Paul Lewing/ Kurt Weiser Workshop

Registration is now open for a workshop that I’m really excited about.  It will be china painting taught by Kurt Weiser and me at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado June 11-15.  This will be "The Contemporary Master" and "The Guy Who Wrote the Book" together for the first time, at one of the country’s most wonderful schools.  It will also be a showcase of two wildly different approaches to china painting.  Kurt and I make different stuff for different reasons and put it out in the world in different ways.  He works slowly and deliberately; I work fast and loose.  He uses oil medium; I use water-based.  He makes what he paints on; I don’t.  

I would dearly love to see a mix of clay artists and traditional china painters at this workshop.  To register go to andersonranch.org or call (970) 923-3181.  Do it soon, and tell your friends.  Registration has just opened and I think this one will fill up fast.

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Annual Holiday Studio Sale

I've been woking hard lately getting ready for the annual sale at my studio.  It will be odd this year not having Gay Jensen's fiber work with me for the first time in 31 years.  And Kathy Dannerbeck, sho has had her jewelry here for the last 6 years, will also not be here.  So this year I have two new artists, who I'm really excited about. Rupa Palasamudran will be showing her stoneware and porcelain pottery and Stephanie Benson wi;ll be showing gold and silver jewelry.  Here's what our card looks like, with hours and directions.

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Whidbey Island map

Here's a new pice, just out of the kiln yesterday, that went home today.  It's a map of Whidbey Island, for a shower wall up there.  It's 5' x 7' on 12" x 24" tiles.  It's got a lot of fun images on it: the North and South Poles, Bunnies around Langley, New York and Florida way off to the east, and a kraken eating the Victoria Clipper.

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Online Course

I just got back from a week in front of a video camera in Mississippi.  I was filming an online china painting course for TeachinArt.com, a new online school run by Antoinette and Koos Badenhorst. The source should be ready to go live about the first of the year.  As part of the demo for the class, I designed and painted a tile piece featuring the Mississippi state bird, tree, flower, butterfly, animal and fish.  Here's a picture of me working on it.

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Demo in Mississippi

I'm off to Mississippi to record an online china painting class on Friday.  On Saturday I'll be doing a demo there before we start filming.  Anybody who's in the area is welcome to drop by.  Here's the announcement they've put together.

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Image harvesting

I haven't been in the studio much lately.  I've been out doing what I refer to as image harvesting.  I did a three-day backpack trip, two nights at Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier (thanks for the birthday present, Ruth!) and a four-day canoe trip on Ross Lake in the North Cascades.  Here's a picture from Mt. Rainier.  I'm planning another backpack trip for next week, so I think I'll have plenty of images to work from this winter.

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Bellevue Fair

Last weekend I did the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair for the second time with paintings.  Last time was two years ago.  I used to do that fair every year back when I was a potter and on into when I switched to tiles, from the mid-70s through the mid-90s.  It was a huge success, the best fair I've had in many years.  I sold 11 paintings, including a couple of nice big ones.  Here's a picture of one of the big ones and one of the better paintings I've done so far.  It was really great to spend three days talking to people about favorite hiking spots, and meeting lots of satisfied customers from years past, some with paintings, others with tile projects and even a few with pots.  Most of this month I'll be "image harvesting", hiking and shooting photos.