I sealed it with clear acrylic and left it in the guest book as a token of thanks for a lovely stay.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Our last full day of vacation was spent kayaking and swimming in the ocean.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Another full day here on Bald Head Island. The kids and I kayaked early this morning, exploring the salt marsh.
Then we rode bikes as a family to the light house and climbed to the top for amazing views of the island.
We enjoyed all our meals here at the house on the screen porch enjoying the amazing view of the salt marsh.
Watercolor provided a bit of quiet time for me again today looking out at the colors on the marsh...
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Spent some time today beginning art pieces inspired by the view of the salt marsh here in Bald Head Island.
Here is my morning watercolor...
Saturday, August 27, 2016
A full day of traveling, visiting with friends and more traveling - by car, ferry and golf cart. We are settled in here for a few days at Bald Head Iskand. Looking forward to making collages inspired by the colors in this salt marsh...
Friday, August 26, 2016
New layers complete this collage...
Thursday, August 25, 2016
This is a small collage and a small transfer experiment - just 4 inches square.
Today I also made time for a delightful lunch conversation about art and sacred space. And I spent the evening reading the new Harry Potter book - a full day. Tomorrow packing begins in earnest.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Trying a small photo transfer of an image of a web - will have to wait til tomorrow to see how they fit together...
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
So we had a full day running errands, meeting a wonderful dog sitter and generally preparing for vacation this coming weekend.
This evening I spent time hemming pants for my son. We will have dinner with my grandmother tomorrow night and her community has a dress code that requires trousers for men. So my making time was spent mending, hemming to be exact.
Not terribly exciting and yet, I'm reminded of how glad I am to know how to do this. It's tedious but allows us to pull together dress code appropriate clothes at the eleventh hour. AND I remember my sophomore year of college how working with an installation artist let me see how many of the making, sewing and building skills I'd grown up practicing were also art skills.
So for today my making is mending.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Most of my making today was the finishing steps. I spent a couple hours on the computer creating note cards from my flower collages.
This evening I worked on sanding and gluing several frames.
Friday, August 19, 2016
I often feel like photography has become such a daily habit that it doesn't really feel like it counts as an art-making practice.
Today was a full day of tubing with kids and friends and taking pictures to savor the day, the joy and the beautiful scenery.
It takes intention to both inhabit a space and think about framing it to record, celebrate and share with others.
For today my making is these photos of our adventure...
Thursday, August 18, 2016
With full summer days my making happens late at night.
Tonight's sleepy watercolor is inspired by the colors in yesterday's collage.
I'm also aware of how much the commitment helps me stick to my practice.
It's easy for art making - or any practice - to get pushed aside by the demands of the everyday...my commitment brings me back to paints, papers, clay - even when I'm sleepy.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
Sunday, August 14, 2016
I spent time today reconnecting after time away - with both people and places.
A lovely walk at Huntley Meadows this morning with my friend Jenna ended with time in the visitors center revisiting my show and learning stories of the history of the park and the advocacy work to preserve it.
Thus evening's return to collage practice was inspired by my evening walk with Chad and our dogs.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
It's good to settle back into a routine at home today.
This evening my watercolor is inspired by colors on a walk at Huntley Meadowd this morning...
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
One more long day of driving and our last camper is home. It was a lovely closing worship and good to be back at Shrine Mont for a few hours this morning.
This evening I led the Sanctuary Studio time at St Aidan's. We reflected on seasons of the year and times of the day on accordion books with collage.
I found myself back at Shrine Mont and on the drive near the mountain, picturing flowers seen along the roadways.
It was a long day in the car so it was nice to create some time for myself for reflection along with creating space for others to create.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
We began our day with the closing worship for Art Camp. Here is the community mural created yesterday during our exhibit, now displayed at the front of the room....
...It's a long mural - here's the other half.
The new addition to our installation included hoops painted by counselors and members of the camp staff.
I also added in a few of the small ones I used for demonstration of techniques in the studio.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Today we saw our community art piece come together with the installation of silk hoops in the windows of the ballroom of Virginia House at Shrine Mont.
It is fun to see the landscape of Shrine Mont behind the colorful paintings on the hoops.
This drawing of a porch chair almost seems to fit right into the porch outside the window.
Each window represents the members of one of the cabins of campers. This will also facilitate taking down pieces and sending them home after our closing tomorrow.
We had a lovely viewing of the installation and all the work created during the show in the afternoon. Guests from the St George's camp, Shrine Mont staff and Shrine Mont Camps staff all came to join the campers and counselors in celebrating the work done during art camp.
We had a station for visitors to add to a group mural and had wonderful interactions as visitors asked artists about their art.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
At camp when campers ask too many questions about what is coming next, the counselor response is "all will be revealed."
Today was a full day of making, getting parts together for our final installation at the end of camp.
No pictures yet - still in process.
But soon...all will be revealed.
Friday, August 5, 2016
Days continue to feel full at camp. Most of my making is making space, framing time and space in the studio for making.
I did rinse and dry my experiments with felt dying...
And I began a collage of my own in the evening...more to come on that later.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
So as I encourage my artist campers to try new things at camp, I am challenging myself to do the same.
Here's a linoleum block I cut this evening...
And here's a color spectrum of kool aid all ready to dye wool roving. Hoping to put it out in the sun tomorrow. It's supposed to work like sun tea and dye the roving in the jar when the sun heats the liquid. So far it's been a fun experiment.