Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
The coordinator of the Inchie swap is artist Marylin Huskamp and she wrote about the Inchie swap on her blog yesterday. Take a peek.
Back to my Inchies. Here is where I started, with a pile of chipboard one-inch squares.
Then I applied bits of nautical charts from the San Juan Islands:
For embellishments I glued on a white plastic disk, a colorful swirl, and a tiny brass anchor.
And finally, the completed Inchies. Hey, if you want to play a little game, which Inchie is turned upside down? If you're the first to respond, I'll send it to you! Just leave a comment (and your e-mail address so I can contact you for your mailing address).
Even his little belly was decorated and he was given blue marble feet!
And here he is, all shimmery and shiny!
Thursday - Free Yourself Up with Abstract Collage with Ann Baldwin:
Friday - Art-Full DreamBoxes with Helga Strauss:
Saturday - Patchwork Collage Painting with Kelly Rae Roberts:
Sunday - Gridlocked with Lisa Kaus:
Monday - Tuna Tin Retrablos with Michael deMeng:
I'll do some blog posts as time permits, either during the retreat or after I return a week from Tuesday. In the meantime, I'm packed and ready to go.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
We’ve already started packing and have a list of “things to take,” although we’ll see if everything makes the cut once we actually begin putting things in our suitcases. Our goal is to pack light, wear the same clothes over and over, and to take a lot of photographs. We’ll see how successful we are.
We leave the first week of October, two days after the art retreat, Art and Soul, concludes. Yikes Almighty! I have a lot to do during the next couple of weeks . . . .
*A note about my shoes: My red shoes are a pair of trusty old Keen's that I've had for a while. The black beauties are a pair of shoes I recently purchased with our trip in mind. They are a brand I had never heard of, Romika, but they are like wearing comfortable, broken in slippers - now that's my kind of shoe!
I've been spending my Tuesdays preparing for the Visual Journaling class I teach in the evening at Stampin' Cat Studio. I decide what techniques to teach, which visual journalist to feature. For last night, I decided to use a technique I learned from Judy Wise, artist and visual journalist extraordinaire (and our featured visual journalist in our first week). For the exercise, we glued black and white images onto pages of our journal, then painted over the page and images. The above photo was my practice page in process, and here it is a little further along:
I had been collecting black and white images all week (and made a couple of trips to Kinko's to make toner photocopies). Yesterday in the afternoon, I assembled the images (and a surprise goodie) into packets:
And then put the whole kaboodle into an envelope, applied a stamp and a "stamp."
Yesterday evening, we had a full house at ten. I love teaching! I love teaching creative, vibrant, talented women and that is what I had last night. They dove in with enthusiasm and eagerness and began gluing and splashing paint with wild abandon:
Our featured visual journalist was Sabrina Ward Harrison, and some of the women decided to try out some of her techniques. I had even brought along my Polaroid camera and snapped a photo of each woman for use in their pages. Sabrina often uses photos, not just of her face, but also of her feet or an arm, so the women last night had me snapping photos of their eyes, one wanted her pony tail, another her ear, and one had me snap a photo of her beautiful, long, colorful tattoo that runs up her leg and thigh (but I'm not telling who that was!).
And some women turned to pages they had created in the past to add additional layers of color and texture:
Monday, September 22, 2008
After collage, I hopped in my car and it went into autopilot. Really. It did. “Where are we going?” I asked as I tried to apply the brakes. “You’ll see,” replied my junk-foraging Passat. We ended up at Rerun, a consignment shop on NE Fremont. My favorite find of the day came from Rerun, a funky decapitated horse head, now on display and keeping me company in my studio.
As I began my return trip to the boat, I was not in a rush, so I, or rather, my car, made me stop at a garage sale and an estate sale, both in north Portland. Of course I found a few treasures that I tossed in the trunk and added to my growing collection of goodies. It was a good day.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
But my favorite thing of the entire fair was a contraption called the Junk Chime, a tangled mass of metal objects all interconnected through springs and welding. There were little buckets of sticks and you could just walk up and start banging and hitting the entire metal sculpture: and it was FREE! The kids loved it, the adults loved it, I LOVED IT!
And finally, I'm a grandma (known simply as "Bam" to Ella and Luke), so I've gotta post at least one photo of the grandkids on a ride! It's a requirement!