Things have been messy around here lately. One week from today, I will be opening up my new home (my new virtual home, that is) and I couldn't be more excited! This is has been several years in the making. I have some great new work to show as well as some of my older work. My new website will go live on May 27. I'll post a link here so you can find me. I can't wait to see you there!
This past weekend, I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, part of the Novato Arts Center, where they were having the Altered Book exhibit/fundraiser as well as Open Studios. The Altered Book exhibit is a silent auction in which 100 Bay Area Artists use discarded books to create "book art objects". The results are creative, varied, whimsical, thought provoking and original. The show closes on May 24 with a live auction so there is still time to see these fabulous works of art. It was a special treat that it just so happened that it was an Open Studio day (first Sunday of every month). There are over 40 artist studios in 3 buildings at the Novato Arts Center who work in a variety of media, from oil paint and watercolor to ceramics and metal. It was wonderful to take a peek and see what the artists are working on and everyone seemed very friendly and eager to talk about their work.
I'm inspired by color. And ethnic patterns. Oh, I am such a sucker for patterns! I especially pops of color and pattern that brighten up neutrals. I love to have a basically neutral palette and then pop some bright color and patterns in there. It just seems to really bring some interest and uniqueness to a space. I found this great chair on sale at a consignment store about a week after telling my husband that I really, reallylikedloved the chairs we saw at Anthro. Synchronicity. I actually bought two. The other one, a completely different pattern and color scheme is in my studio space. The frames are so well made and have a lovely well-worn, rustic feel and the cushions...the best saturated colors and patterns! My heart swoons! I like to imagine just who made these chairs, what their story is, what their life is like. That's how personal these chairs feel to me. And I think they really brighten up my living room corner, don't you?