i read janice's post this morning and thought hmmmm. i started blogging in january. wonder what day? and so i went back and found my first blog post. over 2 years ago. january 18, 2008. it's not surprising that i missed this milestone, considering that my husband and i can't remember what day our anniversary is. (at least it's both of us, so we just get close & call it good).
the blog has achieved my original goal of focusing me on my art, even if some days it's just on the small things. i have been much more productive that i would have been otherwise. it has also, along with some yahoo groups, introduced me to wonderful people who have taught, encouraged, challenged and enlightened me. not to mention making me laugh (most importantly of all).
other blogs to check out (if you haven't) are the altered page , diane's mixed art , judy wood art/photography , brokn heart art , creative every day , el milagro studio , every little thing , vikki's blog, live and learn and every other blog on my blog roll. they're all there because i find something fun, useful or interesting- the listed are just the folks that i have the most interaction with. thanks so much to each and every one of you for your generosity.
i got a small bit of art done tonight. i think that this is now finished. the shells were hanging by chain, but i wasn't happy with the look. i like this much better- the organic feel of the hemp works better and the addition of the glass beads not only adds color it also ties back into sand. called oceana. i will probably never be able to get a good photo of it, but i'll try!
i love using old patterns in my mixed media. the tissue dries so nicely transparent with wrinkles to catch glazes & the arrows add a fun element. i see that i need something strong horizontally now to balance the strong vertical. one of the unanticipated benefits of blogging works in progress is the distance gained. it's a lot easier to see opportunities to improve things on a computer screen than on a canvas that you've been laboring over for the past few hours.
it's also quite fun to go back & see the progression of various pieces and especially helpful to see that "OMG this is hideous and i will NEVER be able to make it attractive" point that nearly every piece of art goes through did, indeed, pass (usually).
this weekend: dog walk, meet zella to photograph her dogs & finally do the painting that i owe her (i hope i remember how to paint!) and then art time saturday afternoon. sunday is hanging day at the gallery (sounds lovely, doesn't it?). the art source is a co-op, so members work at the gallery in addition to paying monthly dues & a small commision (20%) on sales.
one work option is the hanging committee, which rotates the art monthly in preparation for downtown's first thursday art walk. each artist rotates 1/3 of their work every month, and things are moved about to give the gallery a fresh look. so sunday from 9-2 we'll be swapping out & moving art around.
have a great weekend! and thanks for stopping by- hard to believe i'm into year 2!