Thursday, September 30, 2010
Today, Max is officially a year and a half! Seems like he's been around forever. The amazing ability of humans to change and adapt and accept and grow never fails to bring me to tears on really good days.
SO this is Amos the Bobcat, I painted him for my friend who works at the Wild Cat Sanctuary for a fundraiser they are having in the next week or so. She was showing me a short video last night of a gorgeous tiger they just got from Texas... you may expect a few more cats to show up shortly...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Working my way through a lovely pile of commissions! THIS one I would almost like to keep! Sweet Westie in a pile of leaves, really fun to do, lots of blue with orange accents...
The Birchwood Cafe show has been an amazing opportunity for me- so many people have seen my work there! And it is just a great place to be! I will be there again this Sat, Oct 2 from 2 to 5 for the Seward Art Festival and will be taking down the show on Sunday eve~ and THEN a bunch of it will be at our L-7 3rd Annual Firehouse Show on Sat Oct 9th! So many fun events coming up!
I also spent most of yesterday SEWING- man, I forget how much I NEED to do that side of my creative brain too. Making FRANKENStuff is like sculpting and designing and thinking three-dimensionally because I have to figure out how the piece will fit better with what I add or take away. It is all pretty intuitive. I've wanted to teach classes on how to cut up old clothes and reclaim them, especially as I've gotten older and my body has changed and so has the style of my clothes, but I have those old favorites that I want to hold onto somehow... so many Art Car t-shirts that were from that "cropped" period... don't really expect the muffin-tops to melt any time soon. So my biggest challenge has been to figure out how to extend a t-shirt for more coverage....
I will have the newest ones at the Firehouse show, if you are interested!
so much to do, so many things to make!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Mom and my Art Opening last night at the Women's Building (550 Rice St, St. Paul) went beautifully! It took Duane and Max and I an hour to get there through rush hour traffic and flooded streets and two stalled cars on 94- Never let me forget how thankful I am to NOT have to drive on a highway to get to work...
Mom and Dad had a great time too~ and the WARM Board arranged to have their meeting THERE in a smaller conference room so they all got to see our work too. Everyone was very helpful. We had a drawing every half hour and gave away art and cards- SO much fun!
Now, tomorrow, Sat the 25th, I will be somewhere in Uptown near the VFW on Lyndale and Lake St for a street festival with the HandmadeMN crew- I don't know much about this event, but click above for some info. I guess I will be there from 2 to 4 with FRANKENSWEATERS and some small paintings... lots of bands... we haven't done it before. I'll letcha know if we do it again..
And I will be at the Birchwood next Saturday, Oct 2 from 2 to 5 for the Seward Art Festival if you care to stop by! It has been wonderful being there! I will have a drawing for a small painting too!
Friday, September 17, 2010
It has been a busy and fullfilling week. What is this, the second week of school? It is funny how we humans so easily adapt to new situations. It feels like a very long time ago that I was home with Max, avoiding the heat by going to the lake, altho our electric bill is reflecting the air conditioner use... what I mean is, now THIS is normal, to be in my art room again, talking, teasing, cajoling, convincing, learning along with my students as we explore the various aspects of art and how to use it in our lives. I am so lucky!
And here is a breakfast experience for you to enjoy! This sunday is the 3rd Sunday of September, so we will be having our 3rd Sunday Brunch! I started them about 6 years ago and have missed a few, this July for one. If you are around and would like to drop by, come on over!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Cripes is it HARD to find time to paint! I tell ya, what with hanging a show with mom and painting the trim on Duane's house's porch and laundry and dust bunnies the size of alligators crawling down the stairs I have to do a LOT of pretending not to notice things that usually I would be all over taking care of in order to get some GOOD WORK done!
I've been working on a lot of commissions which is simply amazing and what I've always wanted to do~ and so to give myself a slight break from the "pressure" of striving really hard to get an excellent piece done that the client will really appreciate, I decided to dig into my "when you have free time, maybe you could paint my dog.." file and pulled out this one~ excellent crazy blurred full speed photo~
This is Claudia's wonderful full-size full-speed dog Charlie~ she took the photo~ I think it pretty well expressed his personality~ I do really like it when I get to meet the dog~
and so don't panic if you've asked me to play with your photo of your dog- you never know- I may get to it sooner than you think! Of course, if you really want it done by a certain time frame, you'd better let me know~
oh and COME SEE ME AT THE BIRCHWOOD ON WEDNESDAY! 7 to 9! I'll have WINE and SWEETS!!!!
and art, of course...
Thursday, September 2, 2010
So it's been back to St. Mark's for workshop week, and we had Meet Your Teacher from 3 to 5 today and it was great to see the kids! It always is amazing how much people grow when they are young~
And I have received a PILE of commissions from my show at the Birchwood and here is one of them! (COME to the OPENING Sept 15th, 7 to 9!) Oh actually, this one isn't, it is from a pretty regular patron who has now bought THREE of my pieces! I really loved doing this one, because of the awesome light and the whole composition and arrangement of the original photo.
And I keep forgetting to mention that I have another PILE of work over at the Frameworks Gallery on Highland Parkway and Cretin in St. Paul, just across from Half Price Books, if you are interested...
Oh AND my mom, Rita Corrigan and I are hanging a show at the Women's Building in St Paul (500 Rice St) next weekend, and THAT opening will be September 23rd from 5:30 to 8!