Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Art Class Swag

So let's see: Since the last time I posted, the flu virus I was battling has settled itself in my lungs, I dealt with another kidney stone, and had several days of Parkinson's issues that refused to relent with medication. Although I seem to be particularly sensitive to illness, it is worth noting that my school - indeed, entire school districts in our area - have been hit extremely hard this cold & flu season. In addition, the Norovirus swept through the county as well and took down 100 students in one small cluster of schools right before winter break. We do a lot of preventative work at my school such as disinfecting door handles and regular hand washing for all staff and students but the germs manage to sneak past defenses all the same. Everyone is in the same boat: trying to get and/or stay healthy while supporting colleagues and students who have not been lucky enough to escape the viral bombardment.

Since I have been unwell and still trying to get through teaching, I've had little time for my own personal artwork. I did, however, manage to craft these wee treats, little recycled pin-back badges that I will use as reward swag in my classroom and library. I purchased a big bag of used pins from my local creative reuse center, designed 24 creature faces within circles to cover the front of the pin, color copied, cut out, and then re-covered the badge with my own images. After a couple of coats of gloss varnish, these will be ready to hand out. It is a fun project that I can mess around with here and there; it satisfies my desire to do art but also supports my efforts in the classroom.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Hello 2018

The Lost Aesops series: "The Octopus & the Minnow"
Well, 2018 is off to a rocky start as I missed my own self-imposed posting deadline due to some virus I picked up over winter break. From December 30th onward, I've been wrestling a nasty lung bug, fevered, hacking, light-headed, disoriented, nauseous. Missed my first day back to work today but I have been cleared to return tomorrow provided I continue to upswing and that I am guarded about my energy output.

A great deal has changed in my health battle, so much in fact that I really don't want to describe it detail for fear of getting bogged down in the enormity of it all. So let's not. In this space, at least for today, let's just talk art. 

After my show, I went through my usual post-show lull in art-making as well as a bit of an uncharacteristic disinterest in art in general. I guess I was so busy just trying to survive my day physically that I had nothing left for the studio. Thing is, art is what truly makes everything else survivable and I had to work to re-establish balance in my days. It was hard at first but I think I have gotten back in touch with my daily art practice and you all will see the results of that effort in coming weeks.

For now, I am making a firm commitment to one blog post per week. There will likely be more than that but this is one area where I have to give myself permission to let go if necessary. You will also start seeing more posts about art for sale. My health care expenses are rising with my level of disability and I need to supplement here and there. THANK YOU to those of you who have supported me via my tip jar! Every drop in the hat helps me breathe a bit easier. And thank you to everyone who waited so patiently for this space to come back to life. That support is soul-nourishing as well! Here's to a new year that gets better and better!
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