New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.

The ferry sings between rocky island outcrops that form the San Juan islands, their edges smoothed by long-melted glaciers. The tops of the islands burst in dense Coast Douglas fir. There’s a delicious slowness to it all, we’re all unhurried together. Kids run past us barking like dogs. Grey muzzled chihuahuas totter past like octogenarians. I make quick sketches as things pass by, simple outlines … Continue reading New artworks inspired by Orcas Island, San Juan Islands.

If we keep doing the same thing, we will never move forward.

Outside my studio window, it’s chaos. A woman chases another woman into the path of a car which brakes hard and leans on the horn. The pursuer keeps shouting over and over, “I’m a bitch, I’m a bitch, I never would hurt a woman!”. The woman who is being chased runs a few steps then stops and waits for the other woman to catch up. … Continue reading If we keep doing the same thing, we will never move forward.

Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.

Earlier in the year I created a sculptural work The Impossible Journey Home. When I found out it was a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2020, I thought “I’m going to make more of them!” The things about these works is they remind me of all the things I loved drawing as a kid. The funny little complex worlds where all these little … Continue reading Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.

Pop up book of forest fires and burning fires

Your tongue is a sock: three of my favorite things at Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

After 6 months in COVID-19-induced mothballs, our local Bainbridge Island art museum opened its doors again. It was like walking in the front door of a good friend you haven’t seen for an age. The exhibition Fiber 2020 which has been in suspended animation for half-a-year is finally open to the public and what a crazy, wild diverse exhibition it is. Margaret Chodos-Irvine stitches together … Continue reading Your tongue is a sock: three of my favorite things at Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

sketch in charcoal of glacial lake by Ray Monde

Painting with soot and glacial water 水墨

Thousands of years after the glaciers melt, we ride up the waters of Lake Chelan. The Stehekin River flows in at the top of the lake at Stehekin, still fed by mountain glaciers. We’re learning to fly fish. Beneath the water of the river are thousands of Kokanee Salmon, getting ready to spawn and die. They’re a brilliant orange. I’ve never seen so many fish … Continue reading Painting with soot and glacial water 水墨

What do you like to rub all over yourself?

It’s a strange question to ask, ‘What do you like to rub all over yourself?’ but it’s a far better one than ‘What inspires you?’. There’s nothing like the word ‘inspire‘ to make your dick shrivel up like a cashew in Antarctic sea ice. It’s a dead word. The overuse of words like inspire and passion have made them carry almost the opposite of their … Continue reading What do you like to rub all over yourself?

Highway in Idaho with flat plains by Ray Monde

How to take your studio with you on the road.

When the corona virus starting locking down cities around the world, my studio became off-limits. I had to find a way to work without the studio. I throw some things in a box that slowly evolves into my travelling studio. After three months in hibernation, I drive. From Washington to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. My travelling studio becomes my life. Here’s how to make art … Continue reading How to take your studio with you on the road.