Monday, September 24, 2018

A Studio Makeover In Process

This past weekend my husband was out of town.  Since I was alone I took advantage of the time to do some reorganizing.  The studio is still a mess but this new corner will help to eliminate some of that mess.

previously there was a small cabinet like this one....
It left a dead area where boxes that I couldn't get to where piled up.  Since I was alone I could move things around without someone telling me I had to completely clear the area in order to get it out.  No, I didn't need to do that, it is now in my sewing room where it will be much more useful.  

I built a new table in our garage using a piece of plywood and IKEA legs.  Then managed to move it from the garage in to the studio space.  I did have one heavy cabinet that had to be moved but I managed and the table now fits snugly in the space and I can use all of it.  Carts on wheels hold supplies that can be moved out and one permanent shelf unit holds other supplies.  That unit can also be moved though it isn't on wheels.  I don't plan on moving it anywhere.

I'm pleased with the results.... more workspace and more storage space... all good.  Now to finish sorting and putting away so I can finish the pieces that will be going in the October exhibit at the Gallery Uptown.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Almost half way to 100

Still working on the little 4x4's.  My aim is to finish 100.  Some of them have been a little bigger than 4x4 but they are in the count so far, may or may not stay in the series.  Here are a few more...

5 more to be at the halfway mark.  And I'm still working on the black and white workshop so the last half of the 100 is going to take awhile.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dailies, Black and White and Spider Lake

My annual art retreat at Spider Lake... thank you brother Charlie and Vernell.  Terry and I do appreciate our time here so much... This is the view out the door to the deck.

I've been doing my dailies; now I'm aiming for 100.  Here are a few I've recently finished...

And I started an on-line black and white workshop with Jane Davies.  Here are a few collages from the first lesson...

Making art and enjoying the water … that's our week.  This year I'm only enjoying looking at it.  Good swims the first couple days but then I injured my big toe and have to stay our of the water.  That's what I get for not paying attention.  Slipped on a slippery step coming out of the lake.  Oh well, lesson learned and I can still enjoy looking at the water, listening to it lapping on the shore and hearing the loons that come to our bay to visit.  Life is good.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dailies Continue and Now Some Black and White

This is the last of the July dailies; however, I am still doing them.  A friends thinks I could easily do 100.  Easy for her to say but worth trying anyway, especially given that I'm almost halfway there. Here are August 1, 2 and 3.  but from here on they will just be numbered so these are 32, 33 and 34.  I may not do one every day and some days I may do two or three but I will keep going because I love doing them and I have tons of old ephemera.

 Meanwhile, I'm taking a Jane Davies on-line workshop... Working in Black and White.  That started August 1 and here are the first three days of lesson one.... grey scale and black and white collages.  I like committing to doing one piece every day and I prefer doing it first thing.  That way I am free to do more clutter clearing or painting or rearranging or whatever and I can still feel like I've accomplished something.  Especially given that the clutter clearing seems to be a never ending job.  I have managed to take 6 huge bags of trash to the curb in the past few weeks.  That's progress!

For this first lesson we painted several sheets of drawing paper black, then more sheets painted varying shades of grey.  I did all right with the black, fairly simple.  But the varying shades of grey were suppose to be solid grey, not variations within each grey.  That is not as easy as one would think.  Practice.  My reading this morning from Julia Cameron basically said if you want to be good at something you have to be willing to be bad at it first.  So.... here are my greys and three black and white collages made with the black painted paper collaged on to printmaking paper.

I'll be doing a black and white collage every day, maybe even two a day, until the next lesson.  Even then I may keep going with these until I do some that I really like.  Jane said just play with the collage and that's what I've been doing.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Almost Done

This is today's; one more day before I start the black and white series.  However, since I still have lots of ephemera from all the old papers I've unearthed I'm planning to continue this series.  They won't all be 4 x 4 but most of them will be.  

Some will be even smaller.  A friend gave me a bunch of small canvases that will make their way in to this series.  Here are a few more of the recent pieces.

Once they are all done I may go back in and make a few changes.  I'm also thinking that encaustic would be a good way to finish them.  That's yet to be determined since I haven't done a lot with encaustic.  Then.... I've not done a lot of collage before either so may as well go for it.

Friday, July 20, 2018

More Collage and a Picnic

I am enjoying playing with these little pieces, it's a great way to start the day...  This is 14.  Here are 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19.  I haven't scanned today's yet.

And the picnic.... Yesterday we celebrated our friend Karen's remission with my high school buddies.  Fourteen years ago we girls got together for another weekend get away.  When we were younger we did that a lot.  Karen was going through chemo but didn't miss the trip.  She wore her blue hat and rested a lot but didn't miss anything.  That was in May.  On the way home, while laying down in the back of the van we rode down in, she told us she was going to have a Remission Picnic in July.  Yesterday we celebrated her 14th Annual Remission Picnic.  Unfortunately we did lose another friend this past year.... to cancer.  The young one with the dark hair is her daughter.  We're missing one other member of the group; she's still with us but had another commitment so couldn't make it to the picnic.

Friday, July 13, 2018

More Dailies

I said there would be 37, I meant 27.  Numbers are not my thing.  Here is the 3rd one and I have been good about getting them done.  This is day 7.  Here are days 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. 

 Today's is a little different, it's 6x6 on a wood cradle.  I went directly to the wood rather than work on paper which will eventually be attached to a wood cradle.  These berry pickers are family and friends.  the towheads are my little brother and me.  Our mother is the one on the right.  It was not unusual to take our old rowboat to the other end of the lake I grew up on to pick berries.  I believe the place we are in this photo is very close to where my aunt and uncle built their last house many years later.

A lot of memories stirred up with the sorting and the collages.  It's helping me to recall stories to go in the memoir I'm working on. 

I'm not sure it is officially a memoir; it's stories .... some from my own experience and some based on stories I heard about family and friends when I was growing up;  My grandmother and my dad had many stories and I regret not having recorded them.  Some I remember and I'll include them; the main reason I'm writing them is so the next generation will know the stories.