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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 without a clue of what I was going to make, I could feel the sun pouring through the skylights. It was magnificent! I was in art heaven and somehow I knew the ideas would come to me- perhaps not on my time because…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, 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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First 2 paintings in Vermont-

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. I began working with the flowers themselves, pressing, rubbing and carving the wildflowers I picked in the woods, alongside the road and sometimes in other people’s gardens….IMG_2021 2.JPG

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Oil on panel-thank you buddy, Edwardo Cabrer from Puerto Rico for giving me this board! It was exciting to work on something new-wood.

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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 creates in Oregon and Japan. http://www.murrow.biz/hank/hankweb-all/page1.htm

Erica Gerard 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://susieganch.com/home.html       https://www.johngibbons.org.uk http://www.odilidonaldodita.com/

 

 

 

 

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Palette To Palate-

I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to exhibit a series of recent paintings at the Laguna Art Museum’s annual event, Palette to Palate. Each artist selected the dining table, chairs and table decor for his/her own table. Since my work in the exhibition was floral themed, I decided to create one large, continuous centerpiece and give the patrons sitting at my table a small oil painting as their favor.  The food, prepared by the Montage’s Executive chef, Craig Strong was an enchanting explosion of flavor and color that had us all craving more. What an amazing experience! This event is not to be missed-

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Laguna Art Museum-Auction Time

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Marisa Murrow
Sleeping Beauty
Oil on panel, 2015
12 x 12 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $1,500
Starting bid: $750

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Art Auction 2016: California Cool showcases museum-curated works of art from over 100 premier California artists, which will be sold during a fast-paced live auction as well as a silent auction. The featured artists and their galleries have generously donated these works of art, and proceeds from the sale of the works will benefit

Laguna Art Museum, a non-profit organization.

http://lagunaartmuseum.org/marisa-murrow-2/