anniversary sale

Nov 22, 2013

My Etsy shop turns four, and you're all invited to the party!  Take 25% off your entire order when you use the code ART4ME at checkout.  This includes savings on my new art print and cards below.  Sale runs thru the end of this month.  Thanks for following and happy shopping!

art show in adelaide, australia

Nov 6, 2013

When I opened my etsy shop four years ago, I didn't expect such overwhelming international support, particularly from Australia.  I have sent more art to Australian addresses than to local buyers, so I have a deep appreciation for the artful communities Down Under.  

A few months ago, Australian artist Fruzsi Kenez invited me to be part of a group art show in Adelaide.  The Tiny Universes show opens this Friday, and this is the first time my artwork will be showcased in an Australian gallery.  I created nine new pieces for the show.  Going along with the tiny theme, the works are no larger than five inches.  

A sneak peek of some of the art can be found here, as well as more information about the event.  I wish I can attend the opening night in person.  If any of you can make it, I'd love to hear about it. 

In other news, my weaving made the Editor Picks in Flutter Magazine, which is a print publication in Southern California dedicated to couture wedding and event artistry.  

What a great collection of items! I've been eying that Dream Collective ring for awhile now.  (It's on my wish list in Pinterest.) Hmmm, early Christmas gift for myself perhaps?

The weaving shown here was part of my One Kings Lane show.  It is sold, but I do have a new wall hanging available - largest one yet at 36 x 12 inches. 

In upcoming weeks, I have more exciting news to share involving my art and a well-known retailer.  Details are still being worked out, but products will most likely hit the shelves this Spring.

available work

Oct 28, 2013

Just as things are starting to slow down a bit (as of yesterday), the holiday season is upon us.  I'm currently working on new products for my Etsy shop, including notecards and a 2014 calendar.  Looking back at my blog posts, I realized that it's been awhile since I've shared my latest original paintings and weavings.  So here's a list of the new and available work. 

Hood, mixed media on wood panel, 16 x 20 inches.
This piece had been hanging in Portland's popular ice cream shop, Salt and Straw, for the month of September, so it should smell like yummy dairy goodness.  (I may be a little lactose intolerant, but I'll never admit it when it comes to gourmet ice cream.)

The painting is of Mt. Hood, a favorite subject of mine.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the little dots in the sky are gold, like thousands of twinkling stars.  Hood is currently available in my Big Cartel shop, along with these two new weavings:

Smaller works are uploaded into my Etsy shop.  I currently have available 12 originals priced at $35 - $90, including these three pieces:

Enchant, mixed media on wood panel, 5 x 7 inches.
Red Sky, acrylic, ink and gouache on wood panel, 5 x 5 inches.
one fine day, mixed media on wood panel, 5 x 7 inches.
A heads up.  The pricing of my art will increase soon.  So you may want to snatch up a one-of-kind piece at a super affordable price ($35!).  

remembering summer

Oct 3, 2013

The transition from summer to fall in Portland has been quick and downright harsh.  September is normally a glorious month in Oregon, so I feel ripped-off that we've been pounded with torrential downpour for days on end.  Flooding in the basement- what?! That normally doesn't happen until November.

I really dislike the word soggy, and yet that may be one of the better descriptors for the Pacific Northwest right now. 

If I could, I would will summer back.  But, the best that I can do is flip through my photos and try to hold onto some of the most cherished memories of my year. 

Here are some snapshots I took on our summer trip to the Olympic National Park  . . .

Mini weaving giveaway!

Sep 19, 2013

I'm still on cloud nine from my weaving sale on One Kings Lane.  The collection sold out on the first night! I can't thank everyone enough for all the lovely comments.  And with Habit of Art turning four this Monday, there's even more reason to celebrate and run a giveaway!

This week, the mini weaving shown above is up for grabs.  For a chance to win this little handwoven wall hanging, just leave a comment below.  I'll announce the winner (randomly chosen, of course) on Tuesday, September 24th at noon

Oh, and international entries are welcome- shipping is on me.  Bonne chance!

9/24:  Number 13 was the lucky number today, so the winner of the weaving giveaway is Dee! Thanks everyone for all your lovely comments.

My weavings on One Kings Lane

Sep 7, 2013

Summer has come and gone in a blink of an eye.  I guess that's what happens when you embark on long road trips, paint the exterior of the house with only a brush, and handweave nine wall hangings- all in a two month period.

The new handwoven collection is for an exclusive event on One Kings Lane.  The popular online marketplace just launched their Artisanal Sales in June, and I was invited to be part of a collaborative event this upcoming week!

Starting at 6pm PST on Monday, September 9th, my wall hangings will be available for purchase here.  And I'm thrilled that my collection will be featured alongside the works of some of my favorite fiber artists, including Tanya Aguiniga, whose art I mention in this post

Some of you may remember that I began weaving after purchasing a vintage miniature loom from the Great Depression era.  I love that little loom, but I decided to purchase a larger rigid heddle loom this summer.  So now I can create wall hangings two feet wide!

           photos: Annie Schilperoort
A bigger loom meant a bigger space.  So I expanded my work area to another corner of our basement.  For now, the space is working out great, but I am sure my loom collection won't stop at two.  

This fall, one of my home projects is to build a simple frame loom to weave a rug.  I'll post pictures on here once I start the project.  To see other weavings I have available for purchase, go to my shop here

lost coast and the redwoods

Jul 28, 2013

Appropriately named, California's Lost Coast is a stunning 80 mile stretch of rugged shoreline that begins north of Mendocino.  Most of the coast land is undeveloped and quite remote . . . it's like stepping back in time.

Our first destination was Glass Beach in Fort Bragg.  Fifty years ago, locals used to hurl trash right over the bluffs into this small cove.  Once a dumping ground, the beach is now an incredible spectacle of tumbled glass and pottery.

For most our visit, we had the sparkly shore to ourselves- not at all what you'd expect from a California beach.  And we were gifted with beautiful weather. 

Exploring the Lost Coast by car can be precarious.  Undeveloped land means undeveloped roads.  We decided to spend one morning driving down Usal Road, which is a narrow and steep dirt road that hugs the coastline. 

It took us an hour to drive 6 miles, but we managed to make it to the beach without any car mishaps or car sickness.  On the drive, we saw some amazing "candelabra" redwoods, trees that grow multiple trunks. 

From the Lost Coast, we drove to the heart of the redwoods.  We took a scenic 31 mile highway that led us to groves of giant trees.  The fallen tree shown below was 362 ft. tall and 52 feet in circumference.  And it was at least 1600 years old when it finally fell in 1991. 

Walking amongst these giant trees, I couldn't help but think of Tolkein's talking trees in Lord of the Rings.  Ent, after all, means "giant" in Old English.  And Ents were considered the oldest living creatures in Middle Earth. 

That doesn't make sense to me. But, then again, you are very small. - Treebeard, the oldest Ent, to a hobbit.

Oh, how true that is.

summer sale!

Jul 18, 2013

There's a sale in my Etsy shop this week.  Enter SUMMERSALE at checkout and receive 20% off your order of $50 or more.  The sale runs thru Thursday, July 25. 

road trip to cali

Jul 12, 2013

Bridalveil Fall / taken with my vintage camera from Inspiration Point
Hours after summer vacation officially started, our family (dog included) packed into the car and headed to California.  One of the stops on our list was Yosemite National Park.  We visited Yosemite three years ago, but just for the day- not nearly enough time to explore the park's many trails and sites.

This time around, we stayed in a cabin with a close family friend who knows his way around the park.  The Yosemite Valley floor is quite crazy during the summertime (crowds rivaling those at Disneyland), so he led us to more remote spots.  On our first hike, which was a rock scramble up a mountainside, we only saw a total of five people on the trail!

Climbing over loose rocks on a steep grade is quite precarious and nerve-wracking, especially for those not fond of heights (ahem, me).  But, I was determined to see the amazing viewpoint at the top where four of the five major waterfalls in the park can be spotted.  And, apparently, it was at this overlook that a 14 year-old Ansel Adams took his first photos of Yosemite.

Safely back on the ground, we saw two of the waterfalls up close- Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall.  Yosemite Falls actually has its own live webcam that you can view here.  Pretty cool!

Yosemite Falls
engraved tree at Bridalveil Fall

greeted by friendly deer

My favorite time was dusk, when the massive rock walls lit up in beautiful hues of pink, orange, and purple.  In the photo below, you can see the iconic landmark, Half Dome, in the distance.

Our legs were a little soar by the end of our time in Yosemite- a sign of a good adventure.  From the Sierras, we continued our road trip westward.  Next destination: Lost Coast.

small paintings now available

Jun 8, 2013

35 paintings // $35 each //  here

art giveaway!

Jun 3, 2013

This week, I'm uploading 35 original works of mountains into my Etsy shopFive new works a day, each priced at $35.  The special art event starts Wednesday, June 5th at 9am (PST).  At this time,  I'll also draw a name from below to receive one of the new art works for FREE! (A value of $35 plus free shipping.) And I'll even let the winner choose their favorite piece.  Just leave a comment below to enter the giveaway.  Oh, and make sure that your name links back to an email so I can contact you.

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Congrats to Maggie Paul!

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