Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I am going to continue posting pieces that will be featured in my studio for the North Coast Open Studio tour.
Iris flowers have, as you would surmise, always been part of my life. My grandmother had a garden full of mostly blue ones. I have yellow, blue, and some of a strange buff color - that came with my garden. I photographed many beautiful iris blooms in Erich Schimp's lovely garden in Arcata,
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Humboldt County artist community is gearing up for the most important art event of the year: NORTH COAST OPEN STUDIOS, NCOS 2009
Arts! Alive opening for Lorraine Miller-Wolf's MODIFIED ACUITY PORTRAITS, May 2, at Los Bagels in Eureka
Monday, April 27, 2009
This is a photo of Carola deRooy, achivist and curator at the Red Barn in Point Reyes National Seashore, and I, with my largest swallowtail painting. The painting is based on a photo by Lorraine Miller - Wolf of swallowtails on the beach of Redwood Creek.
Saturday, April 25 (1-4 pm)
Starting Your Organic Garden: Pests
Learn to ID and control common garden pests.
Entomologist Pete Haggard will discuss good and bad
bugs, shareholder Birgit Semsrott will cover garden
weeds, and shareholder Frank Gratz will reveal his
successful gopher trapping strategies. $5-20.
Check the website, below, for more workshops and farmers markets, farm shares, internships etc. Very dynamic place!
It was a sunny, windy and cold Saturday afternoon. The bugs mostly hid, but Pete, resourceful and entertaining as always, brought some specimens, among them the pupa of a pale tiger swallowtail. He also sent me this photo of one that just hatched. See how perfect it is!
The weeds were abundant, and I was happy to learn more about edible ones. It is actually quite a pleasure to pull healty big weeds and add them to your salad. We are enjoying the sorrel - the most invasive weed in our garden - and dandelion leaves. I wish we had nettles. I remember the tasty nettle soup my grandmother made of small tender early leaves. When they are really young they don't sting. Or they didn't in the Finland of my childhood. I am including a photo of a malva. It is also edible according to Birgit. The tiny leaves taste best.
I admired the beautifully pruned semidwarf appletrees in full bloom. Here's a photo of Janet (shadowed by cap), owner of Redwood Roots Farm, with Perta Sennott. The farm is located on the rich bottom land in the Jacoby Creek watershed.
I just wanted to send a note of thanks to all the participating artists in the 2009 Godwit Days Art Show. We sold over $3000 worth of art between 18 different artists, and I feel that it was a great weekend, considering the state of the world and the economy. I will be sending out all checks today, Monday April 27. If you didn’t sell anything, please take heart in all the wonderful compliments the show received. If you happen to find any discrepancies between your inventory and mine, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks to all of you who assisted in setting up and taking down, and helping out in between. I wish you all a wonderful year to come, and lots of time to create your beautiful art!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
On a visit to the San Diego area, I walked along the beach from Del Mar to Torrey Pines, and returned on the bluff above the beach on a path that runs along the railroad. Beautiful spring flowers, and this large, whirring Hawk Moth, Hyles lineata, behaving almost like a hummingbird as it slurped on the nectar.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Great opportunity to see and learn about the old techniques of fine printmaking, including woodcuts, linocuts, etchings and monotypes
The First Street Gallery is showing monumental and heroic woodcuts by Sandow Birk - black and white and powerfully moving. (and may I make an artist's note: attached with velcro to the wall - an understated and very fitting look) and a lively selection of work by HSU student printmakers.
Read all about the award winning art and the process for judging in the Time Standard, Lifestyle section. Congratulations to Linda Mitchell, see her website. I really like the subject.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Plaza Design, Eureka presents "Spring Gratitude" monotypes and watercolors, by Patricia Sennott, during April and May. Reception during Arts! Alive, April 4, 6-9 p.m., music by Blue Lotus Jazz. 437 F Street, (707) 441-1380
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Garden Gate on the plaza in Arcata is a nice store and really a good place to show art.