Friday, May 1, 2020

30 New Best Friends

I participated in a 30 day art challenge that my good friend and fellow artist Calan Ree initiated on Instagram--she makes amazing ceramics and came up with the idea that for the month of April 2020 we would all make a new friend every day to keep us company during  the COVID19 isolation of staying home.
Here are a few of my linocut friends -- you can see all of them on my instagram profile @thecraftyhag
and while you're there do a search for the #30newbestfriends tag to see what everyone has made and continue to make in response to this pandemic crisis.










Wednesday, September 25, 2019

White Ink Obsession


I have been obsessed lately with drawing with white ink on black paper and wood with an old fashioned dip pen .  It is messy and unplanned so i never know how things will turn out but i am loving the primitive look and direct immediate results....   and it is perfect for my upcoming Halloween art events.








Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Pop Up Art Shows Are Temporary Magic


I've had the good fortune to present two pop up events at The Studio@620 so far this year.  One night shows are a lot of work, doing all the installation that you would for a regular exhibition, only knowing that it is just for one night. I feel though that this temporary situation, a fleeting thing that you only can experience briefly, is very special, almost magical.  Like seeing wildlife while on a hike, that split second memory stays with you. And hopefully for the folks who attended my recent pop up shows, they have similar memories of a unique encounter.

Here's a short blurb about the August "Pick-A-Print event". 
https://www.tampabay.com/fun/tampa-bays-top-shopping-picks-quinceanera-expo-coralette-dammes-pick-a-print-popup-20190807/

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Mutter Natur - Renewed German Inspriation

Still thinking in German after an amazing visit! I loved exploring the country my grandparents emigrated from and speaking their language and pretending I'm a local...  This recent trip inspired me with the sights and tastes and sounds of this landscape.... from watching hares leaping in tall grass fields spotted with poppies to enchanting cuckoo clocks! I'm planning to research more of the Grimm tales and folk traditions of my ancestors.  This Mother Nature linocut is the first of hopefully many resulting images.  I even saw the town where Albrecht Durer lived- talk about printmaking history! So... now to get to work!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Natural Elements Solo Show

After spending time recently in the Pacific Northwest / British Columbia, I'm even more in love with trees and the elements found in that region.  I'll be exhibiting selected works reflecting my affinity for nature and appreciation of the natural environment; elebrating the largest trees and the smallest insects, and everything in between.
Opening Reception during Second Saturday ArtWalk on Oct. 13, 2018 / 5-9PM / Free Admission

Saturday, September 1, 2018

My favorite holiday event--HAUNTIZAAR III is coming October 20, 2018


Hooray for Halloween! It is time for me to be preparing my spookiest creations for the third annual Hauntizaar Haunted Arts Bazaar, being held on Saturday October 20, 2018 at The Studio@620 in downtown St Pete. 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Research Trip.... Anticipating a Working Vacation





I have been inspired by great forests, first nation artwork, wild animals and wilderness themes for years....and finally I am going to experience first hand the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.  I can't wait to see how the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and other influences of my upcoming travel are reflected in future new artwork.  Stay tuned!