Deirdre Murphy Opening Reception Video By Shannon Black PR

Shannon Black does our PR and is super fabulous at that! Here is a video she made for us of the Artist's Reception for Deirdre Murphy's show on Saturday March 12th. If you missed this event please make sure to visit us tomorrow night March 17th at Art Walk Edmonds 3rd Thursday Event from 5-8pm to see this wonderful show!

"Archivist of the Sky" runs March 12 - April 18, 2016 at Zinc Art + Object. Philadelphia artist Deirdre Murphy artistically documents the social patterns of birds in her new works receiving national attention through bold color and dynamic shapes representing their chatter sounds, murmurations, and migration as well as the effects of climate change on these patterns.

New Year's Resolution

One of my promises to myself this year was to make sure to document and share the work I do. Thus I have been scheduling photo shoots like a mad woman as well as trying to find the right platform for a new website - something mobile friendly, easily updated by me or mine rather than a team of specialists etc. But for now I thought I would just start posting stuff willy-nilly to my blog. Here are a couple of shots from Wednesday's shoot.

Story: Cute family expecting their third daughter. The first two daughters are heading into their tween - teen years and the parents wanted them to be excited about bunking-up in the same room together. Here is a BEFORE shot of the room:

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And here is the room AFTER:

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You Light Up My Life.

When I was in 2nd grade I had an experience that scarred me to this day. Sitting in a horseshoe shape in the music room of a new school, a thirty something teacher with long straight blonde hair and no sense of children or childhood made me stand up and sing "You Light Up My Life" to the entire class unaccompanied so she could "see what kind of voice" I had. After I failed miserably (I didn't even know all of the words, and started crying about half way through), she made another girl stand and show me how I was supposed to have done it. This other girl won the talent show later that month singing that song, and then went on to sing in commercials. Isn't that kind of mean.

But this is nice!

Such a nice change from the overused - especially here in Seattle - Edison Bulb!

Buy it here.

 

Art!!

Whenever a gift might be coming my way - All I really want is ART! This weekend we headed down to Portlandia for a little get-away weekend and went to the Augen Gallery to check out the latest show - I got MONKEY SMILE instantly! I was so excited by the work of Hibiki Miyazaki! And then I got DOUBLE MONKEY SMILE when Jesse got me this as an early birthday present!!!

It goes really great with the Faye Jones piece he got me when I had Grace and it seems there is a real Mother-Daughter theme starting to take shape in my collection as well as in my own work ... More on that later!!

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20111119-052055.jpg Sometimes my train is hard to stop. I love efficiency and making things happen - the project has been clicking along and ... Uh oh we made a big design mistake - not like a broken rule - just not enough consideration when placing the window order and now we will be fixing that! Anybody need a window?

National Geographic

I used to love going through these magazines as a kid and would get them for my kid now if we didn't already have so much crap - but look what I just found - and ordered for Christmas!  The database is searchable with over 200,000 photos - plus there is an interactive mapping feature that pulls up the whole history of articles for that place etc. So Cool! I didn't think I was such a geek - but I think that this might be very educational for the wee 6 year old and way better than Barbie.com!

Final Decisions.

A fine couple, we shall call them Mary and Steve, are in the final rounds of their project. Having moved from San Diego to the Great Northwest they have taken on a Ballard craftsman-ish style house and we have been working to make it their own. I have loved working with them every step of the way, as they are interesting as people, have a great sense of humor, and aren't afraid to take some risks to make their home - theirs. We have done some fun things and will finish with a few more before it is all over. That said some final decisions are being made and I wanted to share with you some of the options as they are all quite fun! The Hole:

Where once a giant furnace aptly named Hercules ruled, a man-cave deluxe will take it's place. The 30x30" iron grid cover that was it's gateway is inconveniently located in the center of the living and dining room. Rather than patch the fir floors and cover the hole we are going to insert one of the following light transmitting covers:

A custom piece from Think Glass such as this:

A resin piece layered with something textural  like this (I especially like the popped bubble wrap, and then the x rays are quite interesting considering they were Public Defenders in their last lives) from Fossil Faux Studios:

Or just a lightly colored resin like this:

Painted Floors. Part 2.

A reader recently asked me about where to get the stencils for this look: The answer: I have no idea.

I too wanted to use this look in a client's kitchen, and so I made them myself using Photoshop.

First I pulled the two separate shapes out of the photo above and then distorted, stretched, and re-drew them in order to get them flat and 2 dimensional. Then I resized them to work with the scale of the kitchen. Printed them out on a large format printer at Kinkos, and then transferred them onto YUPO and cut out the shapes with an Xacto blade (quite a few actually) . YUPO is a fantastic plastic like paper that I like to make paintings on, and is also fabulous for using as a stencil. I only painted one and then my super fabulous and daring client painted the rest herself!  Here are some quick pics -more when the rest of the kitchen is in - which will  feature a beautiful orange Blue Star Range by the way...

Flash Acres.

This is Flash.

And these are her acres.

This is the caretaker (and owner) of both:

The other day, Ben Benschneider came out to take photos of the place for the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine. As the interior designer, I went to help set the place up for photos as best I could. You see much of the project is still unfinished. But here are a couple of my photos to show you what we have so far:

This one is the main room in the bunkhouse.