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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, 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/

 

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.