Friday, October 23, 2009
The M.Ed program started in September and has been keeping me pretty busy since then. Although we meet only once every few weeks, there is much to do between the official class sessions. The first course is entitled "Embodiment and Curriculum Inquiry" and seeks to bring an awareness of how the body intersects with every aspect of our lives. In the paraphrased words of one paper, our bodies are the first contact we have with the world around us, so knowing how our bodies interact and respond with that world will make us more aware of what we are experiencing (and thus better able to learn). As teachers, knowing the process involved (by using it on ourselves) we will be able to use the process on students to help them learn in a more all-encompassing way.
With activities designed to increase the awareness of our senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight) we have been dancing, going on walks through the woods, eating good food, listening to music and more. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Add to this, though, the need to all of this while totally aware and mindful of what you are doing, and then be able to express what you have experienced, either verbally, visually, or both.
Solitude is another important aspect of embodiment, for it is through the moments of solitude that we can finally begin to process what we hav experienced and relate it to other events in our lives, triggering memories and thoughts that can lead to artistic inspiration.
Reading is a big part of the studies -- both assigned readings and self-directed readings. My brain is full to overflowing with new ideas, and I have already started to translate some of them into a final project. Work is progressing steadily on an altered book which has allowed me to organize some of those thoughts and ideas into a readily avaialable format that is easier to absorb than a written paper. Once I have finished sorting the current batch of thoughts onto those colorful pages, I plan to work on a bigger visual piece that relates to Identity. My hope is to have that piece combine the ideas generated by all my reading, the knowledge I have gained in the past few weeks of figure drawing (in my "free" time I have been attending figure drawing sessions), and fabric art -- a media that keeps calling out to me. Once complete, I will post the results...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
mixed media and collage on paper
14" x 11"
Next week I am off to Wells for 4 days of unstructured playtime with my paints :-) When I get back, I might have time to update my website with all my new artwork!
Monday, June 15, 2009
The new site address is: www.amlawrie.com.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Arts Fest 2009 is an "exhibition and art practices symposium" for new and emerging artists, coordinated by the Central Interior Regional Arts Council (http://cirac.ca/Default.aspx). I submitted my walking painting, now titled "Who Has the Time?", and my drawing "Body Image -- She Thought Food was the Enemy". The event runs on the weekend of my convocation, so I will be unable to attend the opening and seminars, but my pieces will hang at Thompson River University (Williams Lake campus) until June 19. If anybody is passing through that area, you might want to stop and take a look.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Who Has the Time?
Acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas 18 x 24"
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
In the meantime, I am looking past the 22nd of April, and starting to plan what comes next. I am thinking of taking the next step in website development and creating a website for posting artwork that is for sale. My plan is to have a website without the pop-up ads that my free website currently has! The only issue at the moment is to come up with a domain name. I had hoped to use my blog name (artbyam) as a domain name, but Amanda-Marie in Denver, Colorado, seems to have beaten me to it. Her website address is artbyam.com. I suppose I could use the .ca version, but people might get lost in Denver when looking for me online. Another alternative that is not yet taken, and yet is very simple, would be amlawrie.com or .ca. Hmmm. What to do....
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I have to say that I really do like this self portrait. I rushed right out and found a mat and frame to fit it, too! And to think I made it all with words! Only the blue shadows on the face are actually scribbles; the red, yellow and black are words.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Terrapin (9" x 11.5")
"Toward the Light" is a bit different for me, as it can have all sorts of spiritual meanings, depending on the viewer. That being said, I often see faces and figures in random patterns (spackled ceilings, bark on trees, etc.). The swirls and patterns of paint on this monotype, combined with the bright yellow cloud-like shape in the upper left-hand corner, suggested an ethereal scene for these figures.
"Toward the Light" (11.5" x 9")
Now I need to peruse my other monotypes and develop two of them into abstract pieces. I think finding people and animals is easier!!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
For my project, I researched the molas of the Kuna Indians of Panama, and created a mola panel of my own that is a blend of Canadian imagery and Kuna techniques. I call it "Northern Dance".
The panel is 22" x 16", and, except for the background fabric piecing, is sewn entirely by hand. I enjoyed the process, but am really glad I started over Christmas! It took a while to complete. Mind you, it was very relaxing, and allowed for much thought and contemplation, especially as the snowflakes whirled and danced around our house.