Creative outlets during while practicing SIP during Covid 19. Our beloved theosophical retreat and summer camp needed new cabin guest books, so I gladly jumped on creating the 31 cabin books. Not only was it a way to contribute, but it filled my creative cup up. .... and a added bonus, I'm much better at identifying WA State trees now too.
Two pieces of mine will be featured at the Lynn Hanson Gallery this month in Downtown Seattle.
First Thursday Art Walk February 6, 5-8pm
Artist Reception February 15th 2-4 artist question and answer session 3pm
This show will be on display from February 6-29th, 2020
I am excited to say that a piece of mine has been chosen for inclusion in the 2020 CVG show in Bremerton's Collective Visions Gallery. The annual CVG Show is one of the largest and most prestigious art competitions in the Northwest. Three hundred eighty three artists from 93 cities and towns throughout Washington submitted 1100 images of artworks for consideration.
Early in November a spontaneous opportunity fell out of the sky on a Tuesday.
I was driving my husband to the airport for a business trip, when he received a phone call from a good friend. This friend asked if we were willing to be spontaneous, and go to an unknown secret destination, with a large group of people, who also had no idea where we were going. The kicker was that we had to be ready to travel internationally, and be in New York in 4 days. Well, you only live once, so let's get going!
Five days later we found ourselves with 85 other people, on a beautiful organic farm in the middle of Tuscany. This group of people were here on a learning and explorative work retreat to share ideas, and trouble shoot problems in their industry. They were mostly from the event industry and therefore not only knew how to throw events, but were a very outgoing and friendly group. We all found a common thread in the fact that we were all willing to take a leap of faith and spend a week somewhere in the world, with no idea or control over what that might be. I found myself eating wonderful food and experiencing conversation in new surroundings, with a large group of strangers, that immediately felt like old friends. We all were pretty much walking around feeling like we were in a surreal dream in an alternate universe.
We were asked to either offer up helpful ideas or advice in the form of a one hour session, or post questions to be helped with in regards to goals that we wanted to obtain from this experience. Being an art teacher and an artist, I decided to offer up a one hour paint session. Luckily someone was hopeful that I'd join in and brought 14 canvases and paint to help me execute this experience. After all we we in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, and despite the incessant rain, you couldn't help but be affected by the beauty around us.
So early in November I find myself guiding 13 other adults in a painting experience, far from home, on a covered patio in the middle of Tuscany. Surreal dream for sure.
So I guess I can now officially say I've taught internationally. I had 13 happy artists, with lovely sweet paintings and hopefully a relaxing experience to put in their memory banks.
As a thank you for my lovely surreal experience, I decide to paint a memory of the trip as a gift for my host. The finished piece is 24"x 36" Oil on canvas and entitled "Sunrise Sunset".
I also need to give a shout out to the beautiful farm that we stayed on. It is Diacceroni in the heart of Tuscany, which is a 250 hectare family run farm. They offer a variety of accommodations including glamping to luxury villas, and many on site experiences from Truffle hunting, and cooking classes, to horse back riding. You might even get to meet their local bee keeper, who has 300 hives. https://www.diacceroni.com/
My family has been fortunate to own some fabulous art work. Mostly due to the great eye and collecting abilities of my dear grandparents. My cousin owns this fabulous beauty (pictured below). The painter was an art student of my Grandfather David Seyler. The model, my beautiful grandmother Rosemary Seyler. The original artists name was Phyllis Moyer who we believe was a high school art student involved in an All State Fine Arts Course in 1949 on the University of Nebraska campus. My aunt has tried to research her, but this is the only work we have found. Grandpa said that Phyllis just painted that one, and didn't go further with her art. We all are in agreement that that is a shame, she was truly gifted.
I loved my cousins painting so much, that I decided to copy it in oil. My painting is the one above. Phyllis's is pictured below in the metal frame. My only definite change was adding a better hand, which I used my own as a model. (So this is my grandmother with my hand!)
Happy to be part of our group exhibit, and thankful for the warm welcome to our new community at Kenmore City Hall. Come check out all our beautiful talent March 8th-May 22nd. Free and open to the public M-F 9am-5pm.
I'm proud to announce that my piece, "Looking For A Religious Experience" was accepted into the 6th annual ICON Prospectus at the Lynn Hanson Gallery in Pioneer Square. It was one of the larger pieces there at 30"x48", and received quite a lot of attention.