Sunday, October 10, 2010

Another City of Eugene Movie

I made this one to play in a City of Eugene booth at the Eugene Celebration this summer.

This one is just a road construction PSA.

Movies movies movies

I've fallen in love with making movies. Here are the first two that I made for the Public Works Department this year. "Welcome to..." was a silly, unscripted hardware/software experiment. "GPI Projects" was the first real one I made.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Hmmm...six months later...

Do people still blog?

I guess Facebook has become my primary means of communication. No one read this blog anyway right? Oh well, it served its purpose. It gave me a place to talk to myself out loud. With this soundboard, I propelled myself through post graduation. Through volunteering at DIVA, and having a year full of showing my art and doing cool creative projects. Through my cool job at the Library, and to a really cool job doing graphic design for the City of Eugene Public Works Administration.

Yay : )

Let's see if I ever blog again...

*(edit--I realize text on a screen is not out loud, how do you know I don't type out loud? I also realize I could have used the word "aloud" but I don't particularly care for that word.)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Maude Kerns Art Center show

Well hurray! The new show at Maude Kerns looks great. I have four oil paintings in the show. This recent work integrates my philosophical interests and personal symbolism into my love of abstraction.

At the opening I had the opportunity to meet some interesting people, including local artist Stephen White and his partner Anne, who were a pleasure to talk to. Stephen is my favorite artist in the show; his handcrafted light sculptures make me think of angels meditating in the forms of abstract organic objects. See for yourself at:

The show runs through June 26, 2009.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Getting ready for a new show

I was invited to participate in a show at Maude Kerns Art Center for "Oregon Made For Interiors–the biennial exhibit of hand-made furniture and decorative furnishings." May 29-June 26, 2009. My work is obviously not furniture, I will be one of two 2D artists in the show.

So, I have been working up to a new series of work, which I'm thinking will be more traditional oil on canvas. I have been doing some watercolor and gouache studies to get warmed up. I will probably be focused on this until it is complete, so the business development stuff will be on the back burner for a couple months. I'll post some pictures as the work develops.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Art Talk at DIVA

Well, I have not written for a while because I have been very busy establishing a design & illustration business. It is called Lightside Creative Studios, and my partner and I are the co-owners/designers.

Anyway, tomorrow at noon, come to the DIVA to see my art talk! I will be discussing my current exhibit and hopefully sounding smart and non-pretentious!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

DIVA show is up!

This show consists of two installations.

Check out my homepage to see a slide-show of the eight hour setup. My sweetie, artist Doug Nickell, helped me hang the color piece.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Working on the DIVA show

Well, I have been super busy getting ready for my show at DIVA. Here are a few pictures of the complicated process of making the first of two large installation pieces.

These are the "scales" with their underdrawings. I laid them out to see how much surface area they had and they pretty much covered my living room/studio. The underdrawing is gesso painted on the back sides of the scales to add subtle texture and shape to the vellum.

This picture shows the back side of some of the scales after being painted. I'm including it because I like the way the backs look, but they won't be visible on the finished installation.

Here are some scales after part of the oil painting has been done to them. In the closeup picture you can see some texture from the underdrawing.

There are 42 of these scales which will be built into a 3d structure in the corner of the room. They range from blue to red. Vellum is translucent and I used all transparent colors on them. So when held up to light they have a beautiful glow like a stained glass window. They have an interesting skin-like non-papery quality. I am not sure how archival oil on vellum is (not very I would guess), but I don't care because I really like the effect.

People have asked me what vellum is made of. Traditionally it was animal skin made into a writing surface. I have read several variations, but essentially modern vellum seems to be made from embossed or plasticized wood or cotton fibers.