Sunday, March 15, 2015

Faerie III at Krab Jab Studios

Enchanting evening at FAERIE III, Krab Jab Studio in Georgetown, with an exhibit curated by POBL's Tara Larsen Chang. It was my first time attending their Faerie themed art openings. For FAERIE III, Tara gathered together an impressive number of artist from as far away as Denmark and New Zealand, and she knows all the artists who submitted. I browsed the art, and accessible artist statements. Nibbled on Faerie food such as sugared grapes and purple lavender lemonade, shrooms, herb cheese, candied berries and purple macarones! All nestled in with twigs and moss. The composer, cellist Betsy Tinney, played her compositions. Tara spoke and introduced three artists who also spoke about the assignment and parameters. A little humor, a great explanation of how Faerie art embodies a spirit filled sense of nature, with all of nature's complexities, both magically beautiful as well as dark and foreboding. Tara did great work here! Congratulations! Better photography and video available soon. iPhone shots for now.

Above is Tara's Fae shining brightly in the exhibit. To the left looks like a still-life painting! It was a gorgeous spread.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Retreat - 2014

Lovely annual fall retreat, as always.

A photo-recap of it starts here.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fort Flagler Retreat

Just a hop skip and jump away from Seattle, Fort Flagler, perched on a cliff above Puget Sound has a rental unit that is perfect for a group such as us to hold an artist retreat. The first hop is to take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston on the Kitsap Peninsula. Here's a view of a pylon taken from the ferry window as we take leave at Edmonds. Can you spot the 3 kinds of birds on the pylon: Canadian Goose, Commorant and Seagull?
Drive west across the Kitsap Peninsula and cross the bridge to the Olympic Peninsula and turn north and follow the signs to Marrowstone Island. 

At the far north of Marrowstone, enter Fort Flagler State Park and drive directly to the cliff ahead to find the "vacation housing", repurposed military buildings, some of which are stately turn of the century structures, as the one pictured below. 
The building that we rent, The Waterway House, though an unimpressive one floor rambler of later vintage, is perfect for a group of artists to set up shop as it features a large linoleum tiled open kitchen/dining/living area lined with windows that look out over the water. A string of small bedrooms and 2 bathrooms provide the bare bones of comfort. 
The house comes complete with five 3' x 8' folding tables that our group sets up around the perimeter of the dining/living area so we each have plenty of room to work on our art projects. Although we do take time outs to prepare amazing meals and go for walks on the beach and in the woods, I love that we are a group of artists who love nothing better than a block of uninterrupted time to delve into our projects. An added plus is that there is always someone nearby to lend a hand or a bit of advice if needed.
One of the diversions of the park is exploring around the decommissioned gun batteries which date from the late 19th century. It's easy to imagine that we are in...
...European catacombs...
...or an ancient Amplitheater...
as easily as it is to imagine that a clump of kelp teathered to a rock found on the shore is an uncanny octopus.
So if you have a creative group that is looking for a practical, scenic, affordable retreat location on the north Olypmic Peninsula, check out the Waterway House at Fort Flagler.
Have you any creative retreat suggestions that you'd care to share, dear reader? Please do tell... ;)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

My Bumping Lake Retreat Experience 2012

I was greeted by a gremlin made of deer bones, sitting on the windowsill at the cabin. It had been assembled from bones that we had retrieved from the woods several years ago.
Every year I make a pilgrimage up to the waterfall above the cabin and check on the Chicken of the Woods mushroom that grows just below it. The first time I saw this fungus, the trunk it grows from was still standing upright. The trunk has fallen but the fungus is still going strong. I got there too late to harvest it for dinner this year, though. (That's it, the big white thing falling off the side of the log in the photo to the left below.)

On another day when it was super sunny out, I walked up the Bumping Lake Trail that winds through the woods and next to the lake. (above, right) One last look across the mirrored surface of the lake:
Please visit my blog if you'd like to see the artwork I made during the retreat:
Spirit Bear Series by Rebecca Bush.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Kathleen Kemly, Children's Book Illustrator

 Kathleen Kemly invites us into her studio and shares the methods used to create illustrations for "Molly By Golly," a picture book about our country's first female fire fighter.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Celebrate Elwha!

    The Painters of Bumping Lake return to their mountain retreat every autumn, much like the salmon who miraculously journey hundreds of miles from the ocean to the headwaters of the Bumping River. 
      Suzy, our Bumping Lake hostess, historian and naturalist, responded to the call for artistic banners for Celebrate Elwha! event that commemorated the opening of two dams on the Elwha River this past year. The removal of the dams has restored the salmon run to that river on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. As we were witnessing the salmon spawning up at Bumping River last fall, Suzy told us about the "keystone species" role that salmon play in our ecosystem: The are the original fish fertilizer - They bring nutrients from the sea back up to the mountains, thus beginning a new cycle of life.

Sunday, October 09, 2011