History of Life


Show postcard. Want one? Shoot me your address!

Show postcard. Want one? Shoot me your address!


I finally stopped with the watercolors a couple weeks ago and started the oh so glamorous process of matting and framing all the pieces for my upcoming solo show. I’ve mentioned the show right? Yes, well I am kicking to-do list ass up in here, up in here.

Earworm. You’re welcome.

As you can see, I finally decided on a title - History of Life. After created several lists of potential titles and driving myself crazy, I settled on an evolutionary science term cause I’m nerdy like that and the show is including work spanning the last 3 years. When looked at chronologically, I can see the path I’ve been on and how my work has shifted and evolved over this time. The oldest of the paintings were done right before my last visit with my dad in June 2016. He passed away later that year. A shift. Color left and I painted only in black and white. Then I wasn’t painting at all. Embroidery, weaving prints, a dive back into printmaking, sewing, all while slowly moving through grief and depression. A random doodle while on hold and - shift - drawing. All the pens! Markers! Digital and analog. I participated in inktober and drew everyday. Then came the holidays, and surgeries, I left the pens behind and started drawing with the ink dropper. And one morning watercolors! And here we are, armed with windex and a mat cutter. Shift, and shift.

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I started framing the drawings first and was immediately rewarded with a rush of happiness - things just look so damn good matted and framed!

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I was framing a bit every morning and they were starting to stack up. Each new batch prompting a photo and a happy dance. I can’t wait to see all this work hung on walls!

And now that the framing is done, I’ve shifted again into the last phase of show prep mode. Yesterday I worked on the postcard. I still need to wire and label the the frames, come up with prices and titles, and … what else??

Lunch. I need to eat lunch.

Woman in the Convex Mirror

The multi-talented Bethanie Humphreys invited me to participate in a show she is curating at the Sacramento Poetry Center - Woman in the Convex Mirror: Women's Self-Portraits.

The show opens next Sunday February 28th and runs through March 26th. The reception will be on 2nd Saturday March 12 from 5-8pm.  I will also be a part of the artist talk at the reception. It should be an interesting discussion of why we create and show works with ourselves as the subject. 

 


I also have paintings at Ambrosia at 621 on the Capitol Mall in Sacramento for the next 3 months! I've hung 13 paintings - several of my 'Visual Quest' mixed-media paintings, an encaustic painting, and 6 of my newest oil and cold wax paintings. 

The work will be up March, April, and May. For additional information or to purchase work, please contact dawnblanchfield@gmail.com or ccooperxx@gmail.com.