Thursday, June 7, 2018

THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS!

Feeling a little crazed
May has gone by quickly. We are solidly into the month of June. All of this means that the excitement is mounting for the opening of the first of Laguna's summer festivals on June 29th. The Sawdust Art Festival will begin the 52nd year on that date.
Like many of the nearly 200 artists I find myself asking if I am ready. Going over what needs to be completed, what ordered, what accoutrements are needed for the finished booth...again and again and again to make sure all is right.
Tick-tock, tick-tock...The great summer days are going to be here sooner than possible to believe. Looking forward to it with a smile in my heart (and a bit of "crazy" in my head.)

Monday, May 28, 2018

TA-DA~!!!!

Forty!
As I ready work for the upcoming Sawdust Art Festival here in Laguna Beach, I am thrilled to have completed these forty small mixed media pieces--just a bit of the large amount of work that needs to be ready to hang by Preview Night (June 26.)
I have had an enormous amount of joy in creating these little pieces. They will become a part of year two of the Celebration of Women series. I hope the people who visit this summer will share some of the good feeling that I have had in the creation of these and all the other pieces.
Moving on to a couple more larger pieces now!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY THAT

A little collage perhaps
"Due to popular demand...." Yup! I always wanted to say that. So, at the request of a few students at the workshop last Sunday, on Tuesday I sent out an email to a few former students to see what interest I could scare up for a June workshop.
Well, scare some up I did. Today, the workshop showed as FULL. Since there will not be another studio workshop until fall due to my participation in the summer's Sawdust Art Festival, this is it for a while. I'm excited to do another one, especially so close to festival start!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

WHO NEEDS SUN?




So who needs the sun to come out when there are such wonders as this little fella perching in the studio and a great group of new and old students showing up to play on a cloudy Sunday?
The food was delicious. The energy was high. There was no hesitation to experiment. New students outnumbered the returning and were encouraged by same (which I love!)
Everyone drew a name and will send a piece of their creative mail art to that person (What a treat to receive, always!)



On the way to completion we make quite a mess, but end up with lots of play, an abundance of experimentation, and bellies filled with yummy food...not to mention spirits filled with the many joys of the day.
Yes, we do make a mess!




Thursday, May 10, 2018

AH, PICASSO!

A couple of handfuls of pure fun
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once (s)he grows up.__Pablo Picasso

The kid in me loves the play of these new and extremely fun images of women. The idea that all of these wild women exist somewhere in my mind makes me giggle and sometimes even laugh aloud.
Going for 40 of them!

Monday, April 30, 2018

WHAT MOOD IS THAT?

Spring flowers bloom
What mood is that? Hobbes asks Calvin while discussing creativity and inspiration in a cartoon by the great Bill Watterson. Calvin's reply, Last-minute panic is probably recognizable by many of us who play in creative fields. 
It's not that ideas and possibilities do not abound, but somehow getting to the nitty-gritty often awaits that last minute crush.
Recently, after completing eight collage pieces for a set for Amy Poehler's upcoming production for Netflix of Wine Country, I found myself unable to focus on just one creative area. I was all over the place. Perhaps this was in part a direct effect of the intense pressure to complete the eight pieces. Last-minute panic had been the rule.
So now do I have to wait until another last-minute time? 
Gee! I hope not. 
Plodding on will continue until some brilliance shines through. Maybe I'll even get another film gig.  Wouldn't that be great?


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

JUST FUN JOURNALING

Ready to mail
Ever since friend Cindy got me started on this Round Robin Journaling thing, I have found that most of the time, even if stressed for time, it is a truly pleasurable activity.
This month I was pretty sure my theme was going to somehow be around butterflies as I was seeing so many as flowers bloomed with the advent of spring. But that was just not what showed up when I opened the journal and began playing. 
Blue-footed boobies of all things! Or Sula Nebouxii to be precise. What hilarious creatures! They don't even look real. So they were just perfect for the rest of my theme--no butterflies, but what the heck!
I can't wait to see what shows up next month.
And, btw,look up these colorful creatures--they are pretty interesting.