Archive for June, 2019

I just finished a busy week teaching youngsters at a summer camp. Yes, a distraction from my artwork, but I like watching them grow up.  And it helps to ground me to the families in my community and feel a part of it.

The week before that, I participated in a Plein Air contest. Luckily it wasn’t a juried entry, as I am primarily a studio artist. I do like participating  — this was the 3rd year. Working outside heightens your senses, and makes you feel very THERE. I’m happy with one of my pieces, and only medium-satisfied with the other two.  I’ll include pictures of all three. Of course it is a logistical challenge working with fabric outdoors. For one of them I took along our marine battery and inverter and my iron. That way I could fuse down the pieces as I composed.  It actually worked fairly well. The first one, Museum Path, was done on a breezy day, and I was constantly chasing bits of fabric.  I was trying to pin them down, which really didn’t work very well. I had to add all the details: light poles, the bench etc. later in my studio.

Also I upgraded to a paying WordPress account. You aren’t supposed to see any ads.

Is it worth it? And — feed back please — do you see ads??

 

We have collected many original art pieces over the years.  They all have stories, and all are special.  But our latest acquisition is especially sweet.

My husband and I were instrumental in bringing Cuban artist Julio Cepeda to Reading for a two month residency last year. During the 3 plus years it to plan his exhibition, he was shipping work to us as he finished it.

At one point he asked us to see if we could find some small bottles that he could use in a work to be called The Pharmacist.

We looked at flea markets, and found a few — at about $10 a pop! Some made it into this piece — but I can’t remember which ones they were.

We hadn’t been in a position to purchase one of his major pieces last year, but after his show at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts in Reading ended in October, 2018, they agreed to continue to display the work that hadn’t sold. And one of those was The Pharmacist. I wanted something with a little bit of blue in it to fit in our living room. So we made the decision to purchase. I’m so happy we did! It gives me joy every day.