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?

Exactly.

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.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Collage Vases

I've not always been a painter. An artist, yes, but it took me many years and many distractions before I stopped denying my love of that wonderfully viscous pigment known as paint. Until then, I explored many things.

Here is one example of an earlier art medium, a detail of a lovely paper-collaged vase. I woke one day and exclaimed, "I need to do collages (good for the soul) and I need to do them on vases!" I trotted off to the Goodwill store where I found stacks of National Geographic Magazines and far too many vases to choose from. The result was months of fun with photos and acrylic medium.

These vases were soooo much fun to do, and each one is unpredictably unique. I still have several in my collection, so I'll have a few out on sale during the Studio Tour. Like I said, Some older art, some really old... and all great!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Details, Details

I am an abstract painter, so clearly I love abstracted images. I could get lost in the beautiful details of many things, even rusty old buckets! This painting shares a lot of color and watery detail similar to that of a rusty bucket, but with more finesse of course. It has soft and sharp areas. It has a companion piece too, with chartreuse! My other Love!

Ah. Only two kinds of people can understand this crazy passion: an Artist and a Collector! And both are essential to a beautiful life.

Come share this passion when I open my doors to the public during the Fort Collins Studio Tour. I'll be open Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29.

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Variety of Artwork

I'm getting a jump on setting up for the Studio Tour because it always conflicts with great spring and early summer weather. Once those 80 degree days hit, I'd rather be somewhere else than in the studio. And this week I've had some steep competition for attention.

And yet, I've made some headway, going through my stash of artwork and deciding what to have on display. Here you see a bright painting from 18 months ago with a few brand new ones in the background. I've been creating more Love Letters, but I still have plenty of other artwork to show (and sell) too. Yep, no shortage there! If only I could find a customer for each and every art work I create! There would be some mightily happy customers!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Makin' The Rounds

I have a plethora of beetle kill tree rounds that have been staring me down for, oh, many moons, just waiting to have their rings tickled with my creative musings.

Lack of ideas is not the problem. The real challenge is deciding which ideas to try. I have dozens sketched out, and yet not one great, fabulous, brilliant idea jumps out at me. And so, I'm trying them all! I envision a wall full of sketches in the round. And you know, they are great as a collection. You just might need more than one for your wall.

I've worked my way through several childhood crafty approaches. I've gotten a bit intellectual with some. I've explored the recycled or scavenged at thrift stores material approach, which I must say I'm enjoying.

And my favorite? Well, I never reveal my favorite! I want everyone to have their own little love affair when they see their mate in the flesh. When, where? Why the Studio Tour of course! June 28-29... just seven weeks away. Mark your calendars now. My studio will be brimming with great art! Some old, some new. Some very old... ah yes, the well runs deep.

Until then - Namaste - Bonnie

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

New LOVE LETTER Booklets

I am sitting here in my office surrounded by stacks of these gorgeous booklets on The Love Letter Series! After some nit-picking and color tweeking, they are finished, and I could not be more pleased. Soon I will begin sending them out to possible venues for exhibitions. Have any ideas? Send them my way!

Mark your calendars for the Fort Collins Studio Tour, this year being held on the last weekend of June. I'm hosting a mini version of the exhibition right here in my Garage Gallery (completely transformed for the occasion), and featuring five of the large paintings and numerous other smaller ones. There are more surprises too... so you really don't want to miss this one. It will be quite a show.

Until then- Namaste-- Bonnie