Welcome to 2013!

Goodbye 2012 – you will not be missed!

I’ve been in a bit of a funk for the last 18 months. That may have been noticeable by my lack of posts for the last year! I’ve been reluctant to talk about some of the problems because they are legal matters and better left unsaid. But I think FUNK pretty much describes how I’ve felt.

Creatively I’ve been treading water. It’s not that I haven’t been trying. In fact I’ve been trying hard to be creative during my free time, but often I’m just exhausted or stressed or upset or moderately ill and just not up to the task. This has in itself been a huge weight, I need creativity and art and friends and family in my life!

So what better time than January 1st to start the change. I actually have been resting over an extended holiday and feel great! So TODAY IS THE DAY!

I am even changing the profile pic/avatar I use.  Deirdre of the Sorrows,  really is one of my favorite pieces, but I need to shake things up so I’ll be using this image for a while.  You can see that Deirdre of the Sorrows is still in there, but she is a small part of who I am.

Deirdre2-qr

There will be changes this year!

My studio is semi clean, I have a space to work and I am excited to start the year with Health, Color, Family & Friends, Fiber and Paint.  These will do as a start.

I’m also lightening my stash of sewing machines. Some of these are too good to just sit and lie fallow. So if you are looking for a classic sewing machine please let me know – Right now I’m selling a Bernina 830 Record and my Stretch Mid-Arm, they are both listed on my For Sale Page.   I will soon have two Singer 301s, another Bernina 830 Record and a Singer Featherweight for sale.

Here is a recent newspaper article with a nice photo of my etching, Contemplation. I also have another etching of the NYBG Conservatory on the CT Post website

Contemplation

 

I wish everyone all the best for the new year. May 2013 be everything you desire!  GO FOR IT!

 

 

 

Liliana Porter

Thursday night I acquired my first “real” piece of art.

Elvis: the sewing lesson

I joined The Center for Contemporary Printmaking and have been fortunate that several of their classes fit with my schedule. I’m half way through with a beginning printmaking class, and totally in love with the techniques. Of course I really know NOTHING about printmaking.   But I’m having fun.

Artist Liliana Porter and Master Printer Anthony Kirk

During one of the 1st classes one of the women who works at CCP told us about their major fund raiser. They have something called the Editions Club. They get a master artist to work with a master printer to put out an edition of 100 prints. These prints are pre-sold, without the buyers knowing who the artist is or what the print looks like .

Once you sign up to purchase one of these prints, you keep your edition number for as long as you want to continue. We were told that several spots were available and I decided to sign up. I was offered number 10/100 and I thought it sounded great. And I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

Liliana Porter in front of a print by Ann Conrad

Thursday night with much fanfare we met the artist – her name is Liliana Porter and her work is very unusual. If you go to her website, you can see the variety of work she has made. The piece she made for the edition is called ‘Elvis: the sewing lesson’ and I thought it was a good sign since it had sewing in the subject. I have to say the piece is growing on me. I was thinking of having it matted with black velvet and a brassy gold frame, but truthfully I it deserves to be treated with a more respect.

It has thread work which is meant to hang below the paper. I haven’t shown Tom the print yet, since mine is still wrapped up tight.

Liliana, Elvis & Tony

My 2nd post in 2 days!  I’m on a roll!

Busy, busy busy

Too busy to post, too busy too visit blogs, too busy… too busy… too busy…

STOP!!!!

The day job has been out of control for the last 3 or 4 months, more work than there are hours in the day.  My few free hours have been filled with obligations and commitments .  I decided after thanksgiving that I really needed to spend at least  a little time being creative or my head would explode.

So I’ve been sneaking in things.  Things like art classes (painting, printmaking, quilting and drawing), gallery openings, studio time at the print shop.  There are several other projects in the works that have me excited and I can’t wait until more can be shared.

I’ve also had commitments which I have decided to not renew next year.  Since my time is limited, I really feel it’s necessary to make sure that WORK is work and PLAYTIME is FUN!

I’m going to start blogging again.  Since I’m saying it out loud, it will be easier to stay honest.  I’m looking forward to visiting with everyone again!

So I’ll start with a few photos of some of the prints I made last week. These are made from drypoint etchings on copper plates.  I can see lots of possibilities with this technique.

Images are clickable.