My work for GOOD MAIL DAY

For (at least) the past seven years I have had the good fortune of working with Artstream and knowing Susan Schwake. She and Lisa Solomon are curating an exhibition entitled GOOD MAIL DAY.  Contributed works will be in different media, all original, 4x6 inches in scale, and made by sixty different artists from across the globe. I'm excited to view these online, though as always, I wish I could see them in person. I've been seeing a few peeks on Instagram from other artists, and think it will be a really fun show. It's one of those that I know I'd be walking in to the gallery with an itchy wallet. These will be very collectable pieces. Show opens November 7.

And here are the works I am sending. Visually, they are similar to my sketchbook entries. I began on one piece of paper, then separated them, which was part of the concept. The titles come from songs that I was listening to while painting, and interpreted them to mesh with ideas in my recent work.

GOOD MAIL DAY at Artstream, opening Nov. 7, 2014. 

GOOD MAIL DAY at Artstream, opening Nov. 7, 2014. 

Mid-October alley walk

A mid-October alley walk in the early evening, when the light goes from gold to blue. I noticed a pinky-peach tone in the eastern sky the other night. The tone that makes me think of the winter skies here, the insides of seashells, and the frosted rim on our wedding china. Soon, when the time changes, the evening walks will be bluer, darker, or they will have to happen by four in the afternoon. Maybe today I'll try a mid-afternoon stroll with my camera.

Taking photographs for struct/restruct

I've always admired husband and wife creative teams. Two people putting their talents and abilities together to make something great happen is inspiring to me. Though I'm not technically a team member, I am happy that I have a minor role in helping my husband with his design/build company, struct/restruct. Nope, I'm not up on a roof with a nail gun or standing at a table saw or anything like that. (Heights give me butterflies and loud noises grate on my nerves.) I've been doing work behind the scenes, photographing their projects and redoing their website. The process of visiting the spaces, taking photographs, editing images, and working on the website is something I really enjoy. And I'm learning a lot too. There's still a bit more to do on the website, it's one of those things that is a work in progress and is continually growing.

Here's a preview of a few of the guys' recent projects...

The garden in black and white

...and one color. Isn't the red on the amaranth intense? It's as red as a poinsettia.

At this point in the season, the garden is pretty much fending for itself. Though it's overgrown in areas, it is reseeding and doing it's thing. Coreopsis and cosmos are blooming again and the Jerusalem artichoke flowers resemble sunflowers. Seeing flowers this late is refreshing. And lettuces, garlic, endive, dill, and sugar snaps have also popped up. The garden keeps on giving.