Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Week Links: One Year of Links

Every Sunday for the past year, I have posted some of my favorite links that I happen upon on my travels through the Internet. Links from all 52 weeks can be found here. There is an endless stream of creativity out there and this is my way of passing that creativity on.  A thank you goes out to all those individuals who have generously shared their talent online so that I can share it with you!

Here is Week 52...

Reflections on a year of daily painting from Jennifer Orkin Lewis. Thanks Traci Bautista for this one!

Amazing paper reefs from Amy Eisenfeld Genser found on Colossal.

Still in love with the notebooks of Jose Naranja.

Found object murals by Bordalo II on the streets of Lisbon as seen on Colossal.

Crowns. Made of glass by Kate Clements and seen on The Jealous Curator.  Have to be seen to be believed.

Just saw the fascinating documentary Finding Vivian Maier. What a story.

10 facts you may wish you learned in art school. Good advice from Renee Phillips.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Join me in June

Spend some time with other creatives - making art, letting go and having fun.
Join me in June for my workshops in Maryland, New York and North Carolina.
And see my workshop schedule for the entire year here.

Collage Camp
The Queen's Ink
Savage, Maryland
Saturday June 6

Brick by Brick
The Queen's Ink
Savage, Maryland
Sunday June 7

52 Card Pickup
Pratt Institute
New York, New York
Saturday June 13

Layer Creator
St. Bartholomew's Church
White Plains, New York
Wednesday June 17
Workshop filled

Dimensional Stenciling
Random Arts
Saluda, North Carolina
Friday June 26

Collage Camp
Random Arts
Saluda, North Carolina
Saturday June 27
Workshop filled

Picture Windows
Random Arts 
Saluda, North Carolina
Sunday June 28

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Canada Calls

I am happy to announce that I will be teaching in Canada in early June 2016 near Ottawa, Ontario. I want to thank my friend and fellow artist Holly Dean for making this happen. Although just about one year away, Holly is reaching out now to people who might like to attend and asking them to choose the workshops that want me to hold.

If you might want to join me there (with no obligation at this time), please click here for more information and for the link to vote for the workshops that you would like to attend. Cannot wait to pack my passport, cross the border, and create Canadian style!

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wonders of Whidbey

After my 2-day class at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state, I stayed on to teach a 5-day collaborative workshop with Orly Avineri called If Walls Could Talk. This was more like an experience than a class.

The workshop was held off-site at the Pacific Rim Institute, the perfect backdrop for a week of creativity.

We were surrounded by beauty of both the natural and the manmade kind. These pheasant coops provided much inspiration and exploration.

The space we worked in was comfortable, large...

...and was filled with natural light.

We painted with abandon.

 We explored the beauty of the island...

...and all its mysteries.

There was laughter. There were tears. There was art.

And in the end...there was group of artists that were forever connected.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Week Links: 51

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 51...

Loving the layers in this stitched fabric journal page from Ruth Rae.

Wish I could visit this incredible exhibit at the Venice Biennale from Japanese installation artist Chiharu Shiota.

Studio inspiration from Arts Business Institute.

Sensational lace mural street art from NeSpoon as seen on Huffington Post.

Loving the dimensional dots on Louisa Boyd's woodland paintings, originally found on this post from In Need a Guide.

The world's most eye-catching art galleries - from the outside, found on The Telegraph.

A book of colors from 1692. Thanks to Roxanne Coble for the find.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wonderful Whidbey

I have the fortune to be teaching right now at the Pacific NorthWest Art School in the town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island off the coast of Washington state. I first taught here in 2013 and am thrilled to return to the beauty, serenity and magic of Whidbey.

The ferry to the island from the mainland


 One of the many gorgeous views

 The Island milkman

The school has some incredible, upcoming courses from artists such as Roxanne Evans Stout, Jill K. Berry, Cathy Taylor, and in a collaborative workshop -- John Arbuckle, Terry Garret and Brian Kasstle.

 The first class I taught this past weekend was a 2-day, mixed media painting workshop called Cover to Cover. It was all about the layers and making creative messes.

The calm before the art storm

Building layers

Happy hands

 Surface details
Layer after layer

Some of my demos from the class

 Workshop selfie


Stay tuned for updates from and about workshop #2

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Week Links: 50

Join me every Sunday when I share some of my favorite links I discovered in the previous week.
All previous links can be found here.

And here is Week 50...

Is scrapbooking the new trend? From Huffington Post.

Janice Mason Steeves shares her experience as being a juror for an art show.

Beautiful papercut artworks of nature by Marina Adamova on My Modern Met.

Improbable libraries that have to be seen to be believed. From Huffington Post.

The beauty of Tuscany's marble quarries as captured by the lens of Frederik Vercruysse on We Heart.

Love the whimsey of these journals pages from Kim Henkel.

How to buy art. A beginner's cheat sheet from the New York Times.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Living With Art: 13

When we see art posted on the blogs from our community, by far the majority of times it is a cropped picture of a particular piece. We don't often get to see pictures of the art in the space where we actually live. Hanging art. Art on the walls. Art over the couch. Art leaning on the bookcase shelves.

Living with Art is about showing and seeing art in real life settings. Every Thursday I will be posting a series of images shared by creatives showing all of us just how art is displayed in their spaces. Each participant is opening the door and inviting us all into their surroundings. Please contact the artist if you would like any information about the pieces on display. If you want to share yours, simply email me an image, a few lines about your artistic aesthetic, and a link to your own online site. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

A big thank you to everybody who has shared their home for this project and to all of you who have viewed and commented along the way. All good things must come to an end and this will be the last posting for "Living with Art." 

and here is week 13...

Jackie P Neal
Our home has an eclectic mix of of vintage art as well as modern pieces and works of friends and our own. Being the treasure seekers that we are, we keep a regular source of vintage art to change up our look every now and then.
(and see more of how Jackie lives with art here)

As I got to know artists in the Chicago area I also wanted to collect their work, and my fascination with butterflies soon provided the theme. I decided to take advantage of my picture molding to keep my collection flexible for additions. Here is the hanging process.

Chris Miser
I have art displayed at home, at work, and in my studio space. It's a way of not only surrounding myself with pieces I find pleasing in beauty and meaning, but also a way of honoring artists. People entering my office space or home will invariably ask about one artwork or another, and I love being able to discuss an artist or a style I'm drawn to. It's an eclectic mix of styles, as my tastes are wide-ranging.

Annette Bouchey
I love my fireplace, bookcase and large mantle. I put up projects like the collage I'm making on an old player piano roll, other favorite things like doll heads, old books, and of course my rescue dog Sweetie is included.

Patricia Coulter
Originally working with watercolour, I was always attached to the intermingling of colours in the wet-on-wet technique. I even liked how the colours flowed and merged on my palette. When I discovered fluid acrylics, I was in love with the bold colours and how they blended. I find these large paintings with bold sweeps of brilliant colour that contain a vibrancy and energy that is uplifting and vibrant.

Darlene Koppel
I live in a home with white walls that provide me with a tranquil and soothing backdrop. Yet I enjoy filling the corners of my home with both my colorful art and treasured items. I purchased the card holder at a thrift shop and I use it to display my mixed-media, postcard art. I found the abandoned nest and filled it with faux robin's eggs. I created the assemblage piece as tribute to Christmas.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A World of Pages

There is a new book in town. 

Dawn DeVries Sokol has released her newest book A World of Artist Journal Pages: 1000+ Artworks - 230 Artists - 30 Countries. This book is filled with over 300 pages of inspiration for journaling and beyond. Most of the pages are simply filled with images of journal pages that speak for themselves. But 16 featured artists also share their responses to a series of questions about art and inspiration. I count many of the artists in this book as familiar friends but perhaps the most exciting part of this book is being introduced to so many artists that are new to me.

Happy to say that 4 of my journal pages are also included in the book. You will find mine, including the one I have shared below, on page 295. Thanks so much Dawn for the opportunity to be part of this wonderful book.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Faces of New York

One of my favorite places to visit in NYC to see art is Sotheby's the auction house. Prior to every sale, there is an exhibition of the work open to the public. It is an exciting opportunity to see art that may not ever again be exhibited as it often goes from private hands to private hands.

The exhibition currently running now shows work from the upcoming Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales in NYC but also includes phenomenal work that will be auctioned in London and Paris.

While I am typically most attracted to abstract art, I was thoroughly taken by the figurative work on display. Take a tour with me of the exhibition, as I share detail shots, artist, title, as well as auction estimates of some of my favorite pieces.


Francis Bacon

George Condo
Monolithic Head

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Willem De Kooning
Yellow Women

 Henry Moore
Two Women and Child

 Jean Dubuffet
L'Homme au Plastron Bleu

Andy Warhol
Sigmund Freud