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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Naperville Riverwalk Fine Art Fair today

Well I'm feeling my ages....after two weeks ago with setting up and taking down all the tents from the Outdoor Studio Exhibit and now setting up one tent...it's sad to say it took me about three hours.

Carting in then having to move the vehicle and come back and start. Got my top and up when the legs and turn around and I've got people walking under the tent and through....and then wind picks up and I'm a bit afraid something will fall...mom, stroller, baby and another women....I said excuse me...and the lady said Oh no your fine.....I then said lady you best watch out walking under tents today things can fall on you....

I continued setting up as best I could and got some weights on the corner of the legs to keep the tent from possibly lifting up....Started to put my mesh sides on....can hear my husband complaining that this design for the tent is ass backwards...and I continue a there was a moment that tears started to fall...Self talk time....Laura pull yourself together....you can do this...About five minutes later and pass the moment of tears I get a elder come by and he pulls out his ear buds and asked me...Is it all worth it?   Yikes....I'm thinking that same thought myself....

With gratitude that it wasn't raining and that the winds died down some what and got all my sides on and mesh walls up....if some thing happened I know that other artists would help me but not to much we are out there taking our own risks and doing it setting it up...We know we are doing a tough job and need to find our security in our little 10 x 10 space as fast as we can and get the weights on things...

I must have had about 5 people walk by me on the Riverwalk asking what was going on....I was so surprised that they are informed....another man stated this looks like it's hard work....and I responded quickly with Yes it is...very hard work...

If it sounds like I'm complaining...I have to say yes some what and also no one is making me to do this. Fine Art Fairs....that is, it's my own choice but it's getting harder and I'm hearing other artist hurting body parts and having to have shoulder work etc done....Yikes I don't want that...shoulders are still working but for how long don't know...I could hire someone to help me I guess...all my family is working and well my husband helps take down and I remember the blessing I received when it was a Sunday at Riverwalk about three years ago and it poured down rain on a Sunday at closing and all of my family came to help...here we are 6 people in a 10 x 10 tent there to help me bring my art regalia home....I was hit with a overwhelming tough at my heart...but it's they are not always available so I'll be doing some thinking this weather months if I want to continue... I know three gals from my art tribe that have stopped doing outdoor fairs and one that is having a hard time financial so things change....

It's my last outdoor Art Fair this year so going to put forth all effort and give it my best.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Every Morning this week I asked....and today I received....

Stuck on the question I asked a few days ago..."What is the hardest thing about being a woman artist?" well every morning a different answer came to mind....trying not to be negative cause god knows we have enough of that going on.  I then think what got me thinking that way in the first place to ask what is the hardest thing us women artist have to go through....and why should it be separated?

From "Trusting the Process" Shaun McNiff
quote from the book-Everything depends upon the quality of attention you bring to experience. as a way of beginning, I suggest becoming a witness to you life as you live it....

Become a witness to your life as you live it, and pay attention is another point I'm catching there.

Quote,  "Everything we do finds it's way into our creations"  so many times I've realized, that having the family all around with their needs I've learned how to work in segments or small lots of time so thinking that I needed to have days to work on stuff the distraction times taught me if I wanted to do it so badly then doing it in segments was what I had and to accept that and work with it.  And to go back to the statement above that all this dailiness which I've know for so long does find it's way in my work...emotional mostly and express with the basic elements of design.

I'm Loving this sentence- So much of art involves moving materials that already exist into new relationships with one another. As a woman working with our families and all the different personalities give rises to a wonderful foundation as a resource for out work.  It already exist we just make new connection and understandings of it.

a segment in the chapter- All the things in our physical environment are potentially capable of contributing to aesthetic interactions, but their effects will be determined by our ability to engage them. What we see and what we create are determined by what we bring to our relationships with the world.
   The greatest opportunities for creative transformation are often lodged in our discontents. Art is an alchemical process that feeds on emotional energy....So of course there more to read and understand...

Then with the life I live I witness continually,  making connections and understanding and embracing with a full cup...learning to take an emotional state and expressing it through, on or with your chosen vehicle, pen, paper, paint, metal, words or song is so RAW...Real Awesome and Whole.

So when I ask this question which a wordsmithly kind might word differently...What is the hardest part about being a women artist?   I can take that and look at it each day and witness each day the hard parts and see where I can come to peace with the hard parts by looking at it with the alchemy of life, the tangle parts that some how make it so interesting and worth every bit of the hard I ask about.

further down the page...Creative transformation of stress gives you the opportunity to move out of the victim role that we often impose on ourselves. Consider writing an ode to the car that is torturing you with its constant needs for repair and it's unpredictability. What lessons can the car offer about life?  About how you handle stress? About what you do to yourself when faced with disappointments? Can the disturbing thing be the messenger that suggests another way of living?

So I guess with all my jibber jabber here I'm in the process again of accepting another part of life's wonderful lesson...lets say I know but I'm being reminded of it...Also just as much as I love to make the connection on a surface of some kind of substrate with my are I so purely enjoy it in life too..and bring it back into what every I'm in the process of working on...circling around and around in a good way instead of feeling like I'm a wandering fool...and making no sense of it....I just keep going around and well find my way...

Yesterday I celebrated with reading this book in the tipi and then the dogs and I took an afternoon nap...so awesome!

Oh some else I want to finish this book and possible some day read it again but I was made aware of another book-World Enough & Time by two people...my mentor and an dear artist friend so need to get my reading moving faster here so I can get all goofy in another book. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Just was informed

Just was informed this morning through an email that "Quiet the mind" 8 x 8 collage on watercolor paper has been selected...and will be sent out to the Metropolitan State University of Denver here shortly. And I'm waiting for final approval...as to become a Signature member of the National Collage Society...

Greater Than the Sum: National Collage and Assemblage Association Annual Exhibition

November 21 - January 24, 2015 at the Center for Visual Art,  Metropolitan State University of Denver.  Opening  reception is November 21st 2104 

This passed Tuesday

 Printing some painted deli sheets,
 these papers will be part of the students palette.
 The joy of playing around was never see more so then when we all were able to do some printing.
 Here student's are using the Nevr Dull..and I've not spelled that wrong...the product is spelled that way...using it on the National Geographic papers works best and using stencils for this...you can make your own stencils too.
 The week before we created stained tissue papers, Cindy, Maureen, Karen and Amber are working on that now.
Just a quick class picture at Naperville Fine Art Center and Gallery. 

Anne Bagby has a great DVD out and this is one of her techniques of printing...making plates and using the deli sheets as the papers.  We painted the papers solid first so we had a nice base to build off of.

So today is picking the art for the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair....and then I've got to writing up a contract and registration form for a workshop that is just spring up in Janesville WI....got a group of ladies up that way that I can't say no too...so must get busy. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Brown paper bag collage


I'm sharing what we will be doing next week in class...I have a few more video's I did a while ago when I was making these brown paper bag collages...I would love to see a wall of them some day.....If I could only get my timing right and pump out a few of these....that would be cool.

Well off to do some yoga and then self care the rest of the day and a demo for Greater Geneva Art Guild tonight...kind of excited about it...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A questions to ask....

So as I do my journal writing this morning the thoughts come out toward the end of my session..."What is the hardest thing about being a Woman Artist ?"

I want to spend sometime on this question but not to belittle or whine about it....but to embrace it....But time has come where I've got to get ready for class and need to tend to self first...

so will I'm out and about thinking about it...and for sure leave your comments...

Being a woman
A natural nurturing
Social image of what a woman or isn’t
Cycles and seasons of life
Creative homestead work, cooking, cleaning and caring
Personal pain
Creating with limits-making it better

Being an artist
Life experience
Taking risks
Following through on an idea, giving birth
A sense of accomplishment
Mind altering
Open minded
Making the connection
Sharing you view, new perspective

 Then there's the business end of things.....

Naperville Riverwalk This weekend

Booth 20 down by the river.....so excited

Monday, September 15, 2014

Class today...got to run

Class starts today at Mayslake and looking forward to it... then much needed catching up on homestead and preparing for the next class a demo and Naperville Riverwalk this weekend.  Time to get a move going here and pack up.

Had a great day at the Pow Wow in Elk Grove at Busse Woods...got bit sun burned on the forehead but all is full of spirit and the beat of the drums. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Wonderful Wholeness has entered

What happens when...while you are meditating a quick thought flies in...I've been having  them while doing yoga recently...moments of course when I'm focus only on the breathing and listening to the DVD beginning Yoga Gal guide me on the next pose....

Some years ago... probably about 19 years ago I created this piece... I post her here from time to time. The title of this piece is "She walks with me"  and the inspiration came from Julia Cameron's, Artists Way...I forgot what chapter's task work that she asks you to envision yourself at the age of 86...and what would your 86 year old self say to you now? 

So my thing about this all was a guidance from an old woman...as of the good orderly direction now in my life coming from an illusion of a source of Mother Earth womanly image a good whole roundness.  

I know sometimes things like this make no sense and seem so far off and out there. It also is the time of year we are going into...end of summer beginning of Fall and the cooler weather, fullness of a good harvest and the gathering of sweaters, sweatshirts, blankets, families and all around warmth.

But what does this old earthly woman have to advice?  is my questions if the insight or intuitions of the old ones is coming in to be learned from...How might one do that?   

Nature *  forming of circles *  other women *  good foods *  natural creative skills * Love * Spirituality * Worldly discussions *the beauty and gift of listening to each other.  

I wonder.....and will wait and see what comes next...The urge for a good book discussion seems to be calling me also.