March 29, 2015
I’ve been very busy!
April 6 – May 13 my collage/assemblage work will be featured at the Gallery at Towne Center in Lake Forest Park, WA.
Also April 16 – June 12 my jewelry work will be on display at the ArtsNow Gallery in the Edmonds Conference Center in Edmonds, WA. The opening for this show will be April 16, 5-8 PM.
July 2, 2014
“Identify the primary distraction that keeps you from your creative work and deal with it. If you have an issue, be it weight, lack of exercise or family worries, do your best to resolve that issue or reduce it's power of distraction on your time and energy.” – Julieanne Kost (of Adobe Systems)
As I dive into a renewed commitment to my own creative efforts this quote is my scale. It is especially appropriate since I am slowly moving into using Lightroom and yes, that which I have avoided for years: Photoshop. I have always maintained that a good photographer shouldn't need to do much in software if an image is shot properly. I still believe this. Yes, a crop or exposure tweak after the fact may be needed but all the bells and whistles of Photoshop are not required. I realize that Photoshop has become a standard tool and by avoiding it I am just being contrary. Sometimes that's just how I roll.
But now I have owned Lightroom for about six months. I have barely had time to really get to know it. I have found by using the cataloging feature that I have tens of thousands of photographs. It will probably take me years to troll through them much less learn how to use Lightroom. I know… it must be time for a class to shorten my learning curve. After setting Lightroom onto my photographs to catalog them, I had to own that I am a photographer. I should just stop being quiet about it (since it was staring me in the face) and own that since I actually have about 15,000 or more photographs I've taken just from the last 5 or 6 years. Click happy me.
So in an effort to reduce the power of distraction on my time and energy I am going to stop teaching. I already spend a lot of time mentoring artists every day at ArtWorks and through the EDGE Program each Winter. I have come to realize that one can only mentor so much and I need my own creative time.
I have a lot of jewelry to make and am excited about the prospect of digital collage as well as a lot of other projects I have in mind. Onward and upward!
April 18, 2014
Even though ArtWorks is pretty busy these days I always look forward to Art Spa Open Studio on Fridays. Artists drift in and out just to chat, knowing that other artists will be there working on something. It's a good touchstone day but I never get much done when people are there. Usually after they have all left is my time to get at least a few things made – usually components for jewelry or a specific project. Because it's so busy I don't bring anything super ambitious to work on. This way I'm happy if I can get three or four good results before I go home.
Today I got three pieces done and two of those I'm particularly happy with. They stretch my jewelry into new directions and expand into a new line for me in altered metals. I'm very excited about this work and hope others will find it appealing, too. Regardless, I'm having a great time finally bringing some ideas I've had for years into reality at last. I'm working on these new directions for the Garden Gallery show I am participating in next month and the Edmonds Art Studio Tour in Sept.
Check out http://www.edmondsartstudiotour.com for details when they're available.
December 3, 2013
A couple of very impressive women have gotten together to create an online community called Pivot Place, (www.pivotedmonds.com) for our community. The idea is to provide a community website for what sorts of things are available or going on combined with an artists marketplace somewhat similar to Etsy. The concept makes sense and and the people behind it are really wonderful so of course I jumped in! I love participating in anything where vibrant, brilliant women are working on supporting a worthy goal and this is proving to be just that sort of an endeavor.
Pivot Place recently did a soft launch so you can see it grow before your very eyes. There is much going on behind the scenes to improve the interface, expand artist offerings, etc. It’s one of those labors of love for the principles, Kathy Coffey and Susie Beresford, at this point but I can see and feel their intent for this beautiful and worthy idea and support them wholeheartedly. Stay tuned as Pivot Place emerges further from concept to reality! This project is worth watching! It’s like a Kickstarter project without Kickstarter at this point. If nothing else, you can see a few of my limited one-of-a-kind pieces that are only available on Pivot Place right now.
May 17, 2012
Yahoo! It’s Clay Camp again! I can’t tell you how many stories I have from years and years of Clay Camp. Hilarious weekend adventures with other artists at play, where your meals are cooked for you, someone else does the dishes and at night you go to bed knowing you spent hours in the pursuit of your own art and witnessing others inspiration first hand. Every year I go and savor the drive, shedding my every day concerns with each mile of solid green trees and the sound of the river to my right. It’s only about an hour away (actually less, traffic permitting), but I take my time so I can transition my mind from mentoring others to thinking about what I want to do with my precious, precious time.
It’s not just about snagging some studio time in a great supportive space but it’s also about community. For quite a number of years we had mostly the same people. I always have an extra chair by my place that I call the ‘visitor’s chair’. When my friend Linda Goff was alive she would come and sit and we would chat and laugh, people would bring their chairs over after dinner and we would all laugh even more. I didn’t get much work done but gosh we had a lot of fun. There were photo opportunities like the ‘Kumquat Shot’ where 5 or 6 people lined up to try a kumquat at the same time. The resulting facial expressions and sudden movements caught by my camera were hilarious! I’ll have to dig that photo up.
Now Linda is gone and some people have moved on or like my friend Jayne (I call her Sayne), they’ve moved. Sayne came to camp every year for 10 hears from Portland, OR but she has now moved to Florida so we don’t see her at camp anymore. I was just visiting Sayne in Florida last week and we reminisced about a particularly rich event at camp where a friend of ours finally got that it how much more important it was to experience the color than worry about the mess, (thanks to Sayne!). It brought tears to our eyes just to remember this touching moment and I’ll never forget Sayne’s great, good work that day. My young friend Autumn is building her life now – she just got engaged! So instead of hanging with us older gals she’s nesting…and I often wonder what happened to many others when camp rolls around, (Lexi? Julia? Susan? Jan?). Our Noisy Late Nighter’s cabin used to be overbooked and now it’s our Light Sleepers/Early Riser’s that are in the majority. Not many sit in my visitor’s chair anymore and the Sunday night rabble rousers have definitely dwindled in the last 3 years or so. I actually make more stuff now but I miss the community we had that made so many memories together. We still have our hilarity, even on the low attendance years and this year we have many new faces. I’m sure there are great senses of humor and design to be discovered anew.
June 14, 2011
Bead Fest Philly is August 19-21. I can’t wait! I love this event. I always find a new tool, learn some new thing and see great art jewelry made by students and instructors alike. This time my friend, Bea Grob, is coming from Switzerland and rooming with me. We always end up taking one evening and making stuff. In Tucson in Feb. we worked on resin jewelry in our hotel room. I don’t know what we’ll pounce on this trip but I’ll try to remember to post some pictures afterwards.
Bea is creating a very cool mixed media retreat that will be in Bauma, Switzerland in 2012. So far, wire jewelry artist Dale Cougar Armstrong and I have signed up to teach and things are percolating!
Bauma is about 40 minutes from Zurich and is a lovely village of almost 6,000. I fell in love with the charm and beauty of the place in every building, the river meandering on one side and the incredible second hand stores in the area. It was the first time I had ever seen a train that makes no noise, (electric trains). This should be a great event so stay tuned!
For more info about these places and events:
Bead Fest: www.beadfest.com
March 21, 2011
Just an FYI: Before I left town this last week I updated my website and now there is a page of the most recent videos and interviews that I’ve done. One is a clip from Beads, Baubles and Jewels and the most recent interview that I did for ‘365 Things to Do in Edmonds, WA’ is from the week before last. Stay tuned for more vids!