Artist Reception

I had a great time at Sonoma Cellar with all who showed up for the lovely reception, and there is still time to go see the art through November 20th.  So if you’re out and about in Old Town Alexandria, definitely go check out the establishment and the art.  Most of the art is up stairs, and all you have to do is just walk right up!

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Closing and Opening

Hi Everyone, with the school year in full swing, I can finally get back to announcing shows and sharing some works in progress.  It’s been a busy end of summer!

First! If you haven’t made it out to the New Deal Cafe, I still have art exhibiting in it’s restaurant space.  It’s really a sweet spot, so if you can make your way around the beltway in the next week, you won’t regret it.  They often have musical acts and of course fresh food and great beverages.  I hope you can get out there!

Here are a few images from the opening, about a month ago.

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After I deinstall at the cafe, my work heads on over to Sonoma Cellars in Alexandria, VA.   It’s a lovely place for fresh Californian-style cuisine, and of course lovely wines.  Here is a flyer created by their team:

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It’s been a great year of so many different kinds of exhibitions.  Please check out my Instagram feed to get a peek at the work I’m doing as a part of my graduate program at George Mason University.  I will be adding updates for some group shows I may be a part of in the next couple of months, so be on the look out

Mural in Progress, Artist at work

I’ve made some great strides in the mural, adding on different landmarks and symbols.  Take a look.  Keep in mind, it’s not finished, there will be changes, additions and details. This is so much fun.

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The beginning of a drum, needs loads of detail.
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OM in the backyard, more petals coming.
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Cat mandala?  Yes please.
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Running with wings– more details coming.
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Cherry blossoms floating across the Potomac River.
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Getting there!
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Artist working, the hazards of paint.
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Almost there.  A few more additions needed.
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Love is Love, DC.
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Grateful dead– -skull coming.

Mural work

I have made a few murals, but nothing compares to doing them outside.  It’s a whole new game for me. I’ve been lucky these past few days – no rain, nice weather, shade.  I can’t complain. This mural is being completed in a beautiful backyard in Washington, D.C.  Of course it features the water bodies that surround DC and run through it – the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, as well as Rock Creek.  This mural will also feature many landmarks and symbols that are important to the people who live here.  Here’s a little bit of my process, I can’t wait to show you the finished piece!

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A blank wall, not for long.
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I first laid out a grid.  Each square is 12×12 inches (one square foot).
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Sketches, drawings, references, and water. (Gotta stay hydrated out there!)
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In some places I wanted to do a little under painting.  This helped me to see how the proportions looked and also allowed me to see how the wall accepted my paint.
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Started to lay in some water and color variations using different shades of blue.    Painting on this kind of a surface is a real challenge.  I use a lot of paint, and tough bristled brushes.
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Some land going in around the water.  Lots of mixing colors right on the surface to create the different values.
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I started drawing and under painting the different symbols and landmarks.
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These will eventually all have color and lots of detail.

Stay tuned! More to come next week.

Workhouse Arts Center

It’s sad to say goodbye to a place that has afforded me so much opportunity in the last year.  I never would have expected to feel so connected to a place in such a short amount of time.  Maybe it’s because it was truly a transition year for me.  There was a lot of breaking down walls, forgetting the reasons and excuses I could not practice my art in the past, and begin at making it a practice again.  To me that is just what art is.  A practice.   I was lucky enough to produce a  lot of work, have opportunities to exhibit, and try out new techniques and work on some extreme projects. All because I had space and time.  I’m so happy and grateful that I had the opportunity to connect with the community in a different way.  Not to mention the relationships that have come from this special place.  I feel extremely lucky that I was able to have the space and opportunity to be at the Workhouse and delve more deeply into how and why I make art.

This fall I’ll be heading back to school to attend George Mason University to pursue an MFA degree in painting.  I’m so excited and thrilled to be able to follow through on a something that I’ve been thinking about doing since I was an undergrad.  After 16 years of being a full time teacher I thought it was time to take a step back and become a student again.  I’ll be teaching part time, just like I have this year, but I’m spending more time on my art.  I know that this program will be rigorous and demanding, but I know I’m up to the challenge.

So, enjoy the summer, I’ll be posting from time to time.  I’m still working at the Workhouse Arts Center through June, then it’s back to my home studio until I make the move over to GMU.  Hope that you’ll follow me on the next part of my journey!  Thank you as always for your support!

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That’s me, always working on the floor, when I have a perfectly good table.

Glen Echo Opening

What an amazing place to have a show.  I can’t remember the last time I was there, but I know it had been quite sometime.  Glen Echo Park is a special place in the DC metro area.  It’s right across the DC and Virginia border, and is maintained by the National Park Service.  It truly is a one of a kind park that is tucked away in a little neighborhood full of cottages, craftsman bungalows and even some tudors.  Sure there are some hints of modernization, and some “mc-mansion’ style throwbacks, but the narrow streets, the trees, and the park make it all worth a visit every now and again.

The park itself has a pretty amazing history and some wonderful architecture that blends itself right into the natural scenery.  It creates a really magical experience for all who come.  You may hear the sounds of the carousel, and see the bright red sign that sticks out just enough so you can see it from the road, but once you park the car, and walk over the Minniehaha Branch, you step back into a place that has long been forgotten by the modern world.

A while ago, I used to bring campers here from Prince William County.  We went on a lot of field trips throughout the summer, and the kids were not always excited about going.  However, once they heard the music of the carousel and caught a glimpse of the architecture of the park, they knew they were in for an experience.

Having my current exhibit of rivers in the Stone Tower Gallery is such an amazing treat. This building dates back to 1892 and it was part of the Chautauqua movement.  It’s truly a beautiful building and the stone really gives the exhibit of my work a different feeling. I’ve only taken a few pictures, but plan to go back really soon to take some additional one.

If you’d like to get out there and take a look at my exhibit or the rest of the park definitely go on the weekends when the gallery is open! And maybe even take a ride on the carousel!

Click here for more information about the park and my exhibit!  In the mean time here are a few snapshots.

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An old bumper car in one of the galleries.
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The sun already coming down, and the moon is high in the sky. Perfect evening for an art walk.
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Here’s a perfect example of keeping old with older. I love how it just highlights the magic of this park.
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I’m in there on the bottom floor.
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The curved walls can be difficult to work with in a gallery setting, but they have ways!!
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A little grouping of some of my smaller works.
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In the round! Full view of the gallery, panoramic style.

 

Commissions

This year I’ve been fortunate to work on commissions for several people.  Each has been a pleasure to work on and I really can take the time to personalize and tailor an artwork for the people who receive it.  As an emerging artist I welcome commissions. It gives me a chance to take on someone else’s ideas, and make them my own. I often feel challenged, and it some small ways it allows me to take new risks and develop ideas for other works.  Here is just small sampling of what I’ve been able to work on these past few months:

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Finished Commission:  Nile, 2017
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Finished Commission:  Columbia, 2017
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Commission in progress, collage.
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Commission in progress, washes.
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Commission in progress, filling in the waterbody, added extra depth to the washes.

ARTOMATIC

Everyone, come down to Crystal City and support an amazing artist community.  Artists from all over the DC metro area exhibit a variety of artwork.  And— It’s FREE! You can find my art on the 6th floor — Gallery # 6107.  I’ll post some pictures soon, but definitely make your way down there for one of the special events.  This special exhibit lasts for 6 weeks!

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Just an FYI

I’m in this show, and it open this weekend.  Click here to find out more about it.

Also, I just secured my space for Artomatic 2017.  More information to follow soon!

A good time was had by all

This Saturday was “Second Saturday” at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.  I decided to be more of a facilitator this time around and provide a free make and take workshop for anyone.  It was great! I had about 50 participants come in and hang out, while creating really beautiful pieces of art, all in a single postcard.  I provided all the supplies, they provided the inspiration.  And just in case, I had stamps and addresses for those who wanted to get a little political.

It was a great community gathering that I hope to do again for next month. I’m just thinking and considering– what could be the theme?  The subject?  The material?  Stay tuned and find out soon.  March is just around the corner.

Here are a few pictures from last night’s make and take:

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The first wave of artists dove right in!  Such a great start.
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Lots of stamping and collage making going on in this corner.  Not to mention the conversations and general laughter.
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Participants came and went, but it was a nice ebb and flow. 
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An expression of gratitude.
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Great experimenting happening all over the room!
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Loving this one– I wonder why?
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Yep! It happened here!
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Lively bunch, chatting it up and making art.

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