Finally coming out from under the sickness cloud and able to post about the final weekend of Portland Open Studios. This is such an incredible event. Since I was a little under the weather we kept the visiting short, but managed to stop by a few studios during the final weekend.
A glimpse into the process of 5 talented artists
Annie was very gracious and took the time to walk us through her process from color blending to the mono printing all the way through the framing considerations she makes. It was fascinating to see the variety of color palettes and subjects in Annie’s work.
Maria was in the midst of a demonstration when we arrived at her studio. As I walked around and viewed her finished pieces I listened to her chat about her process and show the group a few of her “insider” tips. I loved that she thought out loud as she moved through the process, I do the same thing when I create. She is a ceramic artist working with Terra Sigillata which is rich brown in color. Combined with her choice of finishes, the pieces have incredible depth and detail. Pictures do not do her work justice, plus her display/framing choices help bring the pieces to life. She teaches as well, I just might take a couple days off from the regular routine and join her in the studio.
I really enjoyed chatting with Christopher about his work, his influences, and the colors that inspire his work. He works in oil and wax and every time you look at a piece you see a new part of it. It was fun to stand in his studio surrounded by so many cityscapes, each one giving you a different feel.
I love the bright colors and bold images in Rachel’s work. She walked us through her process as we came into her space. Each step is simple and straightforward, yet her eye for color and composition take the simple steps into a playful place. Her work simply makes you happy.
OK, you know I am going to say it, but come on, the texture in Shyama’s work is fantastic. I instantly loved her work. Each piece feels like a story unfolding. It was great fun to see a piece in progress and chat with Shyama about her process and the experimenting that she was doing. I really could stare at her work for hours and not tire of it. Truly took me to my happy place!
Another year comes to a close and I am thankful (sickness and all) to have visited 12 artists with unique voices bringing their creations to life. Looking forward to October 2013!
_________________________________________________________________________________________The images in this post are from the artist websites, please click on the image or their name to learn more about each artist.