Excavation, Acrylic on Panel, 6"x6", 2009 Garden Jewel, Acrylic on Panel, 6"x6", 2009
Fall is in the air and I consider the birds as they seek new habitat just as I seek warmer spaces to nourish my soul. It is a time to nest. My new series of bird paintings is inspired by my husband, Jim who is a birder - especially when we travel. I pack my paints and he brings his binoculars. My own birding experiences take me not much further than my small backyard. The garden sanctuary that I have created attracts birds from the tiny hummingbirds drawn to my still blooming hanging fuchsia to the flicker perched vertically on the snag of a telephone pole viewed out my kitchen window, singing his shrill monotone song. These busy and playful creatures bring me much joy.
Soon I will bundle up my series of small paintings and send them off the Museo, a beautiful art gallery on Whidbey Island where I have been showing for several years, for the Holiday Gift Sale. The Christmas bird count is coming up soon. I have not yet participated in this but may do it this year.
Welcome to my new blog. The paint is still wet...................
Here are some highlights that I am eager to share:
This summer (during the heat wave) I moved into my new studio just across the hall, still minutes from my home in Ballard. It was kind hard to leave the space I had grown to be so comfortable in for 6 years, but my new studio is cheerful, bright and spacious and I look forward to a brand new start.
Summer is over but my drought tolerant series acrylics can still be seen at Portalis Wine Shop in Old Ballard for another week. Also in Ballard I was given a wall of my own at the new Portage Bay Cafe near the Ballard Lock where I am currently showing mixed media monotypes on paper of fruit. The work fits in well in the space and it is a delicious place to eat too!
I am excited to have my first wine label created for the Artist Series at Harbinger Winery in Port Angeles. It is a small bottling - only 99 cases so this citrusy white is only available at their winery. A tasting will be held in November. The label and information are posted on their website: www.HarbingerWinery.com.
Presently I am taking a little hiatus from botanical imagery and have been working on a series of small paintings "6"x6" of our feathered friends. Here are a few samples.