Saturday, September 28, 2019

It feels like Fall!

Sonoran Herbarium No. 47
Well, hooray! The weather has turned finally! We had a couple of lovely rain soaked days here in the desert and it ushered in some nice cool fall days. Of course here, cool means in the 80's. It means that we get to turn off the AC, and open all the doors and windows. It is a real treat to be able to do that. After a long summer spent indoors, we can finally go outside any time of the day that we like! It means I can sleep a little later in the morning because I don't have to beat the heat to get out and exercise. Although it is a little hard to change my sleep patterns. But I will do it slowly.

I did make a lot of art this summer! I have plenty of new work to show. I have three pieces in a show at the JCC that begins next week, so that is very exciting for me.  Just to have my work somewhere else besides my studio and living room is a very big deal.

I am trying not to let the state of things in our country and our world get in the way of my creativity. It takes quite a bit of energy away from it so I try to stay away from the news. It is not easy though!

One other thing I have been doing lately is cutting stencils and masks for printing. Sometimes I feel the need for something other than plants to print with. As you can see below, I have made many stencils!

A few years ago I purchased a book on Islamic art which I have been using to create some of my stencils. I am not sure how I will use them but I am certain I will find a way. In the meantime, I enjoy dividing up my studio time between creating a new piece and creating bits and parts for them. Sometimes, I just paint papers, sometimes I cut out shapes and file them away. That way I always have something to do in the studio when I need a break from the act of making an entirely new piece.

Well, enjoy your week!


Robbie said...

I saw this piece on Instagram...I love your work...and can't wait to see what you do with the stencils...what fun!!!! I'm sure the Islamic art book has some great ideas for you! Their work is so intricate!!!! How's the grandson doing?? I think of him from time to time when I read your blog or see your work. Hope all is deserve this time in your life and so happy you are showing your work!!!!

Maureen said...

Fantastic about the JCC - congratulations. Your work and energy is inspiring! Happy that 'fall' has come to Tucson. Sounds lovely.

Maureen said...

Love that Tucson's version of fall has arrived. Sounds idyllic. Congrats on your work being shown at the JCC. Watch out Tucson!! Your art and energy is an inspiration. Enjoying reading you blog again.

tgarrett said...

Wonderful piece Roberta. Yes it has finally cooled a bit here in NM as well but we are still above average for this time of year we should be in the 70s but still in the 80s here. Congrats on having things in a show-

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

so glad that you have adjusted so well to the Southwest. I don't know the techniques you use but your work seems to me to have risen to a higher level.
I'm so glad you are doing well.
xx, Carol