abundance and gratitude

Last week I had my very first art show at Stripe MEN and it was fabulous. Thank you to everyone that came out to show their support. The place was packed for over three hours and the store had the most sales on a first Friday event! Here are some pictures. Below is the store as seen from the front entrance.

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Following are pictures of the my art on the walls. It fit in perfectly to their decor.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

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hex signs and art show

It’s two weeks until my First Friday art show!

Come join me on December 4th at stripe Men and see my hex sign series ‘Abundance.’ The ‘Abundance’ series was painted with the intention of creating a sense of plenty in the home where it is hung. Each hex sign features an eight-pointed star on a 15” x 15” fence board. Slight variations in the wood’s character reveal upcycled origins, with designs painted with acrylic and a polymer varnish used as a sealant. Some of the works also contain collaged paper.

If you like the signs and can’t make it to the show, you can buy them in my etsy store.

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What have you been up to this week?

k

 

frakturs and hex signs

Hi! It’s raining here in Santa Cruz. An event that has only happened three times since December. So, it’s quite exciting.

Through an old friend from Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania, I’ve discovered fraktur art. I’m super excited to try some of this in the coming weeks. What do you think? It fits well with my hex signs.

Fraktur art, like hex signs, is also a type of Pennsylvania Dutch, German folk art. Frakturs were made for special occasions in life like births, marriages, deaths, etc. The pieces originated and were common in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. Frakturs are usually ink and watercolor and contain beautiful fonts. I’m particularly interested in the motifs for patterns. Here is a typical fraktur.

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I love this fraktur for a motif for a repeating pattern.

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Talking about Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, here is the completed collection of hex signs and am looking for a local Santa Cruz store to feature them for the First Friday Art Tour in Santa Cruz. They are also for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are on square, 15 x 15 reclaimed fence board. Here is some of the pieces in the collection.

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I’ve also been creating patterns with them in Photoshop. What could you envision these patterns on laptop skins. shower curtains, tea towels?

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Let me know and have a GREAT week.

k

tribute to rex ray

One of my favorite artists died this week, Rex Ray. He lived in San Francisco and was known for his 1960s-inspired paintings, which were often psychedelic and filled with bright colors. Ray also designed concert posters for the Rolling Stones, U2, REM, and Radiohead. Here are some of my favorite pieces of art including his wood panels. You can find more of his art on his website.

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Ray had shown work at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, University Art Museum in Berkeley, San Jose Museum of Modern Art, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Cheryl Haines Gallery.

In 2013, he was commissioned to do a mural for the barricade covering the construction of the new Levi’s flagship store on Market Street in San Francisco. I just love his use of bright colors and that he did collage too.

Photo from Rex Ray's FaceBook.

Photo from Rex Ray’s FaceBook.

You will be missed Rex.

k

pocket note books & hex signs

I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.

The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.

  • Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
  • 48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
  • Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.

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Have a GREAT week.

k

 

hex signs and rain

It rained here in Santa Cruz yesterday. It smelled so yummy. We haven’t had rain in almost a year. I hope this means we will have some rain this winter.

Soooo….I’ve been busy creating hex signs this week. It’s so fun! I painted right on the wood canvases that I made several weekends ago with the babes.

Hex signs are a form of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. I’m from Hershey, Pennsylvania and love that I’m going back to my roots. People originally painted them on their barns as decoration. The barn paintings, usually in the form of “stars in circles,” grew out of the fraktur and folk art traditions about 1850 when barns first started to be painted in the area. Here is my work, enjoy.

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The eight point star is to offer abundance and goodwill to everyone. Here is to abundance of water, which we need so badly in Cali.

Have a GREAT week!

k

dreaming big and whales

I had fun this week using the wood canvases I made with the babes last weekend. Here is the shape I cut out with a jigsaw. My first attempt…not too bad.

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Originally I was going for a fish, but it turned out more like a whales. I took some really cool paint that my friend Anna brought me back from Mexico.

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…and painted him blue.

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Then I added some text to the wood canvas and added the whale.

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And viola… a finished art piece!

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tall boys, babes and boards

Had fun on Saturday with these two lovely ladies, Heather, Anna and a couple tall boys. Heather sure is handy and crafty! She has made some lovely wood items like outdoor seating areas, tables with succulents, shelves, wall hangings and other AWEsome household items.

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Today with Heather’s help I created some canvases and Anna created some shelves and a box for her cats. Here is Anna using the chop saw. She jumped right in and was quickly at home.

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I was a bit more timid. Heather patiently taught me how to use the table saw to cut down some long fence board that she had recently scored. Here I am using the table saw.

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I had wanted to create some wood canvases. So, I took the pieces and fit them together to create the canvases below.

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I flipped the pieces over held them together with some brackets. I got to use an electric screwdriver.

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Sanded them down with a  hand sander and voila, some nice canvases for painting, mod podging, etc.

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Pretty happy to have such lovely canvases to play on in the next couple weeks.

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What have you been up to this weekend?

k