Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Another part: travel. I'm headed out to Colorado tomorrow to celebrate New Years in snow and mountains. I'm crossing my fingers for decent weather in Chicago as I wrap up some last gifts and pack up, and I'm counting down the hours until arrival at DEN.
Happy New Years everyone!
One day, I may dream in art again. But not right now. There are other dreams right now.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Lately, I've been having lots of "unconscious bubble-ups," as a dear friend once said, and they include certain people I have been fortunate enough to know and they've made an unmistakable and lasting impression on me. The majority of them were people who fleeted in and out of my life (chance encounters, high school acquaintances...) and for whatever reason...though I'm willing to bet it's the recent full lunar eclipse of a moon in Gemini...the things these people have had in common stand out to me and I have become all the more grateful for the opportunity to have known them once and always. They're spread throughout the country, and a few are overseas but they are all so distinctly inspiring and admirable to me, even though I may never have the pleasure of encountering some of them again. These were people who had such remarkable energy and personal solidarity that they now let out little sparkles in my memory. They are luminescent. They are timeless. They are unconditional. And during times of reflection and quiet, I see them, for an instant, in my mind, like beacons, for whatever reason, and I am happy. To these people, though I make the assumption that most will never get this thank you, I want to say that I am grateful to have met you and I truly hope that you are where you wish to be and that you are happy there because you deserve it. There are people through whom I have felt genuinely connected to the ground and through whom I have felt truly connected to dreams, and I wish them only the happiest of holidays and only the best in the year (and years) to come.
Thank you for being here too, for it is far too complex and far too simple to ever be easy. And we all help each other, though we may not even be aware.
Happy Holidays, everyone.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
We saw a multi-media piece at the museum that was created by two professors here at SU. It is one of five finalists in the competition for the Sobey Art Award. Alex and our roommates contributed to the piece, assisting the artists Duke and Battersby with the construction of some of their 3D pieces. It was great to be there and hear Alex say, "I made that...and I sanded that." The competition is judged Thursday.
We stayed at the Montréal Youth Hostel and it was wonderful! In addition to great lighting, we also had bananas, jams, toast, coffee and more jus d'orange than anyone would ever need. More photos of the city soon. I'm also about half way finished with the quilt! That'll be up soon as well. Ciao!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
In other news, I am making a quilt. I can swiffer and swiffer but there will always be Bunsworth's cat hair and dust-bunnies in the batting. I will just have to be allergic to our blanket.
I've been back at woodworking. Last Friday, I built a shelf on a whim, because we needed one. And the recent addition of a jigsaw to the collection of power tools in the house means future impulsive building is likely.
Election night makes me nervous as I watch the results come in on the various news-feeds and maps. So I bury myself in the new issue of Tin House and enjoy this latest literary find. The cover, portraying Sargent's Madame X, with a Tin House tattoo on her chest, caught my attention. And coincidentally, they are based out of Portland...another sign that the Northwest is calling my name.
Animal Figure Drawing at the Community Folk Art Center this Saturday at NOON! And the answer I've been waiting for: RABBITS! We're drawing bunnies. Come if you're free and want to enjoy the company of rabbits and local families trying their hands at bunny portraits.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Latest news: today I await a call regarding an animal figure drawing class. I might end up teaching it. It would be the most fun I've had earning money...ever.
I feel discouraged, as participation for my big project isn't turning out to be what I hoped. So, in the meantime, while I figure it out, I'm making a quilt and doing linoleum prints of dogs to give to my friend as a house-warming gift.
I saw a Cyrus Mejia exhibit up at the Community Folk Art Center. It was titled "Dogs in Transition." It reminds me art can be fun while still having a purpose outside of itself. I needed that.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Tomorrow I have a meeting with the student Veteran's Club. I'm going to present my idea and ask for participants.
I'm going to invest in an audio recorder to compliment my little HD video camera (thanks Alex) and I'll have everything I need to dig in.
In the meantime, applications to full-time positions are in progress as the long-term goal of teaching at a university becomes consciously realized and the action plan (plenty full of short-term goals and challenging milestones) unfolds...
Life is good. I'm excited for the surprises and plans of the near future...smiles and crossed-fingers.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Today was a great day.
My emailbox and phone wait for a highly anticipated answer to arrive.
A canvas has been readied!
I feel momentum.
These are by a new-found inspiration, Dmitri Belyukin, who has been a very big part of the motivation and direction I am taking with a new project. There is so much to learn, and always will be.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So I decided, as I listened to the music majors practice, and saw all the students with their books at lunch, that I wanted to "study" too. I went through facebook and picked friends to draw. As long as there are no assignments to be done at work, I think it's okay to "doodle" rather than sit with nothing to do. So long as there is legitimate down-time...I'll continue to do this. If I pick you to stalk and draw...don't panic. It's only because I love you...and miss you. Not creepin'.
I liked this photo because this is the face he always makes when someone has played a practical joke on him and he's about to break out laughing a split second later. He's got such a fun range of expressions.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We went to New York with the intention of attending an all-day festival. But then, PS1 and the MoMa found us, and who were we to turn away? We spent most of the weekend walking, familiarizing ourselves with Brooklyn and Queens. Saw some really great graffiti work and a special exhibit of Matisse work.
Port Authority is no more fun than it ever was. Though I still like bus-rides.
Work with the Dean's Office begins soon. I'm excited to be back on campus. Though, there's an important thing or two that must be accomplished before full work-weeks start up again. It was a good weekend...lots of inspiration and feelings of new direction and possibility.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A cat kneads into my stomach as I think about a few things...firstly, how much I like fluffy ginger cats. Secondly, whom to paint. And then...all those other things.
I have a hard time working for working's sake as opposed to working for the sake of building something...a personal trait I had not really known about myself until just now. It isn't about the work ethic. I derive much personal satisfaction from working tirelessly if it is for something worthy of the effort. And I'm getting a clearer picture of the kind of goal that would be worthy of the effort. In the meantime, I come to a much more thorough understanding of the corporate world and why I am a full supporter of local and small business. And always will be.
No more getting my toothpaste from wal-mart.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
These are old (about 2 years). I've been going through old things and noticing trends here...drawings on napkins and writing in sketchbooks...
Monday, August 2, 2010
This audio file isn't of these two people playing...they are far better than I am. This is what I consider an "audio doodle," which from me means bad music. But I feel the same way about playing with music as I do about playing with imagery, so I dabble, regardless of a lack of formal teaching. This clip is from February 20th. I was home alone with my keyboard and this was the result.
Side note: I walked three miles to find a Borders in Charlotte and started reading Seven Years in Tibet. It's giving me a new interest in Oriental art and design, as Harrer's descriptions of what he sees are beautiful.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I hear from locals that North Carolina is nice. Though I have very little evidence of my own with which to agree or disagree. Soon, the day off and then the exploring.
But, in the meantime, I notice I'm already beginning to adopt an accent (must consciously stop this) as I study and play with recent photos...
Friday, July 23, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Life is good.
Monday, July 12, 2010
I suppose if I were to go in any direction professionally right now, it would be photography, so there really is very little hesitation in regards to accepting the offer that's been made.
I'm excited about the opportunity to learn the ways of a professional and successful studio.
Though my "free time," which for me means crafting/arting/painting/etc. time, will be cut down, I'm willing to make the bet that this will be worth it, for however long it lasts. This is something creative and people oriented that I am sure I will enjoy.
Training in North Carolina, here I come!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Portfolios and applications to complete and submit
Drawings for secret project
Filling up new leather backpack with books, pens, and paper and filling in the spaces
And lots of music making
...the ukulele was the key all along.
This man was my favorite.
After 4,100 miles around the country (excluding the West Coast, unfortunately), another moleskin is filled with ramblings and scribblies.
Reflections upon completion of journey:
-Everything really is bigger in Texas
-Everything is also brown in Texas
-New Mexico is as beautiful as I always dreamt it would be
-The sky is turquoise in the southwest
-Segregation and socioeconomic divides are still very real and very apparent (disappointing)
-Aspen likes art of Aspen Trees
-Blowing up high definition scans of insects and printing them on German watercolor paper is a successful and surprisingly fantastic artistic expression
-Artist whose work is referred to in previous remark is also proof that at 60, you can still get a Fulbright Scholarship
-Step 1 (biking up a mountain) is ALWAYS worth it because of Step 2 (biking down the mountain)
-North Platte, Nebraska? Who knew?
-And road trips with an upset cat get more interesting when upset cat turns out to be master escape artist