This past week, I put my "repurposing" skills to a new use - I repurposed a holiday. My thinking was that lots of people celebrate individualized holidays (like anniversaries), and with February being not my favorite month, I decided March 1st would be a good day to celebrate. According to the internet, March 1st was the old Roman New Year's
|I tried something new with the tulips. The red|
striations on white are for special "parrot tulips"
that sometimes appear in Dutch still life paintings.
I love the idea of a fusion of symbols for
flower, bird, and painting, all in cookie form!
In anticipation, I made cookies (naturally - it wouldn't be a holiday without cookies.) On the actual day, I went to New York to pick up the painting from the NAWA, show. To celebrate, I had a fancy coffee to accompany my smiley cookie, then went to the zoo and the Met with a fellow coffee-cookie-animal-art lover.
|bonus to celebrating a personalized holiday |
- flowers were in stock and discounted
(2 stems for less than a can of soda - yay!)
A friend gave me a "cookie challenge."
That's right - that's a whole row of "Grumpy Cat" cookies
(I'm practicing to bring a batch to a Virginia Grumpy Cat fan).
|in tiny animals|
|in bright colors|
|and last but not least, |
a hybrid of a musical instrument
|more time with my favorite |
Blue and Yellow Macaw
In the spirit of phase 6 and starting with the known and extending from there, I realized one thing I like about going to the Met is that, because I have a membership through a professional organization, I know I'll be back, and so don't feel rushed. I decided to apply that idea to zoo trips and splurged on a membership. The "repurposing" worked - I looked forward to the "holiday" all week, and it was a really fun day. (Point for Tempus Fugit!)
Apart from the holiday, I spent time in the studio. I finished (haha - famous last word) the panel piece and submitted it to be reviewed for a juried show. I also printed 2 new block prints as material for collages. I think the wings are really funny because they are such a bad idea. Unlike an etching (where the dark part of the image is the drawn on a prepared plate, and the experience is similar to drawing with a pen on paper), for a relief print, the white part is removed with a tool that's like a bent exacto knife. Each line has to be carved out - it is not an expedient technique for something with lots of tiny, curving, details. (Though it may have been faster to redraw the wings, I like the almost brutal sense that I think comes through from physically carving the image out with a knife). I see this technique as relying mostly on patience and hand control (so it's a good piece for phase 6, and I think coloring the faux black velvet poster may have actually helped (!?!)).