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Septem … what do you mean it’s October?!

hells bells How did that happen?! I swear I was still writing August on things when suddenly it was October! What even happened in September?! ::consults Facebook wall:: oh. right. September was full of crazy – good and bad – and it flew by. Everyone was back in school – here is photo proof: Wow. And then there was the headache week from hell that ended with me getting shots in my butt on Day 6. Day 6!! damn. But to spin a positive from all that pain, I did create a couple more pieces of ‘migraine’ art. A Day 4 painting: And a Day 6 photo became a drypoint that I’m still working on: Of course that was the end of my 29Faces run. That week really wiped me out! The next weekend had me and Kyle in San Mateo for the 2-day tournament that starts the fall volleyball season. Always fun. And then Ericfish and John came to visit! And that was more fun! And then, just like that, is was October. so yeah. September was a blur and it’s already the 11th! The Halloween decorations have been up for over a week, and its time to think…

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Harvest

wow. August kinda rocked! Between an really fun August project for True Free Spirit and the Visual Quest course work, I finished 3 canvases and several paintings in my journal! This is the TFS  “primitive” painting that is also my donation for the ‘2013 Artists For The Cure’ fundraiser. Mixed-media on 10″x10″ wood panel. And then a background I had started for another “primitive” TFS painting took a Visual Quest of its own and became this: Acrylic on 11″x14″ wood panel. A couple pages from the art journal: And finally my finished painting for Visual Quest! Mixed-media on 30″x30″ wood panel. Sorry the image quality is so poor. If only I knew a photographer. So yeah, a fun month of creative flow! Let’s hope I can keep it going through September. To help with that (and because I must have bumped my head again) I decided to try the 29 Faces Challenge. Yeah, basically I’m going to attempt to make 29 faces in 30 days. And that could happen. But you are also “supposed” to create a blog post each day with your Face. Well we all know that ain’t gonna happen. Maybe a weekly update. Or Instagram! That’s doable.…

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2013 Artists For The Cure

Well, the flurry of shows in July is over,  the new school year has started, and fall is just around the corner. Soon it will be October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Komen Sacramento is hosting the second annual Artists For The Cure event on Oct, 4th at the Elliot Fouts Gallery. This is the second year I have have donated a painting for this event.   The evening will include appetizers, cocktails, live music and a silent art auction. The art pieces donated are 10’x10′ wood panels starting at $40.This is a great event and I am again so honored to be a part of this amazing group of local artists contributing work to help fight breast cancer. So click on over, purchase a ticket, and I will see you there!Friday October 4, 20137:00 PM – 9:00 PMElliot Fouts Gallery1831 P Street Sacramento, CA 95811 For more information about the event visit the Facebook Event page.  Go to the Komen site to purchase tickets. Here is a link to an examiner.com article about the event that includes a slide show of some of the artwork up for auction.  

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The ‘Other’ Printmaking

Mid-August update. I’m old so I’ve been busy painting* and waiting for school to start. For all of us. Erin has made the switch from The Phoenix School summer camp to Star camp at her new elementary school. Big changes for a big girl! Kyle is all registered for 11th grade, though I think he has already lost his schedule. They both start next week. My semester doesn’t start until the 27th. My big change is no photography class this fall (I’m sure I’ll be sneaking into the darkroom on occassion)! I’m finally taking that Printmaking class I’ve been thinking about for a couple years now. Excited and nervous. So today I decided to break out the Gelli plate, cut some stencils, and make some monotypes. These are 8.5 x 11 And these are 5.5 x 8.5 These were printed on a smooth heavy paper. There are a couple of them that I might add some ink to – and a few not posted because they need some additional work.  I’ll probably make a few more tomorrow as I just remembered I have a nice sheet of printmaking paper in the front room! yay! * I have created a piece…

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Big Fun at the Fair!

So we consulted our calendars and cross-referenced the 7-day weather forecast and determined that this past Monday was the best day to go to the California State Fair. Chris left work early, I picked up Erin from Summer Camp, hats were donned, and off we went. First up: Fine Art Exhibit to check out my pieces and all the other entries. Me and my muse: And then it was off to see the animals and all the things Erin could ride. Like this bear: And a racehorse! She wasn’t too happy way up there. The petting zoo more than made up for that. And riding a real horse! After checking out all the animals, we hit the midway. I don’t think she had as much fun as I did on the Tilt-o-Whirl, but she liked the jeep. And then rode another horse: And the swings! A well deserved ice cream break in the shade: And then the giant slide with dad! We took a tour around CalExpo on the monorail before a final spin on the ferris wheel with dad! Great day!

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Summertime Shows

The school year is almost over, the temps are rising, summer is just around the corner. And summertime means the California State Fair and Viewpoint’s Annual Member’s Exhibition!And while as long as I pay my annual membership fees, the Viewpoint show is a gimme; I am beyond thrilled to again have 2 pieces accepted in the Fine Arts Exhibit at this years State Fair!  The first piece is a triptych of B&W photographs:   Received an Award of Excellence!!And the second piece is my latest painting “Singing Over the Bones”:   Received an Award of Merit!This is a 30″x30″ acrylic/mixed media painting.   This canvas has been through so many stages and layers before this final version, it is a new direction for me and I am so pleased it will be included in the exhibition. I’m also working on an extremely small by comparison 6″x6″ piece for the The Temp’s 6×6 | Year 2 show opening on June 6th.  And I’m still trying to decide on the piece to hang for the Viewpoint Member’s Show. If I have the time between my son’s volleyball tournaments, I might try to hand-color a print. No promises. _________________ 6×6 at the Sacramento Temporary Contemporary: June…

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