Friday, December 16, 2011

ART of the Word

It is December 16 and nary a card has been addressed, nor cookie made, nor package wrapped, Stampaway classes for next August are done and in the mail. Now I can get to the Yuletide preparations. Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone. I hope there is joy in your world through the season and in 2012.

We will be reunited with our collegiate daughter on Tuesday, so naturally we are very excited to be spending the holiday with her in PA and then back here for an unexpected couple of weeks. May the merriment ensue.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Through the Looking Glass

Well from watermedia printing to resins.............and nary a "made" or "bought" Christmas card in sight yet. Sigh...... December is always a swamped month with classes due here, there, and everywhere. This weekend was resin weekend. Again, thanks to Nancy's wonderful introduction to resin and the terrific Ice Resin site itself, I am finding my way to incorporate what I like to do into wearable jewelry. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with. Now it's on to more painting....those gingerbread houses await, more class preparation, and cookie making. YUMMY!

Look for my local classes here in January at For Keeps Sake, in Jan or Feb (TBD) at New Art Legacies, and a foray to Cincinnati at Stamp Your Art Out on February 25th.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Crunch Time

I've been playing with watermedia prints for quite a few years, yet when asked to do sale artwork, charitable donations, or even try a new class at a new store, it is my go to process. What I never ever remember is how long it all takes, so even though I thought I was on schedule through the first two days in the studio, my studio time yesterday amounted to 22 straight hours (45 minute frozen dinner break). During that time I listened to 10 episodes of Supernatural from last season, Terminator 2, Will and Grace, a Lifetime movie with Diane Keaton doing meth, the X Factor, and infomercials galore. I also heard tons of Christmas commercials and promos for all the new movies coming out around Christmastime. In the meantime, I was knee deep in fibers, metal powders, watermedia, both Golden and Sue Rothamel's wonderful Mica Color palettes (vintage my new fav) .I was also knee deep in the creative process so much so that at the end of the 22 hours I was tired but also at peace because I love so much what I do. Now, if I could just start a few days earlier next time there is a deadline. Note to self.

I am attending the opening of a new store, New Art Legacies, in Fairview Heights, IL tomorrow where all 22 pieces will be up for sale. I also am teaching the class next Friday for those who want to venture into making their own. It's a busy time of year, but a relaxing class that would be great for Christmas gifts. That will be my last class of the year, but I will be at For Keeps Sake on Saturday, January 21, doing my first class at their store. Things are definitely happening. Now I need to get someone to just help me decorate my house for Christmas!