Monday, February 24, 2014

From Chiapas With Love

One of my work pals asked me to make a picture for her sweetheart using this coffee bag as a background. Apparently their trip to Mexico was so romantic she wanted to be able to commemorate it by giving her honey some art for her birthday. I was so happy to do the commission and ended up making a second one for the office (in honor of the yummy coffee she brought back). Working with these new materials is proving to be super inspiring.

8"x8" "From Chiapas With Love" Encaustic, coffee bag, carbon transfer, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014

Coffee and Tree

I am having fun with the sisal coffee bag I found walking from my office to my studio a couple of months ago. This is the second of four in the series that I have completed. I had been thinking of how to utilize fabric from some of the clothing that is strewn all over the streets of San Francisco. This idea is a little scary, but since deciding to recycle, I have found some really cool stuff including a gorgeous scarf in my planter in front of my house that I glued to a panel yesterday. I like letting the City inspire me, even with its sad discarded fabric and clothing. 

Coffee and Tree, 12" x 12", encaustic, carbon transfer, sisal coffee bag, 2013

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Two Birds in a Nest

I heard a story on "This American Life" about boring conversation topics according to the mother of one of the show's producers. The producer and her mother embarked on a challenge to see if the show could track down stories and make these so called "conversation killers" interesting. The topics included: what you are eating, how you slept, your dreams, menstruation, and routes, among other things. It was a fun show, partly because these are all topics I like to talk about, but also because of the banter between producer and mother. 

I have since begun a list of my own: what I did at work (unless I cured cancer or created glasses for otherwise blind babies), the unexceptional work life of most people is not interesting, at all, ever. I have also added to the list excuses for why I am late or why I have not been doing something I promised myself I would do, like exercising or blogging. So I will not bother to discuss why blogging has not made its way to my to do list. I will say, I still paint and play in my studio, and am very happy when new things emerge. Happy New Year!
Two Birds in a Nest
encaustic, carbon transfer, coffee bag  & button, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Going Places!

One of the artists at 1890 Bryant saw me embedding stamps into paintings so he gave me a bunch from his father's stamp collection. I decided to use color as a design element to create this back ground. I had this piece out during open studios as a work in progress and it got a lot of attention. Now that it has the birds, I can call it done.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

"Muni Barn" Drypoint Monoprint Etching

Working out printing techniques is crazy complicated. I now have so much more appreciation for print makers. I am really enjoying the challenge, and covering the prints with wax is allowing me to add my personal touch to the process.  My studio will be open next weekend, so if you are in the area, come and see.

1890 Bryant Street, San Francisco
Studio 311

April 20 & 21, Noon - 6pm

Friday Night Preview:
April 19th, 6pm - 9pm

Friday, April 5, 2013

Visit my Studio - April 20 & 21, 2013

You are invited to stroll the halls and enjoy the view from inside artist's studios in the Mission:

1890 Bryant Street (50 incredible artists)

Studio # 311
Bryant & Mariposa
San Francisco
Preview Party 
Friday, April 19th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Open Studios
April 20 & 21, 2013
12:00 - 6:00 pm

Hope to see you there!

Here is a map of all the studios and buildings that are participating in Spring Open Studios.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Bryant Street Blues

It has been a year since I started my job. A year of adjusting to tucking my life in between work. It has been a quick year. The job is exciting and I get to learn new things and be stretched in ways that I am grateful to be experiencing. But getting to my studios is a big challenge. Last weekend I made some prints and it was seamless. The inspiration does not always show up that way and with time short, it has to be there in ways that feel urgent. So the other day I was there with nothing to say and I found myself shouting "come on, get there, no time to clean the studio and wait for you to arrive." As if I can bargain with my creativity. 

   Bryant Street Blues - dry point etching with encaustic 11" x 14"