Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Big Exhale

I just had my gigantic undertaking--The Tesla Project--end. It was marvelous! It was a whole lotta work but fun nonetheless. And I'm thrilled to report that I'm off on vacation for the next 7 days to the glorious mountains of North Carolina!

Here's the final Tesla piece hanging up in the show:

Picture taken by NJ Weaver

  • I had friend Carolyn Kimball print up my pen and ink drawing of Tesla onto some Tea Towels for me and they look marvelous! They are on my Etsy site in case you need one. 
  • Here's a CFE that you may be interested in. It's the Art Hop in Georgetown, Texas. 
  • Boomerang--have you heard of this? It's a plugin for Gmail and it's great. You can boomerang emails back to your inbox if they are something that you aren't ready to file but aren't ready to deal with right away--it helps keep your inbox from being overloaded. I may have already mentioned this. If I have, it's only because it's awesome.
I probably won't be posting while in the boonies, so have a great week!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Almost Done with this Beast

Let me be clear--Tesla is not the beast, the assemblage is. It hasn't been too much actual labor, but the what goes where was a dose of mental agony. Granted, it would come and go. I wasn't thinking about the piece 24/7, but whenever I thought of it I would grind my teeth. Glad it's almost out the door, for better or for worse.
Tesla, in process
One problem that stumped me was where to put the battery pack (he has little lights up top). My son suggested a wooden box, but really, where would it go? In a haze of almost wakefullness this morning, I came up with the where. It's being glued right now. You can kinda see it on the right hand side--it's behind and to the side of his name. Whew. I just need to make the lid now. (Yay for power tools that live in the garage and not someplace far away and inaccessible.)

The Tesla Project is happening Saturday! We managed some radio coverage and some print coverage (page 34), which is a relief. One doesn't want to throw a party and have no shows. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Opening Reception: SPOON!

I'm in this show, which sounds pretty fun, especially since there will be spoonable treats at the opening. :)

(spoon art by Ellen Buckmaster.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Collagraphs from recent workshop

I was lucky enough to turn 4 more people on to collagraphs. Well, maybe 3. It's not for everyone. But the 3 that were turned on really seemed to love them. Here are some prints that came out of the class. I teach this workshop now and again at Flatbed Press and I'm waiting to get on the workshop schedule for WPA, so it'll happen again. I'm terrible about sending info out to my mailing list, but you are welcome to inquire and I'll hopefully give you a heads up for future dates. I am better about posting this kind of stuff on my Facebook page, so you can always "like" me there and hopefully get updated.

New Etsy Listing--TESLA!

I had hopes and dreams once about Etsy. One of these days I'd like to have an active shop, but for now, it'll be what it is--an inactive thing that gives occasional latte money. Here's a listing that may appeal to some. With all this Tesla Project planning I'm doing, I'm needing frequent coffee breaks. :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Collagraph Sampler

It's been so long since I've posted something that a large part of me is wondering why not just stop completely. I guess until I decide to $&*% or get off the pot (a euphemism I lovingly attribute to my maternal grandparents--feel free to adopt), I'll be posting here and there.

So, where have I been? Partially, recovering from a busy spring shared with a hideous 2-month long chest cold, partially working on a new event called The Tesla Project going down July 5, and partially working on getting healthy--getting my blood tested to see what I'm lacking vitamin-wise, getting eyes tested, moles removed, dental check-ups, etc. I now feeling better than ever thanks to adding a few small pills with my morning coffee (Low Vitamin D, B12, and Iron was sapping my energy. Glad to have regained some of that with just taking vitamins.).

So, I'm teaching a collagraph workshop this coming weekend and I'm so so so excited! I love collagraphs! I may have shown this pic before, I can't remember. It's a sampler for lack of a better word, inked intaglio. Enjoy. I'm sure I'll be taking some pics of work produced in the class--the question is will I post them. I'm chuckling to myself because I have tons of pics for intended posts, and I hardly ever seem to close the deal.

Friday, April 18, 2014

What Happens When You Chill

I was in the studio this week and let the time unfold. I'm never like that. It was a really, really, great way to work.

I started by cutting up two prints and gluing them onto a support.

Then when I got bored with that, I took this piece

and painted on top of it with black acrylic, then used baby wipes, then some alcohol dipped paper towels for some deconstruction (piece on top--on bottom I have No. 5, a 22 x 30" framed collage)

Yes, I think I'll order up some more chill.