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9th Annual Art-a-Day Challenge, January 2018!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Welcome to Art-a-Day 2018!

Dear Artists and art lovers, 

Many of you know our family experienced a significant loss recently and while I can't quite muster myself to participate in Art-a-Day at this moment I'd be very glad if you would continue the tradition -and selfishly, I'd be glad of the diversion and inspiration. 

My most recent art, a memorial tattoo

Ytbis@  (Your Teddy Bear in Shining Armor)
design my Michael Rastovich

I wish for you much joy and a blessed, inspired, creative 2018!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rabbit Brush and unkept Hair

Book Artist: Patti Kirch
 at Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig
Experimenting with eclipse shadows, between finger tips, in my hair and under rabbit brush.
Too busy chasing shadows to notice eclipses buzzing about my bonnet!
Thank you Laura, for pointing out the obvious, sharp near and fuzzy far shadows.
 photo by: Laura Gable.

Book Artist and photo by Patti Kirch
99337's zip code 96.8% eclipse, not totality, yet totally in the moment.
Objective Observations, sketching, painting and nibbling on eclipse frosted cookies.

Book Artist and photo by: Patti Kirch
Experimental Solar Eclipse pinhole projector stations.

Book Artist and photo by: Patti Kirch
Embracing our Rabbit Brush and eclipse shadows.

photo by: Patti Kirch
Thank you, Gary and Debbie Kleinknecht
for inviting BookArt Tri-Cities to safely view the August 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig.
from left: Vicky Gerton, Doug & Laura Gable and Debbie & Gary Kleinknecht

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dear Art in The Park

I have lived in Richland, Washington, for three years now and Art in The Park has been a highlight every year. It's rare that I get to share my art with so many people and once they step into my booth they are all ears. It's different from an exhibition in that i really get to explain the inspiration behind pieces.

Felicia Follum Art at Art in The Park
Richland, Washington
I have never attended the event as a local but have had a booth all three years. My first year I found nearly everything for my set up on the side of the road marked "free" or from dumpster diving, yet somehow you saw potential in my application. My second year I bought a couple pieces at Goodwill and a couple used easels from other artists. This year was my first year with panels for walls and it made a huge difference!

I'm thankful for an arts event that involves the community and has been willing to let me learn as I grow. Art in The Park, you have pushed me to create new work and to engage with the community.

I'm already looking forward to next year and am thinking of some of the changes I will make!!!

Thank you Art in The Park, Allied Arts and Tri-Cities for being pretty stinking amazing!

<3 Love,
Felicia Follum

PS, If you would like to learn more about the work in the image, here are some links below.

My Women & Sisters (Redemption and Stories)

Boats & Bombs (Working with refugees locally and abroad)

The Lily Pad Project (Raising awareness about human trafficking and sex slavery)

Travel Your City (Exploring and Promoting Richland, Kennewick and Pasco)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Southern Oscillation by Patti Kirch

Southern Oscillation, hand woven tapestry scroll and upscaled player piano music box, lined with silk,  juried into
 the 9th Annual Cherry Blossoms A Textile Translation show in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Artists Reception is Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

West Vancouver's, The Silk Purse Gallery
Along with an artist's bio, statement and photo page of other works, I will be including this photo with the scroll box in the Artists Book at the show.
Pam Sharp, A Prairie Skulpture photographed and helped with the professional presentation.

artist: Patti Kirch

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Southern Oscillation, a Handwoven Tapestry

detail of Southern Oscillation tapestry,
artist: Patti Kirch

 techniques featured are hand knotted pile, sumac, hachures, slits and melanges.

Sothern Oscillation
artist: Patti Kirch
A hand woven tapestry has been juried into a Cherry Blossoms Festival show:
9th anual Cherry Blossoms, a Textile Translation
artist reception: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
West Vancouver, British Columbia's, The Silk Purse

ENSO is a Japanese calligraphy symbol for circle also used in zen meditation
ENSO, El Nino Southern pacific Ocean, a warming of the oceans phenomena

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Pendleton Selvedges and High Warp Tapestry

Artist: Patti Kirch
In De Stijl art movement style,
the above rug is woven with Pendleton Woolen Mill selvedges,
 at the same time, I wove vibrant yet restful tapestry rectangles.

Artist: Patti Kirch
High Warp, is the European term for a vertical Gobelin tapestry loom.  The warp, seine twine, takes taught tension, needed for successful rug and tapestry combination weaving.  Selvedges from the Pendleton Woolen Mill will be the ground and the restful circular patterns will be woven with hand spun, hand dyed Canadian wool singles.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 31

I have completed the January challenge of 30 paintings in 30 days.  Only finished 27. below is a collage of the finished paintings.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

More Paintings

I have almost finished the 30 paintings in 30 days. I am just posting some of them.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Dominoes and Doodles

I added an image to my Jan 17th post.  The original doodle that turned into Floodwaters brooch.

Yesterday was the first day in my studio since the weather turned cold.  Good to be in the studio and I LOVE working with the old dominoes for making jewelry!  These aren't complete - just dinking around with ideas.  

The far left is a man brooch. I plan to embed the heart halfway down into the ebony and create a 'rail' so the silver piece can slide up and down about a 1/2".  Right now its in the down position as if the "armor" is protecting his nethers or it can slide up partially covering and protecting the heart.  Seems ripe with symbolism.  
I'm pretty intimidated about creating the rails but will figure something out.

The pink stained one in the center failed in that the black ink bled somewhat through the porous bone. I've been wanting to try silver inlay so might give that a go on the fleur de lis(ish) part.  

The square on the right is very rough yet.  The ebony surrounds a cast-off from years ago -a cash register key cap filled with fresh water pearls w/a zirconium crystal embedded on the top.  I absolutely love the diverse twists and turns these dominoes take.

I got out to the studio again today but pretty much stared at and  touched things.  Simply could not engage.   ho hum 

I came across this doodle while looking for the earlier Floodwaters one.  Always thought it'd be a sweet little piece to make.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

                                          Video Number 2                                         
                                          Looks like I'm all alone on this blog, but I'm having fun.
                                          "TRANSPARENT PAINTING OVER GOLD LEAF"

Friday, January 20, 2017

                                          MY VERY FIRST VIDEO IS NOW PUBLISHED
                                          ON ART-A-DAY!!!   Kathryn Kaye

Correction for Kathryn Kaye

Hi - The last four paintings I posted the size was 8" x 8" rather than 12" x 12".

January 20

I have 4 more paintings to post, and one short video, my first, but I don't know how to post it.

                                          Collision               Acrylic/gold leaf   
                                           Power                    Acrylic/gold leaf        12"x12"   
                                          Charge of Energy    Acrylic/gold leaf      12"x 12"
                                          Power                   Acrylic/gold leaf          12"x12"

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Clearly I've been a total slacker here!

Plenty of valid excuses but nothing truly preventing me if I were committed. Like I said..., *slacker*.

I don't consider myself much of a drawer but I can do passable when I try.  At least enough for my basic needs.  Some of my favorite jewelry pieces are from random sketchbook doodles.  
So, that's my plan when I get off the computer.  I will draw.  

I posted the brooches here earlier with the Dominos Jewelry - now including the initiating doodle.  I plan to make the single heart on a stick one as well.  Maybe call it The Red Balloon?   :)
Image result for the red balloon movie
I'll find the original doodle for the one below tomorrow when I brave my studio..."Baby it's cold outside!"  I doodled it years before but built it during the time of the New Orleans flood so it's titled Flood Waters.  I'm eager to find the original doodle because I think I stayed pretty true to the sketch.  Tomorrow - I will post something totally new - I promise!

Sketch is tough to see but pretty much pulled it off!

Friday, January 13, 2017

January 13

Here we are with the next four paintings.  Ten completed!

                                          Rotating Motion      8" x 8"

                                          Shockwave      8" x 8"

                                          Color of Light      8" x 8"

                                          Passing Through      8" x 8"


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

European Tapestry and laser pointer?

Silk, wool, bobbins, winter white with weather personakin Woodie, "Steady weaving and snow accumulation is the forecast for the month of January plus a pillowy pile of cherry blossoms in the foreseeable future!"
Slow Art and loving it! Patti Kirch

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Saturday, January 7

Hi Everyone!  I got off to a late start, but have six paintings finished, and a seventh on the way.  We'll see how it goes.  I am going to post six of the seven paintings.

                                          Cool Winds     10" x 10"

                                          Low Tide,     8" x 8"

                                          Season's Return,     12" x 12"

                                          Secluded Space,      8" x 8"

                                          Summer Breeze,      10" x 10"

                                          Wetlands,      8" x 8"

See you next week.  Kathryn Kaye

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Domino Jewelry

My new fascination  - turning vintage dominoes into jewelry.  These are my first study pieces.  I try to make the backs interesting too, so it's like a wee secret for the wearer.  

These are part of January Allied Arts show.   I am honored to have been selected for the Szulinski Award at Allied Arts and doubly delighted to be sharing the space with the Desert Fiber Arts show.