Friday, September 12, 2008

TGIF

A quick shout out to Sesame Street (and perhaps, the ghost of Jackson Pollock as well...) Happy Friday Everyone!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Hello World!! (she shouted softly...)

It is sort of a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" debut but I am very proud to be included in L.K. Ludwig's excellent book on art journaling, True Vision. One of my 2007 New Year's resolutions was to finally get some of my art published so when I saw L.K.'s call-for-art on her blog last summer, I took a huge emotional leap, sent some scans, and ultimately, sent one of my art journals for perusal and publication. Have to confess that I got a bit teary-eyed pulling this book off the shelf at Borders and opening it up to my pages...it wasn't so much the completion of my resolution itself but the huge shift in my mindset this small accomplishment represents...done hiding from the world, I think.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Just playing...

Since I got my cast off five months ago, I've fielded at least weekly (sometimes daily) well-intentioned, kindly inquiries as to when I am going to start painting again (read: "make some real art")...doctors, physical therapists, counselors, patrons, venue owners, fans, friends, family...if one more person asks...I admit to having taken a gentle, wandering, laidback route back to hard-core, all-day studio work but although I may not be churning out stuff to sell, I have been engaged in one artsy, crafty pursuit or another since just two or three days after the surgery. I started with coloring books, moved into regular journaling, and have slowly worked up to a bunch of personal projects that have been languishing on my wish list since I really fell headfirst in the life of a professional artist mid-July of last year. You know...the kind of stuff that won't win any awards or even pay for a cup of coffee but that definitely feed the soul of an artist: PLAYTIME! And my play projects have served as the perfect, no-pressure re-training ground for my post-fusion hand. Last week, I finally completed altering my first old suitcase....here's the little Featherlite before...

...and after...


I definitely went for "pretty, girlie vintage" on this...it was loads of fun and easy on the hands...it will be fun to travel with or simply for carting around art supplies in style if I'm teaching. And when it was finished, I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment; this suitcase has been fidgeting fretfully in my studio for months, self-conscious about its nakedness and eager to get some style on!

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