I'm working on a project for Tending The Fire (http://www.nurturearts.com), the art project my friends Gwen, Celeste and I are developing. If you haven't visited me over there stop on by. I have a feeling you'll love it.
I went to a free block printing class with Tanner this afternoon at Artist and Craftsman. We had such fun and it was so easy. We used a water soluble block printing ink. Perfect for learning with. Any mess is easy to wash up. Good thing since Tanner smeared it on his nose first thing.
Tanner made all of the "A" prints. The one above was his first and I think my favorite. The one above and below are made with a simple foam sheet that he etched into with a pencil.
While he worked away easily and diligently, I pondered and pondered. Finally settled on a simple little turtle at Tanner's suggestion.
Tanner has plans for printing a series of "A's" and a Christmas card design. I'm plannng designs to use in my journals.
In the book Art and Fear, the authors tell of a ceramics teacher who divided his class. Half the class would be graded on the quantity of pots they made. The other half would be graded on the quality of a single pot. In the end, the highest quality pots came from the group of students that had made in quantity. I'm in the middle of a project that requires I make in quantity.
I've been invited to hang my work at Annie's Art and Frame in Ballard for September. I couldn't pass up the opportunity but I didn't have enough work available. So, I've been painting every night. I couldn't sustain this for more than the 2 1/2 weeks that I have available but it is an amazing experience. I'm finding that the more work I do, the more ideas I have. An unexpected bonus is how much I'm learning.
Steven Pressfield writes in his book Do The Work! "The enemy is our chattering brain, which, if we give it so much as a nanosecond, will start producing excuses, alibis, transparent self-justifications, and a million reasons why we can't/shouldn't/won't do what we know we need to do. Start before you're ready." If I had time to think about what I'm trying to do, I would have several reasons why I couldn't do it. I need to spend time with my family, I'm so tired when I get home from work, I have so much going on at work, I'm getting ready to leave town for an extended vacation... All true and all a reason why I couldn't meet my goal. I could find several people who would totally support me in my belief of not be able to do it. Fortunately, I didn't really even have time to consider all of that. The opportunity came up suddenly and while I would have like to be prepared for it, I opted to try to meet the challenge it brought. I set two art related goals this year. To have a show somewhere and to create 30 paintings. With this project I'll easily meet these goals this year. It's time to set a new goal.
Last year at Artfest I had fabulous housemates, some old friends some new. One of my new friends was Dawn of Mother Rubber. When she returned home from Artfest, her boyfriend proposed to her. It was so romantic and exciting. Last night Teesha threw the perfect artist wedding shower for her. A delicious dessert and wonderful drawing games. It was great fun and I wash thrilled to meet more local women.
Our lovely generous hostess.
Teesha had us bring pages with our favorite recipes on it for a gorgeous handmade cookbook for Dawn. I foolishly didn't photograph the pages the others brought but they were all amazing. I'm hopeful they'll post them themselves. I forgot to scan mine before wrapping them but here are some photos I took.
L to R: Teesha, Rita, Tara, Mish, Liesel Lund, Kathy, and Dawn. I'm not certain I got everybody's names correct and I don't know where everybody blogs. If you know where I can find some of these women online let me know. I can't believe I left without getting everybody's info. I was a bit loopy by then.
Tara got us started playing exquisite corpse. I knew of the game but had never played. I absolutely will be playing again as soon as I can organize some friends. I wonder if it can be turned into a game done via snail mail???