Hi, all. I’m a bit late with this post, sorry. I spent the past two weeks reorganizing my studio – not quite done yet, but much better than it had been. Finally able to get back onto my work tables, I have jumpstarted the dollhouse and begun work on a future workshop on non-adhesive bookbinding. I’m also running behind on my 50/Week story challenge, but I did write a nifty little period piece about a mad monk. I need to do two more before Saturday to be back on my weekly schedule for that.
It hasn’t been all dust and heavy lifting, though. I spent several days photo-hunting loons and other birds on the Mystic estuary and watching wildlife from my kitchen window.
Had a wild weekend at Brickbottom Open Studios this year. I met so many wonderful people, and I hope I’ll see many of them again here on my website as they keep track of my projects going into 2018. From there, I ran straight into a small, intimate, family Thanksgiving, and now the long weekend to clean the studio and start my projects for the winter. I’m looking forward to finishing the dollhouse, described inprevious posts, and experimenting further with two projects that emerged during Open Studios prep.
Emerald Cities began as an experiment in flat-pack art and photographical miniatures, the Blood Red Roses are the result of wandering down a path when a planned project didn’t quite work out, and the Anatomical Studies are old friends who came to play after a long time.
In honor of Thanksgiving, I want to thank my new friend, K, for hosting my work in her space during Open Studios, my fellow Brickbottom Artists for being brilliant and supportive, and My Sainted Mother for taking up the slack while I was so busy and for letting me make the pumpkin pie this year as it ended up my best one yet. 😉
Anatomical Studies, Fig. 1, papier mache over glow-in-the-dark toy, 2000
Blood Red Roses, view 2
Table art and collages arranged at Open Studios, 2017
Empire, table sculpture, 2017, papier mache, part of the Emerald Cities series. These folding, adjustable miniature skyscrapers are designed for miniature photography and fun.
Anatomical Studies, Fig. 2, papier mache over glow-in-the-dark toys, 2000
Anatomical Studies, Fig. 3, papier mache over glow-in-the-dark toy, 2000
So that’s done, at least. The usual Hundred Other Things overwhelmed Being An Artist, and I fear I let myself go with my obsessive-perfectionist urges again on the new business card design, with the end result that very little of import got done this week. (The bathroom doesn’t count because I didn’t paint it.)
But not nothing of import! My endless rounds of business card experiments did yield this little mini stamp-montage, and I rather like it. It feels apropos. I’ve titled it “Alice.”