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Time Is Relative

Einstein was certainly correct in his statement, time is relative, need I say more? I find myself reeling with the idea that a year has flown by so quickly, leaving a lot of finished and unfinished projects, but mostly just a dizzying feeling that I am still recovering from.

This past year has been an intense one to say the least, in both my personal life and in my art. I am glad to say that I have accomplished some large tasks that I set in front of me. There is now an Artists Co-Op within my sweet little town of Sitka, and joining forces with more artists we’re able to open our own store front starting tomorrow! The new name will be Baranof Island Artists, kind of rolls off the tongue doesn’t it. I have also moved several times, transitioned from long-term relationship to single and again into new and exciting serious-relationship status. I feel I am due for some well needed down time, but find new deadline creeping up from behind that I simply can’t ignore. I did recently finish one in time though, this image is for the Sitka Local Foods Network to use as a decal on cloth shopping bags that will be for sell at this years farmers markets, which I am really excited for.

Redoubt Rhubarb

Hopefully I won’t be so busy this year that I can’t spare some time to write a little about what’s new in my life and my art though. But that means I need to go and work on the new, so until next time.

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Spring Is Here

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I Could Use A Brownie

Well the first few sidewalk tables of the year are already behind me, but there are still plenty to come. So far the season has been slow to start here, partly due to the unseasonably cold weather, in my opinion at least, but I have strong hopes for the future, and new work to show off too.

ImageSaint Michael’s Cathedral

The weather will warm, more people will start to wander the streets in search of that perfect Alaskan souvenir and (fingers crossed) hopefully they will find it at my table. If your ever wondering what days you can find me downtown selling my wares or what else might be brewing in my near future just look on the side column under Upcoming Events.

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The Way I See It

I composed this collection of my work to reveal to my viewers how I see our world. As you can see around you there are some pieces displaying landscapes while others focus up close on lifeforms, showing both the wide perspective of nature as well as examining others on a much more intimate level. While viewing my work I hope that you are able to reexamine what you see every day. Take a second look at the pigeon flying over head and realize it’s beauty instead of just walking by.

When I walk through our town or into some of the well worn trails through the ancient forest that we are blessed to have so close at hand, I feel surrounded by life and beauty. I can’t help but notice the dew drops from the canopy of trees falling down until it lands on a salmon berry leafing making it dance with joy, or the reflection of birds flying over head in a rain puddle that’s formed along the side walk. It’s these simple moments of beauty that surrounds us which make me appreciate simply being alive. These moments of experiencing beauty and life in the everyday are what compels me to recreate them into the pieces of art surrounding you now. I hope that while viewing my work you are able to take part in my experience and see the beauty that surrounds us all.

This show is currently up at the Back Door Cafe in Sitka Alaska for the whole month of March. If your in town I hope you get the chance to stop by and enjoy the beverages, treats and art.

Fiber Arts

So lately I have been yielding to the impulse of putting down my paint brush and picking up a crochet hook or set of knitting needles instead. I am trying to convince myself that it is not wasted time, seeing as I do have an art show on the horizon, because I am making art piece out of yarn. I have done this before and created a green walrus that I was quite proud of among other things, but I have never shown them as artwork just as crafts and sold them at local craft fairs and farmers markets and such. But now I am actually getting pretty excited about displaying them as art, and having them right next door to some of my paintings.

I think that some of my more recent ones will make a good addition to the upcoming show Cosmic Debris Trifecta. It seems the show is creeping up on me though it is still a good was away. Michael Bricker and Peter Williams are the other two in the trifecta and we’re really planning on having it be something that people won’t soon forget. We’re hoping to have all the piece come together in such a way that it seems almost more of an installation rather than individual pieces, and our theme is quiet wide open with the ideas of space and life and how everything is connected with everything else. So I am hoping that everyone who can will show up, it’ll be at Balanced Practice Yoga Studio, 208-B Lake Street in Sitka Alaska on November 25 & 26th, opening around 5pm.

I do greatly love sculpture and have explored mediums such as ceramics and wire, even polymer clay, but yarn… fiber arts I suppose is what you call it. This is a very new medium for me and as such is very exciting and a little intimidating. I would classify my crochet and knitting skill somewhere in between beginner and intermediate. I still struggle with understanding pattern abbreviations and different techniques, and have quite a lot to learn seeing that I taught myself out of a ‘how to do just about everything’ book all the way back in the beginning of high school. It’s only been recently that I’ve picked these tools up again, I had gone through a brief spell back in school that resulted in a few hats and scarves and a few abandoned projects too, only recently have I been creating much more sculptural pieces as well. But for anyone interested in brushing up their skills or learning something new I have found much help in understanding both knitting and crochet at www.garnstudio.com with their tutorial videos, they also have a large selection of free patterns.

Much of my animals that have come to being out of hook and yarn I have simply created, with no pattern, simply adding stitches where I think they might be necessary and decreasing where I saw fit, and though creating like that is truly invigorating for me, in the end you’ll never be able to quite duplicate that same creature, and who knows maybe that is for the best. But I am considering attempting to write my own patterns in the future. But we’ll see if I ever get there, after all not even I can predict my own future.

♥   Thanks for looking and Happy Halloween!

ANB Hall 10am to 2pm this Saturday, Sitka Alaska

Yet another Farmers Market in beautiful Sitka by the sea. Sadly this is the last one of the year, but not to worry there will be plenty of more markets and farmers markets yet to come. Hopefully we’ll be ending the farmers market season this year with a bang! I am looking forward to it and can’t wait to see everyone again, and hopefully some new comers as well!

The Ocean Is My Dance Floor I

 

I have been exploring with a new style of painting recently where I have been separating color values rather than blending them together. It turns out to make my paintings much more abstract than before, and though I am still continuing my exploration of this new style I do think that I am enjoying the results of it.

 

The Ocean Is My Dance Floor II

 

I just completed these four whale paintings a few days ago and am fairly pleased with them. I have plans of doing even more in this style and grouping them in a show that I am planning with two fellow artists this November, and yes I will be blogging more about it soon.

 

The Ocean Is My Dance Floor III

 

My idea behind these pieces is to shine some light on characteristics that are shared by both humans and animals. That’s why I have painted these whales dancing through the water. They are very acrobatic animals and although they do have some spectacular performances above the water I believe that many amazing moves are preformed underneath the waves in their true homes. There are many beautiful photos that can be seen in books like Mitsuaki Iwago’s Whales, which is where some of my inspiration for these whales came from. I hope that in the twists and turns that the whales gracefully achieve you may see reflections of human dancers that perform remarkably similar moves on their own dance floors.

 

The Ocean Is My Dance Floor IV

 

Within my art work I like to explore relationships and connections that cross species boundaries. Highlighting activities and performances that at first glance people might not realizes any other species participates in. In showing the act of dancing as it relates to whales, birds and even deer, I hope that viewers will find a greater since of connection with our world and our fellow species with which we share it.

 

The Ocean Is My Dance Floor I, II, III, IV

 

ANB Hall 10am to 2pm this Saturday, Sitka Alaska

What, Another Farmers Market already? Yep they tend to come back around and nip you on the butt just to get your attention. Well, I am listening, and yes scrambling to pull everything together. But, don’t anyone worry I’ll be there and more importantly my artwork will be as well!

Hope to your smiling face!