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2017 – Art & Travel

2017, another trip around the sun, signaling new beginnings full of promise, adventures, resolutions for change and hope. I look forward to a year filled with art and teaching in new locations. In a few short days I will embark on a life long dream, a trip to a India. With my cohort, Michelle Fletcher, we will be spending 6 weeks immersed in the culture, textiles, art, music and food of Rajasthan and Gujarat.  Ten other adventurous souls will join us for 2 weeks road tripping through cities and country seeking out artisans, sacred sites, and markets. We’ll be learning some of the local crafts, painting, sketching, journaling as we go and  filling up on inspiration to take home back to our own studios. You can follow our travels on InstagramFacebook and on this blog while I’m gone. ~Namaste~

A Room of One’s Own

I’ve always thought that everyone should have their own room. A place to call theirs. A sanctuary to retreat to, a place to put the collected things that spark the imagination, make us feel good or remind of a pleasant memory. A place to sit, create, ponder and dream. As an artist, the studio is this place for me. In the last 6 months I have moved my studio from my home not once but twice and have found a place I hope to be for awhile. The reason was that my home studio was getting too small (the artwork was piling up and other accumulated STUFF) and didn’t have a sink and water. This was critical as I have been doing more textile work, dyeing fabrics, in combination with the encaustic. I also want to be able to teach out of my studio. My new studio is in an old apple processing warehouse that has been converted into artist studios.

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Atelier One artist building in Graton, CA.

It needed some work, i.e. a wall, lights, ventilation.

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Northeast corner before.
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Southeast corner before.
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Northwest corner before.

I am happy to say that it’s finally all set up and I look forward to many afternoons spent painting, sharing the space with students, and the community of artists at the Atelier One. If you in the northern California wine country on November 12 or 13, sixteen Atelier One artists will be having their studios open to the public from 11:00 to 6:00.

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Vent-a-Fume ventilation system installed for encaustic.
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Southwest corner after with lots of work set out for open studios.
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Northwest corner after and set up for open studios.
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Italy – Gothic Inspiration

This month I was fortunate enough to travel and teach in Italy. I was there teaching with Encausticamp International at a lovely villa outside of Florence. It was not only my first trip to Italy, but my first trip to Europe. I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would. The food, the wine, the culture and the art! I found that I fell in love (once again) with the Gothic painting and tapestries. There’s something about the stylized narratives and the fine details of craftsmanship in these works that I find fascinating. It was hard to take pictures of the overall pieces so I’ll share a lot of the detail shots here.

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Medieval tapestry detail in the Vatican Museum.
Medieval tapestry detail.
Medieval tapestry detail in the Vatican Museum.
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Gothic painting detail from inside the cathedral in Siena.
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Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.

 

Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.
Gothic painting detail from Gallerie de Accademia in Venice.
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Gothic painting in the cathedral in Siena.
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Portion of large painting in the cathedral in Siena.
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Gothic painting detail.
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Gothic painting detail.
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Gothic painting detail.

Ok, so these last two are technically not Gothic but Renaissance, but I love these images and was thrilled to see this painting.

Detail from Leonardo DaVinci's "The Annunciation"
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci’s “The Annunciation”.
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci's "The Annunciation"
Detail from Leonardo DaVinci’s “The Annunciation”. This is my new screensaver….

Progress…and maybe finished.

This painting has been sitting around half done for months. I had previously dyed all the various pieces of fabric in indigo and then embedded them into encaustic on panel. This panel is 48″ x 60″. Yesterday I decided to tackle it again. Above is where I started.

My inspiration for this piece are the Japanese boro fabrics, patched and worn peasant textiles. I love the textures, pattern on pattern, and the sense of history and use of these pieces. Below is where I ended the day yesterday, but not feeling like it was quite finished.

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After sleeping on it and coming back today, I decided that I wanted to knock down the contrast a bit. I think it is finished. I’ll decide tomorrow.

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