Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance

Art Journal Preview #3 — Panel Discussion Tonight!

Tonight’s the night we have our much anticipated TVAA panel discussion of Art Journaling at 6:00 pm at the Creative Access Arts Center at 500 S. 8th in Boise.

Besides me, you’ll hear from Pam McKnight, Beau Van Greener, Jeanette Ross and Lisa Cheney. The panel’s discussion will be led by Dr. Kathleen Keyes, President of the Boise Art Museum Trustees.

But before that, I have one last preview of one of my art journals — my Inspiration Book. I mentioned yesterday that it’s like a visual bucket list of things I want to have, or do, or make, and because for me there’s not much separation between my art and my home (painted floors, doors, dishes, etc.), or my wardrobe (painted boots, appliquéd bracelets, etc.), or any holiday or celebration, the book reflects a very broad range of things which inspire me….

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

I hope you can make it to tonight’s discussion. If not, I hope you are aware of the many pleasures and benefits of keeping an art journal. And, if the whole concept is new to you, I hope seeing a little of the kinds of art journals I keep might inspire you to begin your own.

Art Journal Preview #2 – Painted Rugs

An idea I’ve found intriguing ever since I saw it done in Leo Adams house in the book Renovate, is the painting of rugs directly on large 8′ x 4′ pieces of masonite.

In my own home I just paint the rugs directly on the floor. Which is great until you decide to move to a new house.

The second art journal I’m previewing, before our panel discussion on Art Journaling, is one in which I painted acrylic paintings of painted rugs in 8″ x 4″ sections to give me an idea of what they might look like 12 times that size…

image

image

image

image

image

image

image

Tomorrow I’ll have a third art journal preview for you — of my “Inspiration Book”. It’s kind of a “bucket” for the visual lists of things I want, or want to do, or want to make. I liked filling it so much I’ve started a second one which I will bring with me to the “show and tell,” but you’ll have to come to the panel discussion on Monday to see that one in person!

Art Journal Preview – “Text Book”

On Monday, June 2nd at 6:00 at the Creative Access Arts Center at 500 S. 8th in Boise I will be sitting on a panel discussion about Art Journaling with four other artists, Pam McKnight, Lisa Cheney, Beau Van Greener and Jeanette Ross.

Kathleen Keys will be leading the discussion. If you are in town you should come on down, and bring your own art journal to “show and tell” with the other artists after the panel speaks. That’s when it should get really interesting!

Here’s a preview of one of my art journals, “Text Book,” which is a Travel & Leisure magazine I folded and then drew patterns all over using Sharpies.

image

image

image

image

image

Tomorrow I’ll preview a completely different kind of art journal which I keep with ideas for painted rugs. Prepare to be floored.

Stitchin’ Time

I’ve been so busy stitchin’ I forgot to do my daily “at least one photo” post for the past couple of days. So, to make up for it, here are six photos of the item I’ve been stitchin’ — the sash for my collaborative piece with Barbara Bolling — “The Abdication of the Sylvan Beauty Queen on the Occasion of Her Epiphany.”

image

image

image

image

image

image

Run Beauty, run!

We Ink it Up & Pull it Off…

Our background prints had two orbits of the sun to dry, so first thing this Monday morning, Terry, Marilyn, Shirley — my mom, and I were back at Wingtip Press to ink up our second blocks and pull our final prints.

image

Terry would have to do the math to tell you the number of variables we had with 4 artists, 10 blocks (I had 4 not 2), 5 colors, and any number of fractions of inches of difference between river connections twixt the blocks.

But, even I can tell you this…registration is very tricky!

image

Each of our prints is slightly different, but each is also beautiful in its own way.

Here you can see the variation between two of them:

image

and…

image

I even think the blocks themselves are beautiful after we’ve pulled the prints:

image

Now all that remains to be done is to select the print we will show in the TVAA exhibition of collaborative works which will be hung in the offices of Boise State Public Radio.

That exhibition will be called “Four Eyes: An Optical Collusion” and opens June 6, 2014, so go ahead and mark your calendar.

In ink.

image

Metamorphosis!

It’s come to my attention that some of you are worried about my ability to spell.

Well mom, all that money you and dad spent on my edumacation was not in fact wasted….

image

It really IS called “Duck” tape!

Ok, confession time. I have not managed to finish one tarp per day. If I had, I would now be relaxing with my feet up in traction in a comfy hospital bed at the nearest recovery center. Instead I am contemplating finishing my sixth today and embarking on the seventh tomorrow.

I do however have an excellent excuse:

image

We opened last night at the offices of Boise State Public Radio and had an excellent turnout. Sue Latta and I got the show hung on Wednesday. Well, I arranged it on Monday, Sue does the physical hanging and I follow her around like a chattering jackdaw putting up the labels.

Here’s a glimpse of the exhibit, though I highly recommend you drop by any weekday between 9:00 and 5:00 to take a look for yourself.

Some of the artists participating are Alize Norman and Lee Higman:

image

Carrol Elliot Smith and Theresa Burkes:

image

Betsie Richardson:

image

Mike Chambers, Kellie Cosho, and moi:

image

This is my piece, “City of Trees” which you will recognize as the paper cutouts I did in preparation for the Treefort tarps:

image

Kelli Kobe, Mo Mapes, and Bev Chick:

image

Theresa Burkes, Pam Demo and Andrea Harris:

image

Lee Higman and Karl LeClair:

image

John Killmaster, Jane Wilson, Dee Miller and Marilyn Cosho:

image

Lauren Johnson and Debi Bonsack:

image

Bonnie Peacher, Rose Elkovich, Patty Moseley, and Sherri Stehle:

image

There are several other artists whose work is not photographed here. See! You really do need to come see the show for yourself. It will be up until May 15th so it’s not like you don’t have time.

Speaking of, it’s time for me to get back to DUCK taping. Oy, my vack!

Go to Your Studio and Make Stuff

I’m sure you’re familiar with this sentiment, and maybe even with this poster by Fred Babb…

image

which pretty much sums up the time that I have spent NOT working on this blog in the past few days, as well my excuse for what will probably amount to very spotty blog posting in the next couple of weeks.

I have a crapton of work to do for my public art piece for Treefort which needs to be done by the first week in March and I am simultaneously selecting, arranging, and hanging the TVAA exhibition “Metamorphosis” opening at the offices of Boise State Public Radio on March 7th. Plus I have a little project called “See Spot Walk” which needs my attention. Just sayin’.

So to inspire you to go to YOUR studio and make stuff in the hope that time will fly by for all of us, here are some photos from the studio of Marilyn Frazier.

We had Art Friday at her home last week and Marilyn let me take some pictures to share with you…

image

These are some papers which have been painted and stenciled and which will be used as book covers or on boxes.

image

You can always find a sharpened pencil in Marilyn’s studio!

image

Each of these books is handmade by Marilyn. She paints the papers, and sews the bindings choosing the beads the way you would decide which necklace best complimented your dress.

image

Lots of little boxes, some covered with painted papers.

image

Work in progress.

image

The view from Marilyn’s studio out to her garden and the chicken and duck run. The very happy chickens’ and ducks’ run. Marilyn is a vegetarian.

image

More beautiful books completely handmade by Marilyn.

image

Just in case you were wondering what you should make once you get to your studio.

image

My plan is to continue dervishing (I just decided to make that the adjective, whirling is so tired) away in MY studio and I will blog visual updates as I’m able.

Meanwhile I’m trying to convince Lula to take over the blog for me — just until I can get through the next few weeks.

Does she look convinced?

image

Well, we’ll see you when we see you!

Breathing Room

I have been waiting for today for some time now. In fact this is the first day since this time last year that I am beholden to no one and no thing. There are no looming deadlines, no exhibition openings, no meetings, and no social events to hostess. My only concerns are my family and myself, and I am already finding it easier to think. It’s so much quieter in my head.

image

The final event on this year’s very busy schedule was the TVAA Kringle Mingle last night. I promised you results of the art exchange and as you can see, I was tickled!

image

I received Kathleen Probst’s beautiful abstract textile piece titled Peepholes #7:

image

You can see more of Kathleen’s work at her website www.kathleenprobst.com and I highly recommend you do so.

The other cool thing is that Barbara Bowling received my bamboo utensils…

image

Barbara is another one of those 1 degree of separation stories. My daughter, Lina Chambers, and her daughter, Sarah Gardner are both actresses who knew each other and acted together long before Barbara and I ever met.

We had one of those “Wait a minute, your daughter’s an actress? My daughter’s an actress! I know your daughter! She’s your daughter?!” sort of conversations a few weeks ago from which we are still recovering.

Barbara is also a very fine artist and jeweler. Her website is www.louisesleap.com

By the way, both Kathleen Probst and Barbara Bowling have terrific work in the current TVAA Foray III exhibition, to say nothing of the other 65 artists, so check out the show if you find a little time in your schedule.

Ok. That’s enough work for one day. Now I’m going to go relax and enjoy this terrific weather we’ve been having. Maybe work on my tan a little. I’ve really been looking forward to this break!

image

Useful and Decorative

I know I announced my intention to “shop my studios” for Christmas gifts this year, but, there are always the hostess gifts and the stocking stuffers and the one last thing needed to round out the boxes to be mailed.

These are my solution for those situations this year…

image

They are useful but decorative too.

I bought a bunch of bamboo kitchen utensils and then painted their handles in a variety of colorful patterns. New work, but not exactly a new inspiration. There’s nothing wrong with revisiting a good idea.

image

One year I painted stainless steel serving spoons and forks using the acrylic that’s intended for painting on metal. I kept a few of those for myself.

image

Another year I painted a couple of sets of bamboo spoons and forks. All of those found new homes.

image

Tonight is the TVAA Kringle Mingle and we’re having an art exchange where you bring a wrapped piece of art you’ve made, and go home with one made by another artist.

image

Somebody’s going to get these two bamboo utensils, in this wrapping, tonight.

image

I’ll show you what I get, tomorrow! Jingle, jingle!