Friday, January 22, 2016

Finding my voice

I have to save and share a link to this article written by Lauren Mantecon, an artist and art teacher living in Sante Fe. She writes about finding your artistic voice, which is my journey at the moment. I love what she says about striking a balance between critical thinking and surrender.  I think I am finally at a place in life where I can apply critical thinking to all the ideas that are always running around.  I'm ready to apply courage and organized thinking to my creativity and inner world and hope that what is inside can finally make it's way out.

My friend Shannon gave me the advise to pay attention to what inspires me and create verbal descriptions or tags about them and even write down specific ideas.  I've learned that writing what it is about a painting or image that catches my attention puts that information into a different part of my brain where it becomes more accessible when I'm trying to formulate new ideas.

I'm excited that I feel pluralistic parts of my personality converging to help me be successful in art.

Friday, May 01, 2015

St. Mary's Way Remodel- progress shots

 I'm so excited about the progress on this beautiful remodel in Salt Lake City.  It's very close to completion. My parents, brothers and the rest of the team have worked tirelessly for months.  They do great work. We hired a staging company that I think will add the finishing touches this beautiful house needs. I see the design of this as a sort of gallery so I hope they will bring in some awesome art for the big white walls. It also needs some wonderful rugs. Oh how I wish I could buy the decor for this house too! 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Mary's Way remodel update

I'm so excited with how this remodel is looking. I've been desperate for photos which my brother finally sent today. Doing the design work and then being far removed from all the work as it takes place is excruciating. I was so happy to see that what I had in my head is starting to take shape in real life. My brothers and parents are doing such a great job. I think this house is going to be gorgeous.

This is the view into the pantry from the kitchen. It walks all the way through to the mushroom which opens into the garage. This pantry has an extra freezer or fridge.

This is the mudroom. I've never seen it done but I specified slatwall above the cubbies! So flexible!

Double sided walk around fireplace with black concrete hearth and rustic wood mantle.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Giving yourself to the work

I came across a list by Eric Maisel, on the blog of Marla Beggatta. Eric is the author of Fearless Creating. I had the whole night to myself to paint and I spent the time doing bills and laundry and organizing and scheduling.  All important, but not the work I planned to do. Work fail!  I printed and hung this on my wall.  Maybe I can someday work when I plan to!

·  Working means caring for the work.
·  Working means not thinking so much.
·  Working means starting.
·  Working means doing what you'd planned despite disturbances.
·  Working means working when you don't want to.
·  Working means working when you're sad and ecstatic and everything in between.
·  Working means being present for the work.
·  Working means letting go of all distractions but the work.
·  Working means making a choice to do a particular something.
·  Working means working amidst the chaos of life.
·  Working means manifesting drive and direction.
·  Working means believing in unlimited possibilities.
·  Working means believing there are no limits.
·  Working means working on a particular day.
·  Working means silencing distractions.
·  Working means loving even the "yucky" work.
·  Working means loving even the "awful" work.
·  Working means always working to your edge.
·  Working means working over a long period of time.
·  Working means not being a perfectionist.
·  Working means giving yourself permission to do it badly.
·  Working means being devoted.
·  Working means making a sacrifice.
·  Working means surrendering

St. Mary's Way remodel

 I want to show off some pretty progress shots on the St. Mary's street remodel we are working on. Here's the "power wall" and the fireplace coming along. The thick rustic wood staircase is going to be a huge improvement. We changed the whole configuration so you go down on the opposite side from the original. It makes way more sense and now you can see all the way into the basement from upstairs making it so open and fresh.

Quails and Owls. I love birds.. just like everyone else in Portland.

My kids like the boxer owl with the black eye and the money bag around his neck. The two ladies are fighting over the artsy gentleman in the green tie.

Michael Orwick

 For years I have admired Michael Orwick's paintings. I discovered him in Cannon Beach. Imagine my astonishment when I learned that he was teaching classes every week only 30 min from my house for $20/ drop in! I could not believe it. I have gone to about 6 classes now and my mind is blown. I have always thought of myself as a painter, but how can one paint without knowing any basic skills?? Everything I've really wanted to paint is in oil, but I didn't have a clue how to use oils, and now I'm getting comfortable. I'm trying new things without so much fear. I'm going for it. It's so fun and Michael is a great teacher! I feel so blessed! I get 8 more classes with him before he goes on a year long trip around the world with his family. So fun.
Michael Orwick's under paiting
 Michael Orwick's finished piece
 My finished piece (copying his) see how far I have to go! Mine looks like acrylic because it's so flat and overblended, but  I learned so much from this! He suggested I glaze it from here so maybe I can still improve it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

St. Mary's street house remodel

My family and I have been working on remodeling a huge home in the Salt Lake Foothills. I can't tell you how exciting it is to see a nasty old house turn into something absolutely stunning. (I hope you will agree.)
When I first saw the house it was in a confused state of limbo between 80's glam rock and gothic fortress all put on the bones of a fine old mid- century modern home. The multiple renovations had done a number on this old beauty. With the stone they had added as well as half the house to the original bones, it was pretty impossible to take it back to it's old glory and we had to work with some of these odd additions. I had my work cut out for me!
The huge back windows of this house look out on a wall of red rocks.  I decided this orange red needed to be my accent color and the house needed to be a framework for the beauty of the scenery. I chose to keep the walls and trim all honey milk white.  The floor is a rustic oak. I searched for over a month for the right floor. With simple finishes like all wood floor and white walls, the floor had to be perfect and my parents weren't willing to go over $5/ sq. ft. When I finally found it my heart lept for joy. (It's weird that I care about finishes that much isn't it?!)  At the beginning of the project I dubbed the wall next to the stairway the "power wall" and insisted that we needed a great finish on this wall. It took some convincing because the price is not easy on the wallet, but my good parents consented to put white ledgestone all the way around the double sided, walk around fireplace AND the power wall.  Yes, this will be gorgeous.
Out of all the possible finishes we could have chosen for horizontal surfaces, we decided to go with concrete counter tops and hearths throughout. Our contractor Robert Allen does some pretty sweet concrete work so we gave him lots of business. Wait until you see the built in sinks! My mom's idea was the double sided fireplace. She is full of amazing ideas!
Here are the hideous before shots. Have fun gazing:

downstairs - Before renovation
upstairs- Before renovation
Exterior- Before renovation

Looking forward to showing you the reveal! 
Here's a peak: 


One of the renderings I did for the kitchen

Prairie oak- the floor we finally chose! (worth the wait!)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Name paintings

My friend Natalie from our days in Kirksville, Missouri for med school contacted me and asked me to do name paintings for her three kids. First of all I was super flattered that all these years later she remembered me and my work, second I was excited to do a name painting in oil for the first time. The Jonnie painting is in oil.  Using oils is so different and so fun.  I hope her kids like them. It's hard to make these so that they will grow up with the kids. You never know what they are going to like in 5 years!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Anthro inspiration

It's not a good art trip without a trip to Anthropology.. am I right or am I right or am I right?  :)

Liz Tran in Seattle

Paul and I got to go to a conference in Seattle this weekend. I have been a long time fan of the artist Liz Tran. I had recently learned that she was being featured in the Seattle Art Museum, so I insisted that we go see her work which happened to be in the cafe of the museum which was very lucky since we did not have time to go through the whole museum. Her work is even more amazing in person. I drooled. I was in awe. Amazing. Paul was a good sport to play along.  One day, I'll buy and not just drool.