Wednesday, October 24, 2018

10/24/18

My studio
My studio is finally finished. New floor, closet, and furniture has been added. It is so great to have all this room finally. I have waited a long time to have a space like this. It has a nice high ceiling with a powerful ceiling fan and plenty of light! Wow!

I did not get into the Tohono Chul show but I will keep at it! Someday!

Meanwhile I am working away at my collages. Having the bird feeder right outside my studio window is having an effect on my art for sure! Birds, birds and more birds! Plus it is #birdtober!


Birdtober



Saturday, October 13, 2018

10/13/18

Copper Plant
I finally did it. I entered a show out here. The show is called "Copper State" at Tohono Chul Park. I am not counting on getting in but the point is that I did enter a piece. A huge deal for me. I even had it photographed by a professional photographer. This is the piece shown above. The plant is a coppery color and I did it especially for the show.

Doing it has given me some much needed confidence and I will try and enter other shows as well if I feel that my work would be a fit. This is art season after all. Who knew there was even such a thing! I had never heard of an art season before moving here. There are so many artists who live and work here in the Sonoran desert and I am enjoying meeting some of them at my Paperworks meetings and the CASA meetings.

On other notes we are having so much rain here today. We get the rain from hurricanes that come up from Mexico! It is good for the desert and a good day to make some soup!

Also, I have been taking a wonderful online class with Este MacCleod.  The class meets daily for the entire month of October. Este really packs so much into a class. I can barely come up for air. Some of my take-aways are the number and variety of brushes she uses to paint her collage papers. I had never used a fan brush before or a comb brush. The potential for mark making for these brushes is amazing. I am just scratching the surface with them.

She does use Hi Flo Acrylics though of which I am not a fan. The tips clog up continuously and the paint is really sticky. Ugh. Not my favorite medium at all but I will use them for the class and then try and substitute my trusty fluid acrylics when the class is over. I am also discovering the joys of Acrylic inks. I really love those especially for drawing and mark making.

Well, hopefully tomorrow will dry out as we are supposed to head down to Patagonia for their annual fall craft show and festival. I was really looking forward to exploring that part of the region. Today was a total washout for the vendors so I hope for all our sakes tomorrow will be better!

Have a great week!