Painting in the Rain!

Well, ok not actually IN the rain… but while it’s raining. Summer is always busy. Sunshine often lures one away from the studio… Rainy weather is much more conducive to creation for me. Armed with photos, sketches, and small studies, I re-enter my newly re-organized studio ready to dive in. So bring on the rain! Work in progress right now…

Ode to a NW Spring

I love daffodils! They are one of the first flowers to pop up in the Spring and their bright yellow petals just make me smile! I was in Mt. Vernon last week, and did some sketches in the daffodil fields. A gray and breezy day, but the rolling rows of yellow blooms more than compensated. I also spotted the FIRST Mt. Vernon…

A Flurry of Activity

Spring is here, well sort of, it you like wet, cold, windy Springs… But the flowers are in bloom like crazy! And I have art out into the world, with my “blooms” from coast to coast! Two of my tulips pieces (Mod Tulips and Tulips on Blue) are in the 3rd National Art and Flowers Exhibition at the Ellington-White Contemporary…

New Year, New Studio, New Works

2017 is off to a great start. I just completed a move into a new studio, upstairs at Building C. At last I have a window! Ode to fresh air and natural light! I’m very happy. The studio open house last December was a ton of fun. I received a lot of positive feedback on my latest floral series. I also…

Developing New Series

I’ve been working on a series of abstract paintings exploring the concept of finding balance. Now that I have the first set back from their time out in the world at the PARC building in Belltown, I’m continuing to refine the language and try new shapes. Is it a person, place or thing? Yes, no, maybe so!

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Welcome New Year and New greenTart Etsy Shop!

Ok, it’s the first “work day” of 2016, so it’s a good time to just jump in! In fact, I was in the studio over the Christmas to New Years Day “break” but it was fun, no-pressure studio experimentation time plus some drywall finishing. Somehow there’s nothing like a little construction work to make me really excited to get back to fine art creation… Maybe it’s the sore muscles and maybe it’s a bit meditative to make something in a different way.

So I started the art part of the day with an artist’s career development webinar. That inspired me to create an online sales platform, as I’d been meaning to do most of last year… Welcome to my new Etsy shop greenTart.  I posted three of my Leverage series oil paintings as a start and will add more as I get time and photos… It’s a start!

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In the Studio – 2015

Wow, I started a draft post last December, in 2014! I’d moved to a new, larger space in the Building C wharehouse in the industrial area of Ballard. Now a year later, I’m finally getting that update out… The good news is that I love my new space. It took some time to get everything set up, or mostly set…

Farewell to the Sky Feeder…

Sky Feeder got a new name from a passerby who called it a “sky garden”. She was more on the mark than she realized, as I would swear those dowels took root! Thank goodness for the recent fall rains which definitely softened the soil.  Even so, I had to dig out about 120 of the dowels with a shovel – after all…

Art Hike Part 3: Upper Meadow

Last Sunday, Aaron, Eva and I stopped by the Upper Meadow to revisit the upper meadow and see the sculptures we missed the last time we were there. Seeing art with a 2 years old can be fun, but is dictated by a toddler’s attention span… I’m so glad we made it back! The colorful knit flowers in Suzanne Tidwell’s Meadows Aloft were one of my favorites, and based on time spent actually looking at them, were Eva’s favorite as well. Several have slumped over, which meant Eva could ring the bells in the flower centers. Maybe this was intentional, maybe not, but was a nice art evolution.

Measows Aloft, Suzanne Tidwell Photo: Teresa Stern

Measows Aloft, Suzanne Tidwell
Photo: Teresa Stern

For another work, nature’s evolution impacted the art. The tree that DNA Planta Genetica, by Mary Coss, was installed on fell over. I didn’t see the piece before this transformation, but I really liked it when I did see it. It was almost like an archaeological remnant, an unexpected discovery of something that had been there for years and years.

DNA Planta Genetica, Mary Coss Photo: Teresa Stern

DNA Planta Genetica, Mary Coss
Photo: Teresa Stern

The textured concrete forms of Spriral Set (Kristin Shimick) managed to create a soft organic feeling. The braille engravings in Elements of Life (Lucy Mae Martin) provided another tactile aspect and a reminder that there are many ways to experience the world.

Spiral Set, Kristin Schimik Photo: Teresa Stern

Spiral Set, Kristin Schimik
Photo: Teresa Stern

Elements of Life, Lucy Mae Martin Photo: Teresa Stern

Elements of Life, Lucy Mae Martin
Photo: Teresa Stern

 

 

Art Hike Part 2: Main Meadow

Over the summer I’ve finally managed to see all the other pieces, many more than once, and take a few photos. Aaron and I also had a bit of a photo competition with each other to take some glamour shots of Sky Feeder, so I’ll include our winners from that in this post as well!

The main meadow certainly packed some artistic, and local, punch. Our online tour of the 100% Washington artist crew, starts with Slow Dance, the piece I visited almost as many times as my own, being my neighbor, and one that you see as you drive into the main area of the park. Fred Lisaius’s salvaged silver ladles serve up light and catch the breeze to give this piece its namesake movement. The red tips on the branches are a nice surprise for those who walk up close.

 

A Slow Dance with soft evening light on silver spoons, by Fred Lisalus. Photo: Teresa Stern

A Slow Dance with soft evening light on silver spoons, by Fred Lisalus.
Photo: Teresa Stern

My other neighbor, Tree of Life by Terra Holcomb, is fun to walk underneath. Have you ever walked below a meadow? Now you can!

I enjoyed walking underneath this elevated meadow from Terra Holcomb.  Photo: Teresa Stern

I enjoyed walking underneath this elevated meadow from Terra Holcomb.
Photo: Teresa Stern

I think I’ve shared enough about Sky Feeder elsewhere on this site… but I’ll add here the winners from our photo session.

 

I finally managed to get a good overall view, tricky with so many reflections... Photo: Teresa Stern

I finally managed to get a good overall view, tricky with so many reflections…
Photo: Teresa Stern

Aaron took some great detail shots showing the tree reflections. Photo: Aaron Stern

Aaron took some great detail shots showing the tree reflections.
Photo: Aaron Stern

Closer to the water, in the parking island, Ken Turner’s Projections and Reflections on the Moment catches a bit of sky reflection itself and commands its central spot. The Sound Tree has been a favorite perch of birds who add to the sound effects designed by Savina Mason.

Projections and Reflections on the Moment, by Ken Turner. Photo: Teresa Stern

Projections and Reflections on the Moment, by Ken Turner.
Photo: Teresa Stern

Savina Mason's Sound Tree. Photo: Teresa Stern

Savina Mason’s Sound Tree.
Photo: Teresa Stern