My eyes are blurry after 10 hours of driving each day for the past two days, another 4 hours to go today, but I am excited to be back in Kansas. The dogs will be happy to go to Chase Fishing Pond. I will be happy to have another great dinner at Ad Astra in Strong City. But most of all I am thrilled to be back with Ton and Ans at their beautiful gallery. I am still 270 miles away, but the reception is 2-5, I will be there so come by and have a glass of wine and take home a new drawing or print. See you soon.
Great news today, I am happy that my watercolor drawing, “The fearless lizard drops it’s tail, swiftly climbing to new heights.” did climb to new heights. He was sold today from my exhibition at The Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs in Matfield Green, KS.
Yesterday I finished the installation of Nomadic Geography, my “interdisciplinary arts project that visually translates the visceral experience of trekking remote landscapes into linoleum block prints, drawings, and room-size installations.” That is my official one sentence description. I will be doing a talk on November 16 at 1:30, but you are welcome to visit the Garden and Cultural Center any day of the week, exception Monday. Post your one sentence description here, or better yet, tweet it!
Wow, two out of three days complete as I, along with my highly motivated, brilliant and faithful helpers, work on my Wave Hill Exhibition install. I have been waiting all year from this and now it is in high wear and looking amazing. Check it out so far, it opens October 18, 2018 with a talk/reception November 16. Here are two of the four walls in progress.
I am so excited. “In the Spirit” my exhibition of 20 linocut collage drawings is currently being hung beautifully at Pioneer Bluffs. The opening is Saturday from 2-5 and it is during the Fall Festival. Check out all the activities! I want to do some geocaching!
Tonight I head to the Kansas City Art Insitute where I will spend the morning giving a talk and critiquing students. I am looking forward to seeing my friend Laura Berman, the best printmaker/artist in KC!
While at the KCAI, Conrad and Homer get to hang out with the dog sitter. I already prepared them by taking a nice long swim this morning at Chase Fishing Lake in the beautiful Flint Hills of KS. Hopefully they will be a bit calmer after our 12 hour yesterday.
Spirit animal of the week? That’s right, it is the firefly. This is watercolor collage drawing #20, it will be sent to the framers to meet the other 19 tomorrow. It is a real wacky one, the fireflies are hand colored linoleum block prints slightly raised off the surface of the paper as it they are flying. Super Cool! These fireflies are here to remind you to, “shine your light.”
Two pieces have already sold from my studio. They will still be in the exhibition for all to see. These smart collectors knew to buy one now because once at the gallery with the commissions added on, the price rises, and then only climb for there. So if you even think you might want one, talk to me now. firstname.lastname@example.org
My lean-to ink drawing is on it’s way to completion. This will be going into my exhibition at Wave Hill in October. It is big, about 8 feet long and I hope to have it done in the next couple of days. On Friday I shipped all 19 drawings (the of which are already sold!) to the framer. I have the best framing in the world, Rabbet Art Gallery in New Brunswick, NJ. Dot, always takes great care of my artwork. I went to a few framers in Santa Fe, but I decided to keep loyal to Rabbet. I am completely confident that they will frame it and have it waiting for me at the Gallery at Pioneer Bluffs when I get there on October 2.
I had the chance to hike and run last weekend. A friend and I went to Chicoma Mountain, highest peak in the Jemez Mountains, no trail and a 26 mile forest road to drive in on made it a great adventure. The highlight of the day was seeing an Elk. Funny thing is, the prior week an Elk was my spirit animal. The day before the hike I went on a run along the Rio Grande Gorge from Pillar to the Taos Bridge, stopped 3 miles short of the bridge. I ended with 16 miles, but it was a rough run. It should have been easy but with all the direct sunlight it was just too hot for me.
Today everything is bright and beautiful here in Abiquiu, NM, three more weeks and I start my drive east for all these shows. Until then, you will find me in my studio.
I had a great weekend of running up Wheeler Peak in Northern New Mexico, a 16 mile round trip from 9400 ft of altitude to 13,100.’ After being pelted with hail, sleeting rain, freezing winds and having to outrun thunder and lightning, I took my Monday morning aching quads to the printshop.
Fitting of yesterday’s run the Elk is my spirit animal of the week. The elk is associated with nobility, perseverance, endurance, relationships with others, stamina, strength, agility and pacing. I used all of these traits in yesterday’s run and called them up again this morning to draw, carve and hand print this weeks Spirit Animal Edition. I do this one day a week, each week, usually on Monday. Check back often as you animal may just show up next!
To read more about the Elk Spirit Animal and or to purchase one of these $40 prints, just click here.
There may be a peacock or two left from last week. I will add one animal a week to this collection.
I am working on my show for Wave Hill . Right now I am in production and testing phase. I printed and cut out, with the help of my friend Clare, about 100, 24″ x 36″ pages of printed leaves. The leaves are based on of the many ivy covered walls at Wave Hill.
Today we continued to cut leaves. I have printed them on brown contractors papers, Japanese kozo that was pre-printed on the back side, and Rives black so there will be a variety of color textures. This is about 1/3 of the leaves.
This 8′ x 8′ covered is being protected by the bear. I don’t know if he will be included, I just like thin there now. I suspect I have enough cut outs to cover a 10′ x 12′ area. This is be installed in one corner of the gallery. I am working on a 10′ x 12′ ink drawing of a mountain for a long wall. The base of the drawing will be covered with loads of cut out plant silhouette, I will post photos as it develops. I can’t tell you how great it has been to have a whole year to develop this work.
Lastly, here is Conrad in the weed infested “yard” next to the Abiquiu, NM studio, looking very glamorous in the afternoon sun. This area was a parking lot that I let grow wild and with so much rain this summer it is quite spectacular.
Today was a great day in the studio. I got a new watercolor collage done. It was a blast working on it. This series of drawings started when a colleague gave me dozen’s of sheets of Italian printed paper that her mother collected in the early 1950’s. The same week a friend gave me a roll of linoleum. The only thing I knew was that I was going to use both materials to make my new work.
Within a week I had stumbled onto a horoscope website. I am not one to read my horoscope or honestly believe it, but this one is fun. Susyn Blair-Hunt, sends you daily horoscopes with a weekly affirmation and spirit animal. I made it my practice to carve the animal I, a Libra, was given each Monday morning. These linoleum block printed animals have turned into a nice series, a series which will be available on myEtsy shop beginning Friday, August 15th. They have also become cut-outs that I weave into my watercolors making up little fantasy stories. This one containing, peacocks, a swan, and a hawk, all animals that lead me over the past three weeks. What does each one stand for? Well I will let you look that up, or check out myEtsy site on Friday, where each lino block 8″ x 10″ print will be available, and the link will be on my front page. Until then, here is my new watercolor drawing.