Friday, December 31, 2010


December 31, 2010 on my deck.
This is the time for new year resolutions. I seriously consider these all the time.  I think and pile on all those things wonderful ideas about art, growth, accomplishing what I want blah blah blahI and decide what I think I should do.  This year I have some incredible ideas about learning new computer software.  Just got Corel's Painter 11 and absolutely love their brushes. Have lots more to learn in InDesign and Illustrator and a program that will allow me to create my own fonts.  I already have a schedule to write more consistently on my blogs blocked out.........and then I realize what ends up happening with all those lofty ideas.... they are made -now -today -without any thought to where I will be or how I will be feeling when I have to keep my agreement with my resolutions.  Then you know what happens?  Life gets in my way and while I am doing life, in the back of my mind I think of what I said I would do and haven't.  
I create, that's what I do and that is what I am going to keep doing everyday for this year and all the years after.  In creating there are no rules.  So here's my this new years solution resolution. For 2011- I created a treasure box.  Everyday I will make a contribution to my treasure box.  What that will be....I have no idea.....the surprise of it........that is the key.  I have no idea what will land in my treasure box day to day, but I am looking forward to the journey and that is awesome.  
For this year, remember, there are no ordinary moments.

December 31, 2010 from my studio porch.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Design Intriguing Surfaces in FiberArts

The new FiberArts Winter issue 2010/2011 has a blurb on my ebook-
Design Intriguing Surfaces. Page 13 at the very bottom it mentions my ebook. Thanks to FiberArts for including me!

For information on Design Intriguing Surfaces see my post in a previous blog.Design Intriguing Surfaces
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yosemite Renaissance XXVI

My piece Mariposa Grove has been accepted for Yosemite Renaissance XXVI at the Yosemite Gallery Museum to open on February 25, 2011.  The opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30PM.

Mariposa Grove is 36" x 17" and is a digital print taken in the Grove in 2008 on an early morning hike.  My husband and I arrived at around 7AM and and spent 3 hours hiking the grove as I took an obscene amount of pictures.  The image is altered in Photoshop and printed on a piece of my hand made amate bark paper along with a piece of copper mesh.  The prints are attached together on a piece of 1/4" hardware cloth with waxed linen thread.

"Yosemite Renaissance is an annual competition/exhibition which is intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite.  Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment.  Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks.  It is our hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage."   From the Yosemite Renaissance Prospectus

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Art Unraveled 2011Workshops - August 2nd and August 9

I am truly excited to be teaching at Art Unraveled again this coming year.

My workshops: Dimensional Collage with Digital Medium will take place on August 2, 2011.
Here's the class description:

All levels
Project and Process

Using digital images and dimension with collage adds depth and interest to all types of artwork.  Before coming to the workshop each participant will email me images so they can be printed on several alternative surfaces and be ready to use in your designs.  During the class you will use these images as you combine other elements for dimensional colllage.

We will create artwork that is uniquely yours.  Starting with your digital images we will
construct a collection of small compositions.  These compositions can be put into book form, or stand alone as collage pieces.  There will be instructions to accomplish the format that works for you. 

Constructing the base and working from there, our digital images and other elements will be assembled and embellished.  Participants will also receive verbal and written instructions on how to prepare fabrics in the future to print on their inkjet printers.

My workshop: Can-Can Art will take place on August 9, 2011.

Here's that class description:

All levels
Project from process

Ever thought of digitally printing on a beverage can and incorporating it into your art work?  Well here is your chance. 

This is a 2 part process/project workshop.  First will be complete instructions on how to prepare cans for successful printing, with full written instructions.  There will be a demo and hands on prep for the cans to understand how to complete this process later on your own. This will allow you to take this process home to your inkjet printer and print your own images on cans.  (You will ultimately need a straight path printer for this process.) 

As we start the next phase of the workshop, we will use the pre-printed cans from your kit to assemble your project. Making little elements and/or objects with the printed cans from your kit, we will learn the ins and outs of construction.  Follow your own inspiration, or use step by step instructions to build your creation. 

It is amazing how many ways this surface can be used to add interest to your art, mixed media work and journals.  We will explore many ideas and assemblage techniques for you to go ahead with this process.  Join us and be inspired to recycle beverage cans in a unique artsy context.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Forest Book Kauri Page

Enter more to the inside of my Forest Book with a page based on the Tane Mahuta, New Zealands largest known living Kauri tree.  This tree is in the Waipoua Forest on the north island.  This forest is magnificent and the print this page is based on is but a tiny section of this immence tree that is upwards of 1200  years old.

The image is printed on these surfaces: lutradur, tyvek, rice paper and dyed canvas.  The layers also contain dyed burlap, chrocheted hemp, twigs and dyed cheesecloth. The stacks are wired together an attached to hardware cloth.  A large border of crocheted jute surrounds the tree composition.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Mesa Contemporary Arts' 32nd Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition

My piece Forest Surfaces 15 will be displayed in this Mesa Contemporary Arts show from January 21, 2011 through March 6, 2011 with an opening on January 21st.  The show is curated by Perry Price, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts.  The Mesa Contemporary Arts Crafts exhibition will include 47 artworks by 37 artists representing 18 states. 

Forest Surfaces 15 Artist Statement
My visits to forests that are home to the largest trees on the planet, has been inspirational in depicting a response to this incredible environment.  Photographs of trees and their surrounding areas evolved into a series of work.
Forest Surfaces 15 is an expression of the Waipoui Forest in northern New Zealand.  An image is manipulated and printed on an alternative surface with archival ink. Visually stepping into the composition of layers inspired by the forest, hemp is crocheted for a base. The digitally printed surface is melted and torn then layered with beads for the final composition. 

Forest Surfaces 15 is 78" long and 20" wide.