Sunday, September 27, 2009

Unexpected Healing

Cat with the Hand of a Healer,
mixed media encaustic on paper, 6" x 8"

"The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." (C.G. Jung)

I was surprised when a cat entered this piece. After all, I am known as the bird woman--the artist who places a bird in virtually every art piece. But the other day when playing art at my friend Karen's, this cat jumped into the wax and wanted to show itself as a healing force.

This is not unlike my own cats -- Selkie and Mountie -- who have given me comfort and healing many times over. Once during a panic attack, when I was shaking in bed, burning on the inside, having a hard time breathing, Selkie came to me, settled right on my stomach and chest, his paws placed over my heart. He stayed there while I trembled and until I calmed myself finally and fell asleep.

What images have appeared in your art in a surprising way, as if you didn't choose them -- as if they chose you? And what life experiences have influenced your inclusion of certain images in your art? Do tell!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Elephants on Parade

The other day my friend Kristen and I went to Ms. Artist B's house for a day of art-making! On this creative adventure, we used Ms. B's shiny new press to print, emboss, and imprint images onto paper. We then added mixed media elements and our own flare to the pieces.

Here are two of my creations (more to come in later posts!):

Blue Kanji Elephant, mixed media on paper, 4" x 6"

Eternal Summer Elephant, mixed media on paper, 4" x 6"

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Writerly Opportunities Coming Your Way

Tweet Typing, collage, 3" x 3"

Here's another little update on writerly endeavors for which you may wish to partake!

My friend Ann
Teplick is offering writing workshops for kids at The Richard Hugo House:

Hugo Classes for Kids
Writing Honor and Admiration for El Dia de los Muertos
Come and write beautiful poetry on the theme of El Dia de los Muertos--The Day of the Dead, honoring and celebrating those whom we have lost and admire, as well as those who have fought for social change. Through poems, short prose, dramatic monologues and dialogues, we will tell our stories of remembrance and gratitude. An alter of our work will be assembled and put on display at the annual El Centro de la Raza's Day of the Dead exhibit.

Instructor: Ann Teplick
Writers: grades 3-6
Date/time: Tuesdays, October 6 - December 8, 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave. on Capitol Hill)
Tuition: $50 per session, pay-what-you-can

About the Instructor:
Ann Teplick is a poet, playwright and prose writer. She works with young writers in schools, through Coyote Central and with The Pongo Publishing Teen Writing Project.

To register, or for more info, please contact Richard Hugo House: or call 206-322 7030

There are a couple of spots still left in my friend Corbin Lewars' "Getting Published" class!

Tuesdays, 6-8:00 pm • September 29th- October 27th • $120 • Ballard

s workshop is designed for those of us who want to be published, yet seem to find 101 other things to do instead of submitting our work. The class will begin with identifying suitable publications for each participant to query. We will craft enticing query letters, strengthen a current piece or create a new piece of writing, and explore DIY options for publishing. Class size will be limited to eight people in order to provide everyone with individual attention. By the end of the five week workshop, all participants will have a solid proposal and several options of editors to submit to. The only thing left to do will be to push the "send" key!

For more information contact Corbin at

My mom's memoir Full Moon at Noontide: A Daughter's Last Goodbye is coming out this October. To learn more about the book, including release dates and future readings, feel free to become a "Fan" on Facebook here.

And I have a secret to tell: my mom is going to be my guest artist for my Fall art show in my home studio this November or December! I'll be showing my art and she'll be selling and signing her books! I am so delighted about this!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Manifest Nest

Manifest Nest, 8" x 8" encaustic on 1" board

I keep searching for my nest--
the one that will appear
between the storm-parted branches
or Fall's gravitational pull.

Until then, I keep my head up,
skyward, where my father's eyes live,
between the cirrus clouds, deep into the blue.

Home is somewhere between sky and branch,
in that place where I manifest my life without
him. So I wait for a nest to emerge
as the leaves release their grip on summer
and accept their flight to earth.

- Courtney Putnam