Resurfacing after the Big Show

Today is possibly the first day I haven't thought: "Okay, what am I forgetting to do for the solo show?" But in spite of the pressure (that I put on myself), it was wonderful sharing my art with friends like Deborah Olsen -- who came all the way from Port Townsend, WA for the reception.
Thank goodness I had Tally Oliveau to help me hang the exhibit... we were done in about an hour and a half.
And that evening, I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see one of my long-time Artfest friends Nikki Gamon: that girl has crossed the state of Washington to see me and my art. Twice. 
This is about the time of year we'd all be seeing each other at dearly-departed Artfest. So it was especially sweet to see them this year, especially the dynamic Canadian duo of Janine Shea and Nancy O. 
I'm not a party planner. The possibility of no one showing up, decorating, feeding people... all that kinda gives me hives. So I especially want to thank the following:
  • The Mountlake Terrace Arts Advisory Commission, for the exhibit space
  • The Husband for creating the reception menu
  • Sarah Wyatt for inviting her friends from Mensa
  • and The Husband and Tally again, for regularly talking me down from the ledge. (That's why I'm smiling instead of sobbing in that photo below.)
And for the people who couldn't make it to the reception because they were on the other side of the planet, I've done the next best thing: Etsy! 
(You knew that was coming, didn't you?) Prints of all the pieces in my solo show are now available in my Etsy shop. The originals are also in the shop, but I realize most Etsy shoppers gravitate toward the more affordable prints. Must go now... I'm off to mail thank-you notes the old-fashioned way.

Missing Artfest? Me too.

This is the first spring in four years I haven't gone to Artfest, the dearly beloved/dearly departed art retreat held in Port Townsend, WA for the past 13 years.
It's not just the frenzy of trading precious bits of art... or even the amazing techniques I've learned there... it's missing the chance to let my freak flag fly with my besties, no apologies necessary.
There's a very good chance I'll see some of my Artfest friends later this spring, thank goodness. Here's what some of my other favorite Artfest peeps are now up to.
Teesha and Tracy Moore, the founders/organizers of Artfest, are now offering smaller, more intimate retreats closer to the Seattle area. Teesha's also offering her first online class, with co-instructor Jane Davenport.
Michael DeMeng and Andrea Matus DeMeng are about to team-teach at Art Is You-Nashville. (They got hitched New Year's Day 2012). They still teach separately as well.
For those of you who never experienced Artfest in person, here's a tribute, courtesy of filmmaker Andrea Kreuzhage of 1000 Journals. (Artfest veterans: get the tissue box. You might get a little weepy.)
Have you been to any retreats recently? Making any plans for a retreat later this year? Tell me in the comments or on Facebook.

New art show: fitting in more art

What was I thinking, entering another show while getting ready for my own solo show? Time to pull out the big (staple) guns.
But then I was invited to join a group art exhibit at Seattle City Hall... and I caved.
The Onyx Fine Arts Collective show will be in two galleries at City Hall, from March 6th to May 1st. (Yes, that last date is the day of my solo show reception. Eeek.) I'm entering two pieces; this one is based on a journal page and a piece I started in Erin Faith Allen's class at the final Artfest. I'm painting (and stapling) after the kids go to bed. I'll let you know next week if I make the entry deadline. Eeek.