Collaboration with Spektral Quartet

Art, collaboration, creativity

photo by Daniel Kullman

Shortly after Thanksgiving, I was contacted by a member of the Chicago-based Spektral Quartet.  As part of their upcoming virtual Seattle Town Hall performance, “Something to Write Home About,” this Multi Grammy-nominated quartet is inspiring audiences to move beyond passive listening by sharing the stories, letters and interviews that expose the inner workings of composers’ creative processes. And for this performance, Spektral Quartet will be using writing prompts and postcards to invite audience members to reflect on their own life stories.

Wanting to partner with a Seattle artist to provide the artwork for these postcards, they came across my website and felt the mood of my photography was the perfect complement for their writing prompts. So they reached out with an invitation to collaborate! The process couldn’t have been easier, and the conversations that followed have been profound and illuminating. (More on this soon…)

Everyone who buys tickets before 1/21 will receive their stamped postcard six-pack in the mail the week of the show. Performance is on Fri. 2/12 at 7:30pm PT. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

“My First Art Review”

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🔴 omgomgmg ELLEN JORDAN Reviewed My Painting!!! AND It Sold!! It’s the second time someone has found my visual art compelling enough to write about. What an absolute joy!!! And a fellow artist and her husband both fell in love with this piece, and found “Chagga Life” engaging enough to want to have it in their home. What a blessing to be in community with all manner of artists who lift each other up!😍❤️✍️

SHOP PRINTS & PRODUCTS

Art, Art For Sale, creativity, Print

I am so excited to announce the launch of my SHOP where you can now purchase my art as fine art prints, cards, face masks, notebooks, throw pillows, and more!  I’ve been selling through FineArtAmerica for the past 4 years, and am delighted that I can finally integrate my shop into this site.

I’m especially excited about the masks, which is a new addition to their product line, and strikes me as a Win-Win-Win-Win!  You get to:

  1. Wear original art that makes your soul sing.
  2. Support a living, Black artist.
  3. Protect yourself.
  4. Protect others.

I will always have 25 pieces on my site.  But I will periodically update the available artwork to keep the selection fresh and current.  As I rotate in new pieces, I will be retiring older works.

Here is a small sampling of the masks currently available for purchase:

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To check out the full range of available prints and products, please head over to my SHOP page.

And if you’re interested in purchasing (or inquiring about) original paintings, please visit my PAINTINGS page.

Thank you kindly!

When We Were One

Art, Art For Sale, creativity, family, inspiration, Narrative, Origin story, Story

Everything I create is about exploring the stories I’ve inherited and the stories I’m passing down. I make art to better understand my place in this flow of cultural inheritance and legacy.

When I was pregnant, I had a book that gave weekly updates about the fetus development. I remember reading one week that if I was having a girl, my body was creating all the eggs she will ever carry.

Having worked for 12 years as a crisis counselor, and knowing what I know about inter-generational trauma, I didn’t take this news lightly. So I took that week off, and reflected on what it means to be creating descendants whom I may never meet.

When We Were One” deals specifically with this week, being pregnant with my daughter ~ and more expansively, considers the bloodlines that connect us all. 

Here is a short video where I reflect on what this piece means to me…

 

Art Fueling Activism

Activism, Art, inspiration

This week, I decided to offer my art as a gift to my beloved BIPOC and queer friends who have been inspiring me with their leadership.

The words and actions of these educators, journalists, writers, organizers, health care workers and artists over the past few months has kept me going.

So I created an online room and invited them to browse through recent paintings. And if any piece caught their eye, it was theirs.

This is the first wave of paintings that will be hand-delivered (or shipped) to their new homes this weekend…🖤

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Thoughts on Inspiration

Art, creativity, education, inspiration, process, Story

My dear friend Carolyn Autenrieth asked fellow artist friends to reflect on the role of inspiration in their work for her high school art class. So I wrote out some ideas in my journal this morning. While this may be too long for what she’s needing, it’s the perfect length for a blog post.

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A few weeks ago, I made this inspiration board on my phone ~ a visual reminder of things that I find beautiful. The images could be of anything, not necessarily art.

I took screen shots of my Pinterest boards and wrote down words that inspire me. What do I love? What are ideas, objects, symbols, activities, places, hobbies that make me feel alive? It could be anything that makes me feel the whole hearted joy of my daughter in this picture. Seeing these images and words together, I started to notice common themes, in terms of colors, ideas, textures, and design elements that I’m drawn to.

So pay attention to your attention, because it’s trying to tell you something. There’s something here that you love. What is it? What’s with all the doors? Why do I love rust so much? Why do I feel drawn to the textures and design found in nature. Sometimes the answers are obvious. Sometimes I don’t discover until much later why I find the texture of tree bark or aerial landscapes so compelling.

Some people might not see the beauty in these images…but to me, they’re exquisite! I want to make art that makes me feel the way I feel when I look at my board. This is what inspires me. And when I’m inspired, I feel creative…and the work starts flowing.

It all begins with inspiration.

The whole goal of art is to create something that is unique to you. So your job as an artist is to get really clear about what you love and why. From there, making art is just a series of Yes/No decisions. When you’re clear about what inspires you, it will come across in your work. And people will be able to feel it. Even if they don’t personally find rusty doors beautiful, they will feel my love of the door coming through in the painting. And that, to me, is the beauty and power of art.

Creating this inspiration board made me deeply consider what I find beautiful. And then, I set it aside. The next day, I pulled out some paper and just decided to paint something that brings me joy. I had no plan, no end goal in mind.

A couple hours later, this painting emerged. And I could clearly see elements from my board coming through.

Custodian of the World Within

So…

Notice what brings you joy.

Get clear about what you love, and why.

Make art that makes your heart sing.

Remember that inspiration is everywhere.

Interview about art & process

Art, family, Narrative, Speaking, Story

Today I had the pleasure of talking with Deborah Kapoor about my art and process. Our recorded conversation will be used in her college art class in the section called “Layering with Paint: Home/Addressing the Personal to Global.”

This was a first for me, talking about my creative process and how I use art to examine the stories I’ve inherited and the stories I’m passing down about who I am and where I come from.  I’m so grateful to be included in Deborah’s line up of Seattle artists that she is interviewing for her class.

Art Sale for Food Lifeline

Activism, Art, Art For Sale, Fundraiser, Solo Series
Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic response to my Birthday Art Fundraiser!! I’m delighted to share that, thanks to the art you purchased and the matching program through Tom’s work, I was able to donate $600 to the COVID19 Artist Trust Relief Fund!!
 
Fueled by the success of this sale, I am inspired to raise funds another organization where my daughter and I volunteer. Food Lifeline (member of Feeding America) supplies food to 300 shelters, food pantries, and community meal programs across Western Washington. They provide 134,000 meals daily with 96% of their expenses going towards feeding people facing hunger.
 
So for this fundraiser, I’m selling my SOLO series.  They are original oil paintings on paper, matted in 11″x 14″ frames, as seen below.
 
– They are $125 apiece, or three for $300.
 
$30 from each sale will be donated to Food Lifeline$30 provides enough food to feed one family of four for 4 days.

*PLUS all donations will be matched through Tom’s work (Gilead Sciences), so your purchase will go twice as far!

– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no-contact, in-person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US).
 
 
What we get:
1) I get the joy of knowing my art is bringing color and joy to someone’s home.
 
2) You get an original painting to dress your walls, and the pleasure of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.  At the end of the sale, I will send you a letter confirming the donation that was made on your behalf. 
 
3) By supporting Food Lifeline, we are helping to get food out to folks who need it most. 
 
As far as I can tell, this is a WIN-WIN-WIN. So happy browsing! If you see a piece you like, you can click on the purchase link in its caption.
 
And if these paintings aren’t your cup of tea, you can still donate here: https://foodlifeline.org/donatefunds/
 
Thank you kindly!
 

SOLO #7
https://checkout.square.site/buy/2YOG3S55CB26444NZCQDCPBR


SOLO #9
https://checkout.square.site/buy/TP65L7O2PSPD7PWE4PEXJH4Z



Birthday Art Fundraiser

Activism, Art, Art For Sale, Fundraiser

Dearest friends,

As we round the corner to my birthday week, I’ve been thinking about ways to ease the suffering and share the joy. So I’m trying an experiment…a Birthday Art Fundraiser.

Here’s how it works:

– All the works below are original oil paintings on paper, matted and framed as seen in the first picture below.

– They are all selling for $225.

– $150 from each sale will be donated to the COVID 19 Artist Trust Relief Fund.

– This art sale will run through Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm.

– If you’re in the Seattle area, we can arrange a no contact, in person delivery. (Otherwise free shipping anywhere in the US.)

What we get:

1) I get the joy of knowing my art is living on and bringing joy (Best Birthday Gift Ever!!!)

2) You get an original piece of art to dress your walls, and that whole hearted feeling of knowing you’re supporting a living artist and a good cause.

3) Artists everywhere will feel the love through the emergency relief efforts of Artist Trust, an organization I hold in high regard.

So…what say ye?? Dress your walls! Celebrate my birthday with me!🎈

All the pieces are matted and in black frames as seen here, flanking the bigger piece 🙂

Winter/Spring 2020 News

Art, Exhibition, Film, Gallery, Narrative, Speaking, Story

Just posted my Winter/Spring 2020 Newsletter which provided the following list of upcoming art shows and film screenings.  If you’re interested in subscribing, click here to view it and select “Subscribe” in the top/left corner.  (I send out 2-3 newsletters a year).

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Upcoming Art Exhibits:

THE CLOUD ROOM
“Showing Signs of Wear”
Solo Show

March 2020
Opening Reception & Artist Talk: March 12, 6-9pm
Capitol Hill Art Walk
* This gorgeous space includes a bar,
so this will be a 21+ event.

 

ART XCHANGE GALLERY
Sense Us 2020
Juried Group Show
March-April 2020
Opening Reception: March 5, 5-8pm
Second Reception:  April 2, 5-8pm
Pioneer Square Art Walk

 

CENTER ON CONTEMPORARY ART (COCA) GALLERY
20/20 Vision“: Juried Member Show
Nichole DeMent (Juror)
March-April 2020
Opening Reception: March 5, 6-9pm
Pioneer Square Art Walk

 

COLUMBIA CITY GALLERY
Featured Artist
May-June 2020
Opening Reception: May 16, 5-7pm

 

CONFLUENCE GALLERY
Twisp, WA
The Stories We Tell
August 29 – October 5, 2020
Fall Art Walk & Studio Tour

*Please note, you can see my art year round at Columbia City Gallery.