Monday, November 17, 2014

Making More Rounds

Since the big carved heart tree round was so popular at Ayn and Barbara's heart show, I decided to do a few more of these little beauties.

They feature pine beetle kill tree rounds that I've harvested at my brother's land. There are endless ways to play with these naturally beautiful rounds, so I'm making a wide variety of them. They are great hung in a group... and they are priced so you can buy several and do your own grouping.

Be sure to come to the Fine and Funky show early... these are going fast! See you Friday December 5th, 5-9 pm, and Saturday 10-5pm. Opera Galleria, 123 North College Ave in Old Town.

Fine & Funky Local Art Boutique

Save the just a few weeks the 13th annual Fine and Funky Art Boutique opens for two days only! Make your list now so you'll have time to check it twice...we'll have plenty for both the naughty and nice.

December 5th (First Friday), 5-9pm and Saturday 6th, 10-5pm at 123 North College Ave in Old Town.

This is always a popular event! I've been busy in my workshop preparing for this show of some old work, some new, and all of it affordable. Shop for the holidays and treat yourself too!

Everything from $5-$100! I'm pulling out paintings and prints on paper, collaged vases, little painted blocks, tree round sketches, and the ever popular Miss Emily Chickenson will make an appearance.

Stop by and say HI!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Celebrate Reuse!

In October I participated in the Recycled/Reuse event at the Art Lab in downtown Fort Collins. I showed several art works that are made primarily out of used or found materials. The show is to raise awareness of reusing materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.

Miss Emily Chickensen made an appearance and was photographed for the Coloradoan Newspaper.

I showed a collection of rounds - pine beettle kill tree rounds that I've been creating one-off sketches on. They are for individual sale.

I also showed some collaged vases from a number of years ago. They will be making a big splash at the FIne and Funky Art Boutique too, as I'm getting a number of them from a friend in Seattle who has stored them for me. It's about time I got them back.

Celebrate Reuse!
At the Art Lab, 239 Linden St., Fort Collins
ReUse Art Show and junk-crafting daily! All ages and free.
Thursday Oct 16-20, 2014

The Rounds Sketches use scavenged materials.

Miss Emily Chickensen has a novel growing out
of her head like hair and sports a hat with a
book-reading bird..

Monday, September 22, 2014

Must Love Art, Heart for Sale!

This past month I joined over 70 artists in the Must Love Art heart show hosted by Barbara Gilhooly and Ayn Hanna. The wall of hearts was fabulous! And needless to say, the work of Barbara and Ayn is phenominal. I've gone back a few times to soak it all up.

The show is still up through this Saturday, 27th. And, if you want to purchase anything online, they have a great site set up just for that. Take a looksee here and support a great cause! 

For this heart show I used one of the pine beetle kill pine rounds and carved a heart into it. How marvelous the beetle stain pattern radiates out from the heart. This heart was pretty popular, so I will be making more of them. Look for them at the November Vivid Conversations show at the Community Creative Center.

Vivid Conversations, exhibit of 11 artists

I'm excited to announce an upcoming show curated by Lili Francuz at the Community Creative Center at the Carnegie, 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins.

Vivid Conversations will run for two weeks from November 5 through 15th. The Center is open Wednesday through Saturday, noon - 6pm. On both Saturdays we are hosting artist talks and a panel discussion, so come meet the artists and share in the conversation.

Artist Reception: November 5, 6-9pm (First Friday)
Artist Talks: Saturdays Nov. 8 & 15, 1:30-3pm

The work of 11 artists:

Sanam Emami
Lili Francuz
Jennie Kiessling
Mary-Ann Kokoska
Bonnie Lebesch
Barbara Leyendecker
Thomas Mathies
Jill P. Mott
Sonya PauKune
Cheryl Rogers
Laurie Beth Zuckerman

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Successful Tour Weekend

Many thanks to all who visited my studio this weekend! I had a steady stream of people that kept me engaged in great conversations.

Also, thanks to the organizers of this event, Jeanne Shoaff and the City of Fort Collins, and all the helpers who organized and networked and spread the word to the public. I had people who were first-timers on the tour, which is a great sign that the tour audience is growing each year.

And, my greatest thanks goes to my wonderful helpers, the ladies who blessed my studio with their greeting skills: Lili Francuz, Jane Hoover, Laurie Beth Zuckerman, and Tana Meyers. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Oh, and another note... for those who came to the studio you saw the three lady heads stationed outside my door. These heads were done by Diane Findley, Jeannie Essling, and myself. Thanks Diane and Jeannie for the head art!

There is always a great interest in taking the heads, but so far I've not been successful in getting the artists to return the head fully realized. I did give away a few this time, but if they too do not get returned for a show, I'll be keeping all the rest for myself, because I love doing the heads!

This head was great fun to do... with hair made from pages of a book, a comic strip collar, and a bird's nest with a bird reading a book. I call her Emily Chickinson.

You just have to have fun with these things!

Now on a completely different note, this year I staged a small version of the Love Letter Series exhibition in my Garage Gallery. Of the 44 paintings in this series, I had 11 on display - the most I've shown before.

I was very excited to share them with an audience and get feedback on the show. Hands down, people love color... and the entire show was a big hit. Thanks for the many compliments! (Yes, I agree, they should be in museums!)

I'll be spending time over the next several months organizing this exhibit, so stay tuned for more information! But first I'm going to take a summer break - it's beautiful out and it's nearly over! Note to self: bare feet in grass, picnic lunches, cell phone off. Yes!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Studio Tour 2014

The Fort Collins Studio Tour 2014 is June 27-28-29. Mark you calendars now, and start planning for this 3 day whirlwind tour of local artist's studio spaces. It is far too much to do in this limited timeframe, so choose your studios beforehand!

A list of participating artists is available on the Lincoln Center web site HERE. Many artists have web sites so you can preview their work. Also, in early June, printed maps will be available at the Lincoln Center and various locations about town.

Preview Exhibit is at the Lincoln Center through the first week of July. This is an excellent time to see sample artworks from each artist in person.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sweetness in a Small Package

Oh my, this little painting (detail) is so delicate and sweet, like confection! It is called Fruit: Very Simple. And what could be more simple than adding a bit of sweetness to your life through art?


And exactly on June 28-29, Saturday and Sunday, my studio will be open for the Studio Tour. Maps available all over town, or for download from the Fort Collins Lincoln Center web site. See you here!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Two of My Favorite Things

I have to admit my favorite colors to use in every painting are orange and pink. I just can't get enough of them. This is a piece from several years ago, when I was first exploring transparent layers and subtle detail. It has this lovely peacock feather like fan-thing going on. Yet I just could not see it as finished. It sat in my studio for months. Then one day, I saw it clear as could be... and I boldly got out my orange Golden paint (which is really highly pigmented) and drew some simple circles right on top of all that delicate detail. And then came the bubble-gum pink dots! Ah, all was right with the world in that moment.

Recently I picked up this painting from a venue where it has hung for months, and I fell in love with it all over again. Sometimes, when I look back at my older work, it's like watching a movie where the scenes just keep flashing by too quickly to absorb. There were so many paintings I never did, that got passed over on my way to something else. Oh, too many possibilities! So little time! I just hope in some parallel universe all those paintings did get painted!

Fruits of My Labor

As you know by now, I'm planning a really big exhibition of the Love Letter paintings (venue not yet known). I did this lovely booklet (which will be on hand at the Studio Tour) which introduces the series of 44 paintings. Every time I show these pieces, they sell... so now I'm creating more of the small pieces (10x10") for the Studio Tour. Here you see four of the new ones, which are every bit as lovely as their mates. During the Tour, I'll be creating a mini version of the larger exhibition in the attached garage to my studio, with five of the large pieces and numerous smaller ones.

Ah, it's so hard to let the Fruits of my Labor go out into the world. I almost want to keep them all! You might want to as well. Heh. I'd be happy to let you love my babies too.