Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wallpaper? Who needs it!

This week, Rhonda Canales and I teamed together to solve a problem our client had with wallpaper they had started to install...the batches were discolored on the edges.  Since the design had also been discontinued their designer, Tamara Rosenbloom, asked us to replicate it in paint. Here are the results:

After  basecoat layer and plaster layer we used this stencil

Rhonda adjusting the stencil

Final look

                                    Final look in sunset light

Friday, November 11, 2011

Events at MAE!

We have a few exciting events coming to the Madera showroom in the next few weeks!  We hope to see you.

Saturday November 12 10:00a.m. - 6:00p.m. 
 rePly Furniture, A New Chapter - the work of Steve Lawler

An exhibit of unique, hand-made, eco-friendly furniture made from reclaimed woods and scrap plywood.
                                                               bench table
Friday November 18 7:00p.m. - 8:30p.m. 
Tripod Slideshow Series presents 3 Awesome Art Forms
  • Carlos Taylor-Swanson explores... Intarsia and Trompe-l'oeil wood inlay in Renaissance Italy
  • Eric Fisher/Lynn DiNino learn how...Cartoon Architecture in Las Vegas
  • Steve Lough presents...Sunbathing on the Solstice in Fremont

Saturday November 19 12:00noon - 5:00p.m.
Madera Architectural Elements presents New Works, Small Works and The Works - Our Annual Party!
The artisan members of MAE are known throughout the region for crafting outstanding custom furnishings and architectural elements.  Each year they get together to showcase their lighter, more portable creations - original, affordable and perfect for holiday gifting (or keeping!).  This year they have invited a few friends to join in the fun: 
  • Andy Lewis-Lechner returns to Madera with his beautiful wood-fired stoneware
  • Artist-Designer-Creative Prolific Scott Neste presents original mixed medium artworks
  • Jennevieve Schlemmer is leaving her mosaics at home and bringing a menagerie of felted creations
  • Chris Wooten is showcasing her intricate assemblages of bamboo, wire, beads and who-knows-what!  
And for something completely different we are proud to be presenting Urban Elixir - the cure for the common cocktail.  U.E. is a new, woman-owned Tacoma business venture creating artisan-made cocktail mixers.  Their mission statement is to create exceptional, hand-crafted cocktail mixers and encourage giving back to our world in meaningful ways. They will be unveiling (and sampling!) 3 mixers at our event: Margarita, Bloody Mary and Potion #3.
If you cannot make the Gala opening on Saturday 11/19, we will be hosting a sneak peek during ArtWalk Thursday 11/17 5-8pm and the show will run through December 21. 

 Please visit our website and the MAE website for more information!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Recently completed furniture

A collaboration between award winning designer, Scott Neste of Minor Details Design, Madera Woodworking, Wade Martin of Axis Cut Parts and myself. The cabinet was designed by Scott Neste, meticulously built by Madera Woodworking, the door's curved elements by Wade Martin and I added the painted finish. I love Scott's inclusion of the beautiful mirror within his design!

A detail

View of 1/2 of cabinet

Photos courtesy of Madera Woodworking

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Restaurant mural

In late March I finished this mural at the Ikonos Real Greek Souvlaki restaurant in Gig Harbor, WA. Working between 8 PM until 4 AM, I completed it in two weeks.  Great client, Dan Walker, great designer, Cheryl Marshall and great restaurant staff!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Movie: "Great Moments in Advertising"

A couple of weekends ago I was lucky enough to be involved in a fun "72 Hour Film Festival" mini movie filmed by David Derickson. It was a BLAST and the film won an award, Best Use of Prop!!!!!!! The prop= an egg.

 Here's more info:

What is the 72 Hour Film Festival?

Each filmmakers' challenge began Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the Grand Cinema. 30 filmmaker teams gathered for the instructions on what needs to be in their 5 minute short film. It's simple - they have 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a unique and creative short film that includes these specific elements:
  • A character must have a SUPER POWER
  • Line of dialogue: "What are you going to do about it?"
  • Prop: an egg
  • Location: a dock or pier
  • 5 minute maximum length, including credits
The films were due back at the Grand on Sunday, April 24th.

Finally, everyone was invited to watch these great local films at the Festival Party on Friday, May 6. The evening concluded with the annual awards ceremony, to recognize the best use of the different criteria, for a total of six (6) awards.

Monday, April 18, 2011

This Saturday, at "the Space"

Saturday, April 23rd

Come, see and buy artwork by:                                 

Jeremy Gregory
Robert Evans
Geoffrey Weeg


then MUSIC @ 8:30pm:

CHECK PLEASE (my band!)



"The Space"
729 Court C
Tacoma, Washington, 98402

Friday, March 11, 2011

TONIGHT...Dodo show!

The DODO Show

Event Photo
Event Hours
7-10 pm
Event Price
Free admission
Friday, March 11th, 2011
Mad Hat Tea Company 1130 Commerce St. (253) 441-2111
Join us for an unforgettable night of rare birds. Local artists put forth their rendition of the one, the only, the never to be seen again...The Dodo; alive and well on the walls of the Mad Hat. Music, refreshments, snacks, surprises! 
My Dodo piece...

 27" x 27"
paper on round wood panel
click to see larger

Monday, January 24, 2011

Fairly recent...a finished painting.

A diptych for a client's bedroom. A lover of bright clear color, this painting's color palette came from her window treatments and bed covering...both in fuchsias and oranges.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Fun video

Watch this great video from my friend Kris Crews featuring other friends, Jeremy Gregory= artwork and Tallest Tree= music. They are all so talented!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Children's playroom

Last week I finished a colorful mural for a playroom. My client had specific guidelines for me including bright color, fairies, toadstool, dragonflies, and flowers. Spent 24 hours on this project.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

January 22nd Check Please show!

Check Please
Apricot & the Beginners

Flyer created by Jesse Quitslund!