I have some news about an upcoming, juried show starting in May. The show, Radius 25, will run from May 11th until June 23rd at Salem Art Association in the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon. It will feature artists living within a 25-mile radius of Salem, Oregon, and the theme this year is "Face to Face". I'm so excited to share with you that two of my pieces were accepted into the show and here they are:
"The odd things that spark a memory" watercolor, ink, and pencil on 18 x 24 inch paper
"The threads which bind" watercolor and ink on 18 x 24 inch paper
I'll share with you a little secret (that isn't all that secret). The second I used for inspiration photographs of my Grandparent's and the first one is my Grandmother. Same lady in each but the first one she was much older. I don't normally use relatives in my paintings because I often feel too much attachment to the piece once it is complete but this time inspiration won out and I went for it anyway. I hope if you live in the area you'll stop in for the show. Radius 25 is always an interesting show.
My other news is that I will be participating in Project Space again this summer in downtown Salem, Oregon. This will be my second Project Space in this (previously in 2010, there was no Project Space for 2011) and I'm so looking forward to it. In case you aren't familiar with Project Space, Salem Art Association occupies a space in downtown Salem, Oregon (an available store, generally, waiting to be rented). Artists are juried and invited to either show their work or to set up a temporary studio. Plus, they often have installations, performance art, music, dance, and more. It will run approximately mid-June through August. I will be working down there (on my Hobbit project) and I don't know the exact dates yet but probably either sometime late June or early to mid-July. More information on that to come.
Instead of calling this section "New Paintings" I've changed it to "New Work" because I'm hoping soon to share some sculptures I've been working on. Still very early in my progress, but I hope to have something soon. Sculpture was actually my focus in college and I only later went to painting so it has been fun to start thinking three-dimensionally again. Onto the paintings:
"In the footsteps" Watercolor, ink, and pencil on 18 x 24 inch paper.
"Every little drop" Watercolor and ink on paper.
And a few favorites from my Hobbit series (I won't share them all here, there are too many but you can go here to see everything I've posted so far and you can find these pieces there along with the quotes that inspired them). You will notice they are becoming quite abstract, at least for now anyway, and we'll see if that starts to have an impact on my other work:
That is it for now. I hope to send a newsletter in June with information on Project Space so until then...