Sunday, October 08, 2006

Bachelorettes and Brugmansia


The last item on 2 weeks of show preparation, organizing, travel, adventure is my friend Erin's bachelorette party! Much rich food and yummy drink... It's been ages since I got to hang out with lots of women and it was great...





Only a digital camera without flash in low light can make this scary picture...
I'd say it really captures the mood well...


Waiting for me at home after my trip were the HUGE blooms on my Brugmansia. Two massive, powerfully scenting blossoms. As the Brug is entering winter hibernation, hardly a leaf remains on its many stalks...yet it finishes the summer with these flowers as it's last gesture. These blossoms are 12.5 inches long and 8.5 inches wide at the opening edge of the petal. In 2 years of growing this one tree, it has only given us one flower per summer----reasonable, since it's a true tropical and I've just had it out on my deck in AK summer=lots of light, low humidity and cool nights (bad)---no greenhouse, unfortunately. This summer, after realizing just how much it LOVES lots of fertilizer, we've been rewarded with 4 blooms. The challenge with this plant is spider mites....they are nearly impossible to eradicate. Hopefully, a new neem oil spray I've found may help.....nothing else has. Next summer, if I get off my ass and get the greenhouse built, the Brug will have a very happy tropical season in it. Posted by Picasa

Fun in Anchorage...


While in Anchorage for 4 days for the opening of my art exhibit, I had some free time to play around, explore, do some shopping...and letterbox! I researched 10-15 in the Anchorage area and knew I couldn't hit all of them. I did find 6! All were rural boxes hidden in stumps, moss, trees, trails...


This one took some re-tracing of my route and searching around...


This one had nifty clues to decipher. Great hiding place, too.


And other fun stuff in Anchorage? MASSIVE margaritas with Dena. She's eating fried ice cream, too----this woman knows how to live it up. Posted by Picasa

"Transmission Point" Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage Alaska, October 6-29, 2006


I safely hauled my 15 paintings the 357 miles to Anchorage and hung the show at the Carr-Gottstein Gallery on the APU campus. Good drive, good weather, and easy show installation.



Although the gallery space was more....corporate?...than I expected, my work presented very well. This space has a lot of traffic through it as it is part of the admissions office and adjacent to several conference rooms.


Two good friends who made the opening a good one: Jenn and Dena. I had begun to expect my opening night to be a bit lonely without a familiar face---somehow the show inauguration seemed a bit of a hollow victory without friends or family to be there with me....


The opening night. Not a huge turnout, as later I was told that the First Friday activities at galleries around town were pretty quiet, overall. Still, some good conversations with other artists I hadn't met before.
And now?
6 Months of work is done, the show is up, the opening done, the wine drunk, the 800 miles driven and I'm happily at home again.....cleaning house, as it turns out. Everything went really, really well. Can I relax now?

Next big show: "9 North: Multimedia Alaskan Perspectives" at the Bear Gallery in May 2007. Seven months to make that new body of work. '9 North' is my brainchild---I've invited and collected 8 other artists who work in multimedia to participate in this group exhibit. I'm excitedly planning some large works on canvas and board using lots of gold leaf. Posted by Picasa

And hey! My 100th post!