A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"

Monday, February 08, 2016

Finished works from Students

 Here is Nancy C.

 Martha L.
 Kay's,(sorry for the blurry photo...only one I got)
 Joan P.
And Mine...Title of this piece, "Gathering of the Girls"  Susan you see has been working for the Phone company every since she turned 18, and Patrica is a whiz with the sewing machine.  And lastly we have Camille who will voice herself with out a care.  They have been friends since the 2nd Grade and are a threesome to be reckoned with...and they just love each other to death.

The photo was collected from a antique mall and the other little finds were given to me or I found them at other resale and antique shops along the way and collected them for something just like this.
Playing around and exploring collage and assemblage.

The next class at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook IL 
will be the Creative Art Blocks..Starts February 29th Mondays 9-11:30am. 

Road Trip on Saturday

Drop off Artwork at the Victorian House Gallery in Bourbonnais IL  Left them there in good hands with Claudia Craemer. 
Got wind of another place opening up in Kankakee IL Called the Feed... but I'm not thinking things are active around there so I'm not going venture back. 

but while I was that way I did stop and check out the bison at the Midewin Prairie off of Rt. 53 in Wilmington IL.
 This way to see the Bison.....Got nice walk in 

 Old bunkers out on the open fields the army arsenal training area...
I'm sure they don't use it any more. 
Do you see those little round dark raisin out there? Well that's the Bison....need a super long lens to see them but I'm sure there are time when the come up closer to the area...it was windy so many they know something more then we do. 

 Some of the prairie plant native to the area on the prairie. 

 Then I missed the Workday with the Midwest Collage Society but stopped in long enough to snap a photo of the few members left before everyone went home

The learned about Weaving papers in to a Canvas by Debbie M. Looks like it was a good time. 

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Progress in the Studio-Counting Coop

 I never know...though I like to think I know a whole lot in life but every time that attitude comes around I end up flat on my behind...lol...EGO will get you every time.  So I like to stay open as much as I can in inspiration, words or a simple stranger says something that really hits home.  

I've been follow Lisa Call for some time off and on and as she's growing as an artist and coach I find inspiration in her journey that correlates with my own...and Affirmations is a biggie.  When I read here email, Don't forget Love .  I'm flashing back to Julia Cameron's few exercise about Counting Coop, (Ku) but the really meaning was to carry a Counting Coup Stick and try to touch their enemy in battle, not hit them but touch them and come back and share the story and then be honored with a feather...these feather would be accumulated and made into a head dress...now this is from reading on the internet..so don't quote me on it.  

So bring to Julia Cameron's books of The Artist Way and Lisa Call...what I'm gathering is, we are going to find some one to run around after us to let us know we are doing a good job and That'a Girl so we have to do it for ourselves but not with EGO...In stead with a sense of accomplishment and encouragement.  Take a reflective honest look at what we do and even if it's just a small step it further along then we were the day before...and that will add up to a whole lot of small something to equal a bit Something.   

I'm delighted and gitty about the progress, that is happening in the studio...some time back I had a vision...lol but I did have a idea bout creating more of these War Ponies and well the challenge is on to complete this piece..

Here is one that is part of my totem series...which gave me the idea break out of the comfort of the square and make a rectangle piece..

Here is the progress...all ideas exceeding my expectation now it time to trust and listen for the next steps...below is the Earth Prayer that is under the rich rusty brown stained tissue paper, you can't read all of it which is OK with me because I feel this prayer has been said while I was placing down and for what ever reason I feel it's open now for all that come in contact with it...crazy I know but where it's coming from at this point. 

Earth Prayer 
Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice. You lived first, and you are older than all need, older than all prayer. All things belong to you -- the two-legged, the four-legged, the wings of the air, and all green things that live.
"You have set the powers of the four quarters of the earth to cross each other. You have made me cross the good road and road of difficulties, and where they cross, the place is holy. Day in, day out, forevermore, you are the life of things."

Black Elk Earth Prayer (1863-1950)

Friday, February 05, 2016

Collage and Assemblage Class

I'll be cutting glass for everyone and bringing the tools to assemble the parts on Monday...We worked on our small collage that will go inside the shadow boxes we were also painting...busy little artists we were.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

What up in the studio?

I took the photos in the fall, Hickory leaves... First images transfers and the look like I expected them to. Very happy with it.

The paper I created was white and then I draw lines, then swirls and then splatter with sap green acrylic fluids and then sprayed extra water on there and then some place it really smeared nice others place now but thought it will be good and add some interests for the back ground.  Wetting the image transfer that was heat sealed on with the tack iron I then rub off the back of the paper and then seal it with polymer.

 This is a section of a 24 x 36 piece...I know stepping out of my comfort Zone of a square...but I have plans of making three...or lets say my assignment is it make three of these 24 x 36 panels...I'm not sure how the rest of the idea will play out...just been creating papers at every turn for it...but I did envision this. 

Flora by Nick Knight was my pick from the Frugal Muse book store, while the Husband picked out two books on Harley Davidson.   I did a piece while when I was in Arizona
and I wanted to revisit this concept of using my own photos for image transfers.

 Bless Others, _sold
 Wabi Sabi Moment
Explorer,  Now this one is the piece I might have to enter for The Earth exhibit submission coming up if I don't finish the this one I'm working on now...so kicking it in the butt now..

Here is a video I found of Nick Knight's work...


And so grateful I have a chicken in the slow cooker....allows me more time to be in the studio...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Where Time has been focused

Classes, Homestead chores, cooking, On-line classes, creating some art, being of service...and what esle?

So greatly thankful for how things are working out, About a year and a half ago I had activated on an idea or call it a dream to teach on line.  I had all the capability to do it.  Pain painstakingly I forge forward with great encouragement my husband, mentor and friends.  Tackling some big situation/ my own fear and disabilities,  I completed my first on line class.  And all of last year I weeded my way through a few more in preparation for this year.

Now they are in full swing, one by one will be explored with new groups of students.  It is consuming my life a bit but in a way that I never knew.  Being able to communicate with people from across the world and share art and creativeness together what can I say but Awesomely Amazing.

So I haven't been on my own task list up in the studio as much as I wanted..just one person.  And I have to let go of all the expectation I put upon myself and put in to practice what I have on my vision board...Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret is patience-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Allow it all to unfold. But in the mean time work at it in small steps.

I keep thinking about way back when I started really focusing in on all of this "Art stuff and making a Career" of it.  I was quickly telling myself, a long the way dreams do come true...You just keep showing up and do the work and well that is exactly how it's been.

My time has been placed in many places where I focused on last year to where I am this year. I'm just really overwhelmed some time with how it's all working out.  Not at all trying to be BiG,  more so trying to say small and be grateful and humble.

Could it be a bit of scattered brain syndrome?  No in our house it's called using your time wisely.  I have a class I'm teaching at Mayslake Peabody Estate and we are creating a collage first with the tacking method and then working in some assemblage inside the back side of the wood panels.  I find the 1 7/8 " one works great.  So I had to prepare for class tomorrow the collage with the watch is pretty well set but the small little objects are still in the state of flex.  I will touch up the color edges/lines a bit between the light and dark and then a sheet of glass goes over with turn buttons.  I say this often, I'm not a personal fan of the color purple or pink when picking a palette to work from but I'm pushing myself to embrace it more so that I can really see how to use it better in my works. So I was working on this yesterday. 

 And there's opportunity coming up for a Tall Grass exhibit called Earth...  I'm needing to put a bit of fire under my bottom to see if I can get this idea on to a surface so here are the photo's I took in Fall last year and I want to use them...got to make more paper...yikes.

 And this weekend between cooking and the studio I'm collecting the members works to be taken down to an exhibit in Bourbania IL which I'm excited to do a road trip next Saturday for.

I even got some cabbage going for some homemade Sauerkraut on the counter starting it's fermenting session.  Hoping to have that in a couple of weeks.  Kind of cool to be a Maker of Things....and sure jumping from one thing to the other, Probably drive some people around me a bit crazy...but when you work like this for so many years with having little ones around...(now my are adults)  you get use to segments of time and going full steam head on every little step.

I'm over due for a  good walk in the woods..need my woods medicine and on to the day...Bless ya all. may the creative force be with you~

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Finding Water Week 12

Finding Water Week 12
Uncovering a Sense of Perseverance
We are stronger than we know. Like deep wells, we have capacity for sustained creative action. Our lost dreams can come home to us. By now you are familiar with the use of creativity tools. This week asks you to recommit to continued self-nurturance. Remember, creativity flourishes in a place of safety and acceptance. Focus this week on creating a healthy environment for you inner artist.

Dreams 1
Trusting the fates is learned behavior for most of us. Our fears are just needless suffering. We can and do survive our storms. “This will pass” As a good storm always does..

Dreams are as stubborn as weeds daring us, one more time to believe in the unbelievable. As long as a dream lives so does a chance of its manifesting. Our dreams are tenacious. They don’t just fade away. 

What is called for is faith. Faith enough to work further.  Faith enough to invest more.  Faith enough to risk again. Dreams demand that we have faith in them. If they are brave enough to live, we must be brave enough to assist them.

Divining Rod
Choose a first step for you that feels “doable.”  In reentering an arena, do not set that jumps too high. You do not want to scare yourself. Allow yourself the grace of being an absolute beginner.

Company 2
Jumping straight to the Divining Rod section…. It does us good to keep the company of our friends. It does us good to have them present even when they are absent. By consciously cherishing our connections, we strengthen those bonds.
But what we also need to realize is we have to set our own pace. And that pace for our needs, be it long walks, swimming or great bolts of quiet and solitude. We may need to shut the phone off or turn down invites. It can be very seductive; the business of action likes an artist rather than actually being one.  

Divining Rod
One might want to draw or do a collage of image of people and have some fun with this this and create your mental snapshots of your relationships. The aim is to round up your company.

Staying Green 3
Julia shares about a friend of hers… she’s been looking for a way to put fun back into her work. When she’s not writing, she’s not happy. When she writing well, everything else falls into place.  The friends shares that she must keep the world at bay and live with her work.
Respecting it at first, until they know each other then she relaxes a bit..

The need for endorphins was a big help, staying fit in the mind and physical was very important to her.  Keeping to the routine, practicing a gentle vigilance to keep positive energy around keeping the drama on the page.

She shares with us again…When I’m not writing, I create chaos, making all sorts of drama to distract her from the fact that she is not working, also finding she’s circling like a dog trying to find a spot to lie down.
Divining Rod
List ten small actions or purchase that make you feel spoiled..

Working 4
There is nothing that makes an artist happier than a good day spent working.   Facing things and deciding to stop waiting for it to get easier its call to duty and to just do it.  The minute we do that of course it becomes easier.

Learning to work which we may prefer to be fresh with but we have to learn to work no matter what. Take a few artists dates to keep image fresh. 
The feeling of forward motion in our art brings us a deep and abiding happiness, carrying with it feelings of self-esteem. When we are procrastination-“waiting for it to become easier” –we inevitably feel bad about ourselves.

So much of being an artist boils down to: Just doing it.

When we make our work small, humble, and doable, the Censor doesn’t know how to fight us.

As artists we must remember that our work is about “the play of ideas.” When we become too serious about our work, when we demand perfections, our work rebels.

Divining Rod
Finish the phrase “I am doing better at________________” five times..

Consistency 5
Julia shares-Every day when I listen for right action-the message is the same. “Be consistent. Stick to your grid” Obedient, Write, draw, print or paint, walk, and listen for the further instruction.  Listen for the insight and write it down. Keep the morning pages going the help miniaturize the Censor and train it to stand aside.

When artists are working regularly, they are spiritually centered. The act of making art is a spiritual act and our daily exposure to this realm does have an impact on our personality. It does not matter what language we use to describe it. Art puts us in touch with a power greater than us. This conscious contact brings us a sense of optimism and grace.  A Higher force is at our side and we are not alone.

A Gentle consistency is Key.

Divining Rod
Choose an artist way tool that will work with consistence in your life.

Just do it 6
As artists, we, too, need to work through many kinds of weather.

Repeat…so much of being an artist involves that Nike slogan. “Just do it” So much good comes from our just showing up.

Our art moves through us despite us.

Sit quietly and ask for Guidance. Stay steady as she goes. 

The best, most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, or even touched. They must be felt with the Heart. – Helen Keller.

Soldiering on, putting in a day at time a page at a time or brush stroke at a time.

Julia shares about her experience through the dark times in this last book and but she also shares her hope and how she did it.
Divining Rod

Choose a symbolic something-art is a language of symbols. Gift yourself with a symbolic something that speaks to you of your identity as an artist.  Choose a symbol that suits you and share that. Select the symbol that speaks most clearly to your heart. 

sharing a bit of my oldests creative works

I think there's a Goblin thing on Instagram that she shares with and the image of the girl is a self image.  Love the socks and she's captured herself perfectly. I Can see her personality shinning through.

Then my oldest shares this site...Cartoonist Lynda Barry

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Racking up the Miles

The Snow is mostly melted but there is still a layer of thick ice in some spot which one has to keep their eye's open about and their balance. I've been walking and keeping track of how many miles I walk since 2007  now it's 2016 and that's 8 years I've been walking at these woods...time goes by fast.  I've accomplished 5000 miles, give or take a few.  Which averages about 2 miles a day.  Which I didn't walk every day...some days 6 miles to 4 miles and everyone once in a while I pushed it to 8 and one time I did 10 miles at one time.  So now I begin again and tally them up.  I'm not out for any race but just being accountable.