Whenever I sell an unframed painting I ask for a photo of how they chose to frame the piece. James Ross purchased my sumi painting of bamboo on gold flecked rice paper from my Etsy.com store and totally wowed me with his presentation, creating a whole wall feature on which to mount the art. I feel honored to have a part in his creative construction for a special part of his home in Clearwater, Florida. So unique!
In December I tried my hand at fabric painting of a simple sumi design of the Enso circle cat that sold well as framed art at one of my shows this past year. It turned into quite a production to make 24 and a challenge for my improvisational sewing skills. Modeled after a simple potholder that I had and loved from Hawaii, I thought it would be an easy solution for creative holiday gifts and a chance to use up some leftover fabric scraps. The painting part went well, using black and red Jacquard Textile Color and Extender (to make it more fluid), and was actually easier to control on the “To Dye For” cotton fabric than on slippery rice paper. The assembly and sewing seemed like it would be straightforward but I ended up with a Wabi Sabi, far from perfect but functional gift. Still, they were well received.
Happy new year! Meow…
Since mid summer I’ve been showing some of my sumi paintings at the Gallery Condominiums in the Belltown neighborhood in Seattle for the residents to enjoy. Michael Lowe is also showing his acrylic paintings. The reception for this show is Thursday Sept 18 from 6-8pm at 2911 Second Avenue, Seattle, (Second and Broad in Belltown) with wine, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. If you can come, please send your RSVP to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the Concierge’s list for free entry. Appointments will be needed for other times c/o Susan Haas, Art Consultant at email@example.com. The show will be up until October 10, 2014. Here are some more images from the show.
Other sumi paintings I’m showing are of a heron, a Montana Bull Trout that was used on a special state license plate, Radishes, a Wild Orchid, and Bamboo. They all look great framed up!
This painting using sumi inks and sumi watercolors will be part of a large flower-ful show at the Ida Culver House in the Broadview area of Seattle, WA lasting 3 months. Curated by June Sekiguchi.
“flo.ra.bun.da: Flowering freely in a profusion of botanic abundance. This exhibit will present flora that elicits a sense of fertility, growth, sustenance, and resilience – a feast for the eyes and nourishing for the soul.”
Reception: Thursday July 17 with a wine and Hors d’oeuvres reception from 4:30 – 6:30.
12505 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle WA 98133
I’ll be present at the flo.ra.bun.da reception just for the early part before participating in the ART WALK at Interiors of Edmonds until 8pm where I have 10 watercolor paintings on display at 326 Main Street Edmonds, WA until the end of July. Come enjoy the music, food, colors and good weather at either venue on this busy summer Thursday evening.
If you drive through Montana, you quickly notice a wide variety of license plates on the vehicles you follow or walk by in parking lots. Any organization in the state can sponsor a license plate to promote and raise funds for their cause giving a new customer over 125 choices at the DMV. Look here at just the available wildlife plates. I was contacted by Steve Kelly, a board member of Friends of the Wild Swan, and Wild Rockies Alliance who, as a gallery owner and artist himself, was in charge of putting together the license plate. I was thrilled that he wanted the subtle elegance of a sumi painting of a bull trout to represent the wilderness and wildlife protections they advocate. After painting dozens of trout, this image was chosen then assigned a blue-grey color.
I enjoyed working on the design as well, following a template with drill holes, tab and alpha-numeric spaces, consulting with the graphic designers in the prison, then watching, by way of Steve, as they enlarged the state name, lightened the trout even more than the 50% requirement and added a borderline over the course of several months. Now, I wish I lived in Montana to see the plate on the road.
Here are some of my other sumi trouts that we considered. All are available for purchase.
Hot off the press from Conari Press is a long awaited book by Ragini Michaels titled “Unflappable: Six Steps to Staying Happy, Centered , Peaceful – No Matter What.”
I contributed several sumi paintings to this book about navigating the paradoxes of life, represented by the infinity loop, that has us continually cycling through the polarities of our emotions. Ragini draws upon the wisdom of the mystics and contemporary psychology to give us a process to become truly unflappable in a “land of unresolvable dilemmas.”
Ragini has been a pleasure to work with. Her upcoming webinar will feature 26 of my illustrations in a whole new style. Stay tuned. Congratulations, Ragini, on realizing the dream of this book coming into being.
This month I’ll have some unframed sumi paintings available at the Madison Art Collective including 4 half sheet figure paintings on Rives BFK tan paper. I’ll also have some animal sumi paintings including horses, birds, fish and a crab.
There’s a reception Saturday Feb 4 from 2-5:00 pm at 2703 E Madison Street in Seattle for the featured oil painter, Jeanne Edwards, and the jewelry designer, Heather Kraft. Come by if you can or anytime you are near the Madison Valley neighborhood. Two of my close artist friends also have stunning work on display…. Pat Clayton with her oil landscapes, and Ellen Rutledge with her unique etchings with chine colle & collage
Dara McKinley describes our serendipitous collaboration on her web site. Dara always makes me feel like a goddess and is a joy to work with. We saw this image grow from a t-shirt idea, coming soon, to her realization that this image embodied her identity and now appears on her newly designed web site, VOLVER-Returning to Our Feminine Essense.
Sandy Haight is a fine artist who designed the sumi logo for this site. I first saw her art in a local gallery and immediately contacted her about creating a t-shirt. My logo above was the first image she sent me. I opened the file and to my pleasant surprise discovered that she drew my ass:) I had no need to look any further. “She” was the one. Sandy is a dream to work/create with and has a beautiful gift for the sensuality of nature and art.
This sumi-e figure was created for a show at ArtEast Gallery in Issaquah, WA where artists were invited to draw the figure on 1/2 sheets of tan Rives BFK paper to create a unified figure show titled Drawing on Observation. I went to a life drawing session with my biggest sumi brushes and a stack of the sturdy paper and had some fun results, seen here.