For any of you who read my posts or check my latest work, you are probably wondering what has happened to me, since I have not posted in months. I always have such good intentions to maintain a steady stream of commentary and actually was doing pretty well – for awhile.
Well, I am still here and still making art. I just haven’t photographed and posted any new work; I am still making new work. Actually I have been quite busy making work so I will practice my photography skills and post some. I did a series of “Peace” symbols and am working on a new series called “Oxford Faces”, based on photos I took in Oxford, England last April. I am continuing the “Medusa” series and am working on three pieces having to do with the land as sacred space.
I am teaching a lot right now, which accounts for some of my busyness: four art history classes and a studio class. I love doing this but it does take time! It is important to me however to keep up with the history of art as it places me in context with my predecessors. It also informs my work, and I hope, enriches and improves it. I am proud to be a part of the history of artists, however small. I also feel I am doing my part to develop new art appreciators, collectors and patrons. So I work hard to balance art teaching and artmaking! Anyone who is an artist understands the dilemma of time management (as do most of us I am sure).
Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will be back soon to update you on things art.
Pictured here is a snapshot of a current collage in progress, part of my Medusa series. This piece will be 48″w by 36″h. On pieces of this size I often work on the easel; sometimes I work flat, depending on the collage itself. You may notice that some of the paper is still hanging off the canvas, or appears to be in the wrong spot. Many times if I plan to use a particular piece of paper I will stick it on the canvas with a spot of glue so I don’t lose it!
I have been in the studio a lot this week, working on several new pieces. For some reason I have gotten hooked on Medusa, the mythical woman with snake hair. She was not always a negative figure; early in her incarnation she was a figure of power and strength. She exists in many cultures and her history is an interesting one. Anyway, I am working on my third Medusa collage, as well as a series of pieces for Clothes That Work, an area non-profit that helps job seekers with appropriate career clothing.
Because I am not deft with a camera, new photos of art can be slow to appear, so I apologize for that – I am working on the do it myself photography thing! I recently took a workshop presented by Dayton photographers extraordinaire Andy Snow and Kevin Messer, and bless their hearts they helped alleviate the “fear” I have of shooting my own work. I think I just might be able to do it!
Anyhow, please stay tuned. New photos will crop up one of these days.