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VoiceCatcher

Yesterday the Fall 2018 issue of VoiceCatcher, a literary/art journal, came out and my collages are featured in it! It seems strange that for many years I imagined submitting short stories or poetry to a journal like this, and now it’s my visual art that is published. Dreams can be fulfilled in ways we don’t expect.

Zoe is one of the three pieces they chose.

Riis Griffen, Zoe, mixed media on 5×5″ paper

Little Characters

Here are a few of the collages I’ve been working on for the Little Things show at Guardino Gallery, which runs from November 23 through the end of December. All of the work has to be under 7″, so these are on 6×6″ cradled panels.

Riis Griffen, Camille, collage on cradled panel

Riis Griffen, Yukio, collage on cradled panel

Riis Griffen, Mai, collage on cradled panel

Color coincidence

One of the locals in Hawaii called this a “hurricane sunset,” courtesy of Hurricane Lane.

The sunset has a lot of my favorite colors, as seen in the hand-painted papers of my mixed media “Azar” collage that I finished earlier in the summer. 🙂

Riis Griffen, mixed media collage on 8 x 8″ cradled panel.

But paint could never match nature’s glorious, luminous colors!

Celebrating Renewal: Visions in the Forest

The Tillamook Forest Center offers a collaborative exhibition to intrigue and delight visitors this summer. Artists Elaine Treadwell and Beth O’Mahoney are exhibiting sculptures inside the center and have installed a variety of work along the River View Trail, including several “guardian” figures. I’m honored to be invited to paint one of the salmon that are mounted along the trail. Here’s a photo of it above the Wilson River.

Riis Griffen, salmon for the “Celebrating Renewal” installation along the Wilson River.

I’ve always enjoyed the forest center, which is reached by a beautiful drive through the forest. The center itself is an interesting place to visit, with exhibits about the history of logging, forestry and pioneer life in the area. Outside there is a replica of a fire lookout.

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the installation that leads visitors to discover a variety of pieces that interact with their surroundings in different ways.

Here’s one more of the fish along the trail. I think this one is my favorite!

The installation is on view until Labor Day.

Solo time at the coast

For the past week I’ve been staying in a little cottage in Waldport all by myself, enjoying silence and creative time and walking on the beach twice a day. It’s been heavenly!

I bought a folding table to set up as my workspace in the dining room and spread out my supplies. It was great to have the whole day–the whole week!–to alternate working on paintings with taking breaks outside. The past few days it was so warm that I took my book about Henry Miller’s watercolors onto the deck and soaked up some sun.

I’m heading home refreshed and restored and with a stack of new work and many, many photos for future inspiration.

 

Coming up in October

I’m proud to announce that two of my paintings were juried into Beaverton Arts Mix! I really enjoyed visiting the show last year and seeing the breadth of work, so it’s exciting that my work will hang in it this year.

Here is one of the pieces that will be in the show, which runs October 5-8 at the Beaverton City Library.

“Living on Hope,” mixed media painting by Riis Griffen.

“Let It Be”

Mixed media abstract painting, "Let It Be," by Oregon artist Lisa Griffen.

Riis Griffen, Let It Be, mixed media on 20×20″ canvas.

This is a painting I finished in March. It’s now hanging at the Grand Opening exhibit at Tappen Studios in SE Portland along with several other paintings of mine and work by four other artists. The show is up until the end of July.