Friday, March 27, 2015

PLAY!: Whimsical Words and Calligraphic Capers

The Portland Society for Calligraphy play exhibit will be at the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery from April 3- April 28, 2015. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 9am-9:30pm; Sat. 9am-5pm. The opening reception is Friday, April 3, 7-9pm.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Equinox Weather Grams

For three years, I've been part of a group of women learning the art of calligraphy together. Each season, we write, letter and exchange weather grams in the tradition of Lloyd Reynolds.  I hang mine in a lilac tree outside our living room window. I love seeing them move and spread their messages to the wind reminding me of our friendship.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Come to Play Book

I decided to submit a piece for the Portland Society for Calligraphy exhibit entitled "PLAY! Whimsical Words and Calligraphic Capers" at the Multnomah Arts Center in April . In preparation, I took a Calligraphy Studio class from Christine Colasurdo, practiced and practiced writing my Haiku poem, thumbnail designs, Modern Versal lettering, a watercolor line, etc. Lots of time and energy went into this project. Fittingly, my word for 2015 is 'Practice'. It's a lesson for me to learn that the creative process takes play, practice, and time. Here's photos of my book-

The cover-

The pages-

An overview-

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Elements and Principles of Design

I found a great way to understand the elements and principles of design online through Gallery Cocoa. Here's the grid that I made-

Creating this chart made me think about how the elements of art interact with the principles design. It offers ways to look at composition and experience the variety of ways each element can be explored.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

I made Valentine's this year and had fun playing with paints and inks. I learned this technique from Kat McCullough years ago. The paper is Tyvek, cut into 3.5" squares with added layers of paint and ink. The first layer of acrylic paint is applied on one side, folded in half to get a Rorschach effect. Dry each layer well. The second layer is acrylic inks. I love the textures created and the look of the layered papers.  Enjoy your Valentine's Day.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Experiments in Black and White

Last month, I took a workshop in Victoria BC with Steve Aimone, "The Spiritual Language of Art". We explored abstract painting with exercises in nonobjective composition and the process of abstracting from a reference. This workshop challenged and pushed me in ways that often felt very uncomfortable. My struggles made me realize that I need a regular studio practice to learn the elements of design inside and out. Knowing these elements intimately will help them become more intuitive in my artwork. I want my artwork to come from my intuition which is often elusive. It's hard to turn my left brain off and trust my right brain to take over and go for it. I'm starting with 9x12 inch black and white drawings/paintings on paper. Here's number 1.