Seattle Friends: join me tomorrow evening, Wednesday July 22nd, for a night of nautical exploration through art. I’ll be showing my newest body of work, which explores the theme of lightwave interaction with oceanic creatures, at the Piranha Shop from 6-10pm. The show includes work by Solace, Levi Hastings, Megon Shoreclay, Joe Vollan and Ego. Costumes are encouraged and there’s an after party at the Octopus bar, 11-2am.
Graphite on paper
I continue to work on my drawing skills. I’m taking a classical drawing class with a local artist, Sarah F. Burns. I’m enjoying the learning environment.
With this particular still life drawing, I used a coffee cup and clay vase I collected while living in Germany. My focus is on learning how to draw the forms.
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Saw this woman running on the beach on my morning drive to pick up coffee.
NEW TWISTS –NEW WORK
My creative journey has always involved responding to an essential ingredient of an experience and following the threads of that flow to a magical finale. I trusted the collaboration with an authentic source within and beyond myself. A huge curiosity about this journey has kept my enthusiasm at a fevered pitch for many years.
Recently, the intensity has waned a bit and neither the process nor the outcome has been as compelling. I wondered if it was simply related to the aging/wisdom journey of slowing down but instead of settling into it, I felt like I was always waiting for an echo, a nudge, and an inspiration.
Going back to clay was not an option. My hands are no longer strong enough and too arthritic to do the building and my body is no longer strong enough to do the hauling and firing. Plus, the gallery I am part owner of only shows paintings: only work that hangs on the wall. I had no ideas where to go next.
Drawn to the depths of my own presence to ponder I turned again to nature’s state of enlivened being. The seed pod, the ocean coral, the flower; all fully embody a direct experience of being. With this curiosity about the feeling experience of “being the thing” I began to realize that I am closer to knowing the “ME of ME”.
Now is the new beginnings of a new direction in my Artwork. Sculpture and painting have merged. I have become an inventor, an engineer and a researcher as I explore new techniques and forms to represent deeper states of being. No doubt there will be many twists and turns; some more successful than others. The being is in the awareness of each moment on the journey.
A weathered crosswalk sign in Ashland, OR
Photographed at Samuel P Taylor State Park near Lagunitas, CA
A tapered roll fold is a type fold used in the printing industry for brochures. I thought this fold would work for either a book or a card. Here is what I created using this fold.
Finished tapered roll fold, perfect for a card or small book.
I started by cutting a piece of watercolor paper and cut it 5″ high, making it 5″ by 22″. I painted an almost rainbow like graduated wash on the paper and added a bit of sea salt.
This is how the watercolor paper looks while wet. I hav ejust sprinkled the salt on the paper.
This is how the watercolor looks when dried.
After the paper dried, I cut off one end and folded at 4″. I then wrapped the paper around and folded until I had 5 sections. I cut off the remaining bit on the other end.
This shows the 5 folds and the pieces cut off each of the ends.
I cut the taper on three of the folds. See photo below.
Here the taper has been cut.
All that’s left is to roll the paper around itself. There is so much potential in this fold. I’m thinking it could be a fun soft cover for a little book. It would make a great greeting card too.
Front of the tapered roll fold. How about a slit for the taper to slip into?
I’m thinking that it could have a slit in the cover for the taper to slide into. I can see that I’m going to be playing with this fold for a while. There are so many things I could do with this.
Here’s what the back of the tapered roll fold looks like.
Vertically, the tapered roll fold looks a little like a purse.
Vertical tapered roll fold as seen from the back.
Note: If you make this fold, you will want to make sure you are making your folds with the direction of the grain of the paper. If you don’t know what that means, you can check out my blog post: Understanding Paper Grain Direction.
It’s been hot here in the valley recently, hot as in lots of over 100 degree days. So I took off this past week with a bunch of friends for camping at a mountain lake.
Practice pages from my journal along with my pocket brush.
I camped in my trusty old VW camper where space is at a premium. Food, camping supplies and a few clothes took up most of the available space in my small camper. So, I only took my sketchbook and my pocket brush pen which I need to work on perfecting consistent pressure.
More practicing with my pocket brush.
I was able to pack them in a small bag which was easy to take from campsite to campsite as we all visited and relaxed together. Having a very portable art studio with me worked out great. There was lots of down time where I could just practice.
Happy camping, Candy
Rogue Gallery & Art Center Announces
New Exhibit in the Community Gallery
Mosaic Works of Vera Melynk
Friday, July 17 – August 14, 2015
Reception: Friday, July 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Autumn Sun, by Vera Melnyk
The Rogue Gallery and Art Center is proud to exhibit the mosaic works of Vera Melynk. Vera uses materials that include include stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass to create elegant, organic mosiac that are rich in color and depth.
Describing her artistic process, she says “When I started painting in 2005, I never imagined that I would trade in my paints and brushes for hammer and hardie, nippers, tile cutters and glass grinders. But that is exactly what happened. My first mosaics were typical garden tables and vases, but somewhere along the way they ended up on cradled boards and hanging on the wall. The possibilities opened up, and I realized that mixing materials such as stained glass, smalti, ceramic, marble, slate and Venetian glass gave me a myriad of options.”
Movement I, mosaic by Vera Melnyk
A reception will be held on Friday, July 17, 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Wine, Rogue Creamery cheese, and Harry and David snacks will be served.
The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is a non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The center exhibits a wide range of artistic styles and mediums from local and national artists. Programming includes art educational opportunities for children and adults. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 pm Call (541)772-8118 for more info or visit www.roguegallery.org.
40 S. Bartlett Street, Medford, Oregon 97501, 541-772-8118, www.roguegallery.org