on the second floor of the Moscow City Hall building. Around 25 artists participated and their inspiring work will be on display until November 23rd. Thanks to all the people at the Moscow Arts Commission who worked so hard to make the event a success.
I created this painting for my son. He drew a picture of a “knight mouse.” I took his drawing and embellished it. What’s funny is that the canvas I used had been lying around and had been used as a place to get rid of my leftover paint after painting sessions. If you paint, you know how expensive paint can be and I just hate wasting a pile of it and yet, I need big piles—especially when I’m working in acrylics (they dry quickly). Big piles of paint give me more freedom.
I picked up this canvas on the day that I was going to try to create “A Knight Mouse,” and when I turned it, all of a sudden I saw where the knight mouse should be. My lesson: don’t stress about wasting paint. Mix as much as you need and then if there are leftovers, slap them on an empty canvas and see what happens!
I will be participating in Moscow’s artwalk this year. A number of my paintings will be on display at Essence Salon at 886 Troy Rd, Moscow, Idaho. There will be an opening reception from 5:00–8:00 p.m. The work will be up through August 21st.
Since its beginning in 2004, the Moscow artwalk has become one of the many arts and cultural activities that help make Moscow a vibrant community. Participants are provided with a colorful brochure that directs them on a self-guided tour of the work of dozens of local and regional artists which is displayed in over thirty participating businesses.
“It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when planted, it grows…”
“the kingdom of God is within you…”
“the kingdom of God is at hand…”
I used to live in an upstairs apartment. I’d go out and sit on the back porch and this one crow would “yell” at me. He among other crows inspired this painting of a crow party.
“The world is always full of the sound of waves. The little fishes, abandoning themselves to the waves, dance and sing and play, but who knows the heart of the sea, a hundred feet down? Who knows its depth?” (quoted from Musashi, Book V: The Way of Life and Death, by Eiji Yoshikawa)
I’m currently reading the Musashi books by Eiji Yoshikawa. This is my second time through the series and I’m enjoying it even more this time. The story is a classic in Japan. It is sometimes referred to as the Japanese equivalent of “Gone with the Wind”. I like the way the hero grows in patience, awareness of self, and depth of character throughout the books. If you’re looking for a good read, check them out.