Monday, September 15, 2014

Open Studio at WPA every Tuesday!

Great news! The WPA studio will be open every Tuesday from 10am - 1pm through December. You can come by and print during that time for a little bit of cash ($25/3 hrs if a WPA member, $35 if not) and get press assistance from printmaker Ashley Salinas or myself--we can offer basic press setting, but won't be instructing, so it's for the individual with some printing experience. You're also welcome just to swing by and check out the shop. Ashley and I are swapping Tuesdays. I'll be there on Sept. 23, Oct. 7, 14, Nov, 4, 18, and Dec 9, 23. More info about WPA's shop here.

Greater news for me: The WPA studio is in the same complex as my own (Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 3, right next door to the place pictured below.) As for my own studio, I've made a stab at setting studio hours--Bldg. 1, studio 218.

I'll be in my studio on these days:
Mondays, Tuesdays (when I'm not at WPA), and Thursdays from 10am - 2pm.

I love studio visits, but I suggest a call or text before popping over in case I'm on a walk or enjoying a coffee at our new Canopy coffee shop (my cell is 512-680-6281). Hey! Let's grab some coffee together!

Yay! The long-awaited cafe!
Sa-Tén is a Japanese-influenced cafe from Komé partner Kayo Asazu and East Side King co-founderMoto Utsunomiya. In addition to espresso, coffee, and tea, the cafe will serve pastries like donuts from Red Rabbit Bakery and Japanese-inspired "light fare." Hours are 7:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 8 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sundays.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Awwww Snap!

I've had fun working on this piece.

I ended up adding 4 fat layers of Golden Heavy Gel (Matte) on a 20 x 20" panel. In fact, I used up almost the entire 32 oz. tub--nearly $30 worth of gel. The piece looks a little encaustic-like with all the layering with gel in between. Think of it like a lasagna. I had layers of tinted tissue glued on with liquid medium, then after my tissue layer was down, I slapped a fat layer of Golden Heavy Gel on top, then waited at least 24 hours to do more tissue. As my last layer brushed on an acrylic wash in places, but also added charcoal and regular pencil, so I'll need to spray some acrylic varnish on top to seal. In the end, I was pleased with the result.

So.... I've been waiting on text from the person who commissioned this work, and she likes the direction, but has asked me to make a few changes. I like this piece the way it is, so will be starting fresh. Yes, I shall begin anew!

While staining my tissue I used newsprint to catch seepage. I'm wishing I used a sheet of Rives BFK or something that isn't as degradable as newsprint. Look how much potential this sheet has for collage material or background, but instead it's heading to the recycle bin. Next time...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

I entered 5 pieces into the Georgetown Art Hop--Opening Reception Oct. 11, 3-5 pm in case you're local--and I was lucky enough to have 2 accepted. What's funny is the work that was accepted I liked, but I thought the rejects were stronger. These are the ones that made the cut:

Tesla and Crooke's Radiometer, 23 x 12 x 5", mixed media
After Archimedis' Atikythera Mechanism, 30 x 22", collagraph

I've been working on my website for the last few days and the print I had as the welcoming work on the front page is a recent favorite, but my husband insisted I switch it for the one that's there now. This one:
Brahe, Kepler, and Planetary Motion, 20 x 20", monotype, intaglio, mixed media
(Which I should point out was rejected by Art Hop.) I have to admit I no longer take rejection personally, but do find it curious. I would really benefit from a professional critique. One of these days I'll look into that. 

Monday, September 8, 2014


German towns have a street cleaning statute called the “Straßenreinigungssatzung.” Basically this means homeowners and landlords in German-speaking Europe are required to remove debris, snow and ice from walkways on their property or in front of their property. If you've ever been to a German town, you know they take this seriously. I'm doing this with my house and studio--getting rid o' crap, setting a new work schedule, and getting back to living, loving, and sweeping. This is my Spring Cleaning time of the year and it feels great! My schedule, including studio hours, is getting an overhaul too. Website? Yep. I just updated it after years of ignoring it. Take a look!

I've been working on this piece in the studio and am finally at a stopping point. It's a commission piece and I'm waiting on text that is going to be provided, plus I need to know if I even went in the direction they were hoping. Fingers crossed!

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Coffee Sock

Sounds gross, but it ain't.

I've been obsessed with coffee lately. I've been adopting a new coffee system every 6 months or so. My shelves are bursting with coffee makers: standard 10 cup coffee maker, a cold coffee toddy system, two French presses, a coffee sock, and now I'm eyeing an espresso maker (loving Americanos). But alas, it's only been two months with the coffee sock (and I've been traveling for 6 of those weeks!) so I thought I'd give it another go before switching up. Basically I'm doing the cold brew method--same idea as the toddy, but making straight up coffee vs. a coffee concentrate--and this morning my coffee was so delish that I thought I should make note of it in case you're looking for a new coffee apparatus. This is so simple and frankly, the least expensive coffee contraption I've ever purchased.

Here's the sock, which is a cotton muslin kinda fabric, not gross tube sock material. 

Here's their website (local company btw, and they ship for free), though I found it at Whole Foods near REI on 360.

Here's my jar, 1.5 L. The sock filled with grinds does displace the water, but you get almost a full jar of coffee. (I've had a couple of cups outta here as well....)

I just fill my grinder all the way up with beans--I have your basic Krups model--and whirl for a medium grind and pour into sock. Then I pour filtered water through the filter into the jar, filling to the top, letting the filter hang in the jar for 12 hours. I leave it on the counter so I get the full benefit of the coffee smells. Mmmm. Then I gently squeeze the filter to get out all the coffee before composting the grinds and then put the jar in my fridge until ready to consume. It makes a very smooth cup of coffee. The cold brew method is less acidic or something. I drink a cup or two every day, so maybe the jar is in my fridge for 4 days--every cup is as good as the first. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back in the Saddle

We were on an epic road trip this summer. Seriously. We drove from Austin to Glacier National Park, Montana and back again, camping along with way with some hotel stays along the route. If Mama Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy. Then as if that wasn't enough, we left town 19 hours after our camping trip for a week in upstate NY. We're finally back and I've left unpacking for another day so I could sneak off to the studio. I started working on a piece for a collector's wedding covenant. What is that you ask? It comes from the Jewish and Quaker traditions. The couple writes a covenant and in the case of this piece, the words will be incorporated in the work and wedding guests will sign the work the day of the ceremony.

Today applied two coats of gesso to the substrate (20 x 20 x .5" art board), sanding in between/after. While waiting for the gesso to dry I tinted tissue paper with acrylic washes--both blue and a brown--and gave them a hit with the hair dryer because NOW is better than LATER.

I sketched a tree directly on the gessoed board

and then added the tissue with medium. Voila! Background!

Next up, the actual tree with straight up graphite pencil (HB)and water colored pencils and maybe more of that tissue. We'll see....

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Big Exhale

I just had my gigantic undertaking--The Tesla Project--end. It was marvelous! It was a whole lotta work but fun nonetheless. And I'm thrilled to report that I'm off on vacation for the next 7 days to the glorious mountains of North Carolina!

Here's the final Tesla piece hanging up in the show:

Picture taken by NJ Weaver

  • I had friend Carolyn Kimball print up my pen and ink drawing of Tesla onto some Tea Towels for me and they look marvelous! They are on my Etsy site in case you need one. 
  • Here's a CFE that you may be interested in. It's the Art Hop in Georgetown, Texas. 
  • Boomerang--have you heard of this? It's a plugin for Gmail and it's great. You can boomerang emails back to your inbox if they are something that you aren't ready to file but aren't ready to deal with right away--it helps keep your inbox from being overloaded. I may have already mentioned this. If I have, it's only because it's awesome.
I probably won't be posting while in the boonies, so have a great week!