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Till the Cows Come Home

Till the Cows Come Home

 

And me too!

I just returned home after spending nine glorious days participating in the 2011 Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois.

On the first morning I was there, a few cows from a neighboring farm came by to say hello. Elsie Richolson, my host, called the cows’ owner and then shooed them back toward their home.

At the Fields Project Art Show on June 26th I was interviewed by Chris Johnson, a reporter and photographer from the Ogle County News. Here’s the story: Unique Art Created During Fields Project.

And here’s a link a Flickr set where you’ll find more photos from my time in Illinois. These are some of the ones I took of Grant, Kaitlin, and a few of their critters.

Off to Oregon, Illinois, for the 2011 Fields Project

Among the Corn

I’ve been selected to be a visiting artist with this year’s Fields Project in Oregon, Illinois, and I’m really excited about it. I’m especially excited to be photographing farm life. It’s a subject I’ve been wanting to work on for a long time.

Visiting artists stay with a farm family for the nine-day event, and they’re free to work on any project in any medium. Because encaustic is somewhat cumbersome to travel with, and I’d have to have access to electricity, I’ve decided to leave the wax at home and go with the cameras.

On the last Sunday of the event, Fields Project visiting artists will display and sell their work alongside regional artists at the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival at Mix Park, located on Rt. 2, south of Rt. 64 in Oregon, IL.

If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello!

‘Spanish Steps’: My Deblois Gallery Open Show Submission

Spanish Steps

 

My photograph “Spanish Steps” received an Honorable Mention in the Deblois Gallery’s annual open show. The theme for this year’s show is “Step On It.”

The photograph is from the Los Carmonas flamenco dance school recital shoot I did with my friend Lorna in Sydney. All the flamenco dancers were wearing black shoes except for one. It seemed to fit the theme perfectly.

The show runs from March 6 – 28, 2010.

The Deblois Gallery is located at 138 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. And on the web at www.debloisgallery.com.

 

One Thing Leads to Another: How I Discovered Encaustic

Fossil

I recently joined Felicia Touhey for her three-day encaustic painting workshop and now I can say I’m officially in love with encaustic.

My interest in working with encaustic began a couple of months ago when I was in New Bedford, MA, for the first time and came across the Judith Klein Art Gallery. Ms. Klein had a couple of encaustic-over-photo pieces hanging on the wall of her gallery and I liked them very much. (Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the artist.) I’m always looking for interesting new things to do with my photos.

I did some Googling and got a couple of books at the library and decided to give encaustic a try. Luckily, the workshop came along at about the same time.

Which leads me to one of the things I enjoy most about pursuing creative endeavors: I have the chance to see and enjoy other artists’ work, learn from them, and even become friends with them. During the workshop I met sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other photographers. And that’s not even counting all the wonderful people I’ve met online! These kind and talented artists have been completely open to sharing their experiences with a complete beginner like me. I really appreciate their generosity.

The small encaustic piece above started out as a solar print made during a printmaking workshop I did in Australia. I was never all that excited about the print for some reason, but I scanned it and reprinted it on Hosho paper using my inkjet printer. I used it as the basis for this encaustic painting and I like it much better!

A Walk to Easton’s Beach

Seagull at Easton's Beach, Newport, RI

We walked to Flo’s Clam Shack for dinner the other night. On the way home, we walked along Easton’s Beach, Newport’s only ocean beach.

 

WICA at Flo's

 

The food at Flo’s was tasty. We each had a lobster roll with French fries and coleslaw and a stuffed quahog. I was the one stuffed after eating all that!

 

Podlike plant at Easton's Beach

 

Things are going okay so far. We’ve almost got all of our household effects, and the house is coming together. I’m looking forward to fall.