Friday, March 20, 2020

A to Z Challenge in April Might as Well





I was rather serious about not participating this year. 
In fact, we were to be off on a trip to Italy in April. 
Guess what? That is not happening.

As our world changes beneath our feet it feels right to once again be committed
to post daily for a month. Might as Well!

My theme will be focusing on things that inspire my creativity.
 Images, nature, people, projects, books, food, the list goes on.  
These are all things that make us human and give cause for appreciation.




Been painting lots of canvas for more & more vessels. 


Lots of time at the sewing machine. 

What are you doing to stay centered, connected, fed, encouraged? 
I would love to hear from you!

This is what things feel like in my head at the moment. 



Monday, March 9, 2020

Keep Going



The Itinerant Printer said it well, & with style! 


There was lots that kept me going this winter. No trip to a warmer climate. 
Making sure THAT doesn't happen again. 

Lots of cross country skiing was a big focus. Our VASSA trail near by 
is just the ticket for us. Part of the larger TART system. Been skiing the 10K loop 
for the first time in over a decade.

 After some new metal parts and other issues fixed for both of us
 hubby & I feel stronger than we have in years. 
Don't sit still people! Get out there & MOVE!

My journal class at Crooked Tree Art Center in January was so much fun. 


One of my students has come to my home for a private lesson in canvas surface design. 
What she did with her journal since the class is amazing! 

 


I've been in production mode for a few reasons. 
One, to fill the long dark winter days. 
Two, I will be in the Peninsula Library Art Fair August 15th. 
I will keep you informed on that when time draws near. 
That's 9 different vessels in the works above. 

I just completed a month long class at NMC, our local community college.
with the wonderful Glenn Wolff. A local artist of renown.
 There were only 3 of us in the class so we had free rein of the entire print studio. 
Next up will be the details with lots of pictures of the fun we had. Some thoughts on diet, 
a trip to the Muskegon Museum of Art & more. 

What do you do during the long winter to stay sane?
 Or do you live somewhere warm with more light.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Chess Anyone?


Ever since PBI last Spring I've had it on my artistic to do list to make some chess piece stencils.
My hubby & I have been playing chess a bit more lately during these long grey days.
It's a great game. Timeless. Have you played? 

 



 

We have this old book, part novel part chess strategy. 
My older son won it in elementary school at a chess tournament. 
The illustrations are wonderful.


This is my favorite Laura Wait image where she created her own version of chess pieces. 
She was one of my instructors.  Lots of inspiration was absorbed. 


 Love the metal pieces on the cover as well.


Working from an old wooden chess (2 opening images) I sketched my design. 
  


I folded them in half and retraced so they would be symmetrical. 



Cut them out of card stock for the stencils.


Trail run in my journal to see how they turned out.



Made some refinements.


Decided they would be my January Artist Trading Cards. 



I have loads of cards for my ATCs cut from cast off projects & experiments.
 Recycling at it's most obsessive. But that's how I roll.