Mad Bee. I had no idea when I titled this piece that there was such thing as “Mad Bee Disease”. This is what the French call our Colony Collapse Disorder. They did “discover” it first, however.
I started this painting with a black paint pen drawing of a bee on a dull orange ground. I used a palette knife to lay in all the color, including the yellow “not-bee” areas (background). The black paint pen was used to define a few shapes and lines. A layer of gloss varnish made the colors really intensify.
Mad Bee is currently showing in the “Birds & Bees” show at Sidestreet Arts (in Portland), $175. The gallery takes phone orders and also does shipping.
I have produced my zine, “Art-o-Rama”, since October of 2012. Every other month I investigate a concept, theme or idea. I like to celebrate seasons and sometimes document trips or experiences. I enjoy researching topics and sharing obsessions. Whatever is fascinating me as an artist, usually winds up in the zine.
While there are so many issues that I am fond of and certainly proud of, here are some of my favorite zines that I’ve done over the years:
It’s Coffee Time: Issue 22 … coffee has been a constant companion and I drink it obsessively. To not do a zine on joe would be criminal.
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Issue 20… I love me some Christmas time and the jolly time of year inspires me to search for what makes the season so special. What does it mean to be Merry? I ofter up, food.
A Guide to Falling into Autumn: Issue 37… I love Fall, and having moved to the Pacific Northwest has made the affection so much stronger. I illustrate the things that make me love it so.
Now you can subscribe to “Art-o-Rama” through the online store! You’ll get 6 issues (1 year) for $36. It’s super easy and it will come straight to your mailbox via the Postals. Portal to subscription
2019 is already underway. It’s time to move ahead, open new doors and shout “Let’s do this!” I love the sweet possibilities that come with the turn of the calendar year.
Already, I’ve thrown myself into planning some exciting events for Sidestreet Gallery, including a mural opportunity, and an upcoming collage show in March… and a dual art show in August with ceramic artist Nicole Curcio.
As an artist-creative person… I plan on spending more time experimenting with new materials; I plan on finding creative solutions to life’s everyday problems and finding ways to apply art , in and to, everything. ART: Modus Vivendi. Art, way of life.
In the coming year, I will fret less, let God more, rejoice often, look for something to be happy about in every situation, and Never Forget that “Tout est Possible.”
I’ve added a few items to the “Reproductions” section in the online shoppe. Also… a few more handmade Christmas ornaments. So if you’re looking to do some Christmas shopping via the internet… why not have a visit?
Mon Cher Stufftie, Harold… has gone to live with my niece, Madilyn. Over the years, she and Harold and Bear, Madi’s adored Stufftie, were the best of pals. On a trip to Hawaii earlier this year, Bear got separated from Madi and became a Stufftie Missing in Action. He has yet to be found. Madi, of course, was distraught and misses Bear with all her heart. (Pictured below is Harold with a new friend at Madilyn’s house).
This Thanksgiving, we visited Madi and her family… with Harold. Harold asked if he could stay with Madi for the duration, and it was quite apparent that he needed to stay with Madilyn from now on. I am filled with joy that they are together… and I will, of course, miss my little Stufftie pal, but I know that he is close to Madi’s heart, and we’ll always know where he is.
I will send down Harold’s clothes and things soon… his beret, Hawaiian shirt, his feather boa (don’t ask), top hat and other things. He will be greatly missed but also… very loved … from all sides.
We are speeding towards the Christmas Season! I don’t have to tell you that we are nearly at Thanksgiving and that put’s us a month away from Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m on a bullet train to holidaytown…. Folks are readying their Naughty and Nice lists, Shopping lists, Christmas Card lists… and speaking of cards, I have a Holly Jolly Christmas card in the online shop.
They come in a package of six. Cards are 5×7 in size, blank inside, and the price is $25 with shipping included. Get a jump on those cards by ordering today by visiting the online store!
Saturday, November10th is LaunchDay. The Online Store will be up and ready for orders and just in time for the Holiday Season… So come by the store, check things out… and PLEASE, I would love feedback on your experience at the store. I want it to run as smoothly and as happily as is online-ably possible!
Hot Toddy Sunday at Sidestreet Arts…
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, you have been officially invited to HotToddySunday at the gallery (140 SE 28th Ave) on Sunday, November 11th… where you’ll be treated to Bloody Marys… Ha! Kidding! Just checking to see if you were paying attention. You’ll be brunchin’ and munchin’ And day drinkin’ with rum! Come party with the artists… and it’s ALL FREE! Come see my Jazz Collages up close… and enjoy all the wonderful art of my fellow artists at Sidestreet Arts.
News Flash! I will be officially launching the OnlineStore on Saturday, November10th. Buttons, books, zines, greeting cards, magnets, original and reproduced art, will be available to purchase through Squareup… this means you can use a credit card to purchase items and they will be sent to you (prices on the website include shipping). Just in time for Christmas! You will be able to access the store from this website and also from Instagram. Follow the link to my Instagram account in the sidebar.
Christine Davis wrote a nice article about SidestreetArts (and us new members of the gallery) for OregonLive. You can read that here.
We also got a shout from the SouthEastExaminer in our own neck of the woods here in Portland…
… expression is the conveyor belt of art… or is it the other way around?