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!
This SAWE show opens today in Fallbrook, CA and runs through March 22nd. My painting titled “Billowing” of the blooming white rhododendron seen above, was juried into this show which is open to signature members from any nationally recognized watercolor society. The juror was the renowned Stephen Quiller, and I thank him for accepting my work among the 88 paintings. It’s the first time I’ve entered a show that was too far away to deliver and pick up the painting or to go to the reception. Now that I’ve faced the challenges of packing and shipping a large piece, maybe I’ll consider others. So, if you are in the San Diego area please stop by the Fallbrook Art Center and check the show out for me! Thankfully, there’s an online CATALOG to see the art from the comfort of home.
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…
Wishing you joy in all the festivities, colors and lights of this dark season.
The beautiful Schack Art Center in Everett, WA is hosting the NW Watercolor Society holiday show for signature members until December 27. While the paintings grace the walls, there are many other 3D artworks in glass, ceramic and jewelry on display throughout the large show area. There’s also a huge window looking into the hot shop where you can watch glass artists at work. Seduction of Lilies of cala lilies cascading from above is my watercolor on display. Here I am at the reception last month:
If you are in the Everett area, north of Seattle, the Schack Art Center is worth a look, especially for the rest of this month!
2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett, WA 98201 | (425) 259-5050 | email@example.com
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday: 10am to 6pm Saturday: 10am to 5pm. Sunday: Noon to 5pm.
The Northwest Watercolor Society’s autumn member show opens this week in Bothell, WA. I was juried in with my frilly edged coleus painting above. 50 watercolor artists are exhibiting in the intimate space and the show looked like a good one when I dropped off my painting today. Join me at the reception and awards ceremony with wine and amazing snacks this Thursday, October 30 from 6-8pm. The show is up for almost a month from October 28 – November 21:
Tsuga Fine Art & Custom Framing, 10101 Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011
Hours: Tue-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun & Mon Closed
Watercolor fans won’t be disappointed and there are fall colors to enjoy en route to Bothell.
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!
If you haven’t seen my Floralscape paintings in person, here’s a fun and tasty chance at Piatti’s, an Italian restaurant in University Village, Seattle. The reception on Wednesday the 20th will be very special with live music and food. Please stop by and say hi, 2695 NE Village Lane from 6-9pm. The paintings will be on display for a month. Here’s the event…
The Sounds of Summer concert series will be happening also in the Village that evening with more music so you can make a summer night of it. Since this past spring The Art Study, within the Village mall, has offered giclee prints of my paintings.
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.
Interiors of Edmonds is showing 5 of my paintings, downtown in the heart of the charming village north of Seattle. The paintings span several years and subjects including the ones shown below. Here’s the notice they sent out with a couple images and store information…if you are up that way, drop in for a visit at 326 Main Street. They feature an eclectic mix of home decor.
Also showing is one that was done way back in the 90’s called Dream Deck. It was of the slanting sun on my back deck when I lived in the University District, but with a background as if on the shores of Hawaii.
Next weekend is the Edmond’s Art Festival in Washington, just north of Seattle. They have a BIG juried art show with paintings, drawings, prints, miniatures and photography. My painting “Light Above” of star lilies looking up from beneath was accepted into the exhibition. If you come to the festival look for my art on the back left wall in the Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main Street, Edmonds. The festival runs Friday through Sunday June 13-15. Friday & Saturday from 10am-8pm. Sunday, 10am-6pm. Celebrate the arts and have fun at the fair!
I’ve just added this new logo to my portfolio of Logo Art.
The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation has a special meeting each year to address the progress in the research to help children suffering from brain tumors. The conference theme is “Translating Discoveries to Cure the Kids.” I developed this logo for them, adapted from another version of the design that I provided for the program covers for last year’s meeting. The heart-helix concept so well represents the purpose and title of this think tank-like meeting that they chose to brand the annual meeting with this design. With tweaks to thicken the strands and neutralize the colors of the heart helix, this design became the logo for the annual event. I created the artwork in Adobe Illustrator. Learn more about the PBTF’s work athttp://www.curethekids.org/.
It feels great when my artwork serves a good cause.
I’ve been offering a new class at Bellevue College for illustration students to build portfolio samples in their own styles. By the end of the 5 week class they should have 4 new portfolio pieces. We critique and discuss the works in depth to help students get lots of feedback and direction for making their work unique, consistent and viable for the illustration market. Last quarter they were assigned poster art for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and the results were so diverse and well executed that I want to share it here.
And from Fall quarter:
I continue to be impressed by the student paintings from my Watercolor for Illustration class at Bellevue College. The first 3 are Fall quarter 2013 students. The others are winter quarter 2014 painters. Most are first time painters in watercolor and show great promise. The students learn a methodical approach to painting with watercolor, using their own photos or illustration concepts as guides. They learn how to soak and stretch the paper, use masking fluid to protect the white of the paper from background paint colors, and apply washes and textures to get the desired colors and special effects. The variety of subjects keeps me on my toes in guiding them to these wonderful results. I’m inspired and I hope they all continue to paint for illustration or for personal pleasure.
“Billowing” is my latest large painting and will be featured in the window display of The Art Study gallery in University Village, Seattle, starting this weekend concurrent with a shopping center wedding promotion event on April 27. It’s framed and prominently displayed, along with a large print of another one of my paintings of a similar palette, below, introducing me as their new artist.
The Art Study gallery now has available archival giclee prints of 11 of my Floralscape paintings. Matted and ready for standard sized frames, they offer an infusion of color to brighten the gray NW climate. The reproductions are hard to distinguish from the actual paintings thanks to the amazing photographic and printing skills of Cary Cartmill of Digital Canvas NW. The window display will be presented into June or beyond. Click here for the location of The Art Study within the lively shopping center. And, go for a walk outside and see the billowing rhodies at their finest. I don’t have to go far. The actual rhododendron that was the inspiration for this new painting, is in full bloom right now, adorning my garden view.
My favorite painting, and one of the first of my “Floralscape” series has been juried into the International Open show sponsored by the NW Watercolor Society. Juror Donna Zagotta selected 62 paintings from 485 submissions to be on display from April 19, this Saturday, through June 6, 2014 at:
If you love watercolor, here’s a chance to see a wide range of styles and subjects in that medium. The gallery is spacious and easy to find if you plan an art outing to Tacoma this spring. I’ll be at the reception and award ceremony on April 26 from 2-4:00 pm, a Saturday afternoon. With so many artists and their families & friends, these are very lively, often crowded affairs.
“Morning Splendor” is based on a beautiful orange azalea blooming in May at the Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Gardens. To see more paintings from this series visit my fine art web site. Enjoy the beauty of this blooming season, wherever you are!
Alex Ballenger is an art student on leave to figure out what she ultimately wants from art school. She has big aspirations for a career in art. By assisting various artists in different ways, she’s getting a broad, hands on look at the creative and business side of the lives of artists and illustrators.
Alex joined my studio in January to help me with the daunting tasks of managing and updating the image files for my illustration and fine art web sites, my Workbook online portfolio and my Etsy.com store. Her familiarity with photoshop and Mac computers made it an easy fit, and, she’s a fast learner. It took me way too long to realize that I needed help and to let up on my do-it-ALL-myself philosophy of self employment. She’s handling the tasks that have been easy for me to put off and avoid, but by showing up twice a week I’m able to keep her busy and know that my internet marketing is getting cleaned up, on track and ultimately, expanding. Thanks Alex!
Contact alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’m pleased to be part of the Waterworld show at University House in Seattle featuring art that interprets various aspects of our world of water. Besides painting with watercolor, qualifying many of my paintings, and living in watery Seattle, the subject of this painting came from a beach on the windy side of Cozumel, Mexico. A smooth yet broken spiraling shell was washed up onto shore to nestle among the rough coral. See the postcard below for show information. RSVP by the 22nd and come to the reception for delicious food & wine, live music and lots of artists and their friends. June Sekiguchi puts together great shows for ERA Living including many artists assuring a variety of interpretations of the theme. I hope to see you there!
I am deeply saddened by the early death of a great actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. I had the honor of drawing a portrait of him in his role as Capote when Vox Advertising in LA was tasked with creating the movie poster and wanted to explore an expressive line art approach. This was my favorite of 4 compositions that I submitted and which I’d hoped would be the icon for the movie. As it turned out, an atmospheric photograph was chosen and this image became a staple of my line art portfolio and one of my favorite pieces. In rendering a portrait in any medium the artist becomes very familiar with the subject’s facial features and a sense of intimacy is felt. This closeness, even on just my part, carried with me through the countless amazing roles played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
a holiday with new growth
to brighten the darkness of winter.
My friend Sandy O’Connor took these pictures at the Illustration panel at the SPGA chapter of the Graphic Artist Guild last Wednesday. There was a good turnout as the 5 of us tried to address questions about the illustration market and our experiences in the business. The panel consisted of Henk Dawson – 3D artist, Nina Laden – children’s books, Blanca Santander – children’s illustrations, and Diana Fairbanks – Scientific, and myself.
My newest and largest painting, Diva Divine, was chosen to be part of the Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks show which opens today at the Tsuga Gallery in Bothell, WA. This iris sang out to juror Michael Reardon and I’m honored! Of 234 watercolor submissions by member artists, 50 were chosen to be exhibited for a month, until November 22. I became a signature member of this watercolor society, NWWS, last year after being juried into the requisite number of shows. The reception with awards is Thursday October 24 from 6-8pm. I’d love to see you there!
October 22 – November 22, 2013
Reception October 24, 2013 6:00-8:00pm
Tsuga Fine Art & Custom Framing, 10101 Main Street, Bothell, WA 98011
Hours: Tue-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun & Mon Closed
Once again I had a great group of students for my Watercolor for Illustration class at Bellevue College for the summer session. Many paintings weren’t finished so I will save those for future posts if they are submitted, but I’m pleased to present these fine examples of mostly first time watercolor painters. The variety of subject matter that the students choose always makes this class interesting and challenging for me as a guide for each painter’s process.
I’ll be participating in a panel discussion on illustration at SPGA, the Seattle Chapter of the Graphic Artist’s Guild (GAG) later this month. If you are in the Seattle area, come and check it out. Here’s the info, or click my link above to go the web page.
I just added a large new painting to my Fine Art web site, the first full sheet sized painting of this series. Looking into a blooming iris with its constellation of sparkles and patterns, its fluff of golden beards, and its richly veined purple and blue petals its easy to get lost as if in an other worldly landscape. The iris sings. This diva is divine.