I have some good news! Just when I was thinking “I really love Hudson, and I am so happy that I moved here, but I'm not sure that February is my favorite." I got an email. I had applied for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the fall (knowing myself well enough to suspect when I moved, that art time somewhere warmer would be like manna right about now ;)). I had been on the waiting list, but there was a cancellation, and I’m going to Virginia!! It is an amazing gift to be able to go as I am and spend some time focusing exclusively on art! I am so, so excited (I’d like to pretend I didn’t jump up and down and dance around when I got the email like a tween girl receiving Bieber tickets - but I did). I have some time to prepare, so my goal is to plan for and organize a Tempus Fugit sub-project so that I can hit the ground running when I get there.
In terms of art, this week I concentrated on the faux black velvet poster and finished it. I have to say, I find it intriguingly hideous, and it may end up on living on the back of my bedroom door. I broke one of my own rules with this though and worked on it outside the studio. I think the photos show exactly why I have a policy against that.
|Because of the pens and markers, not the kitty|
patterns. Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and realized I’d been dreaming of drawing, so in that sense – it worked! I now think of art 24/7 and dream in tiny, neon lines. On the other hand, it absorbed the time I otherwise would have put toward the block print (not good). I’ve been thinking, I like making these, and it's good practice, but I wonder if there's a way to incorporate them into my day without diverting so much studio time and in a way that doesn’t lead to pens and markers everywhere (apart from my just being neater with them while I work - I've given up the ghost on that one). One idea I had was getting a smaller size (or maybe photocopying to a smaller size - that way I could make multiples on better paper by manually loading the copier with art paper.) I was thinking of only using one color. That might be a fun challenge to see how many shades I can get out of one color just by varying the mark/pattern. Using black and maybe just a little color, the result may look like grisaille stained glass. The time issue remains (as yet) unresolved though, hmmmm.
|White ground lekythoi by the Achilles Painter|
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York