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Last month I had the pleasure of participating in a wonderful storytelling group where we all shared the adventures of dogs in our lives, both past and present. This was conceived by my talented friends by Fred Swan and Stan Peterson who are both well loved artists in Portland Oregon. The event, called Dog Tales was an intimate experience that lead to knowing more about my fellow artist that I would have ever learned during those brief conversations we’re able to have during gallery openings.
Happy Together No Matter the Weather (left) and A Friend for All Seasons (right) by Linda Robertson. Both 24 x 24 in., acrylic on canvas. $425 each, framed.
This event was the seed for the new show called Dog Park on view until March 21 at the Ford Gallery. I have two new paintings in the show which express my enthusiasm for my canine companions over the years. I created these in the same style as my recent encaustic paintings, but just to shake things up I worked in acrylic with which I have very little experience. The process was alternately fun and pretty darn awful, but I eventually found my rhythm and I’m very happy with the results.
I often try new mediums and methods to remind myself how it feels to try something completely new because I think it makes me a better teacher and artist. This project was an especially good reminder that sometimes I just need to keep working at a problem until I figure it out, no matter how frustrated I might get.
As an added bonus, a friend let me play with Illustrator on her iPad so I could quickly try different colors for the silhouette in one of my paintings. Very fun!
I hope you’ll catch the show if you can. More than 30 artists are represented using a variety of styles to celebrate the dogs that fill their hearts with love.
2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR
Show runs through March 21
OK folks, this is it, the show everyone in Portland is talking about! Join me this Saturday for this epic annual show that is also a fundraiser for the Oregon Food Bank. Peoples Art of Portland, Po Boy Art/Jason Brown, and Chris Haberman present…
4000+ Pieces of art
ALL ART IS $40
Cash / Credit and Carry
BIG opening Sat. Dec 14th at 2pm (until 9pm)
Bring canned food for free entry
700 SW Fifth (3rd floor)
Pioneer Square Mall, downtown Portland
open Thurs-Sun 12-6pm
show runs through Jan 12th
What a party! Last weekend there was a huge grand opening party at the eagerly awaited Mark Woolley Gallery where one of my paintings has already sold. Long time Portland art broker and gallerist Mark Woolley opened this new space as part of The Settlement galleries in Pioneer Place. For those of you were able to visit my “Spots of Time” show at People’s Art, Mark’s new gallery is on the same floor. Make sure you also have time to visit Place, another gallery on the same floor with a fantastic show this month (photos below).
A show of my new work, along with the work of my student and friend Fred Swan, has been up for a few weeks now with a wonderful response. Fred and I will be interviewed by show Co-Curator Chris Haberman this Saturday at the gallery from 2 – 4 pm to give the audience some insight into how this show came about and how each of us interpreted the theme.
People’s Art of Portland
700 SW 5th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pioneer Place Mall, Portland, OR
March 31, 2 – 4 pm
The concept for this show comes from what the English poet William Wordsworth called “Spots of Time” which he saw as small, memorable events that occur mainly when we are in touch with nature. According to Wordsworth these spots have lasting quality and are capable of “lifting us up when we are fallen.”
In that spirit, Fred and I collaborated on a window installation by creating multiple panels of paper and wax that are thin enough for natural light to penetrate, filling the space with energy and movement. In using this thin paper we traded some durability for dynamism, but we encourage viewers to gently touch the panels and make them move. Many of the panels also have holes which allow you to peer through and experience your own spots of time.
A show of my new work will open next month, also featuring the abstract encaustic paintings of one of my students and friends, Fred Swan. Many thanks to our curator Chris Haberman for coming up with the title of the show which comes from a concept the English poet William Wordsworth called “Spots of Time.” These are small, memorable events that occur mainly outdoors and in touch with nature. According to Wordsworth these spots have lasting quality and are capable of “lifting us up when we are fallen.”
In November 2009 I had a big show of my encaustic paintings up at Guardino Gallery (2939 NE Alberta Street, Portland, Oregon). Below is a video tour from the opening reception to give you an idea of what it looked like.
If you enjoy it, please pass it on to your friends! The beautiful ceramic sculptures were created by Sara Swink.
OK, is it wrong to begin with my own show? No? You are so kind. Here are a few photos from the opening of my solo show, Chasing Time, at Cube Gallery which closes on March 31.
By the time things really packed in there I couldn’t get to the camera anymore so these will have to do. The next night I attended two more wonderful shows. My friend Sheary Clough Suiter, who I met at the encaustic conference last year, was down form Alaska for her opening at the Attic Gallery in downtown Portland. This show closes March 28.
I also popped over to the always excellent Beet Gallery to visit Sara Swink and her quirky and evocative ceramic sculptures. I’m paired with Sara in my November show at Guardino Gallery in Portland. We’re talking about working on a collaborative piece for the Guardino show so we’ll have to start experimenting soon…
Also not to be missed this month (but I haven’t been there yet!):
Betsy Eby at Winston Wachter (Seattle)
Da Vinci: The Genius at OMSI (Portland)
Chris Reilly at Scott White Contemporary (San Diego)
Did i miss something? Leave a comment and let everyone know!
This has been a very full month for me but thankfully I’ve still found time to enjoy some terrific art events my friends are participating in here in Portland. Take a look at what’s happening and try to get out to see these shows if you can.
Beppu Wiarda Gallery
319 NW 9th Ave., Portland, OR
Lorna studied at the Otis/Parson Art Institute in L.A. California and received her B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Washington. “My paintings are informed primarily by Abstract Expressionism. They occasionally touch on narrative through the use of subtle figurative imagery including houses, hands and lanterns. Imagery is hand-cut from paper or realistically painted then immersed in layers of resin.” Also showing: Susan Harlan, Kathleen Caprario. See Lorna’s work online.
Butters Gallery, Portland, OR
Through March 26, 2008
“Particle Maps” is Elise’s ongoing study of science in relation to art. Her encaustic paintings evoke a celestial convergence of science and philosophy, an attempt to understand and connect. Also showing: Bernd Haussmann. See Elise’s work online.
Mad50 Art Space
SE Madison & 50th, Portland
Bridget’s shadowbox “Migration” was installed at the outdoor Mad50 art space just in time for the spring equinox. Designed specifically for this community art space at the corner of SE Madison and 50th, the piece is an exploration of home – what it means and how we find our way there. You can see more of Bridget’s work at CubeSpace (622 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR) with an opening for the artist on March 28 from 6 – 8 pm.
For the last three years I’ve participated in Portland Open Studios, a juried tour of 98 artists work spaces which happens in the Portland Metro Area over the second and third weekends in October. My studio will be open on October 13 & 14 from 10 am – 5 pm, and as usual I’ll be doing demonstrations all weekend of different techniques of encaustic painting.
This video was put together by one of our members, Kindra Crick, and posted on YouTube so everyone can get a feel for the different types of art available on the tour this year. As you’ll see here, we have an amazing group of artists!
This is an amazing event, not just because you can visit so many artists working in such diverse media, but because each artist does a live demonstration of their work too. It’s like getting free art classes all over town! You will see artists painting, sculpting, blowing glass, and more, in all kinds of settings from elaborate lake shore studios to modest spaces in houses and garages. You are welcome to ask questions about materials and methods as you watch the artistic mind at work. You will even have a chance to purchase memorable artworks from the artists for a truly personal connection.
Tour Guides are available all over town including Art Media and Powell’s Books as well as from participating artists. Check out the Portland Open Studios web site for more locations and more previews of the artists work. Tour guides are only $15 for two adults for BOTH weekends. Oh, and did I mention that the kids are free? Can’t beat that.
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The studio opening party was a great event and many people wrote to say they hoped I’d get a break and be able to rest after that. Not so fast! I still had to hang my solo show at City Hall yesterday.
I’m happy to report that all my work is ready for the First Thursday event in Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office from 5:00 – 7:00 pm tomorrow night. There will actually be several events in one building, with the Commissioner’s showing work in their offices and a big event in the lobby as well.
The show will be up until the end of July, so if you can’t make it tonight feel free to drop by city hall anytime during normal business hours on Monday through Friday. It’s very casual and the staff is extremely helpful.
While I’m thrilled about this show, it was really hard to dismantle all the work I did in setting up the art in my studio. Of course I can put it all back next month, but for now it looks like The Grinch has been there and didn’t even leave a can of “Who hash.” Here are the before and after photos. Sigh.
I recently returned from the First National Encaustic Conference in Beverly, MA, and what an event it was! There were 140 artists from all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. I met so many new and wonderful people that I’ll need weeks to visit all of their web sites, but that will be a fun “chore.”
The conference ran for 3 days at the beautiful Montserrat College of Art and began Friday evening with a keynote speech by Joanne Mattera. She treated us to a slide show of her recent trip to the MET where they house several of the Fayum portraits and an ancient Greek krater depicting an artist painting statues using encaustic techniques. (That will have to be my next trip!)
Joanne’s talk sparked those big, philosophical questions I never seem to have time for when she moved to the topic of artists defining their work through the enacustic medium. I am guilty of this and I didn’t even realize it. Here’s an excerpt from a discussion Joanne started on the topic in the R& F Forum:
“Here’s what concerns me: Some artists who work in the medium have been defining themselves by the medium. Not, “I am a figurative painter,” or “I work in geometric abstraction,” or even, “I’m an abstract painter who works primarily in wax.” No. Typically I hear, “I paint in encaustic.” I love encaustic. But what kind of art do you make? ”
This is a fair question and one which as artists should consider. I sometimes get frustrated when people want only to talk about the technique and not the work itself, but then I hear myself asking the same question of other artists. I think it’s important for me personally to try to remove myself a bit from this love affair with wax and focus on what I’m trying to communicate. Please take a moment to read the complete post, appropriately titled “I am not an encaustic artist,” on Joanne’s insightful blog.
That same night we had a wonderful opening party for the “Hot Stuff”show, juried by Zola Solamete from the Arden Gallery. I’ll leave you with a few photos of that night, but I promise to all more images of the art soon!
My work was damaged in shipping, but they found the chip so a quick hit with the heat gun and it was fixed. What you can’t see here is that I had to repair it with a crowd of people asking me questions, and yes, I’m working on the gallery floor. Let’s call it performance art and move on, shall we?
We’re back from an unbelievably fun and successful trip to the First National Encaustic Conference in Beverly, MA. What a week! I have so much to share but first I have to take care of some pressing needs of my web clients. I’ll add more details along with photos as soon as I get my feet under me, but you can see a few photos on the conference web site right now. For those who are interested, they announced at the last conference gathering that they will be holding it again next year at about the same time, and it will again be hosted by the Montserrat College of Art. Start your savings accounts now!
OK folks, I’ve gotta come up with a great name for my new encaustic studio. I’d like to incorporate wax or encaustic into the name if possible, but I’m open to suggestions. I’m so tired right now that “House of Wax” is sounding pretty darn good. Is that wrong? Help! If you can do better please leave a comment here or email me through my web site. Thanks for all of your help!
* * * * UPDATE * * * *
We’ve already got a few suggestions:
~ Super Fuse Studio
~ Max Wax
~ The Hive
~ Waxworks Studio (or Waxworx)
~ The Busy Bee (you certainly are one! 😉
~ Birds & Bees
~ Wax Worship
~ Wax Wings (ala Icarus)
~ Modern Encaustic
~ Enigmatic Encaustic
~ Absolute Encaustic
~ Agnostic Encaustic (encaustic is a hard word to pair with anything!
you did great w/ “embracing”)
~ Waxing Poetic
~ Aloha Encaustics (because I’m from Hawaii!)
To send me your vote just leave a comment here or email me through my web site. Or send your suggestion for a better name and I’ll post it here with the others. I’ll announce it here when we have a winner!
Last night I attended the Butters Gallery opening of a beautiful new show of encaustic and acrylic works by Howard Hersh. He and I both show at the Shelly Hall Gallery but I had never met him so it was a pleasure to have a few moments to talk with him about his work. We are also both member of the International Encaustic Artists, so I gave him the scoop on the IEA retreat I attended last weekend.
If you get a chance to go see this show you won’t be disappointed! Howard pours his wax instead of brushing in on, which gives his work a feeling of calm and peace, but his imagery make sure there is an undercurrent of energy at the same time. The show is open through June 2. Enjoy!