The dogs will be returning home after a month on view at The Arts Center of Corvallis. Their final day is Saturday May 25, noon to 5pm. If you do make it in, please make sure to visit BOTH gallery spaces (yes, they are split between two areas). Wander into the back office/staff space to see the others!
There is also an opening for the Native American Printmakers: Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, on Thursday May 23, 5:30 to 7:30.
Location: The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333
Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday- Noon to 5pm
Maybe in a month they will visit the walls at Animal Crackers Pet Supply!
This was today’s “quick” drawing of a sun-bleached whelk shell brought back from Kauai. I think I must be wanting to head to the coast. Maybe I just want to be back in the islands away from responsibilities of life? Dreaming of less stressful days…. Anyway, it was an interesting exercise even if I didn’t quite get the correct proportions. Maybe I’ll have to venture onto a larger paper when I figure out a subject to pursue.
Charcoal plus red & white conte crayon in a 8.5″ x 12″ Vang sketchbook from France.
I always feel fortunate when the opportunity arises to visit a larger city outside my normal stomping grounds. One thing that always shines is the public art. There were many works to visit and only a few captured by camera as we wandered around on First Thursday.
Amy Nack provided Rose and I with a general direction to explore. Our main destination was the “Modern” where a once a year art event takes place in cramped hotel rooms. Ever seen metal sculptures displayed in a shower? How about an artist resting in a bathtub as you look at prints taped to the bathroom walls? Beds covered in slabs of wet clay? Those were just a snippit of what we experienced. Some artists paid for several nights to set up full room installations with rolled up cardboard and twinkle lights. All in all, an interesting and overstimulating experience. Not one for people who don’t like crowds.
I did manage to get a shot or two of the happenings outside. Music, drinking and lots of happy people!
Wandering around downtown Boise, one can encounter the brightly dressed traffic control boxes. I loved them! What a great way to get flat art out onto something dimensional! The magic of vinyl coverings….
One of my favorites was right next to Wingtip Press!
One of the artists in our class Lisa Flowers Ross had participated in the public art boxes. Please check her website for images of her 2 public artworks. The photo I took of her piece was horrible. Please, check her site!
There were several alley ways with public art. This one had an enormous ceramic tile mosaic.
I didn’t get an image or video of the musical light posts or all the incredible graffiti work in some of the alleys. Oh, and the river piece… Maybe on my next visit.
Personally, I think my local towns need to think about the covered traffic boxes…. Corvallis?
A Keyhole Limpet shell. They resemble little volcanoes, which is very appropriate for today. Back on Sunday morning May 18, 1980, Mount St Helens in Washington State erupted. The entire house shook with the explosion, stronger than any sonic boom I had experienced before. We lived in Eugene, approximately 150 miles south of the mountain. A morning that will remain in my mind forever. It certainly impressed me at age 10! Fortunately for our community, the major ash flow went east. We received a good coating, but nothing like Portland or other closer communities.
I wonder what mountain in our area will erupt next?
Rain. I didn’t expect it to really come, having hoped to do a bit more yard work today. Not that a little rain will keep me from the outdoors! But here we are, Moby & I, spending some quality time indoors exploring pencils and charcoal again. I probably should be experimenting with a watercolor wash over kozo paper for a commissioned piece. Maybe on Friday!
I decided, while in Idaho, to get serious about sketching. Today seems like a great day to pull out the sketchbook and try a little. I think the blank pages are sometimes hard to get started on. Anyway, here is what I picked: another quick sheep in pencil… looking at eye/ear placement. I’ve started to grow fond of sheep.
Next, I went a bit crazy trying to figure out a face. I won’t say who it is, cause it doesn’t look a bit like them! I can’t recall the last face I’ve done. So many placement issues but fun to practice with! I think you, dear readers, will be subjected to my bad drawing for weeks to come! Ha!
Looks like the sun is starting to break through. Time to get outside!
Day off from the Wingtip Press workshop:
We took a break from the workshop to go on a small adventure into the wilds of Idaho. We headed out to the Snake River to look for petroglyphs and peregrine falcons. Here are some images from the area.
Lizard variety #2
The one snake Rose DID get to see. A non-poisonous Gopher Snake!
Petroglyphs at Celebration Park
This one makes me think of an owl for some reason.
Well, they certainly had lizards back when these were pecked out of the rocks!
Rose working on quick sketches of the petroglyphs.
Amy Nack in a “comfortable” chair decorated by ancient artists.
The drive to Idaho City was beautiful.
And finally the biker bar in Idaho City. Rose got in a quick sketch of some of the activity.
Wingtip Press Reductive Monotype workshop: Day 3
Since I don’t have a lot of time today to work through the petroglyph trip (thanks to my procrastination with pulling together an installation art proposal due at midnight May 12) , I thought I should just pop up the images of the final print. For this image I took a journey through my sketchbook and found a colored pencil drawing of a single Christmas Cactus bloom. The plant itself happens to be one of my oldest, having received it on my 8th or 9th birthday from my brother Tom. It still lives on…. 35 years later! This was the first image I worked with a color reference on site.
Below are photos of the results of each plate on Rives BFK paper. This process is printed dry. Rose strictly measured 60/40 litho ink to plate oil. I personally thought this mix was too runny, especially with the final color.
Now the final addition of blue. I need to note that the blue was of different consistency than the previous days. I couldn’t remove it in the same way because it kept sliding and creeping back into cleared zones. Major bummer!
I actually really like the ghost of this image better than full color.
I’m really looking forward to playing with this technique more at home. Time to boot the cat off his comfy Takach sleeping platform and get back into something fun.
Thanks to Rose Davies (aka Rosie Scribblah)for making such a great connection with Wingtip Press.