A visual celebration of the diversity of our locally grown vegetables and fruits. (See the "Project" button on the top navigation for more artwork.)
Richmond Highlands: Mural Project Proposal
I was invited to create a mural proposal for the Richmond Highlands neighborhood in Shoreline. I focused my mural on the seasons and the historic trees of the neighborhood. I made it to the final three proposals but not the final. It’ll be fun to see the selected mural.
Shoreline has a strong link to nature and the Richmond Highlands community is quiet with many Douglas Firs and some historic trees. Overall, I wanted the mural to be cheerful and colorful. The spring is represented by cherry blossoms, a nod to the cherry orchards Judge Ronald had on his property along with other Richmond Highlands residents. The summer time is represented by the green leaves from the “Big Maple Tree.” In the first part of the 20th century, the maple tree was a marker to the Carlsen Hill Spring so people passing through on horseback during the summers could stop there to get fresh water. The fall is represented by the maple leaves changing color. The winter is represented by the Douglas Fir tree with pine cones. It’s a nod to the old growth Douglas Firs from Boeing Creek Park in the neighborhood. Another theme in my piece is the seeds—the maple seeds and pine cones. They symbolize the future generations and how this is a good neighborhood to raise families and get an education. The bird, an American Goldfinch is Washington’s State bird and represents the idea that we’re always connected to a bigger community. At the top, the neighborhood’s name on the mural is similar to the typeface from the street cars that Richmond Highlands residents used in the early 20th century.
Public Art: Farmer's Wife
“The Farmer’s Wife” by Susan Lally-Chiu
Lynnwood, Washington Public Art Commission. A group of artists were selected to paint eggs to commemorate how the city of Lynnwood, Washington was founded by egg farmers.
My painting/collage is a tribute to the farmer’s wives of Alderwood Manor who helped settle the area in their 1 acre “ranchettes.” Animals that might have been on their chicken farms circle the egg. Visually, it’s influenced by appliqués, a style of quilting that was popular in the 1920s and 1930s in America.
Public Art: Be Kind
“Be Kind/Connected Hearts”
Edmonds, Washington Public Art Commission
In current times, there is noise from the media trying to divide us, in contrast we need to send a strong message of what ties us together. In An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Traditional Symbols by J.C. Cooper, she describes the heart symbol as “the centre of being...compassion... love...charity...generosity...” Through acts of kindness, our community becomes stronger with the connection of our hearts.
Here are a series of pen and ink drawings from the garden, kitchen table and a back window where I see my beautiful maple tree. It's the inspiration for my Happy Tree Press logo.
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"Japanese Maple Tree" pen and ink drawing, 8" x 10"
Public Art: Banners
City of Shoreline Art Commission for Street Banners. Two sets of designs. Shoreline, Washington
The Shoreline Park Board Art Committee had a contest and chose 2 artist's to create new Banner Art project for Aurora Avenue. (Rt 99)
Content: Banner 1 & 2- Fruit and Vegetables. Shoreline has a history of growing berries and the Northwest Indians ate nettle leaves, arrowhead plants, red huckleberries among other native plants still found in our area. The other edible plants celebrate the urban gardens and hint at where the plants originated through an added pattern. For example bok choy has a Chinese pattern and the okra has an African pattern. For a greener solution, we have goats that eat grass in our community areas.
Banner 3- Culture and Nature. The artwork reflects the cultural diversity and the beautiful nature in the city of Shoreline, Washington. Starting at the top in my abstract landscape: the red shape represents the sun and it is a lotus pattern from China. The orange birds are an Ancient Mexican pattern and the yellow mountains are from a Northwest Indian basket pattern. In the middle, you’ll see green trees which are from a historic Hawaiian quilt and the purple shape represents the land; it’s a pattern from Africa. At the bottom is the blue water and it’s a historic German lace pattern. They were one of the earliest Europeans to settle in Shoreline.
Here is a selection of drawings from my project "Drawing from our Edible Gardens." To see more drawings from this project you can go to the "project" button on the top navigation.
Pen & Ink with Watercolor
The sketchbook paintings (top to bottom) show the landscape from Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. The next one down is outside of Sedona, Arizona where we went on a hike in the Oak Creek Canyon and the trail went by this amazing rock wall.
Further down, you'll see sketches from La Jolla, California—a dragon tree and palm tree.
Painted rocks using non-toxic paints and sealer, can be found at Venue Gallery in Seattle and The Gallery at Town Center in Lake Forest Park.
"Field of Red Flowers", watercolor painting 5" x 7"
"Young Hydrangea Flower" (Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle): watercolor painting, 8" x 10"
"Helleborus Flowers" (Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle): watercolor painting, 8" x 10"