Matt & Amber's Wedding

Last weekend we were in Wisconsin to stand in my brother-in-law Matt's wedding to his beautiful new wife Amber.  They had a perfect ceremony and perfect weather, not to mention they are completely right for one another.  I also did some of the photographs for them (along with Nate's cousin Ali) with the help of my sister who took shots during the ceremony.  Here are some of my favorites so far:

It doesn't hurt that they are both extremely photogenic! :)






Congrats you two!  :)

In the Studio

Yesterday I got a full studio day (with a quick break to catch the Brewers play - Go BREW CREW!!).  This is the result:
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I finished the under-painting for my still life of King Kong.  Big thanks to my friend Andre Jordan who lent me his King Kong figurine from his Etsy shop: Iamanastronaut.  Check it out, he has great stuff!

As you may remember, I built a bunch of canvas frames recently, and last week I finished stretching them, and priming the canvases.

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Look at those sexy corners:

Here's the process of this painting thus far:
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{charcoal sketch - I put archival spray fixative over this so the charcoal doesn't bleed into the final painting)

{mixing mixing mixing}

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{ Rawr!!}

And last but not least, my studio buddy:
Whenever I am in my studio, Rascal HAS to be in there.  If I close the door on her, she claws relentlessly at the bottom of the door like a psychopath.  I've figured out that if I make a little blanket nest on the floor, she will readily curl up in there and watch me without trying to climb up my easel. :)

Take the Day 2011 at the Washington Pavilion

Yesterday we made the short trek to Sioux Falls to be a part of this year's Take the Day at the Washington Pavilion.  I was honored to be one of 44 regional artists invited to participate this year.  The event calls for artists to create an artwork from start to finish during the day while visitors can walk through the galleries and interact with the artists.

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{Me - working on my still life painting}

I worked on a painting of a ceramic bear - it was the most fun to talk to all of the kids who came out with their parents.  I had one girl ask if she could paint one little brushstroke (and I let her), and another who I gave my layout sketch to at the end of the day. They were so adorable!

My husband, Nate Edwards, also participated:
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He worked on composing a sound piece.

It was such a great experience for us, and I hope it was just as fun for those who came out to say hi!

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{Giles Timms - working on an animation}

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{Andres Torres}

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{Steve Bormes - working on a lamp}

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{Alan Montgomery}

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It was a great day!
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{My finished painting - Grizzly - 18x18" - Oil on Canvas}

If you didn't get a chance to stop by yesterday, the Visual Art Center at the Washington Pavilion is exhibiting the finished works from October 7th - December 11th.