Art Season

Winter turned to spring, April to May, and here we are face to face with the realization that there is only a little over a month left of the school year and our peaceful kid-free days. May Day indeed! All is not lost though, May also brings with it a lot of art opportunities! 

If you've been following along at home (read: Instagram) you know that I have been doing quite a bit of screen printing lately. I've been printing that moth on anything and everything that isn't moving - good thing Olive is quick on her feet! I was even able to resolve a series of old monoprints that "needed a little something more". And the timing was perfect as the Art League of Lincoln put out a call for its first Traditional Printmaking Exhibit.

I'm happy to say that 3 of my monotypes are included in the amazing show judged by the talented Vinay Sharma! 

The show runs May 2 to June 2, 2018 at Lincoln Arts 580 6th St. Lincoln CA 

There is an Artist Reception on Saturday, May 12th from 5:00 - 6:30pm. I hope to see you there!

May also is the beginning of the Art Auction season at the Crocker Art Museum! I look forward to the Big Names, Small Art event every year. Small artworks (12"x12" and under) by all your favorite artists up for auction with bids starting at $25. What could be better??

Having a painting included in the Crocker's annual Art Auction! I am still doing the happy dance that started last month when I received that acceptance letter. It is such a honor to have a piece of art hanging in such a great museum!

Big Names, Small Art (BNSA) is Thursday, May 24th 5:00-9:00pm. Get a ticket and come out and enjoy an fun evening of art, music, food, drinks, and mingling with amazing artists. Bid on The Hand of Man and then be sure to head inside and check out A Dance of Splinter and Bone and all the works that are in the Annual Art Auction. They are on exhibit for the 2 weeks leading up to the auction on June 2nd. 

Can't wait to see what summer brings!



2018 is on fire! Or was...

I started the new year with a burst of energy. Turns out I don't "spring clean", I "put Christmas away and New Year clean like a boss!" And with my studio/office clean and re-organized, I was able to get back to making art. I was on fire until Erin decided to share her cold with me. She's a giver. But before that, I had pulled out the encaustic materials and made half a dozen pieces! And for me, who has a love/HATE relationship with melted wax, that is a win! It helped that I was doing photo encaustic pieces and transfers. I even pulled the silk screen printing I was doing into the mix! 

And low and behold, one of those pieces made it into the Sierra Wax Artist's annual juried Member Show - Cross Pollination! This year's show is so strong!  I am so proud to be a part of this amazing, talented, and fun group of artists. Be sure to check it out at Arthouse on R.

And because encaustics are hot right now (sorry), 2 other galleries in the building are also featuring encaustic pieces! So swing by Studio 10 and Sparrow Gallery while you are there, you won't be disappointed. 

 "Supply and Demand" 12"x12" 

"Supply and Demand" 12"x12" 

Updates and then some...

wow. I logged into my website 2 days ago and realized that not only had I missed posting about the last 2 shows I was in, but I also hadn't added any of the new work I had done this year!

The past eight months have been hard and I have been grieving and depressed for much of it. So much so that my daughter titled one of my recent paintings "The Great Depression of 2017". damn. But like always, I paint what I feel. There has been a lot of positive things among the sad and in the big picture view life is still very very good. I have just allowed myself to be present and feel everything as I moved slowly through all the emotional ups and downs.  And although I feel like I have been creatively off my game, I actually have been painting quite a lot this past month. So, yesterday I photographed the new pieces and updated the galleries. 

I am always struggling with how to organize the galleries on this site. Currently the pages are by medium, but should I include work that is over 2 years old? I've already pulled all photographs off the site. I haven't worked in Cold Wax in awhile, should I pull that too? Should I create galleries based on specific bodies of work? There are definitely 2 different styles of paintings all intermingled in that gallery, but that is just the order I painted them in last year. Now what I'm painting has shifted again into a new body of work, should there be a some sort of delineation in the gallery? 

And I just removed the link to my old dusty blog, and now I'm rambling here! Stange days indeed. So, what have we missed? Buzz - the Art of Encaustic Painting is still up for 3 days at Blue Wing Gallery in Woodland CA. 

The Crocker's Big Names Small Art was last week. I donated this pretty encaustic photograph, but did not attend this year's auction as it was the same night as my daughter's Open House at school. 

I always enjoy BNSA and was pretty bummed to miss it, but there is always next year! 

In upcoming news, I will have my painting "Catrina" in the It Figures show at Blue Line Arts in Roseville. I'm also thinking about putting these small encaustic collages in the Small Works Gallery. 

It is also time to think about what to submit to the State Fair! And the Member shows at Blue Line and Viewpoint are coming up...  #thestruggleisreal


So, if you have any suggestions about gallery set ups, I would love to hear them! And I'll try not to fall behind on my website maintanence again, but no promises. :)


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