Connections & Callings

 

I have been selected for a very unique opportunity to commune with the spiritual nature of the land in the San Gabriels, Pasadena and beyond. This opportunity comes through the Residency Project@880.

As a part of my residency, I will be presenting my discoveries and interactions with the plants and environments I encounter. I will also be signing my first book, “Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones” and “365 Days of Hoodoo, my most recent publication published just last December. Other creatives will be there, presenting their herbal creations, there will be mandala making, poetry readings and herbal tea for all!

Join me in this incredibly beautiful natural environment for an afternoon of natural artistic and spiritual connections.

Society6 Venture

I started a new shop on Society6. They have an interesting array of possible formats for 2D art. This is fun and fresh to my eye. Making art. Having fun getting it out into the world.

https://society6.com/lovebirddesigns

Black and White Orchid, Sumi-ink on Watercolor Paper, c. 2016, Stephanie Rose Bird

Healing Power of Plants

My artwork, created over the past few years, will be on exhibition at Brushwood Nature Center in Riverwoods, IL from February 10 – March 31st. A panel discussion, in the Dear Earth Series, is a part of the exhibition. This is a two-person exhibition with printmaker and artist, Gabriella Boros.

Two-Person Exhibition

Brushwood Nature Center Opening and Talk (exhibition details)

HumImagine

 

I will be showing a variety of plant-inspired, soulful, experimental works at Brushwood Nature Center, starting February 10th. The show features a wide body of mixed media works on paper, canvas and wood, created over the past three years. The opening reception is February 10th from 1-3 p.m. followed by a panel discussion with fellow artist Gabriella Boros, with whom I’m sharing the wonderful gallery space. Come join us for refreshments, visual exploration and a chat.

Harvest Moon Work

I have been working on end of season, Harvest Moon art work, in my studio. These works feature Prismacolor colored pencils, to render organic abstractions from life. The focus is the towering broomcorn, I grew in the front yard and also very tall but dainty, sunflowers. The broomcorn and sunflowers are shown in the context of the sidewalk and the street. They come together to create vibrant and festive abstract urban landscapes that celebrate fall.

 

This work is also featured on Saatchi Art.

Working in colored pencil is meditative and relaxing. There is a nice range of colors, similar to paints in the larger sets. I intend to add more colored pencil work to my repertoire this fall and winter.

Arise

A few months ago, I had a vision that I should create this installation piece. Each day, more was revealed to me about what I should do. Finally, it is finished. It is my entry for ArtPrize 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the end of the month. My artistic statement and vote code is on the #ArtPrize website here: ArtPrize 10 link.

Here are some details of the panels closer up:

Ceramic Bowl Sculptures

So much of my creativity arises in dream form first. That was the case with my writing. It was visualized as a secret garden in my dreams, repeatedly, all through the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Then, I started having dreams about my ceramic practice – long abandoned. I had dreams where it came to the fore of my life in college and I thought about majoring in it. I never did that but I enjoyed many classes and after class raku session in pottery.

As fate would have it, my lovely children purchased a ceramic class for my husband and I. (Thanks to them!!) Here are the results. It is all fired at medium-range and is made from

stoneware. I was trying to simulate raku but using an indoor, electric kiln.