I’m going crazy!

In my studio, May 2014I did get to visit my studio last weekend.  It was the monthly Second Saturday artwalk.  There I was, sitting in my chair with my foot up on my worktable.  It was nice to see that it’s all still there.  Also nice to see the other studio artists at ARTHOUSE.  But that’s about it for a while.  The foot is getting better rapidly, but……  My hand will be in a cast until at least June 9.  No scissors.  No drawing.  I’m trying to train my left hand, but it’s a slow process.

On the plus side……  The public art commission I was awarded in spring of 2013 by LA County is finally set to start.  We should be having a kickoff meeting in early June. I’ll keep you posted here.  I think this might be a very interesting project!!!  They are talking 3D.  Yikes!!

Time Out

ALAS! I’ll be out of the studio for a while. Old injuries have caught up with me and needed fixing. Since I’d be out of the studio a while with each one, I decided to multitask my recoveries. I need to keep my foot elevated, and my hand will be in a cast for about 5 more weeks. ‘Guess I won’t be standing at my design wall or wielding scissors and pins for a while.
Netflix time!!!
But I WILL be in my studio tomorrow evening for Second Saturday. Just kicking back with my foot up……..foot

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My new favorite collage

Axelrad - Redwoods 2, 42x28, 2014Mothers love each of their children equally.  As a mother of an only child, I can easily attest to that.  But as an artist, I confess, I love some of my pieces more than others.  As Orwell expressed,  some are just more equal than others.  I do love Redwoods 2 .It will soon be hanging over a fireplace in the home of a lovely California family.  But meanwhile, It will be in my studio for a wee bit of time.  It’s all framed and looking gorgeous.  If Im not in my studio you can see it through the glass door of my studio.

R Street Lofts!!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!

Today was a special day for those of us in love with R Street.  The project (formerly known as Capital Artists Lofts) we’ve all been waiting for, the Warehouse Artists Lofts, had its groundbreaking just this morning.  Yay!!!!

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Enter my Studio

Welcome to my studio!! Look left and you can see my current work in progress. Look right and you can see the flat files that hold my prints. And you can tell it’s February…. See the Valentine’s Day candy on the little table by the door?

I hope everyone has plans for this Thursday!  Happy Heart Day!! By the way….  If you need a last minute gift, my small prints are on sale for only $80…..  And sets of notecards are only $20.  Just mentioning….

The Studio Door is Open

The Studio Door is Open!

The Upstairs Gallery and the Axelrad Studio both have a fresh coat of paint.  Come visit!

ARTHOUSE is located at 1021 R Street, Sacramento 95811.  My studio is on the second floor.  I’ll be hosting an Open Studio from 6-9pm on Saturday, Feb 9.

Also…..  I’ll be speaking about my work in Folsom on the evening of Feb. 12.  Contact me if you’d like more information.

Mission(s) Accomplished

Done!!!  My first collages depicting architecture landmarks (Mission San Jose and Mission Espada) were completed in October.  I followed them to Houston where they were framed (see image above).  They then traveled to San Antonio and were installed in their permanent home, the new corporate headquarters of NuStar Energy.
Now what?
I’m about to start a new series of California landscapes.  When completed they will be featured in a Carmel art gallery.  
Life is good!

It’s the 7th annual CAST event!  I’ll be in my studio ALL weekend.

We start with a talk about art genres, mediums, and appreciation, hosted by Taylor Gutermute.  That will be at ARTHOUSE (upstairs in the Fuller Building, next to the Fox and Goose – 10th and R).  It’s on Friday, Sept 7, from 6-7pm.  Our studios will be open for a sneak peak.
Then there are the “regular” CAST Open Studio hours.  For ARTHOUSE that will be Sept 8 and 9, 10am-5pm.  
And there’s “Second Saturday”.  I’ll be hosting an Open Studio on the 8th from 6-9pm.
Whew!!!  It’s going to be a busy weekend.  I plan to work (current deadline is looming) that weekend, so come visit me!  

Mission Espada



Mission Espada is now well underway in my studio.  It has to be done by the end of September, so I’m putting in a lot of studio hours!

Also – I’ll be speaking about my work in Grass Valley on Sept. 4 and in Sacramento on Sept. 5.  Both talks are in the evening.  Let me know if you’re interested in attending, and I’ll send you more details.
Cheers!!
Merle

Mission San Jose completed

I recently finished my first collage of a building!  It’s Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas.  This fall it will be installed in the entry lobby of NuStar Energy’s new headquarters building in San Antonio.  I’m currently working on its companion piece, Mission Espada.  Each collage is 8′X5′, so they’ve taken a bit of time!!!