Me welding up a metal 'canvas'.

Studio Haps

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The art studio at Farmhouse38.comWhat’s happening in the studio right now? Ants. Ants are happening in the studio right now. Because it is HOT, people. When it is 98º outside, it is 105º inside the studio. They are after the cat food. Which I keep in the studio (don’t ask).

The art studio at
A particularly ‘cool’ day in the studio where I was actually working in the middle of the day. Oy.

But aside from all that, I’m managing to eek in a few hours of arting here and there; the wee hours of the morning and the dusky hours of the evening lend themselves to a cooler working environment (and by cooler, I mean low 90’s in the scorching bowels of my studio). But it’s a precarious dance. What I do is quite noisy (kinda sounds like an auto body shop sometimes, not gonna lie), and we have neighbors. That I actually like and care to not disturb (beyond my squabbling chickens, barking dogs, and expletive-hollering parrot). So I’m really limited in the morning and evening. I mustn’t disturb the peace. Much.

So I’ve gotten some work done:

Sunset No.1 (paint, dye, and copper leaf on steel). Original art by via
Sunset No.1 (paint, dye, and copper leaf on steel).
Sunset No. 1 original metal artwork by via
Another angle of Sunset No.1…a little better to see the copper gild.
Neon No.1 (paint on steel), original metal artwork by via
Neon No.1 (paint on steel).
Neon Oxide No. 1 (patina, paint, wax, gold leaf on steel), original metal artwork by via
Neon Oxide No. 1 (patina, paint, wax, gold leaf on steel).

And have several works-in-progresseseses:

Metal painting in progress by via
As-of-yet-un-named piece getting some grind.
Metal painting in progress by via
Another start: ground pattern on bare, reclaimed steel. Got a ways to go on this one.

I still have no Etsy shop open, nor do I have anything legitimately up for sale yet. And there’s a reason for that: I’ve been given the exciting opportunity to work with Epson to test out their new metallic ink printing processes. This is amazing on so many levels–but it might actually allow me to make and sell prints of my work, which I did not ever think I was going to be able to do with this medium. My paintings fall in a strange grey area between painting and sculpture, and they don’t translate to the second dimension very well (I struggle to even capture them correctly in photographs, because as you move in front of the paintings, the light changes, and the whole painting changes. This creates a very interesting interaction in person, but is lost in photographs). But the prints that Epson has done for me so far–I’m amazed at how they look. So cool. But for now, my arms are tied as I work with them on this ongoing project, and can’t actually sell anything until maybe around the first of the year. More to come on that.

Metal painting print prototypes by Epson. Artist:, via
The very first prototypes of the Epson metallic printing process (printed on vinyl on the left, and canvas on the right, with the original in the middle). Again, this is a little lost in photography, but the results are really stunning. I’m impressed!

But in other studio news…I’ve made a start on my ‘Wall of Positive Affirmation’:

Motivation Gallery in the art studio.
Everyone needs a wall cheerleader.

And I have found my new favorite glitter: neon (care of good ol’ Martha Stewart).

Martha Stewart neon glitter. Obsessed. Via
Obsessed. Sometimes I just sit and stare at it. Mouth open. Tiny bit of drool.

And I’ve been working with a lot of metal leaf…because it so pretties.

Gold leaf fun in the studio.
How to fake the Midas Touch.

And there’s been some of this:

Drinking wine and arting at the studio. With cats.
Never drink and art. Just kidding…you should always drink and art. Look at the judgement in Stewie’s eyes.

This is why there is usually cat hair included in my artwork:

Drinking wine and arting in the studio. With assistance from cat.
My painting, Human.

And this:

The studio cats of
This is usually what I am tripping over as I work.

One big happy family. Including the ants.


  1. Love your “Wall of Positive Affirmation” – think I need to do that!!

  2. Sales pitch: “And included in EVERY piece of art…at NO additional cost to you…HOME GROWN CAT HAIR!!!!!”

  3. Sounds like you could use one of those portable, stand alone air conditioners. I’m not sure what they are actually called… My daughter and her husband have been renovating an old house (like “down to the studs in every room” renovating; like “moving walls and adding windows where there were none” renovating; like “working on the house at the weekend for a year and a half before it is fit to live in” renovating.) Living in Atlanta, you are gonna have heat and humidity off the charts for many months. So, they got one of these things (whatever they are called) so they could get in there and work through the warm months. Since I have asthma and need a very cool environment to sleep well at night, we have even thought of getting one for my bedroom instead of having the expense of keeping the whole house at 70 degrees when I am sleeping at night.

    • You know what? We actually have one (we call it R2D2)–and until recently, it was up at my mom’s for our bedroom at night because she didn’t have AC. Well, she finally just got AC and we brought it back down here for the purpose of putting it in the studio–haven’t gotten to try it yet though!!

  4. BTW, love the art work!! Such an interesting and challenging medium…

  5. Sylvia

    I just love your work! You are so talented and I love your style! I look forward to each of your updates.

  6. I’m in love with your work, especially Sunset No.1.

  7. Cate

    Kate. I have to tell you. I subscribe to a couple other blogs, but when I see a post coming in from FarmhouseK8, my heart skips a beat and I can’t wait to open it! My father-in-law used to take an empty raisin box (the large boxes like they used to come in) and set it out for ants. They would enter, he would place the box in the freezer and they would die instantly (like, before they could even reach the top of the box!). Strange, I know, but it worked and they did not suffer. Good luck on your ants. I don’t even think you can find raisins in a box anymore, can you?

    Cate <

    • Oh, Cate–you are so sweet to say so! 😀
      Interesting about the raisin box!!! What a great non-toxic method! Love it!

  8. Looking good in there, even with the heat. We’ve been enjoying Cali climate in lieu of your Texas one. Thanks for the borrow. LOL

    Putting the cat food bowl in a saucer-moat if water will deter the ants. Of course, if kitty is a messy eater, the six-leggers will still find table scraps outside the food castle.

    • LOL, Shannon–I know you guys are having a great summer over there!! I’m just hoping we make up for it with a wet winter, finally. Fingers crossed.
      So, we actually keep the kitteh food in a moat of food-grade diatomaceous earth, and that totally works great–but you are right, it’s the wayward scraps that do it. The cats are bored with my pleas to eat neater. 🙂

  9. Fan, AC unit in CA?

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