Friday, March 30, 2012

I went with a friend to the Portland Art Museum on Tuesday to see the Mark Rothko retrospective.  It was a wonderful timeline of his early figurative work to the later, sublime abstracts that one associates with the name Rothko. 

 self portrait 1936

Most of the 45 paintings in the exhibition are on loan from the National Gallery of Art and the Rothko family. 

But THEN we left Rothko and walked upstairs and into an exhibition of the work of California sculptor John Frame. His Three Fragments of a Lost Tale installation completely and totally blew us away. I would say, left us breathless actually...

This incredible experience began with footage from the stop motion animated film project, The Tale of the Crippled Boy, he has been working on for the past 6 years. All the characters are fully sculpted and meticulously detailed by the artist with tiny jointed fingers and emotion behind their eyes. I felt an instant connection to the work, in part, I'm sure, due to the tiny attention to detail, but you can't help but feel a human connection of sorts, albeit from an alternate universe. The characters are on display, in a darkened room with spotlights, which feels like an extension of the film. 

You can see the entire twelve and a half minute film here:
as well as more of John Frame's amazing body of work.

John Frame spoke to a sold out audience at the museum on March 18th. I missed it but caught it here.
Portland peeps, don't miss it. 
Paired with the Rothko retrospective through May 27th, you may just walk away feeling like it was the best $15 you've ever spent...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

New Work

It's been a while and I wanted to share some of the new work I've completed in the past month. Between The Real Mother Goose, David Frank and etsy, I find my days filled with work. So much so that the dog is right now staring me down to get out for a walk and all I want to do is get back into the studio!

lots of interesting pearls

Pendants: a nice tourmalated quartz and African petrified wood

Gorgeous Montana agate and citrine

Sometimes I despair that I work too slowly, producing one piece at a time, but when I see it all together I realize I'm actually getting more done from week to week then I think I am, and enjoying the process along the way... 
I guess I'll get that guy out for his walk while it's not raining!

Monday, March 12, 2012

How I Spent My Weekend

This weekend found me out of my studio for once, and into Sara Swink's studio instead. A couple of friends and I took Sara's two day creative process workshop. That was two days that just flew by. The first day concentrated more on collaging and doodling while in day 2 we got to get into the clay. Check out this feature on Sara, her art, and her workshops in American Craft Magazine.

One of Sara's newer pieces, almost finished

Sara's West Linn, Oregon studio is surrounded by large trees and it was delightful to be inside and warm while the rain pounded on the roof.

Sara, doing some 'splainin' and a few examples of the output from day 1 on the walls...

At the end of day 2, checking out the fruits of our collective labors

I came away refreshed and revitalized DISPITE the fact that we had all lost an hour of sleep due to daylight savings time!
Ready to get back to work in my own medium, and a little bit sorry I have to put the clay aside. However, I will be back to Sara's on one of her Saturday open studio days for more clay time. 

Bottom line, I highly recommend this workshop, Sara's a great teacher. Thanks Sara!!

Sara and friend.