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November 2013

Jump, Logan, You Can Do It!

By | Personal Her-story

Today’s the day we’ve been working up to. Moving all those piles of things in and out and over and around and up and down. Shifting rooms and room functions, turning one home into two. All in preparation for next steps, and new phases, and oh you know, the first day of the rest of our lives.

It’s an especially big day for Logan, though for now he’s pretty much just taking it in stride. I’m sure in time we’ll all know exactly how he feels about this transition but since he’s always had a different view of the world from the rest of us I suspect there will be some surprises in his perspective — whenever he chooses to share it with us.

So, in the spirit of sharing one’s personal perspective, I offer for your viewing pleasure today a wee retrospective of Logan as I saw him growing up:

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Taking the plunge is pretty exciting, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. This summer Logan went to McCall with Mike and me and we stayed in a wonderful cabin on Payette Lake. And everyday there was a good reason not to jump in the lake. That lake is cold! You’ve got to be fully committed before you make the leap. But on the last day Logan and Mike went down for one last attempt…and I caught the action on my iPhone. (It’s a bit like watching ants while up on a mountain but just listen to my voice and you’ll know what’s going on.)

Jump, Logan, you can do it!

Second Helpings: Black Glazed Dishes with Quilt Motif

By | Second Helpings

This week’s Second Helpings is another set of painted dishes, and in keeping with the theme which has popped up more than once in the last few days, their motif is quilts.

Hey, it’s that home + art + functional + decorative = Domestic Arts thang again. Somebody kiss me quick!

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A few years ago black glazed dishes were very popular, and then suddenly they weren’t, and you could find them for a dime a dozen in the second hand stores.
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I personally love black as a background for color and so I bought pieces whenever I found them and put together a few different sets of dishes. Some cups and saucers, the odd tea pot, a few bowls, but mostly dinner plates.

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For this project I used the same paint as for last week’s Second Helpings: the “pebeo PORCELAINE 150 water based colour for porcelain.”

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With the black glaze you need to be tricky and do an undercoat of white, or Ivory in my case, BEFORE you paint your colors on top of that. Otherwise they are completely swallowed by the black.

Paint one coat of white, then one coat of the colors you want to see on top of the white after the white is completely dry. Let that second layer of paint dry and then fire the piece once. I have fired pieces more than once, but they get a little over baked and weird looking so I don’t recommend it.

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Part of the fun of a project like this is its ongoing nature. Any time you find a little misfit black dish you can bring it home, paint it with your chosen motif and add it to your growing collection.

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Soon you too will need a whole room dedicated to your addiction!
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And now, it’s time to paint.
XOXO, Action Girl

Let it Snow!

By | Everything Else

Highlighting the four seasons in my post yesterday must have reminded Mother Nature that in fact it’s time for the one which follows Fall because when we woke up this morning and looked out the window this is what we saw…

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Just enough snow to guarantee I’ll be cozied up on the sofa in a heap of faux fur and sleeping pups,

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listening to Pandora on the “Ashokan Farewell” station, sipping a Breve Latte, for the better part of the day while I bury myself in my Inspiration Book.

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Just think of me as a little squirrel cosy in my…

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chicken?

Hey, weaving all these thoughts and images together gets complicated. And now, of course I’m thinking about chicken. A nice roast chicken would be lovely for dinner. Sigh. I guess that means I’ll have to get off the sofa eventually.

Le Boi-cycle

By | 2D & 3D

Having the book signing this week for Local Color – Boise 150 at Rediscovered Books reminded me what a big job it was, of all the time and effort we invested this year producing the catalog and putting on the exhibition. But more importantly it reminded me that the whole point of the project was our wish to show our affection for Boise through our artwork.

Every piece in this show was a little love letter to Boise and mine addressed two of Boise’s best loved features: her four seasons, and the Greenbelt which literally runs through the heart of town. The way I enjoy the Greenbelt most is cruising it on my bike, and so for “Le Boi-cycle” my bike became the Greenbelt.

I had a metal toy bicycle which I painted with acrylic paint meant for painting on metal, and I glued on tiny people from the hobby store — the ones that live in tiny railroad towns.

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And then I painted a watercolor painting of the little 3D model and THAT is the piece which was in the Local Color exhibition and catalog.

Le Boi-cycle

Around the runners, around the puddles, around and around go the wheels of my bike. It’s spring. Past the blackbirds trilling on cattails, dodging squirrels and commuter ducks, around the green tailored grounds where small white balls ruin perfectly good walks. It’s summer. Spinning past students, and the stadium cheering in blue and orange, geese honking overhead. It’s fall. Crunching through snow and sli-i-iding on ice, rounding the bend…and there are deer. It’s winter. Around and around go the wheels of my bike. Around and around the seasons cycle.

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This one’s for you Boise. SWAK

Local Color – Boise 150

By | Exhibitions, Field Trips

All this year Boise has been celebrating her Sesquicentennial, and all Boiseans, even very small children who still call Pasta Putanesca, bisketti, can pronounce the word that means Boise is 150 years young. Woot woot!

In honor of this Happy Birthday the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance applied for and received a grant to curate an exhibition of artwork by local artists about Boise, and produce a catalog to accompany the exhibit. We called it Local Color – Boise 150.
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Each artist whose work was selected also wrote a few sentences about Boise as portrayed in their artwork, and that statement is on the page with their art in the catalog. This is my painting titled “Le Boi-cycle”…

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and Mike’s titled “Boise Blue Doors”…

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Mike and I wrote the grant. Jacqueline Crist selected the art for the exhibit. I arranged and hung the exhibit with assistance from Sue Latta, and my mom, Shirley McCarter, both of whom are also featured in the catalog. Debra Smith edited the artists’ writing, and Will Spearman and I designed and curated the catalog itself.

It was a huge learning experience, in fact we’re still learning from it. We had an event at Rediscovered Books last night along with three other writers/editors who produced books for the Sesquicentennial. Debra Smith who is not only the catalog’s editor, but a dear friend did the presentation for Local Color.
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Thank you Deb! I’m one of those people who would rather share a mochalottachocolatte with God (and you know what that would mean) than engage in public speaking.

By the way, we still have copies of the Local Color catalog available for sale: $19.95/copy plus standard shipping in the US and Canada. Contact me if you’re interested, and Mike and I will both sign your copy. Woot woot!