"It is my dream to create an art which is filled with balance purity and calmness freed from a subject matter that is disconcerting or too attention-seeking. In my paintings I wish to create a spiritual remedy similar to a comfortable armchair which provides rest from physical expectation for the spiritually working the businessman as well as the artist." - Henri Matisse

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Yikes- time flies

It has been forever and there are sensible and irrational reasons for my absence. I had a medical scare which has been resolved and I am not going to die young from kidney cancer. And then I confess I was a little overwhelmed and fell apart but good friends and a wonderful doctor who would blush to be mentioned by name have helped cobble me together.

But despite my other world experience a lot has been happening in my art world. CHOICE went very well, Rejection did not sell but I learned much about what to do and not do about framing. Howl however is joining the collection of a man I will not name who is an art collector in Cairo- I am honored. I have long favored this piece and am finally willing to let it go to the right person.

I am currently preparing for a solo exhibition at Art on Broadway opening March 2014. Nineteenth Century Masters: abstraction visual representations of classic literature. I almost done with all ten pieces: seminal works written in English.  I am including an inspiring quote and a booklet about the choices of books, why these books matter and why I have chosen each particular quote.  It's all a process that incorporates my love for literature AND color and texture into one work. Below is Moby Dick. Come to the opening and learn my Melville's masterpiece was chosen and what quote especially inspires me.

 Some of the other books you will find are Middlemarch, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Portrait of a Lady, Age of Innocence, The Golden Bowl, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Jude the Obscure and House of Mirth.

A few encaustics will be shown through the Oregon Women's Caucus for Art.
I especially like going surreal with Eyes on You. 

And a fiber piece will be heading to Wisconsin for a show later in the spring when I assemble modern seminal books such the American Pastoral. Silent Spring, The Adventures of Augie March and other 20th b0oks that either changed the world  or my view of it.

Portland Open Studios has accepted me as a Board Member for the 2014 year and I am very excited about serving such an important arts education arm.

After 6 years I left the Chinese Garden and am now giving every thursday afternoon  to Girls Inc as a group facilitator for a girls empowerment group. It challenges me intellectually and emotionally plus brings the component of social meaning and the chances to change lives. I will miss the garden but their policies and procedures made it impossible for me to continue...they are heading in a business rather than curator-ship direction that I have trouble supporting. But please continue to visit them, it is still one of the loveliest and most interesting spots in Portland.

My hand felted winter hats are at Changes within The Real Mother Goose.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

there is always a next thing to do....Portland Open Studios

Back from Hat Camp on Vashon Island, which was an amazing opportunity to learn new skills, meet my hat hero Louise Green, and network with other  awesome milliners from mostly the west coast but some even from the east.

My mentor Dayna Pinkham had encouraged me to go and off I went. Well worth  the travel time and money. Most importantly is that I now know to use the European hat blocks that do not have rope lines.  Let me explain. Most hat forms.,, well ALL the blocks I have been buying have rope lines which allow you to size the crown, and tie off a creased area for turning under of the brim. You can see the strings in  both areas in the hat below which will become a twist top skimmer.

But the European  blocks have no rope line and so you have to tightly and without wrinkles turn the fabric under and pin it securely with stainless steel pins. This will create what will be a double sided brim which- when finished- is gorgeous. The block below can serve as a crown or a turban/pillbox with waves. But either way there are those waves but no bottom rope line for tying down and stretching the fabric.

Well if this makes no sense to you, you have a great opportunity to visit my studio the second and third weekends of October and see hat making in action. Portland Open Studios tickets can be bought at their website or various venues all over Portland. At my SW Portland studio there will not only be a chance to see couture millinery in action but some hands on activities for children and adults to understand how wool is made into felt.

Come by and say Hello and remember there are artist studios open all over the city and a ticket lets you visit as many studios as you can cram into two weekends.

P.O.S.  is a great learning opportunity for all sorts of people:
1.  those who say "Oh I can do THAT!!" ---well trust me you probably can't :-)
2. art and artisan lovers who wonder how those awesome items get made
3. the emerging artist who can chat with someone who has a body of work and is actually successfully presenting and selling their work.

Come pick our brains, see our digs, have a treat---visual of course.

Friday, August 30, 2013

It's not too late baby, not too late...

Okay, with all due respect to Carole King, who sings to me while I felt and cut and sew, it's not too late. You can still find my summer hats at The Real Mother Goose, my fiber art at Art on Broadway or if you are in Laguna Beach California you can stroll in to las Lagunas and see or better yet BUY Pupu lips.

My belief is that when a gallery accepts a piece once that nice but when they accept another piece, they REALLY like you  work and so a first run in a new gallery is a thrill but a second run is warm and satisfying.

Preparing for Portland Open Studios in October is a total blast. As a first timer, the excitement starts with being juried in, then is sent to a hi pitch when you start to meet the amazing other artists who are also on the tour.

Then come volunteering, which sounds onerous but is really fun, you meet new people - while washing signs I met Liz and Erin, and then I get assigned a store where I shall distribute things for sale- just one of my favorite stores on earth the Mountain Park New Seasons- every time I go I can buy their samosas- they also carry my favorite brand of coffee and henna..... but I digress. The job was explained in an amazingly organized way and it took the fear out of this introverts apprehensions.

But the BIG deal is prepping my studio for the tour. I finally bought home business liability insurance, which I needed anyway as people come to my house for fittings, and then I purchased some carpet and floor protection plastic that is non slipping but will keep my less than pristine but still nice floors from undergoing who knows what? I am ne of those neurotics who believes in being prepared for the worst and then nothing but the best comes their way. It's worked so far.  So I am removing unneeded furniture and equipment, like my duct tape double that no one really cares to meet - her name is Venus if you care. And making room for people to actually be in the studio while I felt, block hats, steam fibers or sew on trims.

Portland Open Studios is not just the opportunity for exposure as an artist but it's a chance to turn people on to the process of making art. the hows and whys and wherefores. And if even one person takes up millinery it because of what they saw me do, or trims a hat the bought, I will be thrilled.

It is also a chance to be part of the very dynamic and generous world of art in Portland, something that in a larger more snobbish city you would never get close to. So as I get closer I will write more about my preparations, feelings, worries, challenges and fun of being part of such a city wide phenomenon. Shalom, Salaam , Peace.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Holy Moly- Bliss Happens

On a strange whim of extreme confidence or delusion, I visited the premiere craft gallery in Portland: The Real Mother Goose. I went in to ask who the buyer  was and how I proceed to make an appointment to show my hats. They gave me an appointment a week later (even though I was dressed like a total schlepp. A week later, slightly more cleaned up and maybe even some mascara on my lashes, the loved my hats. And they took them all 12.

Here some of them are in the window at Tenth and Yamhill. My husband is peeking out the window proud as a peacock that my hats  are in such a venue. 

I was also invited after two years of rejection to participate in Portland Open Studios. October 2013 so there is plenty of time to think and plan for that.

My felt abstractions continue to be shown at Art on Broadway and this month I am moving out of my comfort zone and working much larger. A large multilayer blue piece is in progress. A felt milking stool. and a purple beaded ombre weaving. Will posts pics as things progress.

Next week I am not leaving the premises until saturday. I have tons of art ideas, and my yard beckons like the scented sanctuary that it is.

Evergreen clematis scents the night air and is pure heaven. Plus  for the first time in 6 years I can openthe windows and not be suffocated by my former neighbors laundry products. Plus if she reads that your poison pen letter only made me laugh. Your toxicity is palpable.