Friday, August 01, 2014

SAVE THE DATE!


SAVE THE DATE! SAVE THE DATE!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014
Blue Gallery
Kansas City, MO

In just 2 short months my show, PLAY!, opens here in Kansas City at Blue Gallery. Although the show will be smaller in scale than I originally intended, I am very excited to present this new work. Above is a little sneak peek of three of the pieces that will be in the show (they are smooshed together in this shot). 

I'm not sure yet if I will be giving a talk about the work, but if I do I will let you know about it as the details come together.

Big thanks to Kelly Kuhn at Blue Gallery for her support!

Friday, February 28, 2014

new tattoo! wahoo!

(click on the image for a better view)

Two years ago, when I turned 40, I wanted to get a new tattoo to commemorate this milestone. Turning 40 might not seem like that much of a milestone, but to me it was. A great deal happened during my 30's so I wanted my tattoo to reflect my work, the symbols & patterns that repeat within it and what they mean to me.

The above design is what I landed on. There were several other versions that I played around with but these symbols and patterns seem to be the ones that recur the most. Since I already had a circular tattoo on my right arm, I designed this so it would line up with the circle that already existed and form a band around my arm.

My 40th year came and went and I did not get the tattoo. Several of the tattoo places I went to in town didn't want to do this design, for various reasons. Many places offered suggestions of how to change the design, keeping the elements but moving the circles. As much as I tried to remain open-minded about it, I didn't end up changing it and so it remained in my sketchbook. 

A couple of years ago, our good friend Chris Stubbs designed a tattoo for my husband that is amazing. For lack of a better description, it's kind of like a steampunk-ish octopus that's made up of all sorts of mechanical part & pieces. My husband calls it the Cephaskelamech! Check it out!

Cephaskelamech!

Late last year, Chris started apprenticing with Tyler Moody at Surreal Tattoo. Part of his apprenticeship requires that he does a certain number of hours of tattooing before he is able to become fully certified as a tattoo artist. Considering the fact that he finished the completion of my husband's tattoo and how great it turned out, I thought I'd approach him about doing mine. Chris graciously agreed to do it (!) so we set to work. After a few emails, he suggested some minor tweaks to the line work of my design which I was happy to do. Once that was done, we were ready to go!

Chris, checking the transfer

Here we go!

It burns!

All done!

BIG THANKS to Chris for the wonderful work and to my husband for the great pics! If you'd like to see a few more, check out my flickr page.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

so honored

Assembly Unknown, 2013

Last April, I blogged about the above piece and how I created it for a group show in Oregon. Last November, with the deadline for the Society of Illustrators annual exhibition approaching, I decided to enter a few pieces for consideration. 

I had never entered anything into this revered exhibition, neither as a student nor as a professional. Thinking back to when I was a student, entering work into exhibitions wasn't something that I could afford and it wasn't something that I was really interested in either. My mind was on other things, my interests were elsewhere. So why, 20 years later had I decided to enter? I decided to enter a few pieces because of my students.

Every year I encourage my students to enter work into the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition. Prior to the spring semester starting up in January, I realized that although I was asking them to enter work, I had never entered work myself. Somehow, that just didn't feel right. The more I thought about it, the more determined I became to enter something. I ended up entering two pieces and to my surprise and delight, the above piece was selected for inclusion into the show Illustrators 56.

Illustrators 56 is on display at The Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York, NY. Part One of the exhibit was on display from January 7 to February 1, 2014 and Part Two of the exhibit will be on display from February 5 to March 1, 2014. All of the work from the show will also be published in a hard bound book to be released in January 2015.

I am honored to be a part of this show and publication and to have my work exhibited amongst such wonderful, amazing talent. Big thanks to all the jurors and to the Society for this opportunity.

I am also really pleased to announce that 9 of my students - both past and present - got work into the Student Scholarship Competition! Way to go!!

Friday, October 25, 2013

NEW, FOUR: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial

ARRANGE AND REARRANGE
oil and enamel with enamel markers on canvas
48 x 48 inches, 2011

ARRANGE AND REARRANGE is the sister piece to YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW, which was completed in 2009. Both pieces are 48x48 inches, both are done in oil and enamel and both pieces are highly personal for me. Although each piece carries a different message, they both have to do with decision-making and how we, as individuals, choose to move through life.

Throughout my life one thing I have learned is that despite how much planning we put into moving towards a certain goal or plan, sometimes those plans can change in an instant. Although we are sometimes able to see our plan(s) come to fruition, when a change comes it usually happens suddenly and unexpectedly. We then have to shift, rearrange, reassess and try to adapt to this change. How we adapt to change(s), how we (re)arrange and shift says a great deal about who we are as individuals.

Since I was a little girl, my eyes have been drawn to pattern. Dots and lines and stripes and squares, zig-zags and stars and squiggles and circles -- I see it everywhere, and love it all.  As an adult, I am still drawn to pattern. When I was working on this piece, I imagined the squares and rectangles of pattern as three-dimensional blocks. The arrangement of these “blocks” is a puzzle. How we make the blocks fit within our lives is up to us. What is the arrangement? What stays in? What goes away? What needs to shift or move to a different place? It is up to each of us.

ARRANGE AND REARRANGE is part of NEW, FOUR: Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial which opens tonight at the H&R Block Artspace. I'm honored to be a part of this show. If you're in Kansas City, join us tonight for the opening reception from 6-8pm. NEW, FOUR will be on exhibit through Thursday, December 12.

Photo taken by David Kuhn.

The Robot Army continues...


This latest little set of robots is part of an Artist Trading Card project that I give my students on repetition. Robots #77-#93 were my contribution. They were done with cut paper (Color-Aid!), acrylic and posca markers. Each piece is 2x3 inches, 2013.

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Print Exchange 2013


When the Art House Co-op of Brooklyn, NY announced that they were looking for contributors to a project called The Print Exchange, I was immediately intrigued. Printmaking has always had a special place in my heart and when I read about the project, I thought that it sounded like a lot of fun. It worked like this: Each participant was asked to create an edition of 12 prints from a single plate, screen, stone, woodblock or whatever chosen method. Each print had to be 5x7 inches, and mailed in a flat envelope. 10 of the prints became part of the Print Exchange, 1 print went into the Art House archive and the last print became part of a gallery exhibition to be shown in San Francisco and New York. The coolest thing about the project, however, was simply being part of the exchange itself. Each participant would receive 10 random prints in the mail from artists who were part of the project. So fun!

Tired Robot, 2013

Since I'd been wanting to get back into woodcuts/linocuts, I decided to do a simple linocut for my piece. Although they didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned, I (re)learned a few things in the process and am pretty happy with the results. I had never used water-based ink before and was surprisingly happy with how it worked (plus, it dries super fast, which is nice). I think this robot might reflect how I was feeling at the time....close to the end of a busy semester and ready for a reboot!

Art House Co-op has posted all of the artwork from the Print Exchange on flickr. Seeing the variety of work has been really great to see, not only because of the imagery itself but also because of the variety of techniques used. Below are some of my favorite pieces from the show. Be sure to check out their flickr set to see all of the work from this project.

Matthias Kern

Courtney Rose

Suzanne Hackett Morgan

Lockstep Studio

Agneta Ostlund

Lene Bladbjerg

Deborah Klein

Sarah Jeata Montgomery

Joolie Bracken

Christopher Kelly

Poli Marichal

Christopher Alday

Angele Switzler

Toru Sugita

Ben Iluzada

Sarah Robinson

Although Art House Co-op's biggest project is The Sketchbook Project, they have had a variety of projects over the last several years and are always adding more. If you're interested in participating in one of their projects, check out their Projects page.

Lastly, if you happen to be in New York during the month of September, be sure to stop by and check out the Print Exchange show at Robert Blackburn Printshop. The show will be on exhibit from September 5 - 29 with an opening reception on Friday, September 13 from 6pm-8pm.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

wonderful new work by Michael Slack

Michael Slack • Conundrum #2, 2013

I am totally in love with these new pieces by Michael Slack. They are all part of his current show Bulbous Conundrum at Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago. I've been an admirer of Michael's work for years now but this work just make me smile. The laser-cut pieces are probably my favorites. I love the unique shape of each piece combined with the color, energy and geometric nature of them. With all kinds of shapes and colors interacting with one another and a random eye and mouth thrown in here n' there, they are wonderfully quirky. What are they?! It's up to you to decide. :)

Michael Slack • Conundrum #9, 2013

Michael Slack • Conundrum #6, 2013


Michael Slack • Conundrum #1, 2013

Holy cow I love them all. It's hard to pick a fave! Michael also has a series of prints that have been infused onto aluminum. These are also really fun. I love the limey green in this first one.

Michael Slack • Conundrum Print 1, 2013

Michael Slack • Conundrum Print 6, 2013

Be sure to check out all the work on Rotofugi's website or stop by the gallery to see it in person! The work will be up through September 1, 2013.

Photos are from Rotofugi.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mail Me Art 2013, part 2


Having received my copy of Mail Me Art: Short & Sweet just recently, I thought I'd post a few of my favorite pieces from the book and from the show. Although I posted about the show back in March and how I created my piece,  I hadn't seen any of the great art from the show at that point. All the pieces below are in the book. I sure wish I could have seen these in person!

Ale Mercado • alemercado.com

Lee Hasler •  leehasler.com

Melanie Tomlinson • melanietomlinson.co.uk

Emma Russell • helloemma.co.uk

Muxxi • muxxi.me

Tony Johnson • tonyjohnson.info

Ian Ball • albinal.com

Johnnie Hoek • johnnie-weiliang.nl

Steve Simpson • stevesimpson.com

Thanks again to Darren Di Lieto for the fun opportunity to be a part of the show and the book! To view all the artwork from the show, be sure to stop by and visit the Mail Me Art website. Books can be purchased there as well. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

new small series, in progress


I started on a new small series this summer that I am hoping to finish up soon. This is the 3rd in the series, with plans for 2 or 3 more to complete the series. At this point, I have finished all the "piecing" on this and will be doing the drawings on it this weekend and into next week. I hope to have the piecing done on the other 2 pieces by next week, too.

I'm not sure what direction this will take me, but I'm enjoying the number card and the "BRILLIANT" find quite a bit. We'll see where this leads....

thanks StickerMule!


Check it out! My robot stickers have been added to the StickerMule gallery! StickerMule did some robot stickers for me earlier this summer and I am really happy with how they turned out. Great quality, good color and very durable vinyl. I will definitely use them again! If you're interested in picking up on of these stickers, visit my shop. Thanks again StickerMule!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

thanks Illustration Mundo!


Hey! Check it out! I'm a featured illustrator on Illustration Mundo today! Big thanks to Nate Williams and Illustration Mundo for the feature.  I really appreciate it. :)

If you're not familiar with Illustration Mundo, be sure to check it out. It's a great place to see a wide range of illustration work done by illustrators from across the globe. If you create a profile, you can favorite all the artists whose work you love, and have all their info right there (website, etc). New work is being added all the time.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Little Golden Years artwork still available!

FIXIT BOTS • 9x12 inches, mixed media & collage on board, 2013

There's still a few weeks left to see Little Golden Years at Bear & Bird Gallery, and there are still lots of wonderful gems left to take home.... including my two pieces (!) pictured here. If you're looking to add a little robot-ness to your life, please check these out.

Helper Bot • 6.5 inches tall, mixed media with wooden blocks, 2013
(photo by Bear & Bird Gallery)

The Little Golden Years is on exhibit through August 10, 2013.

New Society 6 store now open!


Hooray! My Society 6 store is now open! Truth be told, I am currently weighing different options in terms of selling prints of my work online. Since I've heard good things about Society 6 from friends of mine, I thought I'd give it a shot. The inventory will likely change in the coming months. As new work is added, I'll let you know. If there's a piece that's on my website that you'd like to see added, let me know!


Right now there are 12 pieces on there, all moderately priced. The smallest prints (8x8 and 8x10 inches) are between $15 - $17 and the largest prints (28x28 and 22x28 inches) are between $45 - $55. All are gallery quality giclee prints, printed on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using Epson K3 archival inks. 

Thanks for visiting!