Playing Catch Up!

Hello friends!

I'm sorry I've been so lax in updating my blog. I do have lots of news, but I'll try and space it out between posts so as to not overwhelm.

First and foremost I've stepped back from teaching art for the moment to focus on building my own art skills and to also spend more time with my family. I've had a fantastic time teaching at Cloud 9 Art School and will still be around from time to time, taking classes, and helping out with Girl Scouts workshops occasionally. But for the time being I'm doing my own thing!

And I'm pleased to announce my first real "own thing" is that my painting of Black Oystercatchers was chosen as Puget Sound Bird Fest's official poster image! I'm incredibly proud and happy with this outcome! I've had a wonderful response to the choice, with many people emailing the event organizers asking about how to get their hands on prints, or just to say how they like the piece. It just makes me so warm and fuzzy to hear that people really like my work!

This painting was so fun to create. I didn't have to think hard about what image I wanted to portray for the poster entry. The theme this year is "shorebirds" and oystercatchers was the first bird that came to mind. As a teen, my dad and I kayaked off the coast of San Juan Island. We approached a big rocky outcropping hoping to see some harbor seals up close, but were instead surprised by a dive bombing flock of nesting oystercatchers! That memory has stuck close and I just had to paint them for the entry. I used an array of photos to sketch from and invented my own poses. For the background, I took a few trips to the Edmonds beaches during low tides this summer. I took a thousand photos of algae and barnacle covered rocks to choose from, and I think it worked well!

In any case, as the poster winner, my image is on posters up around the area advertising the event. I've won a cash award (!!!!) and I get to set up a table of wares to peddle during the Puget Sound Bird Fest keynote lecture, and during the day on Saturday for the whole festival day.

To prep, I've redone my business cards to reflect more closely what I'm all about (bird art, pretty much haha!), I've printed some notecards of some of my favorite paintings, and I've ordered some giclee prints for the first time. I'm excited to see how they turned out! I've also picked up a few nice display boxes and racks for my table. Once all of my prints and cards arrive I'm going to do a practice set up. I plan on having a few original pieces for sale, as well as reproductions, so it should be lots of fun!

A few things left on my to do list for this endeavor are to make a sign for myself, figure out what table covering to use (I have some nice neutral Ikea tablecloths I may just use for now), and to reorganize my portfolio contents to display as well. Lastly I need to get my oystercatchers professionally framed. I've always just used cheap frames from Michaels or whatever and done it myself, but I think it's time to step it up. Whew!

Meanwhile, here are a few links about my poster image and the Puget Sound Bird Fest event:

Here is the official news piece about it on MyEdmonds News:

Direct link to the Puget Sound Bird Fest:

Puget Sound Bird Fest poster entry announcement page:

Puget Sound Bird Fest will run September 13-15, 2019 in Edmonds, WA. There will be two full days of events in addition to the keynote Friday evening. Hope to see you there!

Thank you as always for hanging in there. I'll update more in the near future! I've got a lot to share!

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