Seasons Greetings to everyone!

It’s the time of year where studio shows are happening in every neighborhood. I held my festive annual studio show in late October with Anna Mueller~Sculpting the Feminine and Indra Stern~Mixed Media Assemblage. We don’t consider it a holiday show, as we are actually celebrating autumn and art, but it certainly gets us in the mood for celebrating the upcoming holidays.

This season, I will once again be part of the 2nd & Blair Artists Studio Sale & Open House. This year I’ll be sharing my space with my long-time friend, Sasha Crow~Sasha Crow Designs. Sasha creates unique and imaginative artisan jewelry. The show takes place in the 2nd & Blair Studios in Eugene, Oregon—in the vibrant Whitaker neighborhood. I always look forward to this annual event. Prior to participating, it was one of my traditions to go a group of friends. This is year 18 and I’ve been participating as a guest artist for most of the last 5 years. I’m honored to be exhibiting among these resident artists, as there have honed their skills and talents for many years. Most are recognized regionally and some, nationally.

If you’re local to Eugene, Oregon you probably already know about this show and have plans to go. If you haven’t been there — give a whirl!

2nd and Blair in Eugene ~ just north of Ninkasi Tasting Room.

Friday ~ December 11, 4pm ~ 9pm

Saturday ~ December 12, 11am ~ 7pm

Sunday ~ December 13, 12pm ~ 7 pm

See you there!!!!

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I’m Back!!!

Yes, I’m back. I really missed being in my blog world, but I took a break because I just couldn’t keep my blog going during the last couple of years of school. I graduated in June and am still working on figuring things out. The one sure thing is that my need to create is as strong as ever…if not stronger. I also have a need to “put it out there” for various reasons. It’s always helpful to get feedback, I love it when my work connects me to other artists and people who love art, and I also need to sell my work (for the usual survival reasons).

I’ve been focusing on botanicals for the last 6 years and I will continue to have them as a primary focus, but I’m constantly drawn to other subjects and other media. I hope you’ll hang out with me while I explore those new directions. Over my next few posts I’ll be catching you up on some of the art I’ve been making.

I’m curious – What’s your favorite flower? Or your 3 favorite flowers?

The first ones that come to my mind are poppy, iris, and bird of paradise. How about you? You can tell me here or visit my Facebook page and tell me there. I would love to know!

Field of Dreams

I’ve named this image is Field of Autumn Dreams. The original photo was quite colorful, but I decided that I wanted to give it an autumn feel. I hope this new season is finding you well.

We recently held our 3rd Annual Open Studio Show & Sale. What a wonderful time! Anna Mueller (Sculpting the Feminine) and Indra Stern (Mixed media assemblage) and I turned my home into a gallery for 4 days. It was hard to see the art come down. I hope you can make it to next year’s show!

Studio sneak peekAt our Open Studio sneak peak preview at Out on a Limb in Eugene.

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Summer’s Heat and Paisley Rose

This week the weather went from cold (requiring socks) and wet (no need to water the garden) to sweltering. It seems that the shift from spring to summer is often sporadic, but the humidity doesn’t usually jump so high. The garden is loving it, but now, after weeks of rain, I have to remember to water it every night.

With all of my homework for the week done (yes, I’m taking short, intensive summer classes), I decided to escape the heat by creating some art. Time for art, other than that assigned to me by my professors, has become elusive. I grab it when I can. So I picked up my (digital) pen and had my way with a copper rose shot at Owen Rose Garden in Eugene, Oregon. I layered it with some hand marbled paper and a painted image and added a lot of digital elements and filters and voila… here is Paisley Rose.

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Paisley Rose

Here she is, in my web gallery.

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New Gallery – Free eBook!

I have struggled with the web gallery and blog that I created last fall. Although it was a beautiful platform, it was not user-friendly at all. So — here I go again. My new gallery  is much easier to cruise through and I’ve revamped my old blog that I had put to rest. I moved most of the posts from the interim blog over here — unfortunately — minus the comments. Apologies to my subscribers who were inundated with email notifications. If you wish to comment on anything — please do. It’s always wonderful to get feedback. Enjoy!

If you have an iPad or know and love someone who does… my gift to you for a short time is my eBook, …Of a Botanical Nature. You can grab it here!

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New Shows at Peace Health Hospitals

I have two shows going on at both Peace Health Medical Center in the University District in Eugene and at RiverBend Hospital in Springfield.

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I’m excited to show my new canvas pieces at the University District. Any of my pieces are available on canvas. Just drop me a line if you’re interested.

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Artist Reception

If you can’t make it for the reception this Friday, the show will be up for the month of November so you have plenty of time to pop in and see it… and of course have a bite to eat. Their food is delish!

Washburn Postcard

And if you’re not yet a fan of my Facebook Page – please click over there and like my page. I’ll be holding a drawing at 300 LIKES which will be coming up soon!

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An Interview with Destiny Allison

I am honored to introduce sculptress and author, Destiny Allison. I met Destiny when she came through Eugene on her book tour. We had already become friends online, but meeting her and seeing her speak her passion was nothing short of amazing. I find her to be a most inspiring, powerful and insightful woman and artist. I highly recommend her book — Shaping Destiny: A quest for meaning in art and life (available here). You can also watch the trailer for the book here. I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a metal sculptor, an author, a mom, a wife and a businesswoman.  I live in Santa Fe, NM where I was born and raised.  I think I’m one of the luckiest women in the world.

What is your first memory of creating art?
I must have been about 7.  I made a clay sculpture of my dog at school that I really loved.  I started writing poetry at 8.

How did you first become interested in your current art form?
I thought I wanted to be a writer, but I discovered sculpture when the words didn’t come and I was struggling with writer’s block and domestic frustration.  My kids had left some modeling clay on my desk.  I picked it up, started playing and fell in love.

What inspires you?
Life.  Everything about it.  And the things I don’t understand.

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Grace Emerging

Do you think of yourself as having a particular “style”? If so… what would it be?
Contemporary abstract.

How has that style evolved over time?
I went from representational work to abstract over a period of about 10 years.  Abstraction gives me more room to hone in on human experience, idea and emotion instead of a visual narrative.

Have you had formal training?
Not really.  I’ve never taken an art class but I did a two year apprenticeship at a bronze foundry and learned a ton there.

What is your favorite medium?
Steel has been my medium of choice for many years.  I think I have metal in my blood.  Lately though, I am loving painting and writing.

Do you have a specific subject or genre you prefer to capture in your work? 
I think a lot about relationships, balance, and mythology.  I am always questioning who we are and why.

What do you find is the most enjoyable aspect of creating art?
I love getting completely lost in my work, watching things evolve and learning from what appears.  I also love it when a work is finished and someone else gets what I was trying to express.

Do you make your living with your art?
Yes.  I’ve been a full time, professional artist for the last 11 years.

Of all of your works, which is your favorite?
The next one.

Who is your favorite artist?
That’s hard to say.  There are too many works to choose from.

Where can we find your work online?
Are you connected to an online art community?  www.destinyallison.com

Some random questions here…

What is your favorite color?
Teal.

What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast?
Bagels, lox and cream cheese or granola and yogurt.

Who would play you in a movie about yourself?
Jodie Foster?

What super power would you like to have? Why?
Telepathy.  I want to know what others are thinking and feeling at the deepest levels.

What do you do to relax?
I read a lot, take hikes with my love and my dogs, and play a lot of backgammon.

Thank you, Destiny, for allowing me to explore your art and process.

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An Interview with R-Atencio

My second, in a series of interviews with a variety of artists, is with the wonderful artist, R-Atencio. R’s work demonstrates a gentle realistic quality — be it from the natural world or from woman/man-made world.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
If I were to write a autobiography it’d be titled, “Memoirs of a Reluctant Artist.” As a second generation American, my family had a lot of concerns about becoming an artist. I took the business route. For a while, it was satisfactory and paid the bills. From time to time, I felt as if a soft voice was whispering in my ear. It was something indiscernible. One day, I was in the bookstore and found Julia Cameron’s book, “The Artist’s Way – a Spiritual Guide to Higher Creativity” ( It’s full of exercises to promote creativity.) I was so reluctant that I had to read and do the exercises twice. This helped me to hear the voice of creativity and that’s how I began my journey to be an artist.

 

What is your first memory of creating art?
Well, I suppose all little children draw and color with whatever they have at hand. I took a few art classes in high school.

How did you first become interested in your current art form?
(See next answer)

What inspires you?
So many things… the feelings that I have when I look at beauty – could be the colors of a bird, a fiery sunset, a bin of autumn squashes or the play of shadows.  I strive to re-create that feeling and when I see other artists’ work that has captured it, I’m inspired to try.

 

The Quiet of Shade

Do you think of yourself as having a particular “style”? If so… what would it be?
A few people have told me that I do, but I feel that I haven’t settled on a particular style in that you could look at the work and say, “Oh, that’s an Atencio.” I like experimenting. However, I do prefer realism in my work – so far.

How has that style evolved over time?
It seems that evolution occurs in artists because we are organic beings changed by seasons, experiences and emotions. So, yes, my style is evolving. Recently, I’ve been thinking that I’d like express myself more in sculpture.

Have you had formal training?
Besides receiving my degree in Fine Art, I’ve taken many classes and workshops in different areas of art.

What is your favorite medium?
It’s more like “favorites.” I’m fairly experimental and love to try different media. Some of my tried and true choices are: pastel, oil, acrylic and clay – which I often use in combination. For example, under painting with acrylic for an oil painting. Right now, I’m trying my hand at paper clay. When it dries, I’ll paint with acrylics.

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Do you have a specific subject or genre you prefer to capture in your work?
It seems that I’m drawn to nature and travel. Of course, nature is a big category, so specifically birds, light/shadows and produce.

What do you find is the most enjoyable aspect of creating art?
For me, there isn’t one part alone that is most enjoyable.  There are two parts that I’d highlight.
It seems to me that art is a lot about problem solving. I ask myself lots of questions about format, medium, substrate, and size.  I enjoy that formational time in that it is often the most collaborative. I have artist-friends and folks at the local hardware store. It is so enlightening and helpful to put my ideas and questions to them.
There are times when I think, “It’s not working” and “What do I need to do to get there?’ So, when I figure out what needs to change and it actually works, it’s a thrill! (That includes “happy accidents.”)

Do you make your living with your art?
Not yet. I finished my degree program three years ago – at the heart of the recession.  Given the financial situation for so many, who cannot afford to buy art or even fine art prints of art they enjoy, I have one art series that is now available as cards, bookmarks, coasters, mugs, and glass trays.

Of all of your works, which is your favorite?
Usually, the one I just finished.

Who is your favorite artist?
There isn’t really one artist who I admire more than any others. I write an art blog concerning artists, art movements, colors, techniques – all sorts of subjects that I think the public might enjoy. In my research, I’ve found so many interesting stories that I draw inspiration from many.

Where can we find your work online? Are you connected to an online art community?
I maintain a gallery website at: http://www.r-atencio.com
The art-related items are at: http://www.r-atencio-annex.com
Art blog is: r-atencio.blogspot.com

 

Some random questions here…

What is your favorite color?
In terms of art, I don’t have one.

What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast?
Eggs

Who would play you in a movie about yourself?
Hard to say – I don’t think of my life or myself in those terms. I’m too busy living it.

What super power would you like to have? Why?
SuperPower that allows me to be in different places at the same time – then I could make art in my studio while simultaneously running errands and helping causes I believe in.

What do you do to relax?
Walk, read, play and enjoy time with friends.

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Washburne Reception & Show

Come by and see a bit of my work at the Washburne Cafe, 326 Main Street in Springfield in the month of November!
Or better yet… come by during the 2nd Friday Artwalk Reception November 9, between 5 – 7 pm and visit!

And don’t forget to LIKE me on Facebook. I’ll hold a drawing at 300 fans (I’m almost there) and the lucky winner will receive the print of her or his choice matted to 11 x 14.

A single Pease Rose petal opens in the sun. Photograph not manipulated.

A single Pease Rose petal opens in the sun.
Photograph not manipulated.

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…Of A Botanical Nature — A Free Copy of My eBook!

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