I was asked to Include my painting Memento Mori in this year’s Day of the Dead show at Studio 10. So I had to find just the right frame for this canvas and I think I nailed it! oh yes! So come out to Arthouse on R this 2nd Saturday (October 8th) and celebrate with amazing art, jewelry, food, drinks and friends! Bring a photo of a loved one to place on the community altar!
Additional July shows
Turns out I have work in two more shows this July. 4 pieces in 4 different galleries – not too shabby! I have a new painting in the annual FRIDA SHOW at Studio 10 in Arthouse on R. This show will run through August 11th. And I also have a small collage – and I mean small! 1.5 inch square small – in the MicroArtCollection – Part III at DaDas Art Gallery Boutique in East Sacramento. This part of the MicroArtCollection will be up through Aug 5th. So, you’ve got 4 weeks or so to check out 4 awesome Sacramento galleries. Ready… go! oh right, this also happened – I had a poem (I’m not a writer!!) published in Dime Show Review. I’m not sure how I feel about this.
Going with the flow… or not!
Someone long ago had painted “ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW” on a sidewalk at the University of Michigan. I don’t know if it was something I walked over once or everyday while I was there, but it was forever etched into my memory. Struggle against the flow. Go with the flow. Fight. Surrender. I don’t have the answers. Some days it’s one. Some days the other. Making art is a struggle. Sometime you find that flow and go with it. The painting comes easy. Some days not. But I understand the game. “Don’t fall in love with the background!” The “ugly teenager” phase. It’s temporary! The “click” when it starts to come together. And I know the materials. I feel competent that I can make them do my bidding. No big surprises. And then I started painting with encaustics, and the unknown is as vast as an ocean. I am a beginner here. Any sense of control that I may feel is false. With heat the wax becomes fluid and unpredictable. The lines move. Too much heat and you melt through to the wood panel underneath all those layers. You blow a hole into the painting. And you have…
I have work in 2 group shows this month!My piece “Lobo” is in the show Animal Attraction II at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary Gallery. The show runs Aug 7 – 28th and features work from some of my favorite Sacramento artists!I am proud to have 3 pieces in the show Wax On at the Davis Art Center. This show features work by the Sierra Wax Artist group (Sacramento chapter of International Encaustic Artists). Wax On runs Aug 6th to Sept 5th. I am also busy preparing print works for the upcoming Hallberg Award Exhibit at Sierra College. Show details to follow.
Hot Wax Runs Wild!
I am so excited to have 2 of my encaustic paintings in this show put on by Sierra Wax Artists. Considering I am relatively new to working with this medium, what an honor to have my work selected by Juror Sara Post! I love working in encaustics and am still scratching the surface of what I can and can’t do with wax. Encaustics as a medium can produce such diverse works, I hope you will come out to Lincoln and see all the wonderful pieces created by local wax artists.
On your mark, get set, go!
Happy New Year! (just a couple weeks late – not too bad considering my blogging track record) Christmas is over and so is the club volleyball season. I would do a “no more volleyball” happy dance, but conditioning for the high school season starts next week. So yeah… the volleyball, unlike the holiday season, never ends. It just changes uniforms. Hey, here is some great news for the new year – Chris has finished his last class and is getting his Masters Degree in Financial Services!! More alphabet soup to add to his business cards. CFP and MSFS – so proud of him! I’m still working on my 20+ year AA plan. One of these days I’ll take that damn Speech class. Really! But this semester I’m sticking with Printmaking. Class starts on the 28th. Can’t wait. In the meantime, thanks to Santa, I have the supplies to work in encaustic (painting with pigmented wax) at home and am trying to find my groove with this new medium. Finished a piece I did at the Wax Works West class last Nov: And the new pieces I created: I also did a small mixed-media painting and have another panel started. So…