Art has its seasons, just one of the reasons why I love making 'stuff': paintings, hand-dyed fabrics, textile collages. Summer is a natural time to be creating fabrics and the garage dye studio has been made functional again. Dyeing is a messy business . . . it's best to create dyed fabrics in a workspace that's functional. My laundry sink is nearby, the backyard clothesline is part of the process. I love the whole cycle of this process because it's so experimental and spontaneous, and the results often surpass expectations. Nothing better, or more to say than this!
The prints of my art just keep popping up, online! I'm anticipating I'll be seeing these in the Spring Print catalogs soon. The online versions are available; the hardcopy print catalogs to be mailed are coming. The 'Midsummer' print above just recently came across my radar, of 'MIdsummer Garden' and the timely arrival will be in March, 2018 with Anthropologie. That light blush color was one I was experimenting with and my artwork is showing up now in the spring catalogs with both Anthropologie, and Pottery Barn. Overjoyed about this news! The painting above began in acrylic paints, and then I worked again to finesse the painting with oil paints and oil pastel. When I'd let it rest for a while I saw it was overly bright and revised, carefully repainting some to make it more subtle. Nice finish if I may say so!
The photo below is the same print in a different setting, from Anthropologie.
The last photo, a print titled 'Blush Roses' will also be arriving , viewed if you're a subscriber to the Pottery Barn print catalogs. And if you look closely at the 'Blushing Rose' print, you'll see my signature in light gray, bottom left corner of the print: coolness! The links to these prints are here:
I recently completed a 'slow-stitch' textile art collage. Titled 'Riptide', it's composed of hand-painted cotton and linen fabrics in a design that has references to cross-currents, waterscapes, and the bright lights and dark depths one sees at beachside environments. The textile art collage is the latest in a series of water and beach themed textile art.
'Riptide' is 60" tall x 40" in width, in colorfast fabric paints on cottons and linens. The entire textile is hand-stitched and is reversible! This side shows the cross-current design strongly; the reverse side shows the textures of hand stitching and the intentional raw edges. It was a meditative piece to work on and I'm more than likely to be continuing with these.
More photos below: a closeup of this side, and last, the reverse side is shown.
I've put up new Shop pages on this website ; now happy to have Textile Art visible to share in the online gallery. I'll be adding more on that shop page as I create ! Winter always seems to draw me towards creating textile art. Life moves in definite cycles and art-making has its seasonal rhythms, at least in my art practice. On the Textile Art page there are large textile collage and art cloth pieces for wall hangings ; please take a look!
My paintings, a diptych with the title "Think it Over", are now on display at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe! The abstract, expressionist paintings are reminiscent for me of glowing embers, surrounded by the ashy grays. These two are a pair that can be hung with either side matching. I had a wonderful time creating these paintings; needless to say I'm pleased to have my work included in the Winter Collection of contemporary artwork.
The collection of about 25 works of contemporary art may be seen in the lobby and spa areas of the Ritz-Carlton, for viewing by guests and visitors of the hotel. A pricelist with descriptions of the artwork may be obtained from the Concierge Desk at the hotel.
Below are images of the artwork hung in the hallway, and of the exterior of the Ritz-Carlton. So pleased with the way these turned out in the color palette, the walnut colored contemporary framing and the color palette of the setting. Serendipity in colors! The artwork is 40" in height x 60" in width, oil on canvas. To inquire about purchasing the diptych "Think It Over", please contact Slate Art, (510) 652-4085.