Heavy absence

I have not been good about updating this blog, and I sincerely apologize. I will return!!!!

If you are craving some posts, please check out my new blog. I will be updating from here frequently while I prepare for my big trip to India.   But have no fear, this space will remain attended to.  Once I carve out studio time again.  I’m back in school and it’s time to adjust my schedule.

So happy weekend everyone!!

Tiki bar drink
A lovely tiki bar I went to in Columbus back in July.

From Ohio

I’m back from Ohio.  I took a few workshops there at a local art school.  It was fun, I think I got more enjoyment from the people I met there.  First off, everyone was an art teacher.  Which is nice, because we just get each other.  We understand what each one of us has to do in our jobs, no matter where we work, what population etc… It’s so nice not to have to explain myself.

Columbus is a nice city, a friendly city.  Everyone I walked passed on the street greeted me with some sort of acknowledgement, and don’t even get me started on the quality of service from everyone in business establishments.  People take time.  They just do.

So here are a few pictures of what my trip was like:

Out the dorm-apartment window: Hello Columbus!
Minutes later.
Many more minutes later
I had a little window that looked out into the living room of the dorm-apartment.
just like college.
Really cool restaurant the first night. Could have been NYC!?!
Surface design class– before.
..and after.
Number 2 (the blue one)
Hello Columbus! Where are all your people???
Best coffee, sustainable practices…enough said.
Oh, they were right. Jeni’s ice cream is so luscious, velvety, and delicious.
Painting class…trying to work through it.
Over-dyeing my scarves, led to over dyeing my finger.
Raku experience. Mine’s in there somewhere.
Into burn!
Out of the pit.
My piece! Copper glaze, red, and some crackle glaze. The black part is the burnt part of the pot. I love it.
Finished scarves, mine are on the left.
Tiki lounge near campus. STRONG drinks.
Yep, there was a bar/arcade and you could play free games all night long!!! I did end up playing Qbert.
Passing through West Virginia on the way home.

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Next stop Ohio

Finished a painting this week!  A triptych inspired by the Clarion River and Deer Creek.  I went to Clarion University for graduate school.  It was a really strange experience for me.  It was filled with a lot of questions, and some answers.  Honestly, I had a difficult time there.  For all sorts of reasons, but it gave me an art degree and a some great friendships.  I learned a lot about myself and it allowed me to venture out of my comfort zone.  I haven’t been back since I graduated back in 1997, but I wanted to pay homage to my tumultuous time there.

Already started a new one before I finished the Clarion one.
Detail of the drawing part.
Purchased some supplies for my trip to Ohio next week.

IMG_5589 So next week I’m in Ohio, I’ll be taking some art workshops and having some studio time.  I’ll try to update while I’m there.  I’m going to be working on some ideas for a new series.  But also going to be experimenting with technology!

Week’s end

I can’t believe a full week has gone by in the studio.  I’ve been working on a few different larger paintings and it feels so good.  I also took a step back from the drawing and actually painted on canvas.  It felt so good to have that once again, to just know how the paint was going to react.  I like working on the flat boards because they give me a slickness and a more watery look, but I do love the feel of a brush touching a canvas.

So here’s what I’ve been up to:

Start the week with the right mug– check.
A very large blueberry pancake. I mean where am i supposed to put all that?
Lots of cutting for the collage portion of my artwork.
a trip to the hardware store. I needed these.
Detail of one I finished.
A little break downtown to meet a friend for dinner.
The finished piece. A diptych. Inspired by the River Cooum in Chennai, India
Rollin’ out the big canvas for this one.
Just the very start of this one for my friends who have their homestead in the PNW.
The Columbia River.
Detail of the river.
Ended Thursday with some daytime shadows fading away to make room for night.

Summer studio

Sometimes when you’re working you need to take a break to buy a few items.  Today I had to venture out to the art store and good ‘ol hardware store.  It’s ok, I needed a break, but I find myself wanting to devote every breathing moment into making art.  I often fantasize what it would be like to just make art all the time.  While I’m sure I’d have quite the collection, my heart and head haven’t made the leap into the art world yet.

Why?  Why not?  It’s often a question I pose to myself.  For me, I guess it’s a combination of having a job that pays the bills, commitment to working with under-served youth, time devoted to make art…and…something huge..confidence.

It’s tough.  Do I have the skills, the necessary business savvy, nay the gumption to have others see the value of the work.  On the inside, it doesn’t matter.  I make what I make.  I make it for myself.  I make it for friends.  But the real world? That’s another story.

While part of me wants to journey off into art making as a career, I’m quite happy where I am.  I just wish I had more time for it.

So while I chew on that for the rest of the summer, here are some things to look at:

I can tell you one thing, every morning will start with well made coffee..and a lot of it.
Happy hours to close out the year, is a must.
Empty hallway…saddest part of my year. No artwork can hang.
Remember the time you decided to drive to the grocery store in hail force winds and rain?
Anthro…how I love to hate you. And then love you again.. but this could be a thrift store.
Side business?
I like calling this place my hometown. It truly was where I grew up as far as I’m concerned.
nothing beats fresh
Working on a bunch of these little guys, with writing.
A Triptych. Plan on doing more of these “rivers”. This one inspired by the Rhine.
Early stages, letting the color flow where it wants….sometimes.
4th of July.
Sometimes the only trip I make these days is to the hardware store.
In progress.

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Summer Studio

It’s been great being home for the last few days.  Summer is always a time to reconnect with my own art and explore the different things that have been going on in my head all year.  I think this might be the summer of multiples.  Watch out!


Summer is coming

I’ve not had too much time to work on my own art lately, but here are a few things that are happening.  Looking forward to getting some significant studio time soon!  See you in July!

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Are you curious about why I teach art AND yoga? Here is an article written up in the local newspaper about what I do, where I started, and why it’s important.  (page 12 and 15)


What an awesome day we’re having here in the metro area.  It’s perfect.  I won’t be in the rest of the studio today so I can get out and enjoy it.  BUT- I did manage some organizing today and now I’m ready to come back to work on some big ones— and more little guys (of course)  Let the spring rejuvenate us all!!

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Just a share about the Fulbright I’ll be participating in next year! So excited!