Playa Residency - Part 1

I opened my eyes and looked at the space between the curtain and window. Was the sun up yet? No. Did I want to get up and watch the sun rise? Yes. Getting out of bed, I went to the glass doors and pulled the curtains aside. I could still see the night sky with stars, but on the distance horizon a line of light outlined the hills. The grasses by the pond were silhouetted against the faint reflection on the pond.

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Boise Open Studio Weekend

Today is the start of the Boise Open Studio Collective Organization’s annual open studio tour weekend. Many artists will have their studio open this evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday. We have 60 artists participating this year!

My studio will be open tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Packing it Up

I am going to give you a peek behind the scenes in the studio. I am starting to get my art ready to go to Reno for a solo exhibition I am having that will be at the Metro Gallery, in October. This packing is not glamorous stuff. It is organization and paying attention to the nitty-gritty details.

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Leaf Stack Turns 30

Wow, it’s been quite a while since I posted any of my own art here. It’s time to get you caught up on my Leaf Stack series.

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Indigo at Studio B

It was my turn to drive up, over and down the hills, past long-horned bulls and fields of sage, through small towns, over the river and into Weiser for another visit. In the backseat, cookies, carrot salad, brie and crackers were our fuel we brought for our potluck lunch. Those would give us the energy to spend the day experimenting and playing with indigo dye at Studio B, our friend Linda‘s studio at her house. She is always so generous to share her space and tools with us.

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New Work

At the beginning of the new year, I decided to move in a different direction with my artwork. I took a break from the Leaf Stack series and started on a new piece.

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100 Drawings - Week 9

My skin is craving the sun and my body wants to be outside, even though the temperatures have been cold in Boise. Our area, this winter, has been a sea of white (snow) and gray (sky/inversion), a monochromatic world.

But monochrome doesn’t have to be dreary. For lesson 9 in the online class, 100 Drawings, taught by Jane Davies, we once again explored monochromatic colors.

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100 Drawings - Week 8

The possibility of using anything and everything in creating art overwhelms me! In a few of the lessons for the online 100 Drawings workshop, we had some where there wasn’t much limitation on the media or content when working.

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100 Drawings - Week 7

Is that lime green or chartreuse? Avocado green or sage green? What is simply green to my husband may be grass green, pine green or olive green to me. With so many infinite possibilities in color, I like to be a little more specific when I can.

Exploring monochromatic color, specifically in stripes, was the goal of lesson 7 in Jane Davies’ 100 Drawings online workshop.

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100 Drawings - Week 6

Although the 100 Drawings online workshop I took from Jane Davies is long over, I still have some more of my results to share.

Week 6 was all about going overboard, aiming for maximum variety, like in lesson 4 but now with color.

When I read this lesson, I felt immediate overwhelm about the maximal variety of color, lines, shapes, patterns, etc. I wasn’t sure I was going to have fun with this one. And I didn’t really. (But I didn’t sign up for fun.)

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