Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sugar Bakery - Seattle WA

Hung 19 pieces of Sumi-e at Sugar Bakery on Madison in Seattle...

The art of baking!!!!  Yummy stuff...

Caught my son with his eyes closed... he was trying to move out of the way.
He had a yummy mocha coffee and a brownie while I hung the art.

Lot of relections and wild pink walls
Trippin' the Light Fantastic and Flailing Paws

Achieving Lift, The Empty Fish Bowl
And Fooooddd Fooooddd

Demure and Now What Do I Do?

Saturday, March 27, 2010

ARFS & CRAFTS fundraiser

Working on ideas to create a pet bowl for this fundraiser!

Deadline: April, 10, 2010 ARFS & CRAFT returns--our fourteenth annual benefit for the Prison Pet Partnership Program at the Women’s Correctional Institute at Purdy and the Gig Harbor based Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound. Each year our silent auction raises funds and friends for these two non-profit organizations and the very special canines that they serve. Bowls will be sold at silent auction through Saturday, April 17th.Please let us know by April 1st if you will be entering a bowl. For more information, please contact Phyllis Harrison & Mary Preston at (253) 274-1630.


Post-Art-Cards displayed at the Refuge Gallery Space, 12 N 9th Street, Lebanon, PA - Art-Through-The-Mail-Campaign is sponsored by the Lebanon Art Factory... Opening reception April 2nd from 5 to 8PM hanging until the end of April.

I sent three pieces to this exhibit:

Turquoise Tranquility

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Arts to Remember - Mother Joseph's

This is the group project created by participants at Mother Joseph's Care Center.  This collage like their individual ones has taken 5 weeks to build to layers.  Next week we will add some poetry to fproject. Traced their hands out of paper they had painted so they will be remembered...

Oily - Poem to be published in Earl Grey Over Easy

My first poem, other than a collection self published works for Kate Gleason's writing workshops in Keene NH is being published in Earl Grey Over Ee theme was "Cute"....

Almost gave my brother

my credit card number…

His son needed air fare

to attend our Dad’s memorial

“but… I could use your card.”

His oily voice reached across

time to our home’s basement;

my play space under the stairs

where I had my dolls and toys.

These words oozed from his lips,

“Girls are different than boys…”

What does a cute four year old

who trusts her older brother know.

Earl Grey Over Easy

Earl Grey Over Easy is a (new!) small monthly publication out of Bellingham, WA. We are collectors of miscellany- stories, findings, tidbits, nonsense, DIY, photography, illustration, realism, abstract, whatever. ...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Don - Mural for Ah Badabing! in Shelton

Spent 4 hours painting this mural for Ah Badabing! pizza in Shelton... the eldery Don sits in front of his portrait from younger days - still smoking the cigar!

Sugar Bakery & Cafe April Exhibit

Whimsical Sumi-e accepted for the month of April Rotating Artist Exhibit by Stephanie Crocker for the Sugar Bakery + Cafe, 1014 Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98104  (206) 749-4105  Hours: M-F 7am-6pm and Sat 9am-1pm

Directions: From North Seattle, Take I5 South to James Street. Exit and turn left under the overpass onto James Street. Go up the hill about 4 blocks and take a LEFT on Boren Street. Continue on Boren for 3 blocks and make a Left on Madison. We're between Boren and Terry.

From South Seattle, Take I5 North and vere right towards to Madison/James Street Exits. Exit at Madison Street and turn right up the hill. Continue on Madison for 3 blocks. We're between Boren and Terry.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Watercolor Pencil Demo

Watercolor Pencil Demo - Spring Robin

Watercolor Pencil Class - Oly Parks and Rec

Tonight was the last class for the Watercolor Pencils participants so I took a few snaps...
they wished for more time... nd more drawing technique.

Splendorporium’s Mail In Art Show

Greetings Portland! I am participating in Splendorporium’s Mail In Art Show! RULES: Create your art on anything you can mail to us here at 3421 SE 21st ave Portland OR 97202. How is that for simplicity... I made a Sumi-e post card, of course, it was a cat catching a mouse - sorry no image!

Equine Art 2010 call for submissions

Sending in my forms for the "2010 Equine Art: The Horse... and a Whole Lot More" exhibit co-sponsored by Emerald Downs and WA Thoroughbred Foundation [WTF]. Preview party and reception July 7 at 7 pm at Emerald Downs.  Exhibit runs from July 7th to Sunday July 11th

Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works 2010

Sending off my letter of intent for the annual Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works - Pieces are 200 square inches including the frame...
Time to make a new mini collage before the shipping arrival due date of April 12th.
Exhibit Dates: Friday May 28 to Saturday July 10, 2010 - Opening reception: Friday May 28th, 6:30 to 9 pm Location: New Arts Program, 173 West Main Street, Kutztown, PA 19530-0082

Monday, March 22, 2010

Art-o-Mat and 6X6X2010 Fundraiser

Heart collage samples to be reviewed by Art-o-Mat... also sent the 50 Sumi-e blocks to Artists in Cellophane HQ today...

Also tomorrow shipping three 6X6" pieces for 6X6X2010 You Asked For It! - fundraiser for Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY

Fervent Desire



Sunday, March 21, 2010

Demos from classes

First up, last demo for watercolor class at ORLA... Seals on a rock, used some watercolor pencil as well.

Watercolor pencil demo from Oly Parks & Rec WC pencil class.... Sunset Sail

Reception @ Catholic Commuity Services Gallery

I will be holding a reception at my solo exhibit of Sumi-e and Zen Collage during the Third Thursday Art Walk in Tacoma. Location is the Catholic Community Services Gallery, second floor, on April 15th from 6 to 7:30 pm.

Please join me -

Mystic Mocha Cafe Abruptly Closes

Mystic Mocha CafĂ©, 402 E 26th Street, Tacoma, WA where I have hung art work for four years starting in 2006 has abruptly closed with only an email sent to me late Friday to pick up the art work Saturday or Sunday as it said Sunday the 20th... this is a  lesson in keeping in contact preferably monthly with whatever venue/gallery you place your art in for display.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dancing Lessons - Ah Badabing Mural Shelton, WA

Spent 5.5 hours painting "Dancing Lessons" a mural for the Mafia themed pizza restaurant "Ah Badabing in Shelton, WA.  Maybe a few touch ups here and there but basically that's done. Measures 4'HX 5.5'W

Its a little out of focus but then I was after painting for that long!
One more mural to go....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Solo Exhibit - Maple Leaf Lutheran Church

I just received notification of acceptance for a Solo Exhibit [Sumi-e] for the months of November and December @ Maple Leaf Lutheran Church 10005 32nd Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98125

206.524.2448 office 866-370-9413 fax

Monday, March 15, 2010

6X6X2010 Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY

This sounds like a great fundraiser...
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester NY
6x6x2010 - You Asked For It!
June 5 - July 11, 2010 6x6x2010 Online Gallery - Coming Soon!

Deadline for Submissions: May 2, 5pm
Preview Hours: June 2, 3 & 4, 1-10pm
Opening Reception & Artwork Sale: June 5, 6-10pm

Purchased Artwork Pick-Up: July 11, 12, 13 & 14, 1-7 pm
Artworks due: May 2, 2010 at 5pm. Artworks may be mailed or delivered directly to RoCo, 137 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604. Wed. - Sun. 1-5 pm, January 24 - May 2. Each submission must be accompanied by a completed submission form.

Remember: Artworks must be signed only on the back (to be exhibited and sold anonymously) and accompanied by the submission form.

ABOUT 6x6x2010:

6x6x2010 is the third exhibition of thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international and local artists, designers, college students, youths and YOU. Each artwork will be 6x6 inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. All artworks will be for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Artists' names will be revealed to the buyer only upon purchase and all artworks will remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. Don't miss Rochester's largest exhibition, and a chance to show your artwork in great company and support Rochester's downtown contemporary art venue. All submissions are due by May 2 at 5 pm and should be delivered or mailed directly to Rochester Contemporary Art Center.

2010 Artists'Garage Sale - May 22

Keep May 22 open for this artlacious event !!!!

News - the Artists' Garage Sale is a go:
This new partnership between POSSCA and the Arts Commission for 2010 represents a changing of the guard for the Artists' Garage Sale. What would have been a project elimination due to City budget cuts has turned into a fundraising opportunity for one of Olympia's most venerable arts organizations. POSSCA's mission to promote arts & arts education in the South Sound region is very much in keeping with the interests of the Arts Commission, and the increase in fees for the event will go to scholarships for community's young artists. The Arts Commission is pleased to have found such a perfect partner in POSSCA and will work with them this year to show them the ropes, so that the transition of event management between our two organizations is as seamless as possible. Another change to the application process is a second application sheet noting more detailed expectations for the event, pulled together from last year's evaluations. These are the changes that you, the vendors, wanted to see in the event, so please make note of them.

Changed the date of this class so I can participate in the Artists' Garage Sale
Handmade Artist's Journals – Saturday Aug 14 from 9 to 3:30pm

Mixed Media, Watercolor - In this workshop, fabric, embroidery floss, paper, paint, gesso, inks, and crayons are many of the mediums you use to create unique handmade stitched books which can be a personal journals or a record of a particular event or holiday. Construct books from scratch with decorative and unique covers and learn how to make wonderfully rich, organic pages and decorate them with stitching, incorporate windows, flaps, found objects, material, threads, beads and embroidery to create a richly embellished book. If you have an idea for a book, bring items you may want to put in your book/journal to use as inspiration - photos, dried flowers, leaves, tickets, letters, post cards, interesting poetry or prose, or any other kind of printed memorabilia. Olympia Parks and Recreation – 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380

Studio 229 Exhibiting Artist - date to be announced

Responded to this art call in Seattle, WA and recieved notification that I have been accepted for a two month exhibit with my Zen Collages - dates to be announced...Check out their web site at

Studio 229 on Broadway is again looking for talented artist to show their work at our salon. We are part of the Capitol Hill art walk the Blitz. We have a beautiful space with great lighting. We do not take any commission; however there may be a small fee if the client pays with Visa or Master Card. We have had great success with art selling.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

More from Ah Badabing

The largest mural just need lettering on the sign... need to find my stencils with alaphabet!

Just need ...
Guido's Laundromat
our speciaity - blood stain removal

Worked from noon to 5 pm today and besides finishing the large mural I completed a smaller one where the kids stand to sing kareoke...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Family Activity - Olympia Spring Arts Walk - April 23 & 24

I will be presenting a Family Activity on Friday April 23rd from 5 to 9 pm for the Olympia Spring Arts Walk...
The children will be simply coloring these small tops with markers...

Mural at Ah Badabing in Shelton, WA

Worked 4 more hours today on the mural for Ah Badabing in Shelton WA... on pizza side just finishing touches and  a little more to do on the Laundromat side...

Just need to fix the pizza on the table and what they're eating...

another couple of hours will finish this side up...

Close up of money laundering...

Close up of dude stuffed in washing machine...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Arts to Remember

Arts to Remember is a program that provides six art classes to retirement or other long care facilities during the months of March and April.  The art work that the participants prepare are hung during the Olympia Spring Arts Walk April 23th & 24th...

Two collage projects from Mother Joseph's facility

Collage projects from Merrill Gardens

Art-o-Mat blocks, book marks and blank cards [original sumi-e]

Next batch of Art-o-Mat blocks ready to ship...
painted the black border first - good move...

Book Marks ready to slide into plastic sleaves...

Next batch of original Sumi-e blank note cards...

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Art-o-Mat blocks

This time, working with the new and improved presentation... I used to print the info on paper, wrap the block and then adhere the sumi-e painting to the paper wrapped block... tedious process.
So back to the new & improved method... I paint the edges of the block black first. 

Then I adhere my original miniature sumi-e painting directly to the block.

Last I print a label with a blurb about the Sumi-e and my contact info and I'm done except for the little piece of cellophane. Much nicer presentation!

Paper Making Class

Paper Making Class at Centralia Community College today for the Continuing & Community Education...

Stiring the slurry in the vat before pulling a sheet

Draining excess water from the screen after pulling a sheet... next step is to couch [remove the paper from the screen]

Students paper on couch sheets [felt of other material]
next they need to be pressed and hung to dry

Friday, March 5, 2010

Chair Affair Fundraiser - Tacoma Art Museum

Thursday night was the NW Furniture Bank fundraiser at the Tacoma Art Museum. Over 300 guests and artists were present at the lavish affair...  I went to the event with Judy Cook who also prepared a chair.  Even though my chair only had one bid in the silent auction - some chairs had none and some quickly went for the value set by the artist. 
My chair was named Cat Zen... the painting on the silk was not how I imaged it but the chair looked nice... it was more subtle than I intended.

Dear Chair Affair Artists -

Thank you for contributing your time and efforts to create the wonderful chairs that were the backbone of our event last night. I loved meeting most of you, and watching people delight in the variety and creativity of the chairs offered. Some chairs sold with one bid, some with a guaranteed bid - but ALL were an important part of the overall auction.

It was a fun and exciting evening, and I hope you were able to also catch the vision for the work of the NW Furniture Bank which was the beneficiary of the proceeds. I have not heard the final numbers, but I know that we funded hope and furniture for MANY MANY families last night.

We look forward to doing this again next year! We certainly would appreciate any ideas/suggestions you may for have for next time, and thank you again for your chairs!! You will be receiving a receipt for your donation in the near future.

ah Badabing Mural in Shelton

Spent 2.5 hours working on the "ah Badabing" pizza restaurant mural today... have the colors blocked out - will do more on Sunday...

Blocking out the drawing
with watered down acrylic paint

Pizza section of the mural

Blocking the colors
Pizza Parlor and Laundry-Mat
Pizza Pie man
Colors Blocked in - that's all for today...
More images on Sunday