Save the Date

I have been working away during my 3 month residency at the Tech Shop San Jose. I have been creating some really cool pieces ( at least I think they are). Save the Date!

Friday Sept 4th - 7pm

Opening reception for “Diary of a Naturalist” my solo exhibit at the Tech Shop San Jose

More details soon

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This and That – A week in the life of…..

Here is my latest edition of This and That – A week in the life of…..  A recap of what I have been up to, hope you enjoy. Listening to: I have been enjoying the Art for your Ears podcast by The Jealous Curator. She interviews a new artist every week. It’s fun to hear their stories and processes of each artist and has a bit of humor in each episode. It’s a quick and funny listen.

Art for your ears

Places: We brought the wee one to Children’s Fairyland in Oakland last weekend. It’s a really cool kitschy place that is lots of fun. Got to see a puppet show of the Wizard of Oz and enjoy lots of cute little attractions.

fairylandPhoto by Bobb Amidon

Practicing: I have been doing a 10 min mindfulness guided meditation each day through an app called Headspace. It’s a good practice to help clear my sometimes cluttered mind. I usually have a hundred things, projects, and obligations going on at the same time. It’s nice to stop and forget about all of those things for 10 min. I am hoping to slowly increase that time but for now 10 min is good.

Doing: I am still plugging along with my Tech shop residency. My featured exhibit has been moved to Sept. (thank goodness) so now I have more time to experiment and create my artwork. Here are a couple more of those experiments.

Cut Outs

Reading: I started reading The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. At first it was a little hard to get into the book but I am about halfway through and am enjoying it more. She makes some really insightful and informative points on artists and our relationship with our patrons/fans. Personally I have always had problems with asking for anything, especially help. I want to do everything myself, sometimes to prove I can do it or that I am self-reliant and don’t need anyone. It’s something that I have been working on because we do need others and help from time to time. I have been running into my limitations and don’t want those to keep me from crating, doing or accomplishing things.

Asking

This and That – A week in the life of…..

Listening to:When I am in the studio working I like to listen to podcasts. One that I recently found and have been enjoying is the Fresh Rag Show. It’s a combination of artist interviews, art business Q&A and advice. It’s a great no nonsense podcast that has some great insights and information. The format and host keeps me interested too, sometimes podcasts can be such a bore even if the topic is interesting to me.

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Doing: This week I started my 3 month residency at the Tech Shop and have been  working away on new artwork for my upcoming exhibit. I really like the idea of combining fine art and tech/machine. It’s a really cool and inspiring place, I love seeing all of the people creating and making things. I have been using the laser cutter/engraver experimenting with paper cutting and etching. It’s a bit daunting learning a new process, thinking about things like power levels, speed and frequency of the laser. Are you dealing with vector or raster files, etc.  I am up for the challenge and can’t wait to discover the possibilities.

book cover etch

Enjoying: In the past month or two there has been an explosion of murals going up in San Jose. It is so awesome to see this public art giving my city vibrancy and supporting local artists. So far 4 have been put up and there are more to come. One of my artist friends Mike Borja has created an amazing mural titled the Crystal Tyger. He spent weeks creating the complicated design and it is beautiful.

Guardian Tyger