Friday, October 11, 2013

Oil & Ink

My husband and I have an art show up right now in Anchorage at Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge. This is Daniel's first ever art show, but won't be his last. Below are our postcards for the show:

And here is everything hung up at Modern Dwellers:
Several of my prints were brand new, and like I said, none of Daniel's oil paintings had been shown before.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

2 new prints

 It's been a while since I've posted anything, but that doesn't mean I haven't been working on things!
Here is "Factory Whale", which is for sale on Etsy here.
The print has one yellow spot, which makes things a little more exciting. I've printed it on light blue and white paper so far.

My next new print is my interpretation of my husband's oil painting of a corn crib in Iowa:
This was the first time I had ever reinterpreted someone else's artistic vision, and I found it really enjoyable. I like that my finished print is twice removed from the original subject.

 This is one of my favorite prints yet, I think because there are many different textures going on at once. I love the solid teal door too. This one is for sale on Etsy here.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Indiana Black Walnut dining room table

(Above photo shows my two original directions for the table.)
 A Black Walnut tree grew on my grandparents' farm in Mishawaka, Indiana before I was born. Eventually it needed to come down and it was sawed into planks. My parents moved from Indiana to Georgia a few years later and brought some of the Walnut with them, and soon after I was born. Twenty seven years later, I wanted a prettier, sturdier dining table and I knew exactly what wood to use for the top. I made a few iterations in Google Sketchup (my favorite CAD program for the price!) and figured out how much Walnut I needed. My dad bundled and shipped the Walnut to me. I had a local woodworker glue up, clamp, and plane the table top for me. I ordered the aprons and legs from, which will custom make any turned leg imaginable. Then I assembled the base, slapped on some yellow paint, and attached the top.
(The above image shows that my final design turned out to be very accurate compared to the finished table.)

 Some friends of mine were skeptical of the farmhouse look of the table with my (knock-off) Eames wire chairs, since the two styles are so different. But, I designed the table as a compliment for the chairs. I love the chunky, turned leg with the clean eiffel tower base. I painted the legs and aprons the yellow color because I thought it brought the table out of traditional farmhouse territory to somewhere more funky and unexpected. We've been using the table for almost two months now, and I really love it.