October 28, 2010
Sometimes we forget that there are great artisans in our own neighborhood! Check out these Etsy shops from the Loveland, Milford, and Cincinnati, Ohio area. Who knows...one of them may be a neighbor and you didn't know it!
October 26, 2010
In an earlier post, I reflected on how perhaps being chosen as one of the finalists in Cloth, Paper, Scissors Artisan 2011 competition might just be the recognition I was looking for as an artist...that little bit that I needed to confirm my status as an "artist". Well...they announced the winners this past Friday and I wasn't one of them. To say the least, I was disappointed...and it's taken a bit for me to "get over it" and move on. Now, this isn't the first time I've received a rejection notice but this time it was "so close, yet so far"!! I will be getting recognition as one of the remaining 20 finalists (4 of us in each of 5 categories) in the January/February issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors so that in itself is great!
It's interesting. I entered two categories: collage/assemblages and book art/artist journal and was a finalist in the book art category which wasn't were I thought I was the strongest. I enjoy putting these books together but I still don't see this as my strength as an artist. So perhaps it's just as well I wasn't chosen. In any case, this experience has me refocusing my efforts on my collage/mixed media works...some of which will no doubt be artist books! I'll be ready for next year's competition...so watch out world!
"Sue's Gift" was one of the books I entered. Here are pictures of the other two books I entered. I'd love to hear any feedback anyone might want to offer about these books. Thanks!
October 24, 2010
October 23, 2010
October 21, 2010
While an undergrad at O.U. back in the 70's, I chanced to take several photography courses. At the time I didn't realize that I was at the center of a vintage camera revival that believed that the best way to learn photography was to start with the basics in the form of a Diana camera. (Back then they cost less than $5.00...not the outrageous prices charged today!) From there I "graduated" to more complex cameras that even for all their bells and whistles I still don't think they produce as strong of images as my Diana. This Etsy treasury is dedicated to those cameras that made their photographers think before they shot. Wise words any time.
Check this out at: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cc0ceabee226d91fe2a01ad/smile-for-the-camera
Several weeks ago, I brought my 99 year old grandmother home from the rehab center. She had broken her hip in April and hadn't been home until then. During visits to first the hospital and then at the rehab center, she always maintained her feisty self...always claiming she didn't like being around old people and wanting to go home! The day had come finally and when my wife and I arrived, we found her sitting by her bed with all her things packed and ready to go! For someone her age, she really could move fast...even with a walker!! She's home now and doing fine I'm happy to say.
All during this period and once again when we brought her home, she was very insistent that she and I have a "talk" about what she wanted done after she was "gone". Now, I'm not uncomfortable with the whole idea of death and dying and I know that my grandmother is the same way. So...this past Thursday I went up to see her again to have that talk...and it was everything I thought it would be. As I'm going to be the executor of her will, she just wanted to make sure I knew who to "take care of" and who not to. And she wanted to make sure I wrote it down! Which I did! Afterwards, we had a piece of warm mincemeat pie that she had made that morning...yes, she still bakes....and talked about past times and those who had already gone. It was a good conversation...the type that made me wish I had had more with her....and hopefully will have more in the future. We've all told here we're already planning her 100th birthday party so she needs to stick around at least until then!!
When I made this visit last Thursday, it was a beautiful fall afternoon and I stuck to the back roads to get to her house so that I could enjoy the fall colors and also to give me time to think about what I knew we were going to discuss. I will have to make this trip more often....other things can wait.
October 14, 2010
My thanks to birdsoforegon for including my painting, "Fall" in their newest treasury, Wintergreen. This beautiful treasury if full of fall colors and creative pieces. You need to spend some time checking this one out at: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4cb5e48bc3a68eef80ab2ddb/wintergreen
October 13, 2010
Taking the "Disco Bundle" apart wasn't as exciting as doing so to "Barefoot Boy". While the papers and boards in this bundle showed signs of being outside for 21 weeks, it wasn't as dramatic as I had hoped. Everything was crinkly and a little discolored....but that was about it! Oh...there was a bug or two...and this "shape" which I thought was fun being on the dictionary page, "shape"...who would have guessed this would happen! In any case....here's some more pictures of this bundle...apart!!
Sometimes I think we all take life to literally...particularly now with election season in full swing! It's good to have a little "abstractions" once in a while to keep the perspectives where they need to be. With that in mind I put together a new treasury based on abstract paintings. Check this out at:
October 11, 2010
|Title page from Barefoot Boy|
Both bundles came down mid-week....I had a good time slowly taking them apart and photographing what I found. While I didn't find any real surprises, "Barefoot Boy" showed the most changes...and the most dramatic effects within itself. In fact, it totally came apart....covers separated from the page signatures...pages coming apart within the signatures! Lots of discoloring and marbling on all the pages. Barefoot's covers are a mess but its pages are in pretty good same...just a little discolored and wrinkled.
Both books are now resting quietly in separate boxes waiting for their next stage. I'm thinking that I'll turn the "Disco" bundle into a book structure of some sort. As for "Barefoot Boy"... I'm not sure yet. It doesn't seem appropriate to rebound it into a book structure...but then again....just maybe....
I have a bunch of fun photos of both bundles that I will share over the coming weeks. For this posting, here's some from "Barefoot Boy". Also check my Flickr site as I will also be putting photos out on it as well!
October 10, 2010
October 9, 2010
After having many of my items appear in other Etsy Treasuries, I thought it was time to build one of my own! "The Eclectic Blue" is a collection of "blues"...not in a sad sense but a quiet, elegant mood. Please check out this treasury and the wonderful Etsy shops spotlighted by it!!
October 6, 2010
|Altered Bingo Card, Barbara Bell|
In each issue of the crafting magazine, "Cloth, Paper, Scissors" (Interweave) is what they call a "Reader's Challenge". This is where they'll state a theme, give parameters and such and offer incentives to participate. These incentives could be a "swap" with other readers, a straight-out competition with the hope of having your work published in the magazine...and sometimes both!
I usually don't do these challenges but over the summer I decided why not?! So...when they announced a "Winter Holiday" Gift Swap I decided to take the plunge. We were to create a gift swap card of a particular size, etc. and with the theme of "winter holiday". Everyone who submitted a "gift" was promised one in return from another participant. And...the chance that your gift might be included in Cloth, Paper, Scissors follow-up article in their November/December 2010 issue.
I got busy and created a card around the "I Believe" theme...with Santas and the like. Sent it off, published photos of my card in the Cloth, Paper, Scissors gallery...and pretty much forgot about it as I turned my focus to other things. That was until this past Monday when in the mail arrived a surprise! It was my swap item...a beautiful altered bingo card (pictured above and below) made by Barbara Bell of Grove City, Ohio. Now I'll tell you what...even though Halloween is in the air, looking at this card certainly got me in the Christmas spirit!! What fun!!! Thank you so much, Barbara!!!
|Altered Bingo Card, Barbara Bell|
I don't know if Barbara's or my cards will be featured in the November/December 2010 issue but I'll be sure to put out an update if that's the case. If you'd like to see my card, just click on this link and it will take you to the gallery and my "I Believe" card!
October 4, 2010
|Top Disco - Week 1|
It is over...at least the "decomposition" part of this project. Now it's time to take them down, which I will do sometime in the next couple of days, and take them apart! Then...what to do with them? Hmmm!! I think I'll wait to see what's inside of these bundles...then who knows!? In the meanwhile I thought it might be interesting to post "before" and "after" pictures of these bundles. It's interesting to see what "hanging out" for 21 or so weeks has done for them. Enjoy!
|Top Disco - Week 21|
|Bottom Disco - Week 1|
|Bottom Disco - Week 21|
|Barefoot Boy - Week 1|
|Barefoot Boy - Week 20|