Closing Party for Return of The Loveshow

It has been a while since I have shown, but I had to emerge from my seclusion for this one. I have been filling my art life by attending workshops and life drawing sessions. 

Tomorrow the Ford Gallery will celebrate the show end for this year. I have always loved The Love Show, and I am grateful I was able to take part again. I can't wait until next year... 

Bowling with Heart

I signed up to paint a bowling pin for a fundraiser with donations going towards Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Later this fall they will be auctioning it off. I decided I wanted to paint a day at the circus.

 The flyer they used to advertise.

The flyer they used to advertise.

It took about a month from start to finish. My husband Ted helped me with the flag.  Here is the finished product.

 A Day at the Circus. edited: Sold.

A Day at the Circus. edited: Sold.

 A detail of the cannon shot.

A detail of the cannon shot.

Self-portrait for a Future Day

I had a wonderful week painting.

                              

 "Self - Portrait for a Future Day", acrylic on canvas.

"Self - Portrait for a Future Day", acrylic on canvas.



The last time I did a self-portrait was eight years ago. It was due time. I'm submitting it to a group show at The Someday Lounge. The show is about masks, and the ones we wear. I wear my own. I was having a lot fun painting the creatures. I kept imagining "The Wizard of Oz" in space. Here are a few detail shots from when the painting was in progress.

Selkie and Salmon in the Pacific Northwest

Selkies have long been an obsession of mine. I have never been to region of the world where their stories originated, but I have been in the Pacific Northwest. Feeling the magic of their presence, sitting on a dock where you can hear sea lion barks echo off the water, excitedly watching them dip below the water and then holding my breath, waiting for them to re-emerge usually farther down the river. Then there is the salmon. After walking through long corridors at the Bonneville Dam and various others, seeing the salmon and their frantic push to get through to the other side, I can see their beauty. Both sides are fragile and fleeting. Then reading about the tough measures on the sea lions to protect this precious ecosystem. With little twisting, I felt a selkie tale had a home here in the Pacific Northwest.