Its been a year since Black Thumb Art closed its Oregon studio. We traveled to the East Coast, Egypt, and Turkey before relocating in Spokane. While the new charcoal studio is being built, I’ve been working with different media and processes.
For several years I’ve collected photos from the sports section of the local newspaper; images that remind me of religious Mannerist paintings with their twisting figures, mouths agape, and heavenward glances. Before moving, I scanned and printed several of these photos onto paper. I’ve been experimenting with them since, layering opaque watercolor (gouache) and gold leaf over the images.
Recently I used this process in a book I submitted to The Sketchbook Project, part of the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library and one of the largest collections of sketchbooks in the world.
My book, Angels in Egypt, has been chosen to be part of The Sketchbook Project’s Mobile Library tour this summer. You can check it out (literally) if you are in one of the tour cities, beginning this weekend in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The tour ends August 28th, back in New York at the Whitney Museum. Here is a link to the full tour schedule.
If you can’t make it to one of these cities, Here is a link to the scanned version of Angels in Egypt.
“Angels in Egypt” pages 19-20. Colored pencils, Gelly Roll and Micron Pigma pens.
Scanned pic from the Corvallis Gazette Times
“St. Maggie”, charcoal and gold leaf on canvas, 5″ x 7″ x 2″
I’m showing new drawings this fall at Chemeketa Community College.
This exhibit features four other artists whose work is focused on the discipline of drawing – Debra Beers, April Coppini, Megan Vossler and Samantha Wall.
“Drawing Deeper” will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4 in the Gretchen Schuette gallery, located on the first floor of Building 3 on the Salem campus. The gallery is open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, or by appointment.
“Balanced #2″ (detail), charcoal on paper, 65″ x 17”
Unhomelike #10, Her Head
A fabulous show just opened, Making a Mark: Drawing in Oregon, and three of my drawings from the Unhomelike Series are included. There will be a reception April 12, 5:30-7:30 at the Arts Center, and two special lectures are scheduled. April 18th, Andrew Myers will talk about his work and the significance of drawing. Clint Brown, OSU Professor Emeritus will give an historical overview with images from art history on May 3rd.
The Arts Center • 700 SW Madison Ave. Corvallis, OR • 12-5, Tue-Sat
Unhomelike #5, Bent
Clint Brown is the juror for this year’s annual exhibit Au Naturel:The Nude in the 21st Century. He’s a professor Emeritus at Oregon State University and the author of two books on art, and my neighbor…we recently met and I discovered he lives just over the hill.
I’ve participated in Au Naturel in the past (first place award and solo show, 2007) and am happy to be included again this year. Clint chose two of my drawings, Balanced and Three Chairs.
In 2007 while living in Idaho, my husband and I strapped my over-sized drawing to our car roof for the drive to Astoria. That’s not an option I consider anymore- bubble wrap can chafe plexiglass, even inside a box, at 60 mph in a headwind.
The exhibit runs from February 21st – March 28, 2013. An opening reception is Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 pm.
Clatsop Community College, The Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave. Astoria, Oregon.
Click here more information and images at the Au Naturel Exhibit.
I’m heading to Idaho with new work for a show that opens Friday, August 10. Carey Weigand and I will be joining forces- her sculptures and my drawings- for a clay and charcoal synergy!
The opening reception is part of Coeur d’Alene’s ArtWalk, from 5-8. I will give a drawing demonstration in the gallery from 1-4 on Saturday, August 11.
The show will be up through September 8, at The Art Spirit Gallery, 415 Sherman Ave, open every day from 11-6.
I’m delivering a drawing to Portland’s Froelick Gallery this week for an exhibition of contemporary nudes, entitled Undressing Room. There are numerous receptions -I’ll be at the preview reception Wednesday, June 6, from 5 to 8- and the show will be up for the June and July 1st Thursday events.
Click on the Undressing Room link above to see more work from the show, or visit the Froelick facebook page. The gallery is in Portland’s Pearl District, 714 NW Davis St. Tuesday – Saturday, 10:30-5:30.
We’ve been busy here at Black Thumb Studio, just like Santa’s workshop, trying to make that December deadline. I’ll be delivering and installing 20 drawings at Columbia Basin College in a show of Drawings and Ceramics that opens January 9, 2012. Sculptor Carolyn Nelson and I will show at the CBC’s Esvelt Gallery through February 2, and we’ll both be on hand at the opening reception January 10th, 7 pm. Come join us if you’re in the Tri-cities area.
Crowd drawing, early stage
This drawing of a crowd has an obvious compositional problem -a bit busy on the right side – but I resisted the need to make dramatic changes to this drawing. I liked the hint of landscape and quiet pastoral setting. Why can’t this crowd just live here, happily shoved up against the right edge of the paper, absorbed in something that’s happening beyond the left edge?
Sometimes you can’t have what you want… after six months of unsatisfactory solutions, I transplanted them to the city and they’re much happier now, though they may need a new title.