Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Back to life again!
I feel like a crud for dropping the ball on my blog entries. I recently heard from a few students I had in Tempe that they look at my blog every day hoping... So...I am going to try to update every other day at the minimum. Tracy and I just got back from a fun journal weekend in tempe. Robin and Vynnie curated a journal show at Cindy and Gary's 'The Paper Studio' shop. Tracy taught relic journals and metal journals and I taught visual journaling and had the best students. It was a blast. Robin and Vynnie took us to phoenix's first friday artwalk which blew me away. There was group of 8 of us (tracy, me, robin, vynnie, anahata-taught along with us during the event, fran meneley-an artist in the show, andrew & juanita-2 of our students) who all went out for thai food at one of the best places in phoenix. So to get to talk to other artists is something we don't get to do very often and we were diggin' it. Then onto the artwalk. By this time it was dark but there were tons and tons of people milling about. the energy was unbelievable with young artists selling their handmade creations along the sidewalk and garage bands playing just beyond sound distance of each other. There were some really cool, very unstuffy galleries and boutiques we ventured into and bought a few things. Tracy bought some pencil drawings by a guy who looked about 18. His girlfriend seemed ecstatic. You got the feeling that was going to help with rent that month. The whole affair was amazing and super energizing. Tracy and I could have stayed until the last artist decided to pack it in, but there were some east coasters in our midst who were tired so, we left. Vynnie said that we only explored 25% of the event. I couldn't believe it! Later, in our hotel room, tracy and I were scheming ways of trying to do the same thing in seattle. I think our weather would work against us but boy oh boy...were we excited about the prospect. If you are ever there on a first friday, you MUST GO!!! It is worth a plane ticket to go down.
It also re-sparked an idea we keep having about renting an artist studio in downtown seattle. We always thought that when our girls left home, we'd move out of the country and into a loft in downtown seattle where we'd always get inspired by the energy that big cities pulse with. However, when that time came (2 years ago) we realized we love our home and our studio in the country and our trees and our fenced acre that sophie (our norwegian elkhound/chow) likes to run around in, so we dropped the dream. Recently though, we were realizing that maybe we can have our cake and eat it too!!! If we can find a rental space for a decent price, then we can go to the city on the weekends and make art and hang out with all the other cool artists at our favorite haunts. So I will keep you informed. It's a juicy idea that holds much excitement.
Being on a trip also snapped me out of my life at the moment and made me realize that I haven't made any significant art for a year. I couldn't believe it. Sure I have journaled and journaled some more...but nothing beyond that. So that is also on my agenda to get worked back into my life. I miss it and don't want to become complacent about it. Will update as I do it.
Lastly...I saw a word today that was inspiring, so I thought I'd share it here. TWIRL. Hope it conjures up a whole lot of creative ideas for you too. I'll write again on thursday.