LESA Late Summer Original Art

This summer was full of wanderings along the beach with my 4 year old son. I left the ID book behind and brought along my sketchbook seeking to record our journeys visually.

Five Finger Lighthouse

This new original will be available as part of an art auction to benefit the historic Five Finger Light house. Details and information about the lighthouse and the efforts to preserve it to enjoy can be found on the lighthouse society website: https://fivefingerlighthouse.com Other works of art will be available at this event- so stayContinue reading “Five Finger Lighthouse”

Making vs. Thinking and Scrolling

In January, I started a new organizational system. That led to tackling some business aspects of my art practice: updating my website, updating my CV, fussing with connecting social media accounts and email, looking for grant opportunities, teaching a few online classes, and generally thinking and researching about the administration side of my art business.Continue reading “Making vs. Thinking and Scrolling”

Finding Color

Out of 1,600 squares, I estimate I have 400 left. Each square is painted with a mix of 2 tube watercolors- approximately 50/50. Tube colors are arranged in a list repeated on the top and one side. This way each mix can be shown once at a deep strength and once as a pale version.Continue reading “Finding Color”

Devil’s Club Oil

First, I always review the excellent Youtube video of Tlingit elder Helen Watkins sharing her wisdom about appropriate harvesting and infusing. I follow all her suggestions and recipe. Always do research, before harvesting a new plant. This important plant has been used by peoples in nearby coastal regions for centuries and in this land isContinue reading “Devil’s Club Oil”

Recycled Valentines Cards

I’ve been shuffling a growing stack of reject paintings around. I accidentally picked up a couple pads of student grade watercolor paper awhile back and found it unacceptable for finished work, so now I mostly use it for warm ups and experiments. Recently I’ve been organizing and streamlining the studio while waiting for washes toContinue reading “Recycled Valentines Cards”

Edible Still Life Subject

It was a treat to create this local food inspired art for Salt & Soil Marketplace in Juneau, Alaska. A friend texted me the call for an artist and after a few scribbled sketches I worked up a full scale pencil sketch of this image and submitted it. I’m thrilled they chose me as theirContinue reading “Edible Still Life Subject”

Jumping Media

Watercolor has always been a favorite method for translating my ideas, but sometimes I crave a different process, feel stuck, or need some novel creative time. Blockprinting is an interesting puzzle and I relish the high contrast look. Alpine Alaska Cotton L.E.S.A. This new (almost finished) acrylic work was an entertaining challenge. I couldn’t findContinue reading “Jumping Media”

Managing Digital Images

Taking a dive into my disheveled image files to bring more color and examples of my artwork to the website. This site is meant to reflect my work as both teacher and maker. At the moment, a tiny sample is on display, but there is more to come! My image collection starts with data onContinue reading “Managing Digital Images”