Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 in Color

The year begins like any good day begins: with a cup of coffee.

[January - Brown Latte]

[February - Grey Sky]

[March - Red Fox]

[April - White World]

[May - Green Growth]

[June - Black Night]

[July - Yellow Boat]

[August - Blue Sea]

[September - Teal Kayak]

[October - Orange Leaves]

[November - Clear Containers]

[December - Pink Scooter]
It ends with an open road.

-Sarah

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Just Passing Through: Wyoming Paintings

It's been six months since I left my residency in Wyoming (Brush Creek Ranch Foundation for the Arts). I've finally gotten around to compiling all of the work I created there, or shortly after returning.

Bits and pieces of the collection (below) have been in other shows from coast to coast. Others are hanging in new homes. But for the sake of them all being together in one place, they are having a little reunion here. Together, I call them "Just Passing Through."

[Leave Something Behind, acrylic and transfer print on panel, 28" x 18"]
[Note to Self, acrylic and transfer print on panel, 28" x 18"]
[Unlocking, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16"]
[Passing Time, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16"]
[Kindling, acrylic on panel, 24" x 16"]
[Apology, acrylic on panel, 20" x 16"]
[Something Borrowed, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Equilibrium, acrylic on paper, 22" x 30"]
[Dear Baby, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Introductions, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 7" x 21"]
[Modify, acrylic on panel, 7" x 21"]
[Between the Snows, acrylic on panel, 7" x 21"]
[Cocoon, acrylic on panel, 7" x 21"]
[Intervene, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 7" x 21"]
[Lava Soap, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Encampment, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Biggie, Squirt, Moose, and Smalls, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Waning Gibbous, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Pause, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Fate or Luck?, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Systema Naturœ, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Francis Field, acrylic on panel, 10" x 10"]
[Thaw, acrylic on paper, 30" x 22"]
[Jane, acrylic and ephemera on shaped canvas, 14" x 11"]
[John, acrylic and ephemera on shaped canvas, 14" x 11"]
[Studio B, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 8" x 4"]
[Valedictory, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 8" x 4"]
[Blend Well, acrylic and ephemera on panel, 8" x 4"]
[A Series of Events, acrylic, ephemera, and transfer prints on panel, 5.5" x 22"]
[Departures, acrylic and transfer print on panel, 21" x 7"]

Funny how much clings on when you're just passing through. Like burrs. Not big thorny ones, but little fuzzy ones that you don't notice until you get back to wherever you came from. It's not until they plant themselves, grow, and thrive -- giving the local flora a run for its money -- that you realize you've brought them home with you. 


-Sarah


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Two Shows to Herald Summer

Post-residency, life has been divine. June actually feels like summer in Portland. My month of April in the snowy mountains of Wyoming, and all of the lovely people I met there, continue to inspire both subjects of paintings and general work ethic.

I continue to enjoy working with the youth of Portland via art classes, camps, and birthday parties, but my devotion to painting has been my strongest focus. Many opportunities have presented themselves lately, and my 2014 is booking up fast.

As I eagerly await my incomparable carpenter to make me more panels, I share two exciting openings this Friday, June 21st.

Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts

For the second year in a row, I will have three paintings in the Juried "Artist's Vision" Show, part of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts at the Lakewood Center in Lake Oswego, OR. The event runs Friday through Sunday.

[Midnight Sun, 24" x 24," acrylic on panel, 2013]

[Above & Below, 24" x 24," acrylic on panel, 2013]

[Sort, 24" x 24," acrylic on panel, 2013]

New Member Show, Rental Sales Gallery, Portland Art Museum

Each year, the Rental Sales Gallery attached to the Portland Art Museum adds new contemporary artists from Oregon and Southwest Washington to their roster with up to five works. In 2013, I was one of eight new artists accepted to rotate works through the gallery for sale (or rent, in the case of  Museum members.) It is a model I have seen mostly on the West Coast, with Seattle and Los Angeles having similar galleries in their art museums.

I am excited to meet the fellow new members at the on Friday, where all of our works will open in a New Member showcase. (I am also happy to say at least one of my works has already sold, two days into the show!) Some of my precious favorites are included in the show and now live at the gallery, shown below.

[Non sum qualis eram, 36" x 20," acrylic on panel, 2011]

[Second Thoughts, 36" x 20," acrylic on panel, 2011]

[Chapters,  24" x 12," acrylic on panel, 2012]

[Abundance, 18" x 28," acrylic on panel, 2012]

[Bridging the Gap, 13" x 10" (framed), acrylic on panel, 2011]

-Sarah