Sumi-E

Dec. 29th, 2015 07:34 pm
morgaina: (snow)
I've been working a bit on my Sumi-E and have been frustrated at how awful they have been.
Yesterday especially, other than some winter maintenance I spent my time on my brushwork and was disappointed with everything.
Maybe the practice is beginning to make a difference though, or maybe I am less hard on myself because when I took a break from other things and did a few Sumi-E, I was much happier with them.
They obviously aren't very good yet, but they are not throw-away bad as the others were.
I am still just working on the 4 brush strokes, at this time I can't imagine how the painters combined strokes to be something else, seems impossibly difficult.
The sepia background has sprayed walnut oil a friend gave me. I think that stuff is supposed to be sprayed on after adding ink or graphite or whatever. It's an awful background to work over.
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Da snow

Dec. 28th, 2015 09:30 am
morgaina: (snow)
I am still free, for several days now. We have gotten perhaps 1 & 1/2 inches of new snow since I last posted and over the next two days another 1-2 are forecast. Then 1/2 week of nothing coming from the sky. Not bad, I can live with that.

I am now wondering about conditions for 12th Night. Even if I catch a ride over with Phelan, I wonder about how cold it will be? If my house will freeze up while I'm gone, or if it snows hard and I can't get from the highway to my house? Additionally, how difficult it will be to take and pick up Amby from the Kennels, which is located on a worse road than mine?

I have been doing various art projects. Not as much as I'd like because winter maintenance takes up a lot of time and energy. Drawing, working on my book signatures, practicing Sumi-E brushwork, and started a new sewing project. I haven't spent time in the studio, I tried to shovel the berm that is in the way, but it has turned from snow to granite. I walked over it a time or two, but am not comfortable with that especially since I am always carrying things back and forth.

Last time I spoke to Jenny, she said the grant will probably happen in the fall rather than March. This means they plan to stay another year. Wish I could go sooner, but it's still very exciting to consider. Maybe my summer trip will be to L.A. again.

So Happy

Jan. 31st, 2009 11:25 am
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Handsome Eldest Son is home at least for awhile. Wish I didn't have to work next week so I could enjoy his company more, but there you go.
Updates Include:
Put three pieces of art in a local show. It's going to be a show that will be held in 5 galleries between Pullman and Moscow in conjunction with a conference in Pullman. I entered two ceramic pieces and a (surprise!) Altered Book. It is the mark of a mature artist to have work in series, or to have everything displayed be related. Thus my immaturity raises it's head yet again.
Behind the cut are some shots of the book.
Reinterpreting Reality (which is the name of the art show) )
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I didn't go to a party last night, C&C are still here and they did my share of partying as well as their portion. Chicken soup tonight.

But I had a marvelous 2 days. I finished with the Wendt porcelain until I see how my glazes fit it, and switched to red stoneware & made SCA cooking pots. (Oules? Marmites?) It was so enjoyable, the clay was so magic.

I am also re-reading a book that I find thought-provoking "Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking" by David Bayles & Ted Orland. It talks about why art gets made and why it doesn't get made, and why so many artists give up. Lots of great quotes among their ideas. For instance: "The function of the overwhelming majority of your artwork is simply to teach you how to make the small fraction that soars."
morgaina: (Default)
I have mentioned before that my oldest son, Deva, is a performance artist.
Although he works out of Chicago, his most recent performance art is now accessible to a wider audience. I don't know if you can get it toll free in Canada though?
To take part phone toll-free 1-888-398-4738.
Safe for work, unless laughing or becoming overly-bewildered is a problem there.

Can you imagine what he was like growing up? (Daedin & Ornerie remember.)

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