Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Big Fat Art

Last week I took another workshop with Jane Davies at the Pacific Northwest Art School. The name of the class was "Big Fat Art" because we worked on large pieces of print making paper. I love working big because you can't get too precious about your work, you really have to use your whole arm to make wide gestures to cover the entire page, so you end up with interesting mark making techniques. We worked with color, line, shape, pattern and layering. Another super fun and inspiring class with an incredibly talented group of women! Jane is teaching again next year at the same school on Whidbey Island and I would recommend you register early if you are interested, her classes do sell out quickly.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Port Townsend Open Studio

This year, I decided to participate in the Port Townsend Studio Tour taking place this weekend, August 23rd and 24th, where 36 artists will open their studios for demonstrations and display of their work. For my demo, I will show how to do a monoprint using a gel plate with acrylic paints, masks and subtractive techniques to create a variety of interesting textures. It’s a fast, fun process and it’s all about layering and letting go!  My studio will be open from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday and I will be also be selling paintings, greeting cards, wrapping paper, fabric and other items. Please stop by if you are in the area!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thyme after Thyme

Here's my entry for the latest Spoonflower design contest. You can see all the entries and vote here. You can also order this design on fabric on Spoonflower or as a cell phone or iPad case on Keka. The original name was "Green Vines" but I renamed it "Thyme after Thyme" on Spoonflower to enter the Herb Garden contest…crafty, n'est-ce pas? And who doesn't need a little more thyme?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Le Pied Dansant

Le Pied Dansant | Mixed media on wood panel | 12 x 12

I was invited to be in a group show at the Edison Eye Gallery. The theme for this show is "DANCE" . I cut out the song titles about the right and left hand in an old "Pageants for Piano" music book I have. I also added some text from my favorite vintage french astronomy book that talks about the movements of the stars. The title of the piece was inspired by a song by Stefie Shock, a French Canadian singer song-writer. The opening reception is this Saturday, July 19 from 5 to 8pm. The show goes until August 3rd. Come and see it if you are in the area!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cosmic Garden

I entered this design in the Fabric8 contest on Spoonflower and I am sorry to say I didn't make the first round (the top 100). But I guess I didn't really respect the theme which was Cosmic Voyage. I used a painting I had done a while ago and created a repeat in photoshop and called it Cosmic Garden but it does look more like an underwater garden… I did get a lot of positive comments on the Spoonflower site, Diane F of Kansas said: "This is one of the prettiest fabrics I've seen! Seriously, it's just gorgeous. I can't stop looking at it." So all in all, I feel pretty good about it and I ordered a yard in silk to make a scarf. Can't wait to see it printed!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Monoprint Collage Workshop

Last weekend I took another workshop with Jane Davies at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island. It was a Monoprint Collage class using the gelli plate. I highly recommend any of her workshops but you have to sign up early because she sells out really fast, online and onsite. I made 14 paintings in 2 days, some of them unfinished, some of them I will probably just leave as is or add a little collage here and there. This was such a fun class that it inspired me to sign up for the Port Townsend Studio Tour on August 23rd and 24th and open my studio to demo this technique. Stay tuned for more info as it gets closer to the date.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Recipe Tea Towel Contest

This is my entry for the Recipe Tea Towel Contest on Spoonflower. Here's the contest guidelines: "No matter where you live in the world, nothing spells comfort like a home cooked meal from your mom or grandmother. Celebrate the important culinary women in your life this Mother's Day by designing a lovely recipe just like mom used to make." I decided to use my grandmother's recipe because she was such an inspiration to me, not only was she an amazing cook, she was also an incredibly talented seamstress. This is a french canadian version of a "trifle' that she called "bagatelle". You can vote here! Thank you for your support!

Grand-maman Lucile