Women’s Art Festival

most wonderful time of year

Please arrange your errands and merrymaking to include the outstanding Women’s Art Festival this Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9:30 to 4:30. The spirit of this event, the quality of work, the ebullience of the 129 fellow women artists, the music, the refreshments—they all just get more wonderful each year.

Parking is easy in the Wells Fargo lot a short block north of the event that is located in the bright gym at the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center on 4th Avenue, just north of Lake St. in south Mpls.

I hope to see you on Saturday and wish you a most merry and meaningful holiday season! Pack your car with pals or come on your own. It is a convivial event.

2016 postcard copy.pages

Inspiration from a friend

My friend Sandra Brick, a textile artist, mailed to me this note card she made. I really appreciate the quote, but I also admire Sandra’s choice of a bold, serif type font that almost bursts beyond the borders of the card while contrasting so surely with the organic pattern Sandra has created somehow—by dyeing or painting—? Sandra is so inventive, you just never know what she’ll think of to illustrate an idea through her fiber-related ingenuity.

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After living with this card for a while, I decided to use the same quote for a little “lettering without a net.” I found a print near the top of the scrap pile, selected a pen, and lettered right on the print; no practicing, just doing it. I admit to feeling a bit of trepidation at the daring nature of this method, especially because this usually occurs before daybreak when one’s consciousness is more vulnerable than it will be at high noon. I will also admit that the results are not always worth looking at more than once. But the exhilaration of messing around with profound thoughts and bright colors in the early morning admittedly provides a vigorous start for the day.

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From friends

My friends enrich me in so many ways. Among the scraps of paper stashed in my second desk drawer was the green card stock shown below. It’s the back of a note card sent by a neighborhood friend. I saved the front image and am repurposing the back by noodling/lettering a quote. The quote followed the signature on another friend’s email. How fortunate I am to receive such inspiration from friends!

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Celebrating 10 creative years

fine craft sale 2016Ten years ago, my neighborhood friend, photographer Lisa Lardy, asked if I’d be interested in showing and selling my nature prints and note cards. Although some friends and I had participated in the Uptown Art Fair as teenagers (long ago), I hadn’t shown or sold work in decades. Great idea, I responded, and away we went.

We each invited fellow artists to join the fun. Lisa, who’s also an interior designer, and her husband Jay, magically transformed the first floor of their home into a gallery. We pelted our neighborhood with flyers and each artist invited friends and family. Lisa set up tempting refreshments in her kitchen, and a tradition was hatched.

More than 100 neighbors and friends swarmed through Lisa and Jay’s home at that first “artists’ boutique” in 2007. At the end of the day, we were exhausted but ebullient.

The tradition continues, now at the home of jeweler Bridget Clark. Everything about this fine-craft holiday sale is first rate, starting with the artists themselves—and their work, of course, and the refreshments, and the fun. Please stop by and be a part of that fun—and of history.

Procratstination

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Another attempt at learning and doing…

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Bees, butterflies, and art

Yes, it’s hot. So, to distract yourself, why not put on your skimpiest clothes, pack your car with pals, and zoom over to St. Paul? Take in the ninth-annual art sale and garden tour hosted by Paul and Susan Damon. Admire the art. Make a leaf print to take home. Sip a refreshing beverage. Gaze in wonder at the bees and butterflies that flap nonstop in the Damons’ certified Monarch butterfly waystation/native-plant paradise.

Susan and Paul Damon's native-plant garden/Monarch butterfly waystation garden surrounds their home at 355 Cleveland Ave. North, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Susan and Paul Damon’s native-plant garden/Monarch butterfly waystation surrounds their home on a corner in St. Paul, Minnesota.

355 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, 55104—less than three blocks north of Marshall Avenue/Lake Street—oh so close to Izzy’s Ice Cream Café, 2034 Marshall Avenue.

Friday, July 22, 2016, 5–9 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 1–5 p.m.

Paul Damon: Oil & watercolor paintings

http://pauldamonlandscapes.com/

 

Liz Carlson: Paintings & jewelry

https://www.facebook.com/LizCarlsonArtsandIllustration/

Liz Carlson's earrings are created from Chiyogami paper from Wet Paint Artists' Materials & Framing on Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

Liz Carlson’s earrings are created from Chiyogami paper from Wet Paint Artists’ Materials & Framing on Grand Ave. in St. Paul.

 

Erik Espeland: Watercolors & buttons

https://www.facebook.com/erik.espeland

 

Sue Filbin: Nature prints & note cards

You will love this garden, the art, the artists, & the gardeners. We look forward to seeing (hot) you & your pals! This is my favorite outdoor art-related event. I’ll be in the backyard, in the shade of the garage.

A collage-style print of prairie smoke.

A collage-style print of prairie smoke.

 

Stimulating and relaxing

I’ve been away for a while; for longer than usual. “Technical difficulties,” i.e., WordPress updating its software is one cause, but my own ineptitude and inattention must own up to the hiatus. I apologize, thank you for your forbearance, and welcome—both of us—back to my blog.

On April 7, 2016, I participated in “Vino & Vision,” a stimulating/relaxing event during which we learned from Jean Nitchals about our own innate creativity while exploring with Matt Carson the stories behind and results of passionate wine makers.

Jean has a masters of science degree from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, NY, in creative problem solving through their internationally recognized program. During the four years I’ve known Jean, she’s buoyant and always full of possibilities. She’s all about guiding people to realize their potential and connect with others for outrageously beneficial outcomes. Now she’s a total powerhouse. She has the science to back up her own innate desire to move people from being stuck to burgeoning with productivity, achievement, and success as it’s defined by them.

http://www.discoveryourniche.com/

Matt is a certified sommelier whose passion for wine is rooted in his love of sharing stories about the grape, vineyard, vintner, and much more. His favorite moment when enjoying wine is when the cork is free of the bottle; opening the bottle. Why? Because that moment “is full of promise.” 

It was that kind of evening: Jean and Matt shared their passions with us, and we admitted ours to ourselves in sketchbooks Jean provided, along with a box of 12 sharpened color pencils!

Here is my summary – in my sketchbook – from the nine pages of notes I took. The top part that’s written in orange colored pencil reads: “Jean gave us these sketchbooks. I’m going to use it. Jean’s favorite color is orange. Thank you, Jean! Here I go. April 8, 2016.” The “collage” below the page from my sketchbook was made by me on New Year’s day this year.

A summary of a stimulating, creative experience from a workshop with Jean Nitchals.

A summary of a stimulating, creative experience from a workshop with Jean Nitchals.

In a new "pact" with myself, I begin each day with lettering, color, collage—something that feels enjoyable and creative. This collage from New Year's Day is the first in a spotty "series." The substrate (background paper) is archival commercial printing paper cut to a size of 5.5"w x 8.5". It's not precious and is therefore pretty freeing. The whole point is not to fuss but to have fun. I'm also using quotes and scraps that are blowing around in my workspace, and that feels good, too.

In a new “pact” with myself, I begin each day with lettering, color, collage—something that feels enjoyable and creative. This collage from New Year’s Day is the first in a spotty “series.” The substrate (background paper) is archival commercial printing paper cut to a size of 5.5″w x 8.5″. It’s not precious and is therefore pretty freeing. The whole point is not to fuss but to have fun. I’m also using quotes and scraps that are blowing around in my workspace, and that feels good, too.

Happily printing in the driveway

In this most splendid, least-humid summer of my fairly long lifetime, I’ve been pulling weeds, printing, & thinking of you. I’ve also been heartened to see Monarch butterflies wafting around the common milkweed plants that are finally blooming in our backyard.

Please join me this Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25, 2015, at my favorite outdoor art-related event: the eighth-annual art sale & garden tour hosted by Paul and Susan Damon.

355 Cleveland Avenue North, St. Paul, 55104
(Conveniently located between I-94 and Marshall Ave./Lake St.)

Friday: 5–9 p.m.
Saturday: Noon–5

For more than 20 years, Susan & Paul have planted native plants and tended the corner lot that surrounds their sweet Craftsman home. Their garden is now a designated Monarch Waystation—#447. Last year butterflies, bees, and other pollinators joined guests as we all flitted around and admired our surroundings.

There will be plenty of art to admire, too. On exhibit and for sale will be Paul Damon’s oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings. http://pauldamonlandscapes.com/ Paintings, collages, and mixed media by Liz Carlson will also be displayed and for sale in the Damon’s home. You can view Liz’s work on Facebook and Twitter.

You will find me in the backyard, in the welcome shade of the garage, where prints and note cards will be for sale, and where you can print a leaf selected from the Damon’s bountiful gardens. We’ll be using Speedball water-soluble printmaking inks and printing on the Sprinkle Gold Oriental paper I learned about from Liz—and purchased at Wet Paint!

If Paul and Liz’s names are familiar, it may be because they’re longtime staff members at art supply shop Wet Paint, located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul. I met Liz and Paul while shopping there and am thrilled to join them in this annual event.

Please pack your car with your artistic, horticultural pals, or gather on your bicycles, and stop by! I look forward to seeing you!

One of Paul Damon's paintings on a postcard invites you to the 8th-annual art sale & garden tour hosted by Paul and his gardener wife, Susan.

Welcome to summer

It’s been a prolonged, leisurely spring, conducive to transplanting ferns and perennials, pulling weeds from long-neglected gardens, and replacing the storm windows on the porch with screens.

Meanwhile, it’s also printing season! I look forward to seeing you in class or at a demo or event. Please join me and my friend Lynn on Saturday, June 5, at the lively Landscape Revival. Twelve native plant nurseries bring their sturdy local stock to this enjoyable, educational event where you’ll also learn about pollinators and gardening. Please stop by to print a leaf and say hello.

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