Pacific Northwest Artist and Maker - Ava Swift

I'm in awe of the makers.

The creators.

The dreamers and imaginers and thinkers and doers and planners and be-ers.  Those who have a vision that no one else has.  Those who sweat and work and try and try again.  Those who hold themselves a littler differently.

Its hard to be an artist under capitalism.  Hard? Maybe impossible I don't know.  Harder to be a lady artist with so little of the art work dedicated to art made by women.  So little of that art bought or sold or hung on museum walls.  I'm honored to share with you the start of a sierras I've been working on that will feature Pacific Northwest female artists.  I want to help a little bit against the isolation that surrounds makers, each in their own studios, working with their own hands.  I want to bring our ideas together.  Put the faces next to each other, if no where else that at least in this place called the internet.

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My dear friend Ava makes beautiful precious encaustics with her hands and her brushes and her heart and I was honored to be invited to witness the process and dedication in her gorgeous cottage on the side of the sound in Seattle.   

And stay tuned - Ava and I are collaborating on a show next month as a part of THIS fancy event so you'll get to see much more of us together! Come out for a fun afternoon of thinking and seeing in the historic Belltown neighborhood of Seattle.  See you there!

Encaustic means “to burn in” and is an ancient art form where beeswax, pigments, and heat are used in combination to produce layers of wax upon a surface. Ava's work mixes wax, resin, pigments, oil pastels, and ink on wood. The results are beautiful etherial inner landscapes projected outward.  

Have you missed me?

I've missed y'all!

And.... well, Sorry but not sorry my internet darlings.

I've decided to take the summer off from blogging.  Instead of blogging, I'll be baking stone fruit cakes and enjoying late fires in the fire pit and scratching mosquitos at the lake side.  I thought about it long and hard and I really don't want to be in front of my computer any more than I have to.  

And I already have to be in front of the computer A LOT to edit and connect with my clients. And that is great! I'm lucky to do it.  But I'm cutting blogging back cos it's nonessential.  So enjoy the outdoors yourself and how about we meet back here in the fall to play some catch up?  There will be pictures of the Pacific Northwest in all her glory and pictures of my beautiful wonderful smarty clients and of the tiny muddy necked human!  It'll be great.

See you then!

-Leanna Bre