The canvas frames and completely paint spattered linoleum with the bed right smack in the middle of it all I'm sure has nothing to do with the appeal for me. And in all honesty, it isn't all that far off from my own studio. I just chose to put the bed on TOP of my closet instead of beside it...
Today was a perfect piece of Fall in Seattle so I went for a walk right after work instead of doing my usual gymwork. I was enjoying my stroll so much that I kind of had to force myself to stop and take pictures - (Andy, I know, would be appalled at such a thing) but I'm glad I did. It's nice to share a bit of the evening with you. And besides - I haven't dropped in to say hello in a few days. Pictures give me an excuse to amidst all the Fall busy-ness like Calendar project finalizations and painting commissions - which is the short of what I've been up to!
But I had to take a break from all that to go wander through the Olympic Sculpture Park and take artsy sunset photos:
On my way home I finally found the sidewalk gallery that I had heard rumours of. It is put on by the Center on Contemporary Art and is simply called the Belltown Gallery. Basically, it is a sidewalk showcase. I have no idea how I had missed it before. The work currently on display totally made me do a double take.
This round painting on a drum head particularly got to me. One, the content and detail is amazing and two, well... I'm totally a sucker for round paintings.
And I nearly missed out on that perfect perfection because I almost didn't make it out of Seattle on Saturday afternoon. I had been on Beacon Hill and then left to get on the freeway only to find crazy detours left and right for tree pruning. I was kind of waffling a bit about whether to make the drive south or not and then throw in the detours and I almost detoured myself right back home. Except that the detours brought me here to this sparkly wonderfulness:
Without the detours I would have missed this section of beauty on Beacon Hill. Isn't it just luscious? I was just about in love with the colors and textures of this amazing mural.
Pardon the glassy haze in the photo - it is from taking a quick picture out my car window after swerving to pull over with my brand new camera phone. Yep - finally joined in on the new phone technology. I've now got a phone that does everything - literally. I think it even does the laundry. Well... I'm hoping anyways. So far I've discovered that the thing takes pictures, edits pictures, plays FM radio and MP3s, records sound and even will record your steps if you tell it. (So you know how many steps it takes to get to the laundry...)
Did I mention it was now late and I'm needing to get to bed instead of playing with the new phone toy?
In the meantime, I'll leave you with the sweet dreams of mural painting and a sneak peek at what I was up to in the backyard all afternoon:
This week since I have returned from Art and Soul in Portland I have been savouring things. Colors are brighter and the air is rich with crisp autumn scents. Perhaps it is just my love of this time of year in the NW, but I'd like to think it is still the residual way of seeing the world after taking a workshop with Katie Kendrick.
Katie Kendrick, if you do not know, is an intuitive painter. I signed up for her class after seeing her work thinking that I would learn a bit about encaustic techniques, since her pieces are usually coated in a top layer of wax. Though I did learn how to cover a piece with a layer of wax to protect it and give it a dreamy quality, the class ended up being so much more than that. In fact, the time we spent on the wax was less than an hour of the whole day!
Katie began her class by getting us to all do creative warm up exercises - which at first seemed funny but then they actually worked. Just simply by taking a crayon and some tissue paper to play with rubbing patterns and textures was enough to loosen the brain up into "oh good - it's play time now!" Which if you are going to do some intuitive painting that is right where you want your head space to be. She then had us working pretty fast - bouncing between 2 canvases at the same time smearing paint, pressing on collage and smearing more paint until "something appeared".
This is completely opposite of how I usually work. I pretty much always start a piece with a full blown idea of exactly how I want it to look. I sketch out the design in pencil direct on the canvas and then paint it. And that is just fine and I'm sure I'll continue working that way. For some pieces...
Katie's way was just so much more of an instant release! So from now on I think I'm going to start working both ways - just to see what comes of it. No plan, no expectations. Just me and my inner artist smearing some paint around.
Here is my 2nd piece which I actually finished in time to give it the wax coating: