700 Main Street, Edmonds WA (map)
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Well it's sure been a long time since I posted anything here on blogger. Covid and the lock down delayed some life changes. Like most, we were ordering food from the grocery stores using pick up and delivery services, seeing our medical people via zoom when needed and not going anywhere without a mask for short necessary trips. My daughter was working from home and we were keeping Mom safe as well as ourselves. When the vaccine was offered, we all got it. Not a lot of new art making happened but I did show work in a few virtual shows. Probably like a lot of folks, we were keeping a low profile.
For quite some time, even before Covid, I had some vision changes that made it difficult to do miniature work. First my glasses broke, then the pandemic came along. I didn't want to get new glasses as I knew the cataract in my right eye was getting worse and I probably had one in my left as well. So, to get through the time to when it was safe to go out again and I could afford the procedure, I dug out an older pair of glasses to get by. They were not only an older prescription, but were also a bad fit! Needless to say, my sight for doing miniatures was a challenge, and working was very frustrating!
Before my eyes were corrected and during the pandemic lock down in 2020, I did a few creative projects just to keep sane. I made a painted
rock miniature to go in a tiny, weathered, child's wagon I turned into a planter with succulents for my Mom. I was really pleased with the Dwarf and had so much fun painting him!
I also painted a crow miniature as a gift for my daughter, Gina. She uses these beautiful bits called Millefiori when she does mosaic. She had created a cute frame using millefiori in it with a 2"x 2" opening. I did the crow with this frame in mind. However, when the painting was finished, I tried it with one of the frames I had and it really went well with the piece. Turns out, the frame she had would have been too deep, casting too much shadow over it. She agreed she liked it in this frame better and I think she's happy with it. We are both fans of crows!
Below is another miniature I made for a friend, who had given me several of these cute ornamental frames. I've had them for a long time and found them when I was looking for something else! I painted this for her. It made me happy to do it and helped keep me sane. Thinking of hope for the future, I titled it "A New Day"!
Five of my pieces, four Miniatures and one Small Work are in this year's 2020 Winter Show of Small Works and Miniatures at Parklane Gallery in Kirkland WA (map). This year their Annual Winter Show will be a 2-month event, November and
December. The show will combine the Small Works show and the Miniature show, which is usually held in the spring but had been cancelled due to COVID 19. Accepted artwork will be shown online and
in the gallery in two collections: Miniatures, which meet international
miniature standards, and Small Works. You can read more about international standards at the Miniature Artist of America, AMA site. This special exhibit of 250 small works and miniatures were selected from over 600 artworks entered from artists across the country! All accepted works can be viewed online and the Gallery will have a limited number of the work on the gallery walls. As space becomes available, more work will be hung. If you see what you like online, give them a call at 425.827.1462. All work will be for sale and these little treasures make the perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer!
Harmony and Under Scrutiny have been selected to be in this year's 7th Annual Juried ICON Show! This year the show will be both a physical show as well as a virtual show on the Lynn Hanson Gallery Website. It's a really exciting show this year and I am honored to have my two works included. The show runs from September 3 through September 26, 2020, in the gallery and online.
|4" x 4" Fine Art Miniature Ink on Scratchbord|