How to Survive as an Artist

January 14, 2008Other Artists, Studio

A least if I’m not getting a lot of work done in the studio right now, I’m having fun with my materials! Here’s a wonderful picture story from cartoonist Grady Klein that uses humor and gives some advice about struggling with the artist’s “inner demon” while creating a work of artistic expression. He calls it … Read More

Bemis Center Art Auction

December 6, 2007Journeys, Other Artists, Quilts

I’ve been doing some small experiments lately to more closely bridge my drawing and work with cloth. This is a shoe I sat next to at the Bemis Center art auction a few weeks ago, a great place to see and draw lots of characters. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, the Bemis Center is an artist-residency … Read More

Kobo at Higo

October 25, 2007Journeys, Other Artists

Kobo at Higo was my favorite stop on the last trip. Located in an old Japanese department store in the International District of Seattle, it’s named for the Japanese word kobo meaning “artist’s workspace.” The Kobo gallery features an eclectic mix of changing exhibits of Japanese and Pacific Northwest fine craft (although I also saw … Read More

Moleskine Tour (detour)

October 20, 2007Drawings, Other Artists, Sketchbooks, Videos

When I travel I carry a little Moleskine sketchbook –these are sketches of some Cameroon masks I saw in the Portland Musuem of Art last year. Invariably, mine gets stuffed with scratchy notes, phone numbers, to-do lists…. Not these folk though. These YouTube video tours of artist’s Moleskines is one of the coolest things I’ve … Read More

Tacoma Museum of Glass

October 18, 2007Journeys, Other Artists

These are the Crystal Towers on the Bridge of Glass, which was designed by Dale Chihuly and architect Arthur Andersson to connect downtown Tacoma to the Museum of Glass. Inside this dramatic tower that looks like the space shuttle crashed into the earth is the hot glass studio. On the other side of the museum, … Read More

Olympic Sculpture Park

October 16, 2007Journeys, Other Artists, Sculpture

Sunday was a beautiful day in Seattle. The last sunny day, my friend Susan told me, for the next nine months, so a great day to tour the new Olympic Sculpture Park. It’s a zigzaggy park that switches back and forth, up and down over reclaimed brown fields surrounding the railroad that runs along Elliot … Read More

The World of Robert E. Smith

September 21, 2007Exhibitions, Inspiration, Other Artists

Robert E. Smith, a self-taught outsider artist who has been featured in the Museum of American Folk Art, will be 80 next month. To put together this show at the MSU Art & Design Gallery that spans over thirty years of work, collectors loaned 140 of his paintings for the exhibition. It’s a rare opportunity … Read More

Steven Holl’s Bloch Building

September 18, 2007Journeys, Other Artists

We’re just back from Kansas City and the new Bloch Building, the long-awaited addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Steven Holl is a genius! The addition was so much more wonderful than I expected. As this New York Times review reports, much of the enjoyment of the building comes from the changing light of … Read More

Taping for Quilting Arts TV

September 10, 2007Journeys, Other Artists, Press

Here I am, a little surprised to be standing by the effervescent Patricia Bolton (Pokey) of Quilting Arts Magazine fame for taping of a guest artist segment for the new Quilting Arts TV that will soon air on PBS. I say surprised because it was a scary trip, through a massive three-hour the-sky-must-be-falling rainstorm that … Read More

Niki in the Garden

July 20, 2007Exhibitions, Inspiration, Journeys, Other Artists

Occasionally a show comes along that so exciting and full of life, color and joy that it’s difficult to fit it into a simple blog post. This is true of Niki in the Garden at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. Over 30 larger-than-life sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle are installed in the already wonderful greenhouses … Read More