Saturday, May 30, 2009
I've been meandering my way home from class each day and I'm happy to report on yet another great store in Portland. This one I discovered a few months ago, but forgot where it was located, so I never got back. And since it is only open on Saturdays, I was limited as to when I could go. The store: Rancho Deluxe. The store is located at One North Killingsworth and like I said, is open only on Saturdays, so plan accordingly. It's worth the stop.
Here is Pat Wheeler, our gentle and wise instructor, demonstrating some techniques to Stephanie and then to Stephanie and Linda.
I mentioned in my last post that I decided to ditch my little 8x8 board and yesterday I smeared a fresh layer of compound over the whole affair before I left for the day. Today I started playing with the fresh surface and as of 4:00 today, here is the revamped piece (with more tinkering to be done in the morning).
I did complete one piece, the one that Amy wants. I've scribed into the surface a line from a book written by Kim Stafford, so I guess it will be the title of the piece: Coming up on the other side. I was trying to figure out what words I wanted to write and Pat had me read a short essay in Kim's book. Since I wanted the quote to reflect all that Amy is balancing and doing right now, when I read that snippet of a sentence, I knew what words I would include in my piece. As soon as the words were inscribed, I added a thin layer of cold wax medium to the whole work to seal it and to bring out the deep, rich colors.
My other daughter, Melissa, said she was going to look at my blog tonight so she could figure out which piece she wanted dibs on. When I told Howard that, he said, "What a minute, don't I get a choice?" I'm happy to be so popular with my family!
Okay, so here is a shot of my pieces (hanging on the wall, no less), about mid-day:
Friday, May 29, 2009
It's a great little store, which bills itself as having "thrifty vintage." Click HERE to get carried immediately to the website for the store.
I did buy a wonderful journal made out of an old Steely Dan record album cover. It was made by the store's owner, Caroline (spelling? hope I got it right). Here is my fun little treasure (be sure and read the note that came with the journal).
The shop is located at 3120 N. Williams Avenue and is open every day noon to six, except for Sunday when the store is closed "to rest."
Work continues on my four boards and here are photos of a couple of them:
Now, as for my little 8x8 "Why" piece, it just was not working for me. I tried doing a few modifcations, but it began to get muddy (and then it got pink - don't ask), so I decided the best thing I could do was put it out of it's misery and start over. It was so nice, when I told my husband what I had done, he said, "Good for you. It takes courage to cover over a piece and begin again."
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tired. Exhilerated. Playful. My day started with writing Morning Pages and addressing my inner critic. I realized I can't completely shut the bugger out, so I invited my critic to sit on my shoulder during the day and offer helpful hints. Not sure how successful that whole plan turned out, but I did start my day feeling lighter for having written about my fears. As I left the boat and headed to the second day of my class at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, I dug my camera out of my purse and snapped a few photos just to get some creativity pumping through my veins (along with the caffeine).
It was a fun surprise to run into Linda Womack in the class. Linda is the queen of encaustic and has written a successful book on the topic, Embracing Encaustic. Check out Linda's website, blog, and her book! Here's Linda working on one of her class projects.
A few more layers of paint and scritchings since yesterday:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
We arrived this morning (there are nine of us taking the class) to find our work station all set up and ready for us to begin getting messy, er, I mean creative.