Thursday, September 30, 2010
This next Italy piece is called Meridiana. I named it thus because the view is from Meridiana Alpaca Farm just outside of Umbertide, where I stayed for 10 days on my Italian adventure in 2007.
I've been reading Marlena de Blasi's A Thousand Days in Tuscany, and I feel like I'm right there with her and her Venetian husband, Fernando. And more books in a similar vein await my consumption.
All this to say that I am planning my next voyage to Italy, although it won't likely be until I'm 70, or thereabouts. I want to be there for a good while, rent an apartment or a farmhouse in the country somewhere and use that as a base for travel throughout the country. And I'm definitely going alone, this next time.
Anyhow, it's a long way off yet but it is my long term plan and I know I'll make it happen. Maybe I'll emigrate there, and never come back. Who knows?
But back to autumn, 2010, in Fortuna...I'm feeling my creative energy beginning to bubble again. And after relative fallowness over the last couple months, I'm ready for it.
I have a show opening at this Saturday's Arts Alive! Eureka, at the C Street Hallway Gallery, 208 C Street in Eureka. Eight pieces, some recent, some older. If you're on the North Coast, hope you'll drop by and see the show!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I had the very same problem last year with DSL, when I set it up at the mobile. The line is fine, the service going to the line is fine, the modem is fine and transmits a wireless signal, but the port for the DSL at the AT&T hub about a mile from the house probably needs to be replaced as it did last year. It's looking suspiciously like the same problem again, with this new service in my studio. Hopefully it won't take the month it took last year to get the problem solved. I can't afford to buy treats at Starbuck's every time I need or want to go online!
p.s. the quilt on the left page in the second photo, Going in Circles, is currently showing in the "simply irRESISTible" exhibit at some things looming Fiber Arts Gallery in Reading, PA.
Friday, September 24, 2010
I've had a busy first week living in my studio. I actually really love small space living, because I have a terrific knack for creatively organizing a lot of stuff into not much space. Each load of goods I bring over has been digested or assimilated, piece by piece, into the existing scheme. Or I'll move stuff around to accommodate. It's challenging and fun. Note: there's still a lot of household stuff that will stay at the old place until it gets moved into storage next spring. But I've got everything I need with me now.
BeeGee is loving his new home -- although he keeps looking up at me as if to ask, "Is this all there is?" Yes, darling boy, this is it, small and sweet. Check out the video of Beeg, just posted to his blog.
I've been collaging most days, getting my feet wet again, slowly getting back into an artmaking routine. I had the realization early this week, though, that I no longer need to feel such a compulsion to make art. I want to just be, more. Relax, take it easy, read more, breathe easier, let go of the drive I've always had.
I'm experiencing a fundamental shift in my way of being in the world. Looser, wiser, like I've suddenly become the person I've wanted to be for all my adult life. Like it's a whole new ballgame.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
his blog for his take on the change). I'm solo again and loving it, glad the weather is turning, looking forward to "hunkering down" as I say. A simple, quiet, art filled life.
Friday, September 17, 2010
I've got another couple quilts to post, as well, so check back over the weekend.
We're expecting rain this weekend, the first real rain of the fall season...most of us here are still waiting for summer. Guess we'll be waiting another year. Have a good weekend!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My challenge quilt is made of small pieces of natural fiber fabrics (cotton, linen, denim, raw silk) that were fused onto sheets of freezer paper and run through my digital printer. Before printing, the fabric pieces had been soaked/dyed in a coffee/tea blend, dried, then soaked in Bubble Jet Set and dried. After printing, I tore the pieces off the sheets and rearranged them on the foundation cloth.
This is the first of my Fiberactions challenge quilts to be framed, but I'm thinking I'll do likewise with the previous quilts. Each one is so unique, that I think they'll make a wonderful grouping when they're all finished, early in 2012.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I'm just running off to my "monthly" Art Quilt Group, our first meeting since June, I think. I have more to show and tell than I thought I would.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Page, I'm finished glazing the pages for a while, and today I'll return to finishing up the collages.
Like probably everybody else in the western world, I just finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Wow, what a fantastic book. Now we'll see the movie again (Swedish version). Does anybody know, is the American version out yet? I think the only reason I might see that is that I understand Daniel Craig plays Mikael Blomkvist, the book's central character.
Anyhow, the sun is shining this morning, rather a big surprise. I'm off to the studio shortly -- I have today off work, meaning this is another coveted 5-day weekend for me, aka mini vacation. Enjoy the day!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
In other news, I'm on hiatus from making Sketchbook Project collages, because I am coating the 2-page spreads with gloss medium. I can only do a few pages a day. After I catch up to where I'm working, nearing the front of the book, I'll finish off the collages.
Have begun to look forward to the end of my Italy series quilts. So much so, that I miscounted in my last post. The next one I post, late this week, will be number 10, not number 13 as I thought. But now I have 4 more ready to quilt, and 4 waiting to be designed. That will bring me up to 18, most of which I will show next year. I think I'm going to do a big push and finish this series before moving on.
Monday, September 6, 2010
That's all for now...short and sweet. Have yourself a wonderful Labor Day if you're here in the States, and a wonderful plain ol' Monday if you're elsewhere (or Tuesday, if you're Down Under!).
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I'm slowly moving forward on the projects and series I mentioned here recently. I was engaged with personal business stuff this week, but managed to sandwich in some artmaking between other things. I think I'll be able to get more done this weekend. Or at least I'll get reorganized again...everytime I step away from it all for a bit, I have to gather up the loose ends that are raveling away from me. I know you all know what I mean!
Hope you have a good holiday weekend. I almost forgot, Monday is Labor Day...it's just another Monday to me these days.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
A note about what I use for metallic paint ~ Lumiere, Golden Fluid Acrylics, Createx Pearlescent Colors. I've actually had these Createx paints since the early 1990s, and they're still good. I finally got them out of their squeeze bottles, though, so now they're easier to use...and if they're easier to use, then I WILL use them.
I've come to hate squeeze bottles because of how difficult it is to get paint or glue out of them, how hard it is on the wrists and arms. Ditto the tiny twist caps on so many things these days...like water bottles! I end up using my teeth on a lot of stuff, but I'm trying not to. I just wish everything came in small wide-mouth pots with easily removable airtight lids.