Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones

“Have you seen an agate with high gloss polish exposing every vein of natures pigment bringing it to life with every angle? How about a slice of thunder egg with agatized history and crystalized time painting a story of generations in the earth?”

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Another fun Art Walk

Another fun Art Walk

It was another exciting evening at the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk at my twin sister’s shop. Her creative life lies in the tattoo field. Her shop, Memento Ink, is a productive tattoo parlor, hair and nail salon, piercing shop and art gallery. I am completely content hanging out with the artists and creatives and you never know who will come through the door next. And on Art Walk night she always has fantastic artists on display, great refreshments, and usually a local band or musician to round out the evenings festivities.

This month the theme was March of the Mad Hatters. I look forward to this event all year long! I love hats! I also adore seeing the amazing craftiness in others’ creations. Emerald Art Center, City of Springfield and Tronson Gallery sponsored this event. I hosted a hat making party to prepare. Everyone brought some random supplies and we spent most of a day in my dining room with glue guns, ribbons, buttons, bows and anything else we could think of to come up with the best representation of what we thought a hat should be. Oh, there was wine too. We all came up with something pretty great and a wonderful time was had.

Me in my Mad Hatter Hat
This is me in my handmade hat 03/2018

This month the featured artist at Memento Ink was Kari Jensen who has found herself in the arms of the entirely amazing Pacific Northwest from warmer climes. Kari is uniquely imaginative and her art speaks of novelty and wonderment.

Bright colors and energetic movement, soft contemplation and peaceful zen. I hope that you will take the time to check out more of Kari Jensen’s work. She also has a larger show coming up at the City Hall Gallery in a few months. You can also click the link above to be taken to her website. Enjoy!

How to Create the Perfect Studio Space

How to Create the Perfect Studio Space

IMG_0468There are many ways to build the perfect space for your creativity. You can be as outrageous and expensive or low-key and free as you want to be. Now, I would absolutely love to have a window filled loft in a beautiful historical building where I could people watch from multiple stories above the streets while processing my inspirations and the plans for the evenings open studio party….. Alas, we can’t all have that. But we can have a space surrounded by the well used objects of our trade and the works that inspire us to create with our favorite background music playing as loud or soft as the mood calls for, maybe a beloved pet snoozing in approval as we put the finishing touches on our latest masterpiece.

I have a list of requirements for my studio (currently a small bedroom recently vacated by an adult child) that I can not live without. I find that as long as I can maintain these 5 things I can manage without the unbelievable loft.  Continue reading “How to Create the Perfect Studio Space”

Great Things Come in Big Packages

Great Things Come in Big Packages

There is almost nothing more exciting than putting the first paint strokes on a freshly prepared canvas. Unless it is receiving a package of new canvas. And paint brushes. And even more art supplies. I absolutely LOVE getting packages! pexels-photo-102127

This past week I had to invest some hard-earned cash from my 9 to 5 to purchase some necessary supplies. I was getting worried that I wouldn’t have enough canvases for all of my ideas in my latest project. (Photos and video of the current enterprise coming soon). It was so rewarding to open that carton of goodies!

I don’t know where you get your supplies but I really enjoy working with Jerry’s Artarama. No, they didn’t pay me to say that. I have been purchasing my supplies through them for years, Jerry’s always has what I am looking for. Who do you like to use? I would love to hear of the favored companies that others prefer to use.

Anyways, in this order I received a big box of Yes! multimedia canvas, my favorite Chelsea Studios mediums, some Black Swan brushes and I did splurge just a little and got a small set of SOHO Urban Artist Oil Colors to sample. I can’t wait to try them out! My current palette is a jumbled mish-mash of beginner through professional grade oil paints and nearly every tube has been squeezed to death. Isn’t it awful when your favorite brand of say… Cadmium Yellow runs out so you open a standby tube of the same color and they are nothing alike?!

Currently I am working on a series of illustrations portraying old school nursery rhymes, lullabies, and children’s stories. I cant really decide what genre they fit into, maybe Art Nouveau? My previous series, Sticks & Stones was fairly abstract so this has been rather enjoyable. Check back soon for my portfolio.

Now that I have received all of my wonderful art supplies it will probably another week before I can drag myself away from the easel to write some more. My palette is calling so I must go.

Julie

 

 

J. W. Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs: A Modern Debate — Susan Rushton

J. W. Waterhouse’s Hylas and the Nymphs: A Modern Debate — Susan Rushton

The Manchester Art Gallery recently removed what is probably their best-loved painting ‘to prompt conversation’. The story of Hylas and the Nymphs dates back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans and has come down to us in a variety of tellings which means the story can be interpreted more than one way. I like J.W. Waterhouse’s […]

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