Lets start by stating a general update of the last six months. As some of you may know we are now on the west coast living in Seattle. We had a good offer in Seattle so we took the opportunity and moved out west. For Karla it is a move to a new area, one that will hopefully become home. For me, it is a move back home, not the Seattle are as home, but the Pacific Northwest is home. Over the last little bit of fall and this winter we have been digging, moving into new apartments, starting new work, working on art projects, grants and exhibition opportunities.
I am now in Eastern Washington on a painting trip, with the hopes of getting a good start on new work, sketches, water color paintings and oil paintings. I am also doing some video and photo work on a documentary project. Hopefully this will be a fun filled week and half. I got here a couple of days ago on Monday night.
Yesterday was spent getting materials and supplies gathered and running a few errands around my home town. Plus it was very windy here in the area, it had rained Monday night and anybody familiar with the Tri-Cities knows that after it rains the wind blows, and it was very windy yesterday. Windy to the point that even with 20- 30 lbs of weights added to the back of my easel it still takes off like a kite. So it was good that I had errands to do.
Today, I spent all morning and part of the afternoon near Jump Off Joe (on the hills behind Kennewick) where the windmills are. I did a few sketches and a couple of water colors (see my next post for a picture of one of the sketches). I was starting to set up to paint, but my French easel broke and I left the other easel back where I am staying. So I returned and spent the other half of the afternoon fixing the easel. So tomorrow morning I am going to head back out there and try and do some painting. I need to remember my winter coat as well, I forgot to take it with me because the temp. in town is not to bad, but up on the hills in the wind is very cold, there is still snow on the ground up there. An quilted flannel isn’t enough protection from the wind an cold, luckily I had a pair of gloves in my painting bag.
I am also hoping to use this as an opportunity to start a semi-daily posting of paintings, drawings and sketches. Something new each day. Check out the daily tag for posts & updates.
Starting today, for the next month I have a selection of paintings on display at the Starbucks 505 Union Station in Seattle WA. This small showing is of seven paintings and is my first showing in Seattle.
Drop in a check them out, if you have any comments come back and post them here.
I thought I would share a little insight into a few of the books and research materials that are on the top of our needs (in some cases want) to acquire.
Chumble Spuzz: Kill the Devil <– supporting a local artist, plus the best new gn/comic in well damn near ever. As soon as I get it I will review it.
Salome <– research for an upcoming project.
Patterns: New Surface Design <– research for in progress project.
The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss <– research for in progress project.
The Apologetics Study Bible: Understand Why You Believe (Apologetics Bible) <– I need a good study Bible, and this just looks real interesting.
The ScofieldRG Study Bible III, NKJV <– I need a good study Bible.
Alberto Vargas: Works from the Max Vargas Collection <– research for in progress projects.
A link to an announcement from an exhibition that took place about a year ago, March to May of 2007. This link is from the Walla Walla Union Bulletin. The show was at the Waterbrook gallery at the Waterbrook winery in Walla Walla WA (yes, that is the same Walla Walla that Bugs Bunny mentions in his famous line “the wishy washy washing company of Walla Walla Washington”)
The show featured new work that was finished right before the show opened. It also featured some older pieces that were requested because they are landscape of Eastern WA.
As you may have noticed there have been some recent changes that were made.
There are multiple portfolios, projects etc that are all located here. Most of the changes so far have been small and behind the scenes, these are all progressing slowly to a complete restructure of our website. We are making things look pretty, easier to find our portfolios, make it easier for us to keep you updated with our new work and projects. Things will slowly keep happening, but every once in a while there will be some big jumps, all of this will will be finished over the next couple of months.
Recently I was going through some old notes and binders of papers, and I ran across this handout. I originally recieved this at a Portrait painting seminar/workshop about seven years ago and one artists handed it out as part of his demo.
I am trying to find out where this comes from. I am pretty sure it is from a book, if anybody knows which please contact me and let me know.
Here is a pdf of the handout. Portrait handout
Please check back soon for an updated portfolio, documents and the website in general.