A small painting studio is cozy

July 1, 2010Mixed Media, Painting

With one day left to finish my painting for the Open Doors invitational, I had to organize quickly. I wanted to work on my painting by natural light and in the a/c (my quilt studio is not air conditioned.) By smushing things a bit, there was room to set up small painting studio in my … Read More

Late Minute Painting before Winter

November 19, 2009Studio

It always seems to be same each year, that last minute dash to get the outdoor things done before cold weather hits. November has been remarkably mild, so I’ve been outside every available sunshiney minute for the last few weeks, trying to get our old studio repaired and repainted. This is our old studio before … Read More

Candy PaMdora on YouTube

September 27, 2009Featured, Other Artists, Videos

Two Japanese artists visited the studio during their Springfield trip to perform at the Japanese Fall Festival a couple of weeks ago. Candy Miyuki who has taken an old traditional Japanese art of candy sculpture to a new level. She performs at Disney’s Epcot Center, has been on the Rose O’Donnel show, and makes custom … Read More

Have we entered a beige period?

August 14, 2009Featured, Studio

After renovating the studio last year, we’ve gone to a whole new aesthetic — from orange and black checkered floors and multi-colored walls to more of a retro-Swedish-modern look with bamboo floors. We call it Studio2.0. It’s a very calm clean atmosphere, much different than the usual colorful chaos of my fiber studio in back. … Read More

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Evacuate

August 7, 2008Process, Quilting, Studio

Well, I thought I was tough anyway, sweating it out all summer in my studio with no air conditioning. But truthfully, it has been a mild summer…..until last weekend. Finally it got so hot, and add to that no windows to vent all the heat of my overhead lights and an iron that is constantly … Read More

Portable Drawing Door Table

May 12, 2008Drawings, Studio

Now that the really hard physical work is over, we’re having fun arranging areas of the newly renovated offices and gallery. Here’s a drawing desk I built using an old black door and some dusty sawhorses I found in the warehouse. I like that the hinges are still attached (except when I busted my ankle … Read More

Art Teachers’ Association Tours the Studio

March 8, 2007Sculpture, Studio

Last week really did turn out to be a scrabble to get ready for a tour we agreed to months ago. The Missouri Art Educators Association had their state conference in Springfield, and one of the professional development tours was to visit Russ’s public art and studio . The only problem was Russ’s metal-working area … Read More