After a really inspiring artist research residency this past June I wanted to further explore the idea of art, nature and science and also push myself to do something different and new. So after some brainstorming and talking with great artist friends I decided that I wanted to curate an art exhibition. I am really passionate about these subjects and want to share them with the world. Although I have done some curation before it never has been on this scale with something so close to my heart.Read More
I wanted to write about my recent artist residency while still fresh in my mind. Parts of it are already starting to lose their shine and fade away as I slip back into the routine of daily life. I spent 8 days at the Ayatana Research Residency in Chelsea Quebec. The theme of the residency was insects.Read More
I am excited to offer a new encaustic workshop next month. I often have people ask me how I create my encaustic image transfers. Well, in this workshop I will reveal the secret!Read More
I recently got back from a week long artist research residency in Quebec Canada. It was a great experience but not nearly long enough. I am making this into two posts since there is a lot to share.Read More
The life of an artist can be kind of unpredictable. Even when you try and plan or outline your year you really never know what opportunities will pop up, what you will or will not get accepted or invited to. When you apply for exhibits, grants, residencies, etc. It can be several months before you know if it is going to work out or not. I’m not complaining, in fact I love it - it’s exciting and fun and always changing. It just means that sometimes things can be a bit overwhelming and challenging to work out; especially when you have an enthusiastic toddler who wants to be a part of everything. So in true artistic style my summer is jam packed. I am so so soooo excited to share that I will be attending a week long biophilia artist research residency in Quebec. The theme of the residency is nocturne and each night we will be working with a different scientist or expert in a variety of fields. We will be learning about and catching fireflies with an entomologist, spending the night in the Lafleshe Cave system to witness the departure and arrival of a colony of bats, inoculating grain with bioluminescent fungus, as well as working with and learning about Herpetology, Ornithology, Astronomy and more.
Another crazy thing that I will be participating in is the Sanchez Art Center 50/50 art exhibit. I will be creating 50, 6x6 pieces of art in 50 days in the theme of Bugs and Botanicals. I know, I may be a bit mad especially since my residency is in the middle of those 50 days but I am always up for a challenge.
I spent the last 10 weeks teaching a wonderful teen workshop series at the Palo Alto Art Center. The program was titled Compose Yourself and gave students the opportunity to create a collection of visual and literary projects of their own design. They learned about methods in, dark room photography, papermaking, collage, drawing styles, encaustic, bookbinding, and much more. I'm not going to lie, it was a lot of work. Each week was a different medium and that takes a lot of prep. The materials list was crazy, everything from photo developer to Sumi ink and shaving cream. The Palo Alto Art Center was amazing though and always had everything I needed.
I really enjoyed the age group, young teens 13-16 years old. I found that they were open minded, curious and still had a sense of wonder. They were a fun and silly bunch of kids and sometimes I think I learned just as much or more than they did in regards to process and myself.
On the last day we had an art party and exhibited all of their work gallery style. It was really rewarding to see everything they had produced and learned over the 10 weeks.
I also thought it would be fun to bring in a white fondant covered cake for them to decorate and art up. They really had fun with that and it was another way to express their creativity in a non-traditional way. Plus it was a delicious way to celebrate the end of the program.
At the end of the art party I had a simple and fun project for everyone, an accordion envelope book. It was great seeing how the parents got into it as much as or more than the teens.