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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Sale, Rejection and Road Trip...

 Trust Walk... found out yesterday that it sold from the person that bought it and announced it on Facebook...How cool.  it's when you least expect it and so happy for Ginny at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery in Egg Harbor.

This piece didn't make it into a show I was hoping for but not biggie...it feels good that I made it an idea that came to the bubbling up and out on to the surface and that's what makes me happy.  What I see about this papers I used is the lines...Note to Self- Make more Line paper.

This morning shortly after I post this I'll be packing up...so exciting to pack up and go some where.  This time it's to Visit Shake Rag Alley School of Arts and Crafts.   My long time art buddy and cousin Doris will be my traveling companion.  We have some plans to stop at a few other place but the school has some great places to see right on the grounds.  We are just going for the Two days but you bet we will pack it in...Now if I don't forget my camera...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Had a few Moments of Creativity....jumped on it~

A bit shinny but it worked. I enlarged the image and did it in section so that it would span the length of the skate deck board, My colors are there and I'm happy about that.  Where it goes from here is a bit if incubation time.  Being this one is a created purely from a place out side of me...I know just paper and image of wooden Manikin...what the heck are you talking about Laura?  What I'm talking about is just starting with a simple ideas and building on it.  Play, see what happens when I sew the old letters together.  Then see what happens when I put a layer of white acrylic paint on it to push back the written word a bit and the apply other acrylics and some stamping...Each one was a test or risk to see what would happens if I did it and from there what would happens and I responded to it...Like it or not...and now it's time to let it incubate....allowing some time to let it grow together and for me to invite new image and life experience that will then allow me to add to this...or now and then I just keep experimenting and playing..it is what it is...

 Feeling some what better from the cold I attempted to get back into my sketching and drawing. This one I know I was still fussy with.
I'm wanting to be critical with them....front legs to long...body not as hefty as the picture I'm drawing it from...so on... But I've made it to 25 sketches, I've reach an half way point and renewed my library card and renewed an interest in the library.  It felt good to be in the  place that provides a variety of service to community. They even have a little coffee cafe...how cool.

Well lot to do not going to my lessons tonight...strength is not up to par and I have to pack for the Road Trip up to Mineral Point to check out Shake Rag Alley Art Center...My Cousin Doris will be going with me so it should be a good adventure.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Cold came on....yikes

Managed in the last few days to keep going despite feel crappy...a scratchy throat and just all over a snug.  I don't get sick much and when I do, I don't like it but I'm using it to easy in to the week and take reflective time on life...all good and will pass soon.  Yesterday before the onsets of the cold hit me Randy and I went to see the movie Captain Fantastic...I will say it was fantastic...great story.  

Captain Fantastic Trailer  

Now to plan out the day's slowly and with lots of liquids...flushing this cold away...I'm just thankful it's not coming on around this Thursday...Though today we are having a celebration for the Twin's birthday...Jake and Bernie so sticking to simple stuff so it's easier later...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's when you least expect it~

We left the house around 5:30 and made to Harvard IL around 7:45 pm.  It didn't take that long to get there because we stopped in Marengo at the Fire and Ice Restaurant and had a quick bite to eat.  Little did we know that the Event at the 4th Friday's would have such a wide spread of food, drinks and appetizers. I wasn't feeling the best but still came...now I've got a really bad scratchy throat and feeling a bit sluggish so easy does it today.  We-Randy and I should have taking more picture of the place but it was so full of people.  This is the truth when she, Nancy says there'll be anywhere from 600 to 1000 people coming through the doors.  It was so cool to see this and witness this all the ages of the people and the families.  Something to model after, the music, and other activities with the Artists that have their's Studios open for a peek and a possible sales.  As I say along drive but it was well worth it and the gal that won for the best people's choice really deserved it awesome colored pencil drawing of Morgan Freedman.

Well lying low today..tomorrow is the Twin's birthday...Jake and Bernie and they'll be 25...my babies.

Friday, July 22, 2016

One thing on my mind? no just continuing a personal assignment

As I continue I see the area's I would like to focus on more and the areas that I really understand how it all connects.  When I went for my riding lesson this past Wednesday I was filled with joy that I was able to ride Lee again.  He's a big one and he really looks at me maybe because he has to look down at me but the eye contact is really cool and when I say his name he know's it  and response to his name.  He allowed me to really look at him straight on and touch his head all the way down to the nose so soft and pliable.  Sounds strange I know but being able to understand what you are drawing by touch too is so cool. I think that's why I enjoyed the and building of the clay.   I could draw out things and then sculpt them too. Get the 3 D effect.  Kind of reliving a bit of high school while doing this drawing exercises. Brings back memories of the art rooms and the teachers and the time I could be in them quietly creating...I was blessed some very good people during that time.

Oh Just found out about this channel on our cable...Ovation...Oh My gosh...so cool...Art is Everywhere...

I also rented the movie last night "Hello My Name is Doris...I so enjoyed her quirky ways.  Nice little artist date on the couch with a good few laughs.

Tonight when the Husband gets off of work we will take the ride out to Harvard IL...For the Fourth Friday Event at the Starline Gallery...so cool.  Two piece of my work are in this show...
if they don't sell I'll be wrapping them up and bring the baby's home.  Looking forward to a nice road trip...once we get about a half hour out the of area things settle down and it's county all around. Green Space.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Letting go of the Critic

35 more to go.....15 down and counting..this could become a new habit....but I'm looking at it as a learning steps...because as I get older and a bit wiser I also get softer. Nothing wrong with answering to yourself as to creating an assignment.  It doesn't have to be done perfectly its all about showing up.  As the sketches are become a bit more challenging I'm spending about 15 minutes to 20 on each of them.  No timer but just estimating.  I know myself and about 27 sketches in I'll be wonder why I did this...you know the "I'm am Shit part of the Creative process"...but now that I'm writing about it I've also involved you..the viewer so I have to comment.   I do say though it's pulled me away from purging the studio...was that planned?  No just the way I function,(adhd acting up)...always busy and having work to do and getting it done.  Well talking about work...best get a move on it...My Rock this morning that I picked from my bowl said, "Enjoy the space between"  I am at that.   

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

So been reading this book....

From the first of the year I've been reading this book with my book club and we take a chapter a week and meet once a month.  First off the gals in the book club are so awesome, whole, real and full of great wisdom.  Blessed is not big enough to describe them.  There's a lot of information and in this book to do, though it was set up for a weekly exchange...a 12 week course it's just impossible to do less you had only it to do.  But I read it, underline what speaks to me and then let it simmer inside and then before we are to met I re read it again...drilling in to my head.

So this is what I read this week...

Most spiritual directors are already familiar with journaling as a powerful tool to get in touch with interior movement and as a way to pray with words stirring through us. Art Journaling emerges from a similar impulse, but offers access to our visual language. Essentially it is a way of working with both word and image to bypass the inner critic and create a safe space for expression and connecting with our intuitive voice. Spiritual director Jane Comerford, CSJ, describes this intuitive flow of visual expression as “gush art” because it helps us to break through our resistance and work from our feelings and body sense to respond to God and life more freely.  As we bypass our internal censors, we come to new awareness of ourselves. 

I'm a spiritual person and really pull my inspiration from Nature and the Earth....though call it God, Big Man UpStairs,  The one who knows, Good orderly direction...etc...you get the picture. 

After reading what this sister Jane Comerford has put together for spiritual director and has given it a name,"Gush Art."  I'm tickled Pink to know that is what my Tack Down Tuesdays have given me the new awareness of self and I've really stopped listening to the critic.  

Because I weekly...sometimes struggle but still do them the Tack Down Tuesday's I've met that safe place to express...the inner critic knows all to well where to be...not in my head that's for sure.  I really pull from a place of pure emotion using the papers, colors, shapes, edges torn or straight.  

I honestly wouldn't know what I would be doing without it...I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be an artist and create...I never now were or why sometimes just the need to express and exhale all the stuff I pick up with my senses daily.  

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