Last Minute Holiday Time / Winding up the Year

Hello friends!

It’s nearly the end of the season, and time for an end of the year update:

I’ve been posting work on Etsy as often as I can, and if you would like a custom piece, there is still time, until December 15th. I can ship orders out through December 17th (in the US anyway), without paying extra for fancy shipping.

I’ve made a coupon code for any Etsy orders you place, for 10% off through the end of December: 2016YuleTide.

If you’re in the Portland area, I’ll be in my booth with my painted silk scarves and necklaces at Saturday Market on December 17th and 18th, and then December 23rd and 24th, if you need a last minute scarf.

And you are welcome to stop by Sequoia Gallery in Hillsboro, Oregon, to pick up a scarf as well, either in the gallery or from my studio upstairs – each has different pieces.

Take good care of yourself and your loved ones, and happy holidays to you!

With love,


Autumn Arts Shows & a New Studio

Hi Friends!

A quick note with the latest from my silk painting land. A couple of art shows are upcoming. The first is tomorrow and Sunday in Corvallis. I set up my booth today, and Corvallis Fall Festival is one of my favorite shows, in such a pretty park under the trees. So stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

The following weekend September 29 – October 2nd, back home in Portland will be the Local 14 show. It’s in a new location this year, the Left Bank Annex in Northeast Portland.

The other piece of news is a new studio space for my painting and projects. I recently relocated to Hillsboro, on the west side of Portland. I know friends have made fun of me for moving to the ‘burbs, but I really like the town, and downtown Hillsboro has the beautiful Sequoia Gallery. It has twelve art studios in addition to the shared gallery, and I was fortunate enough to get one of the studios. It’s a lovely space. Downtown Hillsboro has an active community with monthly first Tuesday events, so come by for wine, snacks and open studios any First Tuesday of the month.

And October 15th and 16th, I in my studio, along with my Sequoia Gallery friends, will be participating in the Washington County Open Studios tour. Fun!

Thanks as always, and I’ll see you soon!

Summer Happenings

Hi lovely friends,

Just a little update: I just got back from the Oregon Country Fair, which was a wild and whacky time. Tomorrow I head off to Salem to set up for the Salem Art Fair this weekend, which is going to be lovely. I’ll be in booth number 180, if you’re in the neighborhood. The weather looks to be perfect for the show.

At the end of the month will be Bellevue Festival of the Arts, where I’ll be in booth 186.

I’ve broken all my personal painting records and have more silk in my booth than ever before to prepare for these shows. I’m looking forward to a little road tripping, and to meeting folks out in the world, after so much time hunkered down in the painting studio. See you soon!


Springtime in the Silk Studio

Hello friends!

I am excited to have been accepted to a good number of art shows for this year. July especially promises to be quite busy! I’ll be at Bellevue, WA, Salem, OR, and Oregon Country Fair. Until then I’ll be at Saturday Market on Saturdays only, while I paint myself silly to have a full booth for these shows!

And alongside of that I am posting fresh work on the etsy shop as much as possible. I’ve been focusing the online shop on the painted altar cloths, which haven’t yet found the right place in my booth at shows. But I love painting pieces that are intended as a piece of art and to be part of a sacred space. It’s just a different feeling from painting a wearable piece.

Along that line, I did a time lapse video of painting an altar cloth, from start to finish. You can see that here if you like:

That same piece is also completed and on my etsy shop.

Summer Art Show Schedule:

Oregon Country Fair – July 8, 9 & 10

Salem Art Fair – July 15, 16 & 17

Bellevue Festival of the Arts – July 29, 30 & 31

Thank you Corvallis!

Ah, beautiful people! A thank you to Corvallis and the Fall Festival, for being such a sweet town full of warm and welcoming people. The show in the park this weekend was good for my soul, a beautiful space. Feeling all warm and cozy now. I’ll be back next year if I possibly can!

boothview corvallis

View from my booth, Corvallis Fall Festival

Painting Notes: Violet Leaf-Blossoms

July 21, 2015
What are leaf-blossoms? I don’t know either. Illustrated below.

Last week in working, all I could bring myself to paint was tiny, detailed pieces. This one has a gold-blossomed counterpart that found a new home at the market on Saturday. There is something soothing and meditative about drawing all those tiny leaf-blossoms. It taps into the intricacy and detail work that was popular in earlier times – art nouveau, medieval illuminated books, so many places. The kind where you keep staring at it, and keep finding new things to look at. The modern style is all simplicity and geometry, and I think I long for that older, romantic style.

Also, whenever I call a shade of purple violet, it makes me think of my amazing grandmother, whose name was Violet, and my cousin’s beautiful daughter, who was named after her. Some sweet associations.

Today’s theme song: Baba by Iyeoka

violet leaves hand painted silk scarf by Cygnet Silks

P.S. I just posted this one on the Etsy shop too.

Summer Update!

Greetings friends,

It’s full summer now, and it’s been feeling a little hectic. After Fremont Fair in Seattle, and the Mississippi Street Fair here in Portland, I’ll be staying put for a little while. I’ll be at the Portland Saturday Market pretty consistently from now till my next show, which will be Corvallis Fall Festival in September (unless I add something last minute). I was just looking over their list of artists, and some top-notch artists from the market will be joining me there – I love finding out there are friends at a show!

So look me up at the market, but double check my Facebook page or web site if it’s a Sunday, because I may take the odd Sunday off (shows are wonderful but exhausting, and sometimes I need to play hooky to recharge).

And I’ll be posting a lot on the Etsy shop, and setting it aside from what’s at the market to simplify matters a bit. Also, some crazy projects are going, I just posted a crepe de chine tarot cloth on Etsy. Because why not? Fun! Crepe de chine has a little more weight to it with a textured matte finish. It’s luxurious and beautiful. I’ve ordered a few large crepe de chine scarves to paint as well, which is new. Also making painted silk covered notebooks (I have a long-term notebook obsession), so we’ll see where that goes.

As always, if you don’t see the right thing, contact me to chat about a custom piece.

Much love! Stay hydrated!

– Cheryl