Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Another great gift:Elephant Garlic flowers from Clare Marie

These robust, pink capped blooms have the large elephant garlic bulbs at the business end of the plant!

GIFTS arriving by e-mail! Thanks, Megan, Taavi and Pete.

Megan's new kitten Luca!
Taavi's alpine plant!
Pete's newly hatched pale tiger swallowtail!
For all about lovely bugs on the North Coast I keep Pete and Judy Haggard's field guide handy - "Insects of the Pacific Northwest"

Monday, June 15, 2009

Yes, it was a party!

North Coast Open Studio was a party!

Here are some photos from ths weekend's Open Studio Sale. Half the people were already friends the other half became friends - if we had time to talk with them. Gordon, took photos, schmoozed, played jazz and finessed the credit cards. Ganaa, took care of food and drink and charmed everyone and was of great help. Having all the art, and photos of collectors on AppleTV as a screensaver was fun. The foggy day brought out the vivid colors of the paintings.
A group of monotype artists showed up, and a posse of bicycle riders, and many neighbors. several collectors of mine bought yet another painting - how thrilling is that! And, now I am ready to start on my next project in a BIG way.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

You are invited to visit my studio during the NORTH COAST OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2009, second weekend, June 13 and 14.

The studio is open from 11 to 5, Saturday and Sunday. I am exited about showing monotypes* this year in addition to watercolor and mixed media paintings. I also have a series of digital collages and art prints.

See the butterfly garden and enjoy the treats!

For an introduction to monotype printing look for my blog entries with this topic. (see blog archive, bottom left) And for more images and background go to my website. For maps and directions to my studio and other studios in the vicinity go to the North Coast Open Studio website. NCOS is now a proud 11 year old tradition, and I am happy to participate in it.

Wikipedia on Monotyping 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The making of a three color monotype: Summer Moth

Step one: the sketch
Step two: the yellow print
Step three: the red on top of the yellow  - as seen in the process of printing
Step three: the blue is added to yellow and red for final print of many colors
Last image is of the pale blue ghost  - a second printing of just the blue resulting in a sheer, fleeting beauty