Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Little More than a Daily Painting

Finally chronicled the steps to a larger painting (for me) at 10" x 10." This one took about 20 hours over a week or so... but tweaking could go on forever! Here is its anatomy at 3-4 hour intervals.







This piece was one of two (along with my bookbinding triptych) recently accepted into a juried painting show at OCAC. Currently commissioning float frames for them which I should be painting early next week!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Girdle Books at Green Bean

Tomorrow should be fun! I'll be leading my trusty group of five- and six-year-olds through sewing our own versions of Medieval girdle books at Green Bean Books!





If you could read in the Middle Ages, you wanted to show it off... by wearing books around your belt, or girdle. We'll become kings and queens as we make our own using the same basic structure... and maybe make some crowns to further show our status?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Cannon Beach and Manzanita Interlude

Today, I went to the beach.






First Cannon Beach, where I didn't see any starfish like usual -- but plenty of anemones around Haystack Rock.







Then it was down the coast to Manzanita and Nehalem State Park. I spotted agates an lots of sand dollar pieces... and tried to find the five white doves inside.



I stopped briefly in Tillamook, realized there were really no good places to eat outside of the creamery, and headed back to Portland in time for dinner.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Bookbinding Trifecta

A third glue brush friend for the pair of paintings I posted yesterday.



And together they are my bookbinding tools.

As one piece it measures 15" x 7".

I love the play with points, handle end versus working end, and primary colors. I think I will do more triptychs soon (and finally remember how to correctly spell triptych every time).

Monday, October 11, 2010

A (Semi) Daily Painting

So this weekend, I painted this.



And then I rummaged through some older work and found a similar piece. So with them, I did this.



And it was good. So then I did this...




And stared at it for about a half an hour. I think I'm on to something.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Between the Leaves

I posted some nice surprises that I found in library books a couple of weeks ago: pressed flowers and marginalia. Flipping through another borrowed book this week, I found surprises are not always so nice.



See it?


SUPER ZOOM!






The book is from the 1970s. I think the spider may be, too. But he wasnt wearing four little pairs of bellbottoms, so I can't be sure.


I'm realizing it may be a low point, posting pictures of dead spiders on my blog... but it is a cloudy day, so the lighting isn't cooperating in the task of taking decent pictures of some recent paintings.

Perhaps tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Totem Poles at Green Bean



Did you know Totem Poles tell stories? Join us tomorrow (3:30 at Green Bean Books) for some collaging and totem pole making as we learn about these quintessentially Northwest storytellers!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Silver Falls Interlude










from top to bottom: South Falls, Along the trail, Alcove behind South Falls, Middle North Falls




This weekend, I took a trip to Silver Falls State Park, Oregon's largest state park and the only one boasting ten large waterfalls within the radius of a few miles (of which we saw seven).





After nearly four months on crutches over the summer, I felt the need to take back the fall--move around and explore as I complete six weeks of physical therapy to fix nerve damage caused by four months of atrophy. In an attempt to use this newfound mobility (even though it's not 100%) we spent the day walking, viewing, and, yes, exploring behind some of the parks best waterfalls. Here's a snippet... as always, click for larger views!