Vermont Studio Center (Part 1)

As some of you may know, I received a residency at the Vermont Studio Center this summer for a month.  The day I arrived to the town of Johnson, Vermont (population: 3300) and stepped into my studio, the sun was pouring through the skylights. It was magnificent! I was in art heaven- The first two days, were HOT! I could barely think straight. Do you see the little fan on my table…it did not even feel like it was on-IMG_1457.jpg

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My buddy Wei Lun Ha, who is a painter/architect from New Zealand, made me this vase and flowers. So sweet!

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I picked handfuls of wildflowers on a daily basis. Would you blame me?

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Before I flew back East, I spoke with my professor from RISD, Wendy Seller about preparing for a residency. She suggested that I consider challenging myself – “Take 2 colors” she told me. Say what? I thought…and that is exactly what I ended up working with.-This was sage advice coming from a woman who I deeply respect and who has travelled to Ireland 8 times to various residencies.

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Early stages of experimenting-

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The space is filling up! Amazing what happens when I get to make art all day & night!

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I basically taught myself a whole new way of painting-pressing, rubbing and carving out flower forms, as if I was lifting them out of the darkness.

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Oil on panel-thank you buddy, Edwardo Cabrer from Puerto Rico for giving me this surface! It was exciting to work on a larger scale.

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For our second open studio night, I went forging (a new word I learned from Canadian friend/photographer, Lisa Graves) and made these leaf wrapped drinking glasses with green stuff growing alongside the river.

Thank you:  Parents for my education, especially RISD (You have no idea how much I loved every minute of being there) and for believing in me-

Hank and Beverly Murrow-Thank you for my artist stipend and all of your support. Love you!!! Check out my uncle’s beautiful pottery he makes in both Eugene, Oregon and Japan. http://www.murrow.biz/hank/hankweb-all/page1.htm

Erica di Bona- Thank you to the thank you queen herself! I sincerely love everything you are and do-You are a true inspiration, fashionista, go-getter, my collector, brilliant writer and what can I say, you get the job done!  Go to her blog now:  http://artofthankyou.com/

Jay Coogan- Thank you for your support and conversation! The next time you are in Los Angeles, I would love to see you-

Wendy Seller- You taught me how to mix paint! I am so grateful for hearing from you after all these years-you are an amazing artist and person! http://wendyseller.com/

Visiting Artists- Ellen Harvey, John Gibbons, Susie Ganch and Odili Odita-

Thank you so much for stepping away from your own careers and immersing in ours!  You are all so inspiring! I truly appreciate the time we spent talking about my art.  Your feedback helped me make the breakthrough I was ready to have!

Check out their art here:

http://www.ellenharvey.info                http://rbs.org.uk/artists/johngibbons   http://susieganch.com/home.html       http://www.odilidonaldodita.com/

 

Oregon: The Real Deal

One of my favorite things to do is visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon. When I was 10 years old, I got on a plane by myself to see them. I remember picking blackberries, digging in their vegetable garden, walking along the river, inhaling fresh air, looking out the window at miles of the open space all around us and the gentle people I continue to meet. Here are some photos of my most recent trip: end of May 2017

Wine tasting

Teatime on the terrace

My uncle’s pot

House cat: Shino, named after a glaze my uncle invented

Heavenly shrimp pizza on imported sourdough crust from Crete, Greece

Garden roses

Something new

New painting-thinking about the broken pieces falling into one another- a few touches and it will be complete-

Visiting my Mother at Cedars Sinai hospital today. I brought peonies yesterday and today they were giving away red roses. Flowers perched on windowsills, basking in the sun invite a poetic moment in time… and they also make her feel good-

Went to Venice beach to buy t’shirts for my Cousin’s children I will meet in Vermont.

I just taught myself how to make a lei! This one is made of dendrobium orchids and sweet smelling hyacinths.

First hour of painting-just laying out the shapes.

RISD/LA

RISD/LA is in full bloom this month!

20 lucky alumni gathered together to learn what the Art of Thank You means to RISD/LA Leader Marisa Murrow and Trustee Erica Di Bona at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

As guests arrived they were greeted with trays of ice water and Champagne in a sunny patio surrounded by fellow alumni. Liz Lanphear alumni co-leader, asked everyone to take their seats and spoke about the importance of participating in our RISD/LA community. She mentioned our event at the Haas Brother’s studio where Elie Glyn, Exhibition Designer at the Getty Center offered to host a private tour of his work at the Museum and how Sarah Russin, Director of LACE has attended countless RISD/LA events, hosted a BBQ at her home and lead an exhibition walk through at LACE with artists in the show present.  

Marisa, professional painter and floral designer of 20 years divulged her secrets of how to select, clean and prepare flower bouquets. Gathering together hot orange and yellow roses in her hands, Marisa admitted that flowers are frivolous and yet, they have a way of letting someone know they are appreciated, forming a bridge of connectivity and unexpected admiration between people. 

The queen of creative card writing, trustee Erica Di Bona, had us on the edge of our seats listening to all the amazing stories and relationships she has fostered by writing Thank You letters to people she wants to acknowledge. Her passion for letter writing grows out of her belief that we all seek to be seen and appreciated for who we are. 

 Pens, stationary and a parade of 3 tiered trays stuffed with currant scones, pastries and tea sandwiches were placed between each guest as we sat in a brightly lit, private room surrounded by large Andy Warhol Flower prints. The doors were opened to a harpist performing in the next room as guests sipped on tea and chatted about their experiences at RISD.

Our Art of Thank You was a terrific success! http://artofthankyou.com/

Because of Erica, I was inspired to write my RISD/LA partner a Thank you note… and she wrote one to me!

Sailing Away, Beverly Hills

Woke up at 7am Sunday morning to fill my car with flowers and meet my client at Il Cielo, Beverly Hills to set up for the party. White ceramic vases spilling over with giant succulents, seashells, anemones, white hydrangeas and thistle cheered on this sweet mother-to-be in her final stages of pregnancy. Fortunately the rain barely came trickling from the sky above as the ladies sipped on white wine and smoked salmon appetizers.


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