And the complete new collection of 50 for Art-o-mat
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Today I made a collection of felt stones...
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Today I realized I need to organize my collage papers to make it easier to work in a larger format.
And I realized that organizing will take more energy than I have after a full day outside. I'm thankful for the joys of a sunny day, walks with good friends, and enjoying snow creations made by neighbors.
So the organization will come tomorrow and for tonight I just stay with showing up to practice - with one small collage...
Monday, January 25, 2016
Today my biggest accomplishment was clearing bookshelves...making space.
One thing I noticed as I organized and made piles to give away was how many books seemed to focus on the challenges of choosing a creative life. I gave away most of these. A couple titles I recall were "Art and Fear" and "On Not Being Able to Paint." I flipped through and realized I may have read parts of these and I'm sure they came well recommended at some point in my life but today I wanted to make space. One that I kept was Twyla Tharp's "The Creative Habit." It seemed like one I might get back to for encouragement. I like the idea of habit and it seems to tie in well with my work toward a regular practice.
Mostly, the act of giving away these books opened space for more making and served as a good reminder I want to put my time toward my practice.
This evening I completed a collage..
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Today was a full day of enjoying the snow: walking, watching the dogs play and sledding in our back yard.
I loved watching the creative process as my husband and sons designed and shaped their backyard luge run.
For me I return to my making practice with a small collage inspired by colors of light on snow today...
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
Today I made cookies and lots of trips outside to shovel, walk and admire the snow.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A beautiful morning walk at Huntley Meadows newly covered with last nights snow...
Beautiful light and shadow...
And animal tracks in the light flaky snow...
Lots to return to for artistic inspiration in the coming days home in a bigger snow.
For this evening I continue my practice with mini collages...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
So I was inspired by the morning sky today but didn't get out to capture a photo.
Have been wondering what to do with this little experiment of a photo transfer on wood panel. Tonight it seemed just the thing to add the morning sky colors with acrylic ink.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Today my kids and I made a trip to Greater Reston Art Center to see installations by Patrick Dougherty and Rebecca Kamen.
My kids would title this first photo,
"Will freeze for art"
A special treat was getting to meet the artist in person - she was there early to get ready for a program in the afternoon. Her work is inspired by science and hearing her talk about seeing connections in the patterns and work of neuroscientists and astrophysicists was just fascinating and mind expanding.
Here are a few photos of the installation...
And then back home to a bit of my own practice for today...
Monday, January 18, 2016
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Working with collage is working with scraps - and then those scraps make more scraps...
Today's mini collages each began with choosing a scrap from the top of a pile and then digging for colors to go with it to build an image.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Friday, January 15, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
It's been a while since my kids sat and did art with me so it's been fun these last two days to have my son sit with me and see his mini series of collages develop alongside mine.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Today I began a new collage that will get a photo transfer tomorrow...
...with my son working beside me creating his own mini collages of our dogs - Kona (red collar) and Java (green collar).
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Today most of my making was making edits to documents for a grant application. I would much rather be doing creative work.
However, I'm trying to reframe and see that this sort of making as less a distraction and more a way of tending the structure around my work. Completing an application required me to reflect on where I am and where I've been recently as an artist and that's helpful.
I did make time for one mini collage...
Monday, January 11, 2016
Today I made a resume. It took most of my creative energy and still needs a few small edits.
It was tempting to let that count as my making but wanted to wind down a bit with materials.