Friday, July 27, 2012

Revisit, Renew

 I have been having a wonderful time, reworking gelatin prints made with Linda Germain.  She is a talented artist and generous teacher.

We gathered in her huge studio in Haverhill last winter: so much room, so many possibilities. I brought home scads of experimental work. Now at last the ideas have composted, and I'm ready to cut them down, cut them up, work back into them, with pen, paint, scissors, cloth.

I may need to take her August workshop (for my birthday!) to replenish my supply.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Journey of Small Steps

Rilke, fabric, tissue
 I have been working on cards each morning: 
A sort of meditation, fathomable even in the heat.

Layers and juxtapostion

Old work is being re-purposed. Bits of fabric, test prints, reproductions,
gelatin monoprints: anything is fair game.

Old and new art, repurposed
 At first I was tied to words, but as one morning leads into another,
 new patterns, other possibilities emerge.
 I am curious to see how the lessons extend into larger work.

Meanwhile, my cards will be for sale this weekend at the Stebbins Gallery,
 0 Church Street Harvard Square - our last days!
Come see us, noon to 5, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Taking note(s)

 Back in high school, art class had one requirement: carry a sketchbook at all times. Great advice. Today I'm not fully dressed until a sketchbook is within reach.
 For years I traveled with just pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser. But now the portable tool kit has color too: watercolors, oil pastels, colored pencils.
 These are pages where I let my hand wander: a chance to ask"what if?" and work with what happens.
When it is cooler I will take my kit to Fresh Pond, and study real trees, real shadows. In the meantime, these are the echoes they leave in my mind.