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“Sea-urchin”  watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#1 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“Sea life has always been mysterious to me.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“Sea-horse” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#2 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“I use my watercolors, calligraphy, pastels, and collage to capture their beautiful colors, shapes, and textures.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

“I sea one” watercolor on hand-marbled paper

#3 of an original triptych by JoAnn Pari-Mueller

“The absolute immensity in variety of sea creatures is awe-inspiring.” JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

 

Artist Statement:

I have always lived in the countryside and always been a collector. I was raised in farmland Wisconsin and moved to farmland Oregon in my mid-twenties, continuously amassing interesting objects of nature and hand-made textiles and crafts from around the world.

I use watercolors, pastels, marbling, collage, and/or calligraphy to put down on paper the observations I make about the colors, lines, shapes, and patterns of these natural and handcrafted items. It is my goal to have others take away some of the awe I feel when studying their intricacies.

 

Often fine details catch my eye; other times I am interested in the relationship between objects – the “collector mentality.”  I like the starkness of a subject against a white background, but may also intersperse geometric lines or shapes with the mostly curvilinear subjects. Often I use richly colored or detailed borders or backgrounds – influences of the many patterns and colors in my collections. I always use 100% rag paper and high-quality pigments, so care should always be taken to protect these materials from light with archival framing.

 

After 15 years as an art museum tour guide, in 2009 I began immersing myself in art classes at area art schools and colleges. I am an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the Portland Society for Calligraphy and have participated in numerous exhibits throughout the state and my county’s October Open Art Studio.   JoAnn Pari-Mueller/ Pacific NW artist specializing in watercolor, pastels, and calligraphy.

 

“I followed many of Jacque Cousteau’s adventures as a child. and am thrilled to live near the Pacific Ocean as an adult.”  JoAnn Pari-Mueller

 

For more about the gallery, please go to  www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

 

 
Artist Mike Mason is holding “Allium onion. “
 The Allium or “onion blossom,” grows from a single bulb. Representing: unity, humility, and patience it kindly rules over these ancient ferns. Ferns are fascinators with magical powers of invisibility. They are said to assist in seeing into the future as well as facilitating eternal youthfulness.
“Love In The Mist” by Mike Mason.
Do not be tricked by her sharp presentation. Nigella Damascena or “Love In The Mist,” is a soft plant that says “Kiss me!” Historically evoking images of “The Bride,” with her hair down as a sign of purity. A concept reinforced in this image by the foundation of purity and love associated with the white rose petals on which they are placed. Printed on metal.
“Iris” by Mike Mason.
A family of friendly tiny purple Japanese Iris share their message of Purity. With Respect, Wisdom and Valor these flowers faithfully transport you to the glowing beyond. A place filled with the Joy, Optimism, and Friendship promised by the yellow Rose.
 
“Calla Lilies” by Mike Mason.
This world created by Peony petals offer an environment teaming with romance. It sings about prosperity and good fortune and is such an honorable place for a grouping of faithful, elegant and mysterious black Calla Lilies to dance.


Mike Mason, artist, spoke about his pressed flower art and demonstrated his art during the opening reception for Observing Botany at the Fairweather House and Gallery for April Seaside First Saturday Art Walk.

 

“My art is created with “nature’s paint brush.” Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my “brushstrokes.” Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style. I have the original art photographed to capture the color that only occurs in Nature.”

 

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Celtic Cross.

Art from flower petals.

Lambs ears, Irish shamrock, Bells of Ireland, Peace Lily foliage and pressed daisies.

Original by Mike Mason.

 

 

Mike Mason appeared for the Fairweather Gallery Fresh Greens opening reception. He brought in a piece that he was almost finished with and finalized it  on site your art patrons. guest.  I was looking at your fabulous blog and know you do have several other artist presenting.! Thank you for your wonderment and the joy you bring to so many.

 

 

My name is Mike Mason. I create art in a  form of flower impressionism. My art is created with “nature’s paint brush.”

 

 

Heleborus #4 pressed flower collage by Mike Mason.

“Using dried and pressed flower and plant product to create my “brushstrokes.” Each fragile petal is glued and perfectly placed in collage style.” –Mike Mason

 

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Mike Mason and Anny Sears

 

And, too, a grace note:

“Love your fabulous blog. Thank you for your wonderment and the joy you bring to so many.” –Anny

Fun Fact:

Anny’s birthday was in March.  Not hard to forgot the date.  It’s the only birthday that is a verb: “March Forth”.

 

 

 

 


Crow by Gregory Bell.

Encaustic (beeswax) on wood panel.

 

Two crows.

Encaustic (beeswax) on wood panel.

Gregory Bell, artist.

And, too, read about crows…

By Lynette Rae McAdams• For Coast Weekend.com  

Published on October 26, 2017

 

Wild Side: Crows – Coastal Life – Coast Weekend 

www.coastweekend.com/cw/coastal-life/20171026/wild-side-crows

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