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Music heals…. art heals!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 21, 2017 by moon

Like countless others all over the world I am heartbroken over the death of Chris Cornell.  I have been incredibly sad over the passing of other artists, especially David Bowie but this one has hit me so much harder.  Maybe it’s because for the last quarter century I’ve been blasting his music and continuing to see him live at every opportunity (most recently when I flew to Los Angeles in November to see Temple of the Dog).  I always look forward to new recordings and never get sick of the older ones.

Music plays such a huge roll in my life.  It can be whatever I need it to be.  If I need to cry, to scream, to dance, to relax…. I can with it’s help.   When working on my art music is always playing.  Goes hand in hand.

So after 2 days of off and on crying bouts I decided to do a little art therapy and share it with others who are struggling with this.  Thank you Chris Cornell for being a beautiful light and voice, for

leaving your words and music for generations to come.  Thank you for my many amazing memories of seeing you perform live.  Rest In Peace!

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Evolution of a linocut

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2017 by moon

I was approached a little over a month ago by a teacher who runs an a regional cultural arts program for developmentally disabled teenagers in rural Appalachia.  The teens wanted to make art projects using a Damask pattern they found but they don’t have the manual dexterity or muscle control to carve the blocks themselves and their teacher tried herself unsuccessfully several times before contacting me.

She sent me an image that the students wanted to use in various ways and I told her I would recreate a very similar version for them but of course it wouldn’t be identical.  She said they had a very limited budget but being very close to my heart I told her I would be more than happy to send them a block free of charge for the students to have fun with.  Here is the image and what I carved for them.   It’s a bit cruder and more hastily carved than I would do for my own art but that was done on purpose since the students will be printing this block over and over.  

 

After carving the block for the students I decided this was a fun design to work with but it needed to be more “LESLIE” so taking inspiration from the original Damask design I redrew it with the biggest change being an elk skull instead of a deer silhouette and of course my birds couldn’t just be sitting doing nothing on the antlers!  Of course the whole thing took on my take as well.  So now I hope the students in Appalachia are having fun with their linocut block and I’m having fun with mine!

Let’s get some SPRING up in here!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 24, 2017 by moon

After a LONG, wet, cold winter I am definately ready for Spring!  Since I can’t control the weather at least I can work on some new spring inspired linocuts.

Want to make a block print with me?  Upcoming classes:  artEAST (www.arteast.org) Print & Sip nights are Friday April 14, Friday May 12 and Friday June 9 6:30-9:30pm.    Kirkland Arts Center  Printmaking & Wine (www.kirklandartscenter.org)  Saturday April 8, 3-6pm     Pre-registration for all locations required as these classes often fill to capacity.

Lots of show prep going on!!!

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , on November 12, 2016 by moon

New pieces and MANY exciting shows and events and upcoming!

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by moon

It’s the busy season!   So many great events!  One of my absolute FAVORITES is South Park Arts ART UNDER 100.  This is a MUST attend event for all art lovers in the greater Seattle area (heck, all of Washington – it’s worth a couple hour drive!) and will once again be at the Seattle Design Center on December 10th from 2-8pm.  As the name implies… all art is priced under $100.  And this is GREAT art from 70 artists!

Can’t wait until then?  You don’t have to?   Depending upon where you live there are so many great places!  Visit artEAST Gallery in Issaquah, Rusty Raven in Kent, Pioneer Cafe in North Bend, SnoValley Art Gallery in Snoqualmie and currently on display at the Columbia Winery in Woodinville.  Looking ahead I will be showing my larger scale and one of a kind mixed media pieces at Vetiver Salon in Issaquah during the months of December and January.  Don’t live near any of these?   I can ship!  Don’t see exactly what you want?  I do custom pieces!

Want to learn a little more about my process and have fun making your own block print?  Take a Print and Sip class with me at artEAST!  www.arteast.org/2016/07/print-and-sip-night/

Yesterday I started my morning at 5:45 am sketching out a couple of new pieces for my OZ and Wonderland series.  I finished carving them last night but won’t have a chance to print them until tonight after work.  Can’t wait!!!!

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BIRDS!!!!

Posted in Printmaking, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 29, 2016 by moon

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Latest in my Dia de Los Muertos series

Posted in Printmaking with tags , , , , on June 27, 2016 by moon