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Erin the Artist

Last week I had a  “ooh look at this post on Facebook from Roseville Arts!” moment and signed Erin up for free painting workshop yesterday at Blue Line Gallery. Turns out the workshop was for the upcoming NATURAL WONDERS FOREVER Children’s Open Show. “Natural Wonders Forever – Inspired by the Natural Wonders of Placer County… This fall, share your artwork depicting the landscape and natural beauty that is Placer County. Rivers, grassy hills, flower patches, the beautiful blue sky-it’s up to you what to paint!” Cool! Erin got to paint and her painting will be in a gallery show! The show is sponsored by Placer Land Trust and will run from Sept 28 – Oct 6, 2012 at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville. That’s 2 shows for her this summer. The first one being the University Art “Kid’s Art Contest: Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies”. Not bad for a 5 year old! The classroom: Excited to paint! (She brought her own apron) Doin’ her thing. She was instructed to fill in all the white space. And done! Pretty awesome! There is a door. That leads to the farm. I don’t know why. Portrait of the artist with an extra head.…

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Tonight is my Artist Reception!!

Oh. Em. Gee. ::kermit arms:: ::thud:: and all that “I should be freaking out” jazz! Except I’m not really freaking out. Right now… The Artist Reception for my very first solo show is tonight. This one: So I’m heading out to get a pedicure and my hair done. A very nice way to spend the afternoon. My artist statement (you may have heard me mention that. ha!) is done. I just need to remember to bring it with me tonight. I have a new outfit thanks to the help of the amazing Evil Jill Matsuhiro! So what would have been my biggest stress of the day can now be saved up for tomorrow night! ha! All the work of the past year and a half is done. wow.  That’s kind of crazy isn’t it? A year and a half of blood, sweat, and tears went into 19 photographs on a gallery wall. Hours of being bent over the glass table shooting small things. Days upon days spent in the darkroom. Endless sleepless nights with my brain buzzing over an idea, the motivation, the words to describe the madness! And Chris still loves me! So, I guess I’m good. See ya…

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Letting go… YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!

In my ongoing effort to shift my brain’s power balance back to the right hemisphere, I took my first online art class last week. I say “ongoing”  because first there was this: I might be called the Technique Queen, but my friend Lisa is the on-line class champion! She is always in the midst of one or two classes. (She also goes to amazing out of town workshops/retreats! I’m only super a little jealous.) So, when my school semester was over in June,  I was jonesing  to paint and get loose after all that time doing the technical work of printing and toning all the photographs for my upcoming solo show.  After seeing all the cool new paintings Lisa had made, I asked her to show me some of the new techniques she was learning. We scheduled an Art Day and I bought some acrylics (but I’m an oil girl!!) and a new canvas. I went to her house on the appointed day and we set up in her backyard. I slid the easel into some shade and tried to groove with this whole we are outside, with all the sunshine and fresh air business (CHANGE! DONOTLIKE!) and she began…

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Moving on to the next great freak out

So… art. shows. “coming in hot!” as a young Kyle screamed from the back seat one day many years ago. And for the record, that semi wasn’t barreling down on us that fast. But yes, I am again freaking out a bit stressed. I had to email my exhibit coordinator (oh my god!) at Viewpoint  with the titles and prices for the show. Prices people! Poor Evil Jill and Chris. They took the brunt of the crazy Dawn on that issue. And the dust from that drama trauma had barely settled when I discovered this under upcoming shows on the Viewpoint website! https://www.viewpointgallery.org/exhibit/price-enlightenment-photographs-dawn-blanchfield And then I passed out, hit my head, woke up thinking I was the Queen of Spain. Or something like that. I’m really not sure the lead up to this show isn’t going to finally land me in the padded cell of my dreams. In the meantime, I printed a new photograph for the Viewpoint Member Show in July. And the State Fair is next month too. That should distract me right? Oh! If you weren’t playing along on Facebook, Kyle’s team won their bracket!! And placing higher in the final standing than those snooty 15-1’s. #29…

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In the Pink

Yeah, I don’t know if you noticed the amount of pink everywhere these past couple weeks, but it’s October and it ain’t all about the orange and the black. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I donated the above monotype to the Komen for the Cure – Create for the Cure. It is currently on display at the Maiya Gallery in midtown. And the best part? It sold at the opening Preview Party last Thursday night!! That rocks! And now on to Boston!

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Print this!

Last Saturday I attended a Monoprint wordshop at University Art taught by Tesia Blackburn and it rawked! According to Wikipedia: Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is often regarded as a non-editionable kind of print and is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media. Sweet. I absolutely loved the technique! I’ve always been a fan of wordcuts, and have made several linocuts over the years, but this is so versatile and easy to do. A couple pieces of plexiglass, printmaking paper, and Golden Open Acylics and behold~ Tesia Blackburn demonstrating monoprint process. More of the printingmaking techniques Working on my second print. And here are the prints I made: Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer And right now there is a sheet of 2mil plastic covering my dining room table so that I can make more! Top 3 photos taken by fellow classmate Patti Wallace.

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