Friday, April 30, 2010

More Valley Ridge

Here is a little movie that will hopefully give you a feel for the Valley Ridge experience. There are shots of the land, the studio, surrounding area and student work. It is a magical experience; Kathy and Bill take such good care of me. I am one lucky girl. 

I took these pictures with my iPhone. For those of you who inquired about apps, Kathy turned me on to ToyCamera and CameraBag. Geez, they are fantastic apps, nearly idiot-proof which is something that I need, tee, hee.

The music is Au Revoir Simone; the song is Shadows.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Triad work - Valley Ridge samples

These paintings were some of my class samples for the Triad class at Valley Ridge - they are pieces that I made working with different triads. It was really gratifying to see how each person evolved after doing the Triad work. I could hear them talking among themselves, sharing their  mixing experiences, trying new combos - oh, I felt like a little mother hen, just puffed up with excitement that my little chicks were exploring new horizons. And their paintings, ooh la la!!!!

As for me......well, I hardly know where to start. The trip was exhilarating is so many ways. Although I taught for 4 days straight, I feel energized and just so very excited to get back to my own painting. I have ideas, oh how I have ideas, so many that my head is spinning a bit, all in the best way possible.

I have today (only today, yikes) to get grounded  here at the home-front. Then a l-o-n-g 12 hour day at the store tomorrow that includes a meeting, my regular work, and the first week of my ongoing Decorative Abstract Painting Class. We still have openings if you are interested - the class meets from 6-8:30 for 4-Wednesdays. Cost of $160 includes everything and you will end up with a finished abstract work for your home. I think it is going to be fun.

More Valley Ridge scenery and student work will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Valley Ridge

I've been at Valley Ridge for the last 4 days teaching brilliant students, adding new apps to my phone and being inspired by this special place. I will share more pics in the coming days but here is a photo I took. The Toy Camera app is pure magic!

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Doodle-roo

This one was pretty time consuming. I finished it while I was out at Artfest. And then the strangest thing happened......I was in Akamai, the terrific art store in Port Townsend, and they had Origami paper that was so unbelievably similar to my doodle! I had never even seen B+W Origami paper before. Naturally I had to buy some.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Spring has Sprung

I've been doing a lot of work with Triads lately - mainly in preparation for the class I am teaching at Valley Ridge (and yeah, we still have a few extra spots if you want to jump in, call Kathy).
I work with Triads a lot as I love to mix all my own paints rather than rely on what comes out of the tube. Obviously I used a lot of white here too and pencil and collage and Wood Icing for the texture. No black though (except pencil), I simply wasn't in the mood on the day I painted these. I was trying to harness the feeling of Spring.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Next Step

I'm working at the store today and have just gessoed 9 substrates.
I have 2 shows in May and my inventory is quite low. I'm eager to paint, excited beyond belief really. So what will I paint next? Hmmm,

that is a very good question.
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Peep Peep

Peep Contest
I adore seeing the pictures from this contest each year. Great fun! Seems there are a lot of political ones this year. The arty ones tend to be my faves, such as the Georgia O'Peep, but they are all quite clever.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Channeling Jesse Reno

One of the classes I took at Artfest was with Jesse Reno. I adore his work, even more now that I have met him.

I made ugly art in his class.
But today I decided to play with some of his techniques and this is what blossomed. Not sure this little piece does Jesse's teaching justice but I kinda like it. Hopefully I'll try some more soon.
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