Art Every Day 2015 week 4

JOIN Holiday Market + Party

Coming up next weekend I will present my remaining inventory of scarves and select paintings along side 14 Seattle based designers and makers.

A gallery show and holiday market featuring locally made gifts, home goods, jewelry, accessories, furniture, and more. Join us for a market party on Saturday, Dec. 13th from 6-10:00pm to celebrate the holiday season, meet the makers, and shop local!
 

Market will be open
Friday Dec. 12th 11:00-7:00pm
Saturday Dec. 13th 11:00-6:00pm
Sunday Dec. 14th 11:00-7:00pm
PARTY Dec. 13th 6:00-10:00pm

Hosted by studio e
609 S Brandon St / Seattle, WA / 98108


Party sponsor: Proletariat Wine Company

Participating studios:
Brian Beck
F A R I S
Fruitsuper Design
Jessalin Beutler Art
Iacoli & McAllister
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio
Mavro/Tawny
Myers Design
Piano Nobile
Pine & Boon
Rachel Ravitch
Sarah Loertscher Jewelry
Seattle Design Bureau
urbancase

Holiday Scarf Collection Now Available

A new collection of organic cotton and silk scarves are now available for holiday shopping! Printed and sewn in extremely low quantities, you'll want to make sure you snatch up yours now. The pre-order deadline for arrival before Christmas is November 30 and after that it is first come first serve. The prints are based from paintings created this year and is truly wearable art. Hope you enjoy the collection!

Coming up this Fall

It may be a little early for some to start thinking about Fall, but I know some who are already starting to plan their cold weather getaways. I am starting to prepare for my first art fair at Magnuson Park this October. I am excited to put everything together and show you what I've been working on this year.

Come find me at Booth A9!

The event is actually presented in two parts, showcasing 200+ artists over two weekends, one in October another in November. Take a sneak peak at what you'll see by visiting the Juried Members Gallery. The searchable gallery denotes the October show artists with blue icons, and the November artists with red.  Visit the October show and receive a FREE pass to the November show as well!

New Organic Linen scrap paintings! I'm taking scrap from our clothing project and preparing them for a series of small experimental paintings. Either to stretch onto unconventional frames or to lay on top of matboard.

New Organic Linen scrap paintings! I'm taking scrap from our clothing project and preparing them for a series of small experimental paintings. Either to stretch onto unconventional frames or to lay on top of matboard.

Magnuson Park Gallery Grand Opening - October 24-26 - Building 30 

Coinciding with the Best of the Northwest show October 24-26, is the grand opening of the new Magnuson Park Gallery. Sand Point Arts and Cultural Exchange (SPACE) welcome everyone to discover Seattle's newest gallery in the west wing of Building 30. Located upstairs and down the hall from the historic Officer's Club, SPACE is pleased to present works on loan from the City of Seattle's art collection. This special exhibit features work by notable artists Robert Maki, Mary Henry, Ronald Bladen, Isaac Layman, Gaylen Hansen, Ross Palmer Beecher and John Feodorov.

The Magnuson Park Gallery opening will run the full weekend of Best of the Northwest.  It is rumored that some of the resident artists will also hold Open Studios during the weekend.

Gaylen Hansen in his studio

Gaylen Hansen in his studio

Paintings in Progress

A few weeks ago I decided (again) to paint over some older pieces that at re-looking seem unfinished and/or not in a direction I'm currently following. A big part of it is also letting go of some preciousness that I often ascribe to past (and current) work. It is something I am constantly battling but getting better at. Not just in assessing old work, but more importantly in the process of painting. To be daring and run that red stripe over your favorite part of the piece and in the end make everything look completely different from where it started. Most of the time, it is better you made that decision but sometimes the process of finding what works seems to go on forever, until it is time to just paint over it. For me, the decision making process can take a lot of time if I'm feeling particularly thoughtful or insecure but sometimes it is just natural and easy. These last few weeks I've been feeling the former (hence this posting) most likely due to a break from regular painting for a few months.

Two of the five paintings I overpainted. I did these in 2006 and were my favorite from the bunch. The paint is pretty thin and although I liked the shapes and the cleanliness of the line seemed premature at another look.

Two of the five paintings I overpainted. I did these in 2006 and were my favorite from the bunch. The paint is pretty thin and although I liked the shapes and the cleanliness of the line seemed premature at another look.

New smaller pieces in various stages:

Before beginning these smaller pieces, I started my last 30"x30" canvas I purchased back in March. I didn't have any clear ideas of how it was going to be except that I wanted to start with green. I actually started it with a semi realistic image of ivy which seemed to represent the green density I had in my head.

I didn't like how controlled I needed to be to paint the ivy and it sat for a long while about like this. Finally, I resigned the fact I wasn't going to do ivy and started tentatively painting over the leaves and gradually got bolder.

After a turn and more color it is looking like a completely different painting. It is at this stage that the composition becomes more defined and I start to get more careful and controlled. I stopped working on the smaller pieces today because I felt I was getting too tight and on the edge of overworking. And now this larger piece I feel is verging on the same. So I'm letting these sit awhile so I have more time to look and ponder and come up with my next move.

-JB