Monday, June 27, 2011

Road Trip

We've been on the road for a few days, to Wyoming to finally inter the ashes of Mr. B's mom, who died last Christmas. Six months seems a long delay, but it was worth the wait for a time when we could give Alys the happy grand- and great grandchild-filled sendoff she would have loved.

I have always preferred living near the ocean, but I must admit Wyoming is beautiful. So much sky!

Mr. B's dad told me he likes to see what's coming. You can do that in Wyoming, he said, but not where we live. In Washington, there's always some dang mountain or tree in the way. There is some truth to that.

So my color palette today is simple: sky, cloud, grass, and highway, with a sprinkle of antelope.

Friday, June 10, 2011

New Work

Here are some things I have been working on lately. Both are folded from a single sheet in the form sometimes called a Maze Book or a Single Sheet Meander Book. An easy diagram of this folding pattern can be found here. I am using some etchings done by Mr. B's late brother Mike. I didn't love the prints, but that paper was just too good to throw out, so I hauled it all home and I am so glad I did. I have painted, stenciled, and printed over the etchings, but I allow bits of the original black and white prints to emerge here and there for texture. They are the little hash marks and dots you can see, but the original subject matter has been covered by my own painting.

The first, Dharma House, is about 6¾ by 5¾ inches. I beaded the cover and sewed a second little print over some red silk in the center. The hexagon-printed end papers are some wrapping paper I found at a Daiso store. Sewn inside the book are hand-colored prints and more silk. I think I have already confessed my obsession with red kimono silk in an earlier post.

The next book, folded in the same way, will be called Rain when it is completed. This book has more collage, and I have stitched on the pages. I am coating the pages with acrylic wax varnish, and it is giving the paper a nice waxy feel. I haven't figured out the cover yet. You'll see more of it when I have finished.

One more week of school and then  a busy summer awaits. I have so many ideas that most of my spare time lately has been spent in the studio. It's a good feeling.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Opening Night

Well I guess it was more like Opening Afternoon, but who notices details when you are this excited? When we got to the opening I was flattered to see that my two books got their own little spot!  On a plinth, no less! See that guy right there? He is carefully studying my work. Or perhaps he is just very tired and in need of a place to rest. I prefer to think it is the former.

And here is what I mean about not noticing details. It wasn't until I returned home tonight and got these photos off my camera that I noticed the labels are reversed on my two books. Obviously this little book is not the concertina fold Dream Book, it is the Midnight Haiku made from hemp paper, whose label is behind the Dream Book. Oh well. I'm sure that can be remedied.

The show is small but has work from some very talented artists. I am honored to have my work alongside theirs. If you are in Tacoma in June or July, it is worth a visit. Click here for details.