The Recycled Rain Project

Yup. It's that time of year again- The Recycled Rain Project has become my marker for the beginning of summer, and I'm excited to have been invited to participate again this year! The opening reception is this Saturday (June 2), but I'm sharing a few process photos with you here.

 Getting started! That mason jar is full of the rain water I captured earlier in the spring.

Getting started! That mason jar is full of the rain water I captured earlier in the spring.

In the warmer weather I move my studio into the garden, and work there as much as I can! I love these timelapse videos to demonstrate process.

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That last video is adding in the details of the bricks on that building in the foreground. It's always hard to know when to stop. I mean, I could work on these paintings forever... only I can't!

Come to The Recycled Rain Project Opening on June 2 to see the finished painting! Show's up through June. 

Urban Planning: A Solo Painting Show Comes Together

My solo show, Urban Planning, opens First Thursday, May 3 at Cascade Sotheby's International Realty, on NW Hoyt in Portland! It's exciting to have a dedicated place to show a body of larger paintings, and I have quite a few new ones to share with you! After the show opens, I'll be sharing a virtual gallery so those who live beyond Portland can experience the opening along with me. You can even shop for originals or order prints! But more on that later.

I thought it would be fun to share some process videos and photo of my newer pieces here, as a preview of sorts. First up, this 24" x 36" cityscape, I think I'll call "Room with a View". 

 This painting started off something like this. Lots of layers, and colors, and more layers. There were lots of starts and stops, and I confess, it sat in this state for a quite a long time in my basement before I caught the inspiration to complete it!

This painting started off something like this. Lots of layers, and colors, and more layers. There were lots of starts and stops, and I confess, it sat in this state for a quite a long time in my basement before I caught the inspiration to complete it!

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This last image is not quite finished, but swing by Sotheby's between May 3- July 30 to see it in person.

In my next post, I'll show you where these paintings ended up! Stay tuned...

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The Holidays, Turning Forty and Mexico

November and December were a blur of activity! So much so, that it's late January and I'm just now getting around to writing about it. There were so many shows and so much art making and so many lovely people to meet and chat with. I feel lucky to have been included in shows with so many other talented artists, and to have the opportunity to chat with many lovely people (like you!) at every show.

The behind the scenes part of being an artist, the part they don't really teach you about in school, is the business side of things. It's one thing to make art- the fun part! But it's another thing to find ways to get that art out into the world. So while you mostly see the progress shots and finished pieces, there's this other component: getting it photographed, posting it on the website or Instagram, researching shows and then applying for them, and of course packing, unpacking, setting up displays, and breaking them down again... over and over again! All of this on top of a day job can be really intense and exhausting!

Time lapse of setting up my art show booth at Abbey Road Farms

 

Once I packed up from the last show, my open studio, my husband and I packed our bags for two weeks vacation in Mexico! I had a big birthday coming up between Christmas and New Years, (40th) and we hadn't had a honeymoon so we rolled it all up into this trip. The mission: relax, get sun, create and daydream of things to come. We agreed to take a two week hiatus from reading the news (much needed). I brought a stack of books, some canvas, watercolors and brushes, and off we went. 

We spent the first few nights,  at Tailwind Jungle Lodge, just 3 miles outside of San Pancho (or San Fransisco). No wifi, no tv, no car. Just the sound of the jungle creatures and the crash of the ocean down below. This was the perfect way to ease into some down time. From the jungle we spent the bulk of our trip in Sayulita with my good friend and fellow artist , and our last two nights in Puerto Vallarta.  Here's a few pics of the trip and the art I made (started) while we were away.

 This is the view from our Casita at Tail Wind Jungle Lodge. The image below is a painting I started, inspired by this view.

This is the view from our Casita at Tail Wind Jungle Lodge. The image below is a painting I started, inspired by this view.

 Work in progress- Watercolors.

Work in progress- Watercolors.

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 Humpback whales!

Humpback whales!

Working Large

Years ago on a visit to Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico I'd started this canvas. I had visions of bright colors and capturing the shadows cast by these metal lanterns on my friend's rooftop patio, but on the last day of the trip, the sun didn't cooperate and I brought the canvas home unfinished. The next year, I brought this giant canvas back down with the same vision in mind, yet I couldn't recreate the scene I'd had in my head the previous year, so I brought the giant canvas back to Portland again.

 The original inspiration for this painting came from the shadows of these lanterns and cinder blocks.

The original inspiration for this painting came from the shadows of these lanterns and cinder blocks.

 Here I am on a rooftop in Mexico getting things started.

Here I am on a rooftop in Mexico getting things started.

 Working in Cori's studio. The brightly colored painting on the bottom right, is how this giant painting began...

Working in Cori's studio. The brightly colored painting on the bottom right, is how this giant painting began...

After pondering how to complete this painting, I remembered a sunset dinner I'd had with friends in NYC. Perched on a rooftop on the upper west side, we watched the sun disappear as it changed the light of the sky. Windows and building facaded reflecting back the bright pinks, oranges and purples against an ever darker blue sky, which changed my plan for this painting drastically!

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I'd mostly finished it about two years ago, and it's been hanging unstretched in my basement clay studio. My upcoming show at Symposium Coffee, inspired me to have it stretched while I was in Mexico, so it'd be ready to go when I got home. The funny thing about that... once stretched, that sucker was way too big to fit in my little GTI! Fortunately, I only live a few blocks from I've Been Framed. The trip home went a little something like this...

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 Hanging in it's temporary home.

Hanging in it's temporary home.

Now, I need to figure out how to get it to Symposium next week to hang for my show! Too bad Tigard isn't walking distance... 

Please stop by and see my new work at Symposium between February 1-28. Details here.

Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days: September 4 & 5

Days 4 and 5 of the challenge are similar but different. Day Four is a tiny 3" x3" canvas I created simply by making marks and looking for something to appear. In this case it was a quartet of tiny houses. If you want to look for deeper meaning, I imagine it comes two fold in this one. First, the changing face of housing in Portland. So many old homes and buildings being demolished to create giant multi-apartment behemoths. It's happening all around me and my feelings of over crowding and loss of architectural history find their way into my artwork- subconsciously or not.

The second, comes from the political changes and treatment of the poor, immigrants and minorities under this new administration. Are we not all entitled to "the American Dream"? The cozy home in the suburbs with the white picket fence, and 2.5 kids. Prosperity. Neighborly support. Maybe these tiny houses are my way of crying out for the loss of the American dream. There's plenty more where these came from too. I imagine these themes playing out in my artwork for the foreseeable future.

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My Day Five painting is a little less heady. It's the nighttime version of the view I posted for Day Three. The view from a balcony in Long Island City, where I was lucky enough to paint plein air in August. More on that soon, but here's the  sketch of the night time view. Soon these NYC sketches will help me complete three larger canvases I started there. Perhaps that's an October project though. ;)

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Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days: September 3

Chugging along finishing up my limbo paintings as part of the 30 in 30 challenge. I started this guy during my August painting trip to New York. Trying to capture the rapidly changing light of a stunning sunset from a balcony in Long Island City... it's hard work! So I snapped a few photos, with my phone and in my imagination and finished it up yesterday.

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Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days: Day One and Two

That's right; I'm doing the September Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days Challenge! It was a really good motivator for me when I did it in January (scroll back through the blog to see). I still need to write more about my NYC adventure- I haven't forgotten! But for now...

My theme this time is to finish several paintings that have been in limbo for far too long AND to find inspiration in Instagram photos: mine and other peoples.

Day One

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Day Two

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Painting on Rooftops

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity- planning a wedding at your home can certainly take a person away from other tasks, like making art! (more on the wedding later) But the party is over, and now I am back to making new work!

 

A few summers ago while in NYC on a business trip for my day job, I snuck in some time on a friend's rooftop in Brooklyn and made some fast sketches and paintings from the view. Ever since then I've been daydreaming of creating my own artist residency of sorts- scheduling time to paint from the rooftops, so I decided to do a little outreach to see if it's possible. Lucky for me I know some incredible people, with friends in high places (pun!), so as it stands right now I have three possible locations for this project, with a few more options to explore.

I plan to create 3-4 larger paintings and several smaller canvases, similar in style to my 30 Paintings in 30 Days project (scroll back through the blog to see those). Can I do it? Will you watch and keep me accountable? I'll be landing in NYC on August 11, and will post regularly to share my progress. I may even interview other artists along the way.

 

Stay tuned!