Happy Friday everybody and maybe I'll see you at the Punk Rock Flea Market tomorrow if you're in the Seattle area!
When: Saturday, July 26th 10 AM – 6PM
Where: The Underground / L.I.H.I.
2407 1st Ave – between Battery and Wall
Remember that stack of cut mats? This is what they were for.
While at the beach I started carving the linoleum block for the tree print. The tree was a drawing I did while at the beach the previous summer. It took me a few days to carve off & on between long walks, tide pool exploring and thrift store shopping. It was during one such thrift shop trip where I came across a whole shelf of Pianola paper. Also known as Player Piano paper. I have fond memories of these paper rolls from somewhere back in childhood - a vacation as a kid to a lodge that had a Pianola I think? Or perhaps my piano teacher had one in her living room. Regardless I remember being fascinated by all the little holes and trying to figure out how the piano knew which keys to play.
The second my fingers touched those long cylindrical boxes I just knew. A complete and total vision of the block print I was already working on printed over the yellowed hole ridden paper with a colored backing paper showing through.
Exquisite joy to see such a flash of insight come together so perfectly. The music paper makes each print totally unique and with all the various combinations of colored backing paper I'm certain that the print will look amazing in many homes & settings.
Voila - methinks she found herself a new series!
This first round will be offered for sale at the Punk Rock Flea Market this Saturday.
Printed in archival water based ink and mounted on acid free materials each print will be offered at an introductory Punk Rock rate including mat. So if you're in the Seattle area I highly recommend stopping by to pick one up - they won't last!
In the last 24 hours I taught myself how. Bout darn time.
Not a bad job either.
Artwork filling a mat near you soon...
Hello! I'm back from my week away from everything.
This is the beach where I spent my time last week.
This is the beach house that Andy & I shared with my parents....
...And this is mostly what we did.
(Between long walks, kite-flying and tide-pool exploring)
I'm normally in that empty spot on the couch... for this photo op I must have been off water coloring or some such nonsense... or perhaps I was the girl behind the camera...
It was a lovely time as always a week spent in Yachats, OR is. Love that place.
And now it's back to the daily grind. (I'm writing this quickly before I dash off to work.)
I'm jumping right back into it all with art too because the Punk Rock Flea Market is this comping weekend. Good thing that I came back with much inspiration - a rekindled interest in block printing combined with an amazing thrift store find has equaled a brand new beauty about to be revealed for the Punk Rock Flea Market. Hooray!
Tis good to be back and I'll update with more soon! Till then, I'll leave you with this moment of bliss:
Ferry boat ride
Originally uploaded by Rekoj Design
Howdy y'all! I'm about to depart on a trip to the Oregon Coast for a week of toes in sand and nose in book. (Such a lucky girl I am!)
I'm greatly looking forward to it.
However, at the last minute while I was packing my bags yesterday, I elected to leave my laptop at home. Which means as of this moment, I'm not sure I'll have much access to email & blog for the next 7 days.
And that is okay.
What I am bringing is my linoleum carving tools and my watercolors. (And some summer reading of course.) Can't wait to fill you in on my adventures and creations when I return next weekend --- till then have a fabulous week!
This little funsie was just what I needed this morning after 3 straight days of full on busy-ness:
I loved how the phrase "Broken Heart Marshes" popped out. That could oh so be a painting title!
Go here to make your own Wordle. I'd love to see what pops out on yours...
Don't worry! I haven't forgotten about our sheep friend. Working in oils allows me the excuse of puttering around between layers while I wait for the previous layer to fully "dry". Not sure if this is a good or bad thing...
Because I'm not sure I'll be able to finish this painting before I leave on vacation - which had been my goal. I might. I think he'll need one more layer of white and some dark for the eye.
I just challenged myself not to do it which means that of course I will. Among everything else I'm doing to get ready to leave for the beach for a week.
I thought it would be a great gift idea for a friend who's birthday is soon approaching. She is one of those rare gems who still writes notes and letters (shouldn't we all?) and I thought this little wrap filled with envelopes, handmade note cards and some postage would make for a perfect and fun handmade gift.
It was my very first time using bias tape (believe it or not I know) and the stuff turned out to be a bit more tricky than I initially thought. So I might end up making a second wrap if I can find the time this week. Despite the kinda wobbly edging, I'm still pretty pleased with how it turned out. Thanks SouleMama for the inspiration!
The refuge is an area of salt and freshwater marshes that is home to a gazillion species of birds. Some of which I saw on the 5.5 mile loop trail:
I saw more than just ducks - such as herons and swallows - but it turns out that I am completely inept at using my camera and all the pictures I thought that I had shot of birds in flight somehow disappeared...
Regardless, it was a beautiful NW misty day. Don't you just love the quality of light out on yonder barns?
Many an Olympia area artist have painted those barns.
I just love the marshes themselves.
Lovely. Nothing like a nice long walk to feel recharged. The Nisqually refuge is one of my favorite places. Thanks for letting me share it with you.
"Oh sour grapes - I lost my heart"
Pen & Ink on creme paper
6" x 9"
Oh sour grapes
Because I lost my heart
And that is how this illustration got her start. Once I had the sour-grape-broken-heart idea in my head I knew I wanted a broken hearted looking girl holding grapes. So to find a quick model for my gesture study I hopped on over to good ol' Google image search. Typed in the phrase "broken hearted girl" just to see what I got. And that brought me this image by photographer Joan Vincent Canto.
Am I worried about it? Not really.