Saturday’s Progress

A few more photos from the painting frenzy in the studio, fueled by good food and too much coffee.

I am using a mix of acrylic and India ink in order to retain the birch's texture where possible.
I am using a mix of acrylic and India ink in order to retain the birch’s texture where possible.
Small Blue Octopus. Suzanne Skaar. Woodcut, paint. 2014.
Small Blue Octopus. Suzanne Skaar. Woodcut, paint. 2014.
Painted Swallow. Suzanne Skaar. Steampunk Installation detail. 2014.
Painted Swallow. Suzanne Skaar. Steampunk Installation detail. 2014.
Green Butterfly. Suzanne Skaar. Wood, acrylic, india ink. 2014.
Green Butterfly. Suzanne Skaar. Wood, acrylic, india ink. 2014.

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Peeks into Process

As the deadline for the Anacortes Arts Festival gets nearer, it’s exciting to see everything falling into place. On Monday, the acrylic bases for the underwater scape were ready for pick up, and a productive trip to a local hardware store netted casters, lights, pulleys, and more. The last of the specialized PVC joints arrived Thursday, so the frame went up that very day. And I have started painting the various smaller pieces, readying them to be hung in their appropriate places. A few of the bigger sections of the installation still need to be finalized, but it’s great to see an abstract concept becoming a concrete reality.

Here’s a few pictures of what’s going on. Please mark your calendars for August 2-3 to see the real thing in person!

The 10' x 10' x 5' frame upon which the installation will be built, fully utilizing my plot of land in the Jet Artist Collective.
The 10′ x 10′ x 5′ frame upon which the installation will be built, fully utilizing my plot of land in the Jet Artist Collective.
Prepping to paint pieces of installation.
Prepping to paint first wave of installation pieces.
Towards end of last night's painting session. Photos of individual painted pieces will be posted on Suzanne's gallery page once complete.
Towards end of last night’s painting session. Photos of individual painted pieces will be posted on Suzanne’s gallery page once complete.

For more, check out Suzanne’s gallery page.

Oh, My! Octopi!

Steampunk Installation In Progress. Suzanne Skaar. Birch, laser cut. 2014.
Steampunk Installation In Progress. Suzanne Skaar. Birch, laser cut. 2014.

Earlier today, I said to someone that when designing this installation, I have been trying to make art that fits the theme while also making something that my daughter would like.

Considering my toughest critic just stole one of the “babies!” from my desk, I’d say the project is going swimmingly. (Wah wah.)  Less than 3 weeks to go, so

Full Steam Ahead!

Suzanne

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Swallow Woodcut

Swallow Woodcut

Swallow Woodcut #1. Suzanne Skaar. Birch, laser. 2014.

This little guy and his buddies are waiting to find their place in the Anacortes Arts Festival Steampunk Installation. You can follow along with the progress by checking out Suzanne’s gallery throughout the summer. Click on the photo to see more.