Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Quarter

Well, I am almost half way through Spring quarter. I managed to get into a painting class and I am very happy about that! So far I have taken Drawing I, II, & III, ceramics I, and sculpture I. These are all hands on art classes. I also took Art History and Art Appreciation as well as various required classes such as geography, geology, math, Computer, PE and a few yet to go.

The painting class is a revelation. I am learning so much about acrylics. We are turning out two paintings or more every week. Our class only meets twice a week. I know I need the experience and this is what I am getting. This week's lesson involved working with only a palette knife, no brushes.

I am also taking an independent study class that is a drawing class but I am getting private instruction in pastels and will be learning other drawing mediums and techniques as well. I am looking forward to it.

I hope you are exercising your creative muscles. Just pick up a pencil or a brush and create. Doesn't matter what, just create. You will be surprised how the creative energy will begin to flow and you will automatically start working at your craft. Until later...keep creating!

Art On!!

© 2013 Teri Helton

The Whale Project Continues....

Our whale has moved out of the gallery and spent the past five months in the City government buildings, City Council chambers. We took the whale apart and sent it off to the Norm Dicks City Government Building where we put it back together and it was placed on cables and hung from the ceiling. We attended a City Council meeting where we were introduced as the artists who created the whale. Students and faculty from the welding, graphic design, geology and of course the art departments all got our 15 minutes of fame as we were filmed being presented to the public as members of The Whale Project. Our baby gray whale sculpture was well received as were we.

Last week we gathered together once again to dismantle and reassemble the whale as it was placed on its new floor stand which enabled it to be displayed in the main lobby of the Norm Dicks building. It is much more easily accessible to the general public now. It is in the open lobby and clearly visible from outside when the building is closed.

We are quite happy with the whale's progress and the interest generated by it. We hope to see it in our state capitol but are certain that it will be visiting a nearby university next year. I still have hopes that one day it will find its way to Washington D.C.!  Go baby whale!!!


© 2013 Teri Helton

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Whale Project

Photo Copyright The Whale Project
Phew! Opening day for The Whale Project has come and gone. The exhibit opened on October 4, 2012, right on schedule.  The Whale was, and still is, well received. There has been publicity in the form of newspaper and online articles. You can check it out if you Google 'The Whale Project' and/or Olympic College.
We had a visit from the Mayor who was very interested in meeting the artists and our professor. We had a wonderful visit with her. As Mayor, she has requested that the Whale be exhibited in the City Government building for a few months, then possibly on to the Capitol! Wow.
We're all very proud of our efforts as well as the efforts of all the other departments and students who had a part in this project.
The exhibit is set to come down just after Thanksgiving.  We will be dismantling it and hopefully transporting it to its next venue.
Art On!


© 2012 Teri Helton

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Creativity Flowing

With The Whale Project in full swing, all my creative focus is on it. Weaving skin panels and right now I am in the process of creating the eyeballs. Another team member is also making eyeballs to make sure we get a good set.

All of this has proven to get my creative juices flowing.  I am eager to start on my own painting projects and also eager to begin Fall Quarter classes which begin on the 24th of September. That's eight days away! Still lots to do on the whale but we are making headway.

I've also been working on a one-panel comic strip. This is something that I have never been interested in but came up while I was sketching one day. I managed a likeness of myself as a simple cartoon line drawing.  I'm thinking of creating a series of thoughtful or affirmative type of comics to post on a weekly basis as a blog. The theme of the messages will be another one of my goals which is walking the Camino de Santiago Campostella as a pilgrim. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage path that covers about 500 miles across northern Spain. I intend to walk it one day. The 'comics' will be more like a thought provoking, introspective commentary on being a pilgrim.

Anyway, that's it for now. Much to do. I'm weaving the tops of the side fins of the whale. These will be some of the biggest panels which will consist of two top and two bottom panels (four panels) in all. I'm almost halfway through my first top panel with one more to do this weekend. I am hoping to finish by Monday, but it may be Tuesday or Wednesday before they are completed.

We can use any and all the positive thoughts and energy anyone wants to send us. Be Peace and...

Art On!

Love, Teri

© 2012 Teri Helton

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Whale Project...An Experience in Sculpture

'Art Supplies!'

I realize it's been a while since I posted here, mea culpa.  I am  now caught up in the education thing.  I'm attending college, as I mentioned in my last post.  As of now, I have completed my third quarter (they have quarters rather than semesters here). I am doing well.

I attended summer classes this last quarter which was a speeded-up quarter of only six weeks! Phew! I took geography and math and an independant study Art class.  The Art class is still underway though classes officially ended on the 8th of August. We are constructing a baby gray whale. The welding class built the framework for us and we are creating the 'skin' of the whale from recycled materials, namely plastic grocery bags.  A gray whale recently washed ashore near here with 10 pounds of plastic grocery bags in its stomach.  Our professor launched the project, opened it as an indie study class and I signed up. We have been collecting plastic bags all summer and hope to have enough to finish the project.  The installation exhibit opens in the OC Art Gallery on Oct. 4, 2012.

It is a challenge. We had some team members drop out of the project and as a result there are currently only 4 of us with one volunteer and our professor. We have volunteers, blessed beings!, who are also working to weave the panels for the flesh of our whale. I am weaving panels and will be working on eyeballs for the whale over the weekend. 

This is my first experience working in sculpture. Our professor believes working in sculpture gives one a better knowledge of three-dimensionality and provides a solid foundation for painting and drawing.  I know that she is 100% right.

I don't know what the outcome will be, but I do know that this is the hardest I have worked as an artist and it has been well worth the effort. I am looking forward to seeing the outcome.  I'll keep you posted!

At On!


©2012 Teri Helton

Thursday, January 12, 2012


I am primarily a self-taught artist, an 'Outsider Artist' is the term used nowadays. A term that ranks me and others like me as lacking in formal education (re: a degree) and grouped in with prison inmates and insane persons according to the definition of the term in Preble's book "Artforms". Boooooo!

I found this out when I recently the opportunity arose for me to go to college! Yes, at 60 years of age I am now an art major in college! The book mentioned is one of my textbooks. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book, just has some iffy definitions.

Anyway, that's my big news. I am attending to hone my art skills and techniques and to learn a little about the business end of the art field and the marketing of my art. I started the winter quarter on Jan. 3rd. So far, so good. I know I have a lot to learn and I am going to eat it up! I am incognito as far as my experience is concerned. I am an art student with no experience in painting or drawing. I have chosen not to share my previous work with anyone at school. As far as they know, I am drawing for the very first time. It is wonderful. I have always wanted to attend college, it has been a life long dream and it is coming true. I am a clean slate ready to learn everything I can and open to all suggestions. More later!

Art On!

Love, Teri.

©2012 Teri Helton

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Holidays!

From our studio to yours. May this holiday season be filled with joy and Peace and may the coming year bring you abundance, prosperity, all the goodness of the Universe! 
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Here's a picture of our holiday tree. It's made from my old easel and a couple of strings of lights and a lifetime's worth of hand made and gifted ornaments. The "Blessings Fairy" sits on top.

Art On!
Love and Peace,

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