Saturday, January 31, 2009
From the class, I went and played 2 concert band performances, so now I'm going to call it a night!!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I can now see why people put their original OWOH post and logo in the sidebar. I'm contemplating now about what to do to adjust so that mine doesn't "fall off the bottom" and disappear from view before February 11th. Hmmmmmm. I could just not post for a while, but I made a commitment to do my best to post every day. Oh, well--onward and upward!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
able to sign onto my blog. But a do have a Plan B, my cell phone.
I am trying to paint every day, practice my oboe (most days), and post every day. Yesterday I had a major blogging accomplishment because I was able to finally modify the text in my banner/ header so that I am more pleased with it. I am starting to be able to use Photoshop Elements a little more and that is how I did it. Yippee! And good night for now!(With maybe 1 minute to spare! Though it showed up much later than it should have.)
Sent from my iPhone by Kathleen
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Today, I taught a class in Artist Journals and Books at The Art Stand Gallery. There were 8 students, but that thought always makes me smile (inwardly) because I always think that when you teach adults, there is a very fine line between teacher and student. I hope they all learned something from today's class, but I know that I also learned a lot from each of them.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
On Saturday, I will be teaching an "Artists' Books and Journals" class at The Art Stand Gallery so I am in the process of gathering and preparing materials for the class. Since this is the first time I'm offering this particular class, I have quite a bit of work to do before Saturday.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Here it is, Sunday evening, and I'm home in Sanger again after being away since Tuesday morning. Yesterday, when the design workshop ended, I debated about driving straight home from San Diego but decided I was too tired to do it safely. Plus, I had originally planned to stop off in Pasadena for the Bead and Design Show at the Pasadena Hilton. So, I stayed in Pasadena last night (at the Hilton, which turned out to be a truly wise choice), slept until I woke up, then went downstairs to see the show.
Most of it wasn't highly appealing to me. Bins and bins, strands and strands, rolls and rolls, bags and bags, crystals and more crystals-- beads and findings and chain and all of the tools, books, and accompaniments for the true and dedicated beader. And a true and dedicated beader I am not, though I do play around with beads from time to time and I love the colors, textures, and designs.
What made the day exciting was that in addition to all the beads and supplies, there were some wonderful bead artists there with absolutely gorgeous pieces. The 2 I have to mention are Stephanie Sersich from Maine and Janet Tranfer from Southern California. I didn't buy a piece from Stephanie (though I really wanted to!) but I did buy her book--"Designing Jewelry With Glass Beads". It is a beautiful book with a lot of wonderful projects, clear instructions, and it will be very inspiring. Janet's business is called "Designs by Jantra" and I am including a small photo of her in her booth. Her website is www.designsbyjantra.com and you can see my necklace (the one I purchased with almost no hesitation at all) by clicking right here. It is the second one on the page--the elaborate, colorful one! I will photograph it and post it very soon, but not tonight. After walking the whole show, I am convinced that my heartfelt, impulse buy sent me home with the most exciting piece there--for ME, at least! Janet called it a "Treasure Necklace" and it is a total treasure. I am thrilled to have it and will enjoy wearing it for years to come.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
But I am tired. . . . and energized, all at the same time! I can hardly wait to get home and start painting some new paintings based on what I've learned this week. I have no doubt they will be stronger in terms of design than before, so I am very eager to get to work on some new pieces! My plan is to to figure out some sort of a real schedule and plan to be IN THE STUDIO a certain amount of time each day. I've said that before and not followed through on it. Although I am fairly fast and quite productive, I think I could do a lot more if I was really serious about painting every single day. (And practicing every day. . . .and exercising every day. . . . and. . . .and. . . . !!)
I am so glad that I went and was able to be part of Karen Knutson's workshop! I certainly debated about it because of the expense (hotel, registration, gas, food) but it was well worth it. Thank you, Karen, and thank you to all the San Diego artists for your warmth, hospitality, and friendliness! It was greatly appreciated all week.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Today was the first day of four in Karen Knutson's workshop on how to design an outstanding, exciting, eye-catching painting using the elements of repetition, variation, and dominance. We worked hard all day and some of us (myself included!) didn't like the 2 small 7 X 7 inch abstract paintings that we did at all during their development. But we persisted and continued to follow her directions. By the time she critiqued them all at the end of the afternoon, they looked amazing! I am using the photo of one of mine with today's post and a photo of about 12 of them once they were up on the wall as a quilt of little paintings.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
And California's southland is experiencing a warm spell. It was 85 before noon today in Van Nuys, warm all last night, and only a tiny bit cooler here in San Diego. The sky is clear and bright blue and all the tank tops and shorts have come out of storage!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Think about past workshops you've taken and how you've felt before them, during them, and after them. Anything you'd like to share about your experiences in the comments section would be valuable. Do they motivate you and inspire you to move out of your comfort zone? Do they depress you? Are they too competitive? Too fast paced? Too slow paced? I look forward to hearing from some of you about workshops you've taken, in whatever media. And I look forward to sharing some of my thoughts, as this workshop progresses.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Today, I took a 4 hour photography class at The Art Stand Gallery, and artist cooperative that I am a member of. The class was taught by member Jeri Burzin and it focused on the basics of light, composition, and the camera. I need to know all I can about taking "good" pictures so it was an enlightening class for me. I plan to just keep on trying to learn one thing at a time and continuing to try to employ the elements and principles of design as I take photos for the blog(s) and for my own personal reference photos and documentary photos. It was a fun day!
Friday, January 9, 2009
Hmmmmm. Today is the first time I've been able to write a post directly into the post window on my cell phone. Before, I've had to write an email to myself and the email body became the post. Another milestone accomplishment, for which I can take no credit because I haven't changed anything that I know of.
I am including an iPhone photo of some of the books I am preparing as little samples for my upcoming class. After lightly sanding the shiny surfaces of the covers, I wipe them down and then lightly cover all the surfaces with one or more thin coats of gesso. Then, working on this semi-blank "slate", I will begin to collage paper and other items onto the whitewashed surfaces. I will show you more of them as they progress.
Do you keep an artist book or journal other than your sketchbook?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I used to say that all my paintings had a little "human touch" somewhere--a smudge, a tiny imperfection in the cutting of the mat, a hint of the miniscule blood droplet left when I sliced myself on the edge of the plexiglass as I finished the framing job etc. etc. Now, a painting doesn't seem complete without at least one cat hair between the mat and the plexi or glass. And this is a graphic explanation of why that ever-present "kitty touch"exists!
This is "Miss Kitty", our very talkative, affectionate, demanding and art-loving girl cat! Of the 3 cats (and the other 2 are males to be introduced soon, hopefully!), she especially loves to be in the studio with me. Today, I was preparing/gesso-ing some board books to make a few small samples for my upcoming "Artist Books and Journals" class and she had to be there supervising me every step of the way! We do love our pets, don't we? Are your pets as helpful (or even MORE so) as you work in your studios? I'm sure you must have similar stories to share. Please do--I'd love to hear them and pass them on!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
a 2 hour training near Stockton. Since the day was mostly gone by the
time I got back, I ran some errands to gather supplies for next week's
workshop and the class I will teach the end of the month.
So now I'm sitting in front of the fire typing this on my iPhone,
hoping I remember how to email it to my blog site! We shall see!
Sent from my iPhone by Kathleen
Sunday, January 4, 2009
It is late Sunday evening, the first Sunday in 2009. I apologize for not adding a post to my blog in well over a week now. I am going to make a commitment right now to add something every day, from now on, if at all possible. It may be only a sentence or 2, but I WILL write something. I let too many excuses keep me from writing and there is no excuse at all except NOT doing it!