Wednesday, August 17, 2011

School's Out for Summer and Whistler Arts Council Fundraiser!

Actually, school's out for good -- for now. I've completed my Master's Degree and managed a GPA higher than my undergrad degree (by 0.01 units, but who's counting?). My husband says I should go for my PhD, but I'll have to save a bit of money before I undertake that particular adventure. Besides, I want some time to do some art!

It was a busy early summer as I prepared for the final push of school and I took a desperately needed week off at the end of July, once the comprehensive exam was over. Now it seems like I am playing "catch up" with all the art projects I've put on hold for the last three years. Being older and wiser than when I went into school in 2008 (and knowing that I cannot possibly do everything that I have on my list -- at least not this year), I decided to make a schedule with a generous amount of room for each project, rather than plan too much and stress out.

The first project was a brand new one, though, as the deadline for submission is coming up soon. The Whistler Arts Council is holding a fundraiser on September 11. It is their 2nd Annual Art Workshops on the Lake fundraiser, which focuses on a raffle of original works of art by emerging and professional artists. I participated last year with a mixed media acrylic painting. This year, I've quilted an 8" x 8" piece and stretched it over the stretcher bars, effectively "painting" with fabric and fiber. Take a look at the picture below and buy yourself a ticket for a chance of winning it or another piece of original art on evening of the event.

Hmmm -- it is a winter theme. I wonder if that has anything to do with the chilly weather we've been having in the last few weeks?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Clay board explorations

Spring has sprung and things have been busy. I did find time in the last few months to attend a weekly drawing class with Cat Sivertsen at Two Rivers Gallery. In the final two weeks of class, we explored the uses of clay board, pouring colors on and scratching into the board. I have been hooked! I really enjoy the way the colors layer over one another -- it provides an incredible sense of depth to the picture.

Now I just need to experiment with making my own clay board. Found a recipe online and will dive into that next week. Hopefully it works, as it will make things much more economical!

Oh, yes, and I've been teaching a drawing class as well, in addition to going to school. Like I said -- busy! Only 4 more months of school!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Time marches on

and another year has arrived. Happy 2011! The editorial cartoon yesterday had a picture of an artist in front of a blank canvas with the caption: "There is nothing so promising or intimidating as a clean canvas." How true that is!!!

With the start of the new year come the New Year's Resolutions. Looking at what I had planned for last year, I discovered I only fulfilled 2 of the 5 I had set for myself. That could have been disappointing, but I realized that I accomplished many, many other things I had not foreseen (see previous posts). And I had forgotten how busy the Masters program would keep me, so it is amazing I managed what I did. Nevertheless, I made some more resolutions for this year, and am looking forward to working on them over the next twelve months!