Friday, June 24, 2011

Ready set go

I have been locked away in my studio, sewing purses, in anticipation of the Stebbins Gallery , Harvard Square, reopening for the summer. 
A wonderful influx of summer colors and fabrics. Makes me wish I could create as fast as I can think. 

 I plan to deliver new work to the Loading Dock Gallery in Lowell, too, this Saturday, in time for Open Studios.

All this in the midst of chasing down the last paperwork for my mom's taxes, working on her long-range financial plans, and ferrying my daughter to the first evenings of her new job.
 Sunday she and I leave for a week in London. So I had to stop and make myself and new purse, yes? Just right, with pockets inside for glasses, phone, and camera, plus a piece of my own on the outside.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Traveling Forward

 The first set of photos are back from the photographer. I work with Joe Ofria.  I'm always amazed at the difference his work brings to mine.
Most of the tree and bird series is ready to hang. A second series on memory is coming into the home stretch. The goal is to photograph them next month. The show goes up July 29, with a reception August 5.
Last night we took a total break and went to see Propeller, an all-male theater troupe, do Comedy of Errors. Here's a little sample, just a crumb compared to the whole wonderful magical cake of it all:

"Shakespeare dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century."  Anyone reading this in the Boston area, go to Bostix and get yourself a half-price ticket. They're here for one more week.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


It's done. Three panels. And now I think I'll make two more, little ones, to go on either outside edge.
 Recently I attended another  Golden Working Artist  workshop. Adria Arch is our representative, leading workshops about paints, mediums and techniques. The workshops of course promote Golden materials, but I appreciate the chance to experiment with guidance, not to mention free supplies.

The most recent workshop was on gelatin transfers. I'd been having so much trouble at home I went. Surprise: the big lesson of the day was just how finicky and unpredictable the technique is, dependent as it is on ink level, paper type, even the weather (very cold and dank that morning.) Yet, among all the failures, this piece:

Today the weather swings to the outrageously hot - nearly 100. (Calm, gradual weather shifts:  did I make these up or do I really remember them?) I'm working on the press release copy today: good work for an air-conditioned coffee shop. Then a college friend arrives, and in the afternoon I teach, then I pick up new sunglasses and my DVD from my photo shoot the other week. So poof another day flies by.

I need to figure out how to support this piece. My daughter, the set designer, says she can walk me through building a box for it. Can't be too hard, but, like any thing new, I'll appreciate some guidance on my maiden tour.