Monday, January 18, 2010

Finally... I "Freshened Up" My Website

Better late, than never I say! This project took 7 months instead of 3. There are so many other things to keep up with like painting, life's other events. But WHEWIE I believe the most difficult part is over—designing, making decisions and optimizing images. I did a bunch of research of artist friendly vendors who offer templating. The two that seem the most popular among my friends are and I sampled them both with their free trial offers, which was very helpful. In the end, however, I chose the least expensive route; stayed with my vendor Server101 and bartered my design services with a friend.

Thanks to my friend Pauline for all her work helping me with my newly designed (and simplified) website.

You can see it here: The goals for the new site were: 1. to be easily modified and updated by myself, once the the coding was clean; 2. be easily navigable, 3. be at the ready when I begin (more) marketing myself this spring. Easy to update my statement, resume and images. The gallery is simplified and I may break it up by year, or type of work. I also wanted to follow the concept of complementing my website with this blog where I can update current events and class information.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What's this Blogging World all About Anyhow

Well I've been doing lots of looking around at other artists who blog, and at their work websites as well. There's so much on the web that it's easy to get distracted. Some folks blog once a month, some once a day. (OK I've only found ONE person who does this so religiously), and that's Lorraine Glessner, blogger and artist extraordinaire. My friend Nancy Natale suggested I just stay focused on the reasons I decided to blog. She should know, because she's doing a presentation about Art Blogging at this year's Fourth Annual Encaustic Painting Conference. I will also be presenting at this conference. My demo is for those of you who are new to the world of fusing with a torch; comparing three types of torches and explaining basic safety while introducing an open flame into the studio. Last year my demo filled up quickly so please register soon if you want to join in. So back to the blog world, I'm doing this to network, do some marketing of my own work and keep my news and exhibitions listings current. On that page you can see where my work is on display what other events are coming up. I will be offering an Encaustic Painting Demonstration on February 10, 2010 at the Melrose Arts Center . Last but not least, this blog offers me a place to share some of the work that inspires or interests me. Recently I was introduced to the work of Laura Moriarty over the past few years, but have only seen one of her pieces with my own eyes. But take a look at these images, courtesy of her website. The work is RICH.
The Understory 2009 Pigmented beeswax on panel / 11" x 14" x 7"

Scientific Wild Ass Guess (SWAG) 2006/7 A collection of pigmented beeswax painting artifacts arranged on a floor based riser / 54" x 52" x 18"

Crevice 2009 / Pigmented beeswax on panel / 8 x 10 x 6.5 in.

Here's a video to give you a little insight to her methods:

Monday, January 4, 2010

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation

Christmas in Santa Fe...
I spent a few days in Santa Fe over the holidays, and packed a lot into the visit.
Taking the back road to Santa Fe from Albuquerque, I stopped in to visit the recently inaugurated Encaustic Art Institute in Cerillos. It's a new venture for Douglas Mehrens, who graciously invited me to see his space and tell me about the mission of the non-profit that he's in the process of launching this year. The concept of a place to teach and promote and show encaustic work interested me, so I thought I'd check it out in person. Cerillos is about 1/2 hour out of Santa Fe in a fairly rural area. Here's a photo of the interior and exterior of the space. After I left, I wondered how viable this institute might be, and the what advantages a membership would offer. It will be interesting to see how it develops. The day after Christmas I cruised the lower Canyon Road galleries. I've been to most all of the galleries several times. I always enjoy Ventana Gallery, and was pleased to see the work of my friend Debra Corbett prominently displayed. Over the past couple of years the new Railyard District has really taken off. (I tried to visit this area on Christmas eve day, but the snowstorm had a few of those galleries closed). After the gallery visit, I met up with Ellen Koment for coffee at the Downtown Subscription, a fun local coffee shop. Ellen is an artist whose work I have admired for many years. In fact, about 6 or 7 years ago she gave me my first introduction to using a blow torch. Fast forward, and now I am doing a demo for the second year at the Fourth Annual Encaustic Conference. Hope to see you there!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Welcome to 2010! And the blogging begins...

It's 2010 and I'm excited to join the world of blogging. Over the past two years I have explored and enjoyed the blogs of several artists. It's time to join in. I intend to share my work with my audience more frequently, comment on the art I view, and gain a sense of cameraderie with others. I will also use this area to post News and Exhibitions, Classes in my studio and other general news. To the left is an image of me using a blowtorch in my studio. Happy New Year.